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Manuscript Reading Room (Manuscript Division, Library of Congress)

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About the Manuscript Division
About the Manuscript Division
LC Manuscripts: An Illustrated Guide
Special Presentation: Collecting, Preserving, and Researching History

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Research in the Manuscript Division (video) English | Spanish

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New Online Resources:

Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz correspondence and related material

Grover Cleveland Papers

Montgomery C. Meigs Papers

Featured Exhibitions:

Rosa Parks In Her Own Words

Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote

Weekdays and Saturday
  8:30am to 5:00pm
  Closed Federal holidays
  Contact Information

  101 Independence Ave. SE
  Room LM 101
  James Madison Memorial Bldg
  Washington, D.C. 20540-4680
  Map showing location

ATTENTION-- Before Visiting the Manuscript Reading Room: All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

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The Manuscript Division's holdings, approximately sixty million items in eleven thousand separate collections, include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture and support scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history.
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  February 25, 2021
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