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- WARNING: Collections Stored Off-site
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- Restrictions on Personal Belongings
- Using the Library's Collections
- Wireless Access at the Library


The national manuscript collection may be consulted by any adult engaged in serious research who presents a valid Library of Congress issued reader card, completes the Manuscript Division's registration process, and agrees to adhere to the division's rules for the use of rare materials. Student access to collections is limited to those engaged in graduate study. Undergraduates with previous experience in using manuscripts who are working on a senior thesis, advanced seminar paper, or similar research project under the direction of a faculty member will be admitted upon an introduction in person or in writing by their advisers. Minors and high school students are not admitted to the Manuscript Reading Room.

All researchers are advised to e-mail 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.

Restrictions on the use of certain materials have been imposed by donors or for reasons of national security. Information governing the use of any specific group of manuscripts will be supplied upon request.

Prospective readers should bear in mind the restrictions on photocopying and publication imposed by the Copyright Act of 1976. It is the responsibility of the prospective users or their publishers to determine the copyright status or obtain the required permissions before publication of manuscript material from the Library's collections.

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Prior to entering the Manuscript Reading Room, readers will be asked to read and sign a statement similar to the following:

Researchers are required to observe the following rules:

1. ADMITTANCE. Use of the Manuscript Reading Room is limited to readers above high school age who have a specific need for access to the collections of the Manuscript Division and associated materials. Readers shall refrain from disruptive behavior; personal conduct is subject to Library of Congress regulations (LCR 1812 S 6). Readers should be aware that surveillance cameras are recording all activity in the Manuscript Reading Room.

2. REGISTRATION. Readers must present a verified Library of Congress Reader Identification Card. First-time users must complete a registration card at the reference desk.

3. PERSONAL PROPERTY. No personal belongings, including briefcases, notebooks, books, folders, envelopes, or purses are allowed in the reading room. Outer garments, including hats, vests, sweaters with pockets, coats, suit coats, and sports jackets, are subject to search. Free lockers are provided to secure personal property. Locker keys must be returned at the end of the day.

  • Exceptions may be requested for notes or other material essential to research. These items must be approved and stamped by reference staff before being brought into the reading room.
  • Paper, note cards, and pencils are provided for taking notes. Pens are prohibited.
  • Laptop computers, tablets, and cameras are allowed; tripods may be used subject to staff approval. Personal scanners and supplemental lighting are prohibited.
  • All electronic devices, such as phones and cameras, must be silenced. Phones can be used for silent communication only.
  • Photography is allowed only for reference reproductions of collection material. No photographs of individuals or of the Reading Room itself are permitted.

4. ALL CONTAINERS MUST STAY ON CARTS. Only one container at a time may be opened and only one folder at a time may be withdrawn from a box. Placeholders are provided to mark where folders should be re-filed. The existing arrangement of manuscripts within each folder must be preserved. Report any serious disarrangement to the reference staff.


  • Unless otherwise instructed, readers may photograph collection items at their tables, without flash.
  • Readers must bring all manuscripts to the desk for examination and approval by reference staff before scanning or photocopying.
  • Only one folder at a time may be withdrawn for reproduction.
  • Bound manuscript material may not be photocopied.
  • Reasons for not allowing copying include 1) donor or library-imposed restrictions, 2) fragile condition, 3) restrictions imposed by other repositories, 4) national security classifications.

6. SURROGATE EDITIONS. To promote preservation of original manuscripts, readers are required to consult surrogate editions as available.

7. HELP SAVE THE NATIONAL COLLECTIONS. Exercise the greatest possible care in handling manuscripts. Do not make marks on manuscripts, do not write notes on top of manuscripts, do not rest books or other objects on top of manuscripts. Handle loose sheets or bound pages by their edges; avoid touching the surface as much as possible; do not remove manuscripts from protective housing. Reference staff can furnish gloves for handling photographs and other vulnerable items.

8. COPYRIGHT. The status of copyright in the unpublished writings in the custody of the Manuscript Division is governed by the Copyright Act (Title 17, USC). It is the obligation of the reader to fulfill the requirements of the Copyright Act. Since the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody, it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections.

9. INSPECTION. All material that a reader wishes to remove from the reading room must be examined by the security officer or reading room staff. It is a violation of federal law punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to steal or willfully damage or destroy manuscripts, books or other Library property. See 18 USC 641; 18 USC 1361; 18 USC 2071; 22 DC Code 3306; and LCR 610 S 5, LCR 1812.

10. Researchers must follow all directions of the reference staff regarding the handling of manuscript material.

I have read and agree to abide by the above rules and regulations of the Manuscript Division Reading Room. I understand that if I do not follow these rules, the Manuscript Division can deny me access to its facilities and collections.

Revised April 12, 2016

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It should be noted that the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody. Therefore it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections. It should also be noted that neither titles nor facts can be copyrighted; therefore, permission is not required to cite a collection as a source or to use facts from it.

In general, when copyright interests do subsist in unpublished manuscripts, these interests are the property of the author or of the author's heirs or assigns. Copyright ownership does not accompany physical ownership of a manuscript, although the owner of copyright interests may assign or sell such interests to the owner of the physical property.

For more information about copyright, please refer to the U. S. Copyright Office Web page at <>.

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Readers interested in consulting any of the division's collections are advised to write or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room at (202) 707-5387 before visiting. Many processed and nearly all unprocessed collections are stored off site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Processed collections which are stored off-site are listed below. To obtain access to them, please contact the Manuscript Reading Room several days in advance of your visit to assure that the containers you wish to consult will be available when you arrive.

Although the list of off-site collections is updated periodically, the storage location of collections can change at any time. You are urged to contact the Manuscript Reading Room in advance of your visit, even if the collection you wish to use does not appear on this list.

Notice: Beginning mid-November 2021, collections marked with an asterisk (*) are scheduled to be moved offsite and may be temporarily unavailable. For information about access to these collections, researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Manuscript Reference staff well in advance of arranging a visit to the Manuscript Reading Room.

Contact Us:
Email: [email protected] 
Phone. (202) 707-5387

*Abelson, Philip Hauge
Ace, Goodman
Adams, Arthur S.
Aldrich, Nelson W.
Allen, Florence Ellinwood
Allen, Fred
Allen, Charles Julius and Grace Elizabeth
American Association of University Women
American Council of Learned Societies
American Gold Star Mothers
*American Historical Association
*American Lands Alliance records
American Medical Center for Burma
American Psychological Association
*American Scholar
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Studies Association
Amos 'n' Andy (Radio program)
Anderson, Clinton Presba
Anderson, Frank Maloy
Andrews, Frank Maxwell
*Arendt, Hannah
Arnold, Henry Harley
Associated Press
*Association of Research Libraries
*Astin, Allen Varley
Atlantic Union Committee

Baker, Ray Stannard
*Balchen, Bernt
Bancroft-Bliss family
Barbee, James D. and Davis R.
Barnes, James Martin
Baroody, William J.
Barrett, John
Bartlett family
*Barth, John
Bassett, John Spencer
*Beach, Joseph W.
Beale family
Beard, Daniel Carter
Becker, Florence Deakins
*Becton, Julius W.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Beers, Henry Putney
Benjamin, Harold Raymond Wayne
*Bennett, William Ralph
Benson, William Shepherd
Berge, Wendell
*Berkner, Lloyd V.
Berry, Faith
*Beyer, Otto Sternoff
Bingham, Theodore A.
Black, Ruby A.
*Blackburn, Elizabeth H.
Blair family
*Block, Herbert
Block, Ralph
Boggs, Samuel Whittemore
*Bollingen Foundation Records
Bonaparte, Charles J.
Book of the Month Club
Boone, Joel Thompson
*Boorstin, Daniel J.
Borah, William Edgar
*Borglum, Gutzon
*Bouton, Jim
Bowen, Catherine Drinker
*Bowles, Edward Lindley
*Brandon, Henry
Brasol, Boris Leo
Brennan, Francis Edwin
Brode, Wallace R.
*Broder, David S.
Brooke, Edward W.
*Brown, Ray Eber
*Browne, Malcolm W.
Brundage, Percival Flack
*Bryson, Lyman
*Buchwald, Art
Buck, Solon J.
Bunau-Varilla, Philippe
*Burnett, Edmund C.
Bush, Vannevar
Butterfield, Kenyon L.

Caesar, Sid
*Cain, James
Cairns, Huntington
*Campbell, Francis Joseph
Canal Zone Library-Museum
Carson, Johnny
Carter, Clarence Edwin
Carter, Thomas Henry
Caton, John Dean
*Cattell, James McKeen
Cecil, Robert Edgar
Celler, Emanuel
Center for National Policy Review
Chamberlain, Eugene Tyler
Chase, Lewis Nathaniel
Cheney, John Vance
Childs, James Bennett
Ciardi, John
Clapp family
*Clapper, Raymond
Clark, Kenneth Bancroft
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland)
Cline, Howard Francis
Cline, Ray S.
Coan, Titus
Cockburn, George
Collins, Ross A.
Columbia Broadcasting System
*Colwell, Rita
*Commoner, Barry
Congressional Staff Club
Connaly, Tom
Cook, Robert C.
Corey, Herbert
*Council on Library and Information Resources
Croffut, W. A. (William Augustus)
*Cronyn, Hume and Tandy, Jessica
*Crowe, William

Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
Daniels, Josephus
Dash, Samuel
Davenport, Marcia
*Davenport, Russell Wheeler
Davies, Joseph Edward
Davis, James J.
Davisson, Clinton Joseph
Dawes, Henry L.
Dearstyne, Howard
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell
Deming, W. Edwards (William Edwards)
Democratic Study Group
*Denker, Henry
*Dennett, Tyler
Denny, George Vernon
*Dickerson, Nancy
Dike, Samuel Warren
Dodd, William Edward
Doysie, Abel
Du Pont, Marcella Miller
*Dumont, Henry
*DuPree African American Pentecostal Collection

Eames, Charles and Ray
Eastham, Melville
Eckart, Carl
*Edwards, Harry
*Eisner, Thomas
Eizenstat, Stuart
*Elections Research Center records
Eliot, George Fielding
*Ellsberg, Edward
Ericsson, John
Etzioni, Amitai
*Evans, Rowland
Everts, Lillian
Ewing family (Charles Ewing)

*Fadiman, Clifton
Fairchild, Sherman M.
*Fedoroff, Nina
*Feis, Herbert
*Feulner, Edwin J.
*Finley, David Edward
Fiske, Minnie Maddern
Fitzpatrick, John Clement
Fleming, Harold C.
*Flood, Henry D.
Ford, John Thompson
Ford, Worthington Chauncey
Foulke, William Dudley
Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association
Friis, Harald Trap
Fuller, Melville Weston
*Furman, Bess

Garfield, Harry Augustus
Garfield, James Rudolph
Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph
Geleerd, Elisabeth R.
German Captured Documents
Gerson, N. C.
Gertz, Elmer
Gesell, Arnold
*Gesell, Gerhard Alden
*Getler, Michael
*Ghent, William James
*Gibbons, John H.
Gilchrist, Huntington
Ginsburg, David
*Ginsburg, Ina
Gitelson, Maxwell
Gleason, Arthur Huntington
Goebel, Julius
Goldman, Eric Frederick
Goldsmith, Thomas T.
Golovin, Nicholas E.
Goodman, Leo
Graham, Fred P.
Granik, Theodore
*Gray, L. Patrick
Green, Theodore Francis
*Greene, Frank L.
Greene, Lorenzo Johnston
Greenfield, Meg
*Greenspan, Alan
Grey, Zane
*Grosvenor Family Papers
Gruen, Victor
Gruenberg, Benjamin Charles and Sidonie
*Grunwald, Henry
Guggenheim, Harry Frank

Hagedorn, Hermann
*Hall, Herbert J.
Halsey, Edwin Alexander
Hamilton, Florence
*Hamilton, Virginia
Hammond, John Hays
*Hapgood, Norman
Harlan, John Marshall
Harper's Magazine
*Harriman, Florence
*Harriman, Pamela
Harris, Patricia (Roberts)
Harris, William Torrey
Harshaw, Ruth Hetzel
Haworth, Leland John
Hayden, Edward Everett
*Haydn, Hiram Collins
Haynsworth, Clement F.
*Helm, Edith Benham
Hensley, Stewart
*Hess, Stephen
*Hildebrandt, A.
Hill, Henry Aaron
Hillcrest Children's Center
*Hoffman, Daniel
Hollerith, Herman
Holmes, John Haynes
Homburger, Freddy
*Hoppen, William
*Hornaday, William Temple
Horner, Frederick Cecil
Howard, Roy Wilson
Howard-von Recum family
Hubbard family
*Huebsch, Benjamin W.
Hutchinson, Ralph Cooper
Hyde, Dorsey William
Hyman, Stanley Edgar

*Ince, Thomas Harper
Indian Languages Collection
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Psycho-Analytical Association
Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons (debates)
Iturbide, Augustin de

*Jaffe, Jerome
*James, Marquis
*Jameson, J. Franklin
Jenckes, Thomas Allen
Joelson, Charles Samuel
Joint Committee on Materials for Research records
Johnson, Frank M. (Frank Minis)
Johnston, Mercer Green

Kalmus, Herbert Thomas
*Kantor, MacKinley
*Karle, Isabella and Jerome
Karsten, Karl G.
Kaufman, Irving R.
Keene, Frances Bowler
*Kelsey, Frances Oldham
Kessler, Milton
Kilby, Jack S.
King, Alexander
Kingsbury, John Adams
*Kingsbury-Smith, Joseph
*Kissinger, Henry
*Kleine, George
Kline, Burton
*Kluge, John
Klyce, Scudder
Kowalski, Frank
Kroll, Lucy
*Krug, Julius A.

Lakhman, Gizella
Landis, James McCauley
*Lardner, George
*Latimer, John
Lattimore, Owen
*Lawrie, Lee
*Leadership Conference on Civil Rights records
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
LeJeune, John Archer
Leland, Waldo Gifford
Leventhal, Harold
*Levine, Irving R.
Lewin, Bertram David
Lewis, Anthony
Lewis, Nolan Don Carpenter
Library of Congress. Records
Liebengood, Howard S.
*Linowitz, Sol M.
*Lipset, Seymour
*Literary Society of Washington D.C.
*Lochheim, Katie
Loewenstein, Rudolph Maurice
*Loewy, Raymond
Loeb, Benjamin S.
Logan, Joshua
*LOOK Magazine Records
Luce, Henry Robinson

*MacDowell Colony Records
Machen, Lewis H.
MacVeagh, Franklin
Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer)
Maldarelli, Oronzio
Malik, Charles Habib
Malina, Frank J.
*Mann, Arthur William
Marburg, Theodore
*March, Peyton Conway
Marshall, Charles Clinton
Marshall, Peter
*Martin, Glenn L.
Martin, John Bartlow
*Mathews, Virginia
*Mauldin, William H.
*McAtee, Waldo Lee
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy
McCrumb, Fred R.
McGee, Anita Newcomb
McGee, W. J.
McGowan, Carl
McGranery, James P., and Regina Clark McGranery
McGrory, Mary
*McGuire, William
*McLean, Evalyn Walsh
Mearns, Edgar Alexander
Mercy-Argenteau family
*Metraux, Rhoda
Meyer, Cord
Michener, James A
Middleton, George
Miller, Adolph Caspar
Miller, David Hunter
*Milton, George F.
Mink, Patsy T.
Mitchell, Samuel Chiles
Moore, Merrill
Moral Re-Armament
Morris, Arthur J.
Morris, Roland Sletor
Moton family
*Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick)
*Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin)
Munroe, Kirk
Murdock, Victor
Murray, John M. (John Milne)

National Association for Universal Military Training
National Committee on Atomic Information
*National Consumers' League
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women, Washington, D.C., Office
National Urban League
National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education
National Woman's Party
*Neuharth, Allen
Newell, Frederick Haynes
Newman, Winn
Nichols, William Ichabod
Niederland, William G.
*Norris, George W.

Oberholser, Harry Church
*Odom, William E.
Ogilvy, David
O'Laughlin, John Callan
Osborn, Fairfield
*Osborne, John
Oxnam, G. Bromley (Garfield Branley)

Paine, Thomas O.
*Palmer, Theodore Sherman
*Patri, Angelo
Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass)
*Patterson, Jefferson
*Patterson, Mary Marvin Breckinridge
Patterson, Richard Sharpe
Patterson-Winslow family
Payne, Ethel L.
*Payton, John
*Pei, I. M.
*Penn, John Garrett
*People for the American Way and People for the American
Way Foundation Records
Pertschuk, Michael
Peterson, Russell W.
Phi Beta Kappa Records
Phillips, Samuel C.
*Piccard Family Papers
Pickerill, Elmo N. (Elmo Neale)
Pike-McConnell-Donaldson family
Pinchot, Amos
Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce
Pinchot, Gifford
*Pincus, Gregory
Podhoretz, Norman
Poor, Alfred Easton
Prettyman, Elijah Barrett
Price, Vincent
Progressive National Committee Supporting FDR for President
*Pulitzer, Joseph

Quay, Matthew Stanley
Quinn, David B.

*Ralph Edwards Productions radio and television scripts
Rash, Bryson B.
Rawleigh, William Thomas
Regan, Donald T.
Reichelderfer, Francis W. (Francis Wilton)
Ribicoff, Abraham
*Rich, Giles S.
Richards, Grant
Richardson, Elliot L.
*Rickenbacker, Eddie
Riis, Roger William
Ristow, Walter W.
*Rivlin, Alice
Roberts, Benjamin Titus
Roberts, Elizabeth Madox
Robertson, James Alexander
Robson, May
Rodman, Peter
*Rogers, Carl
Rogovin, Milton
*Roosevelt, Kermit, and Belle Roosevelt
Rubey, William Walden
*Rubin, Vera C.
Rukeyser, Muriel
Russell Sage Foundation
Rustin, Bayard

Safire, William
*Sagan, Carl
Sayre, Francis Bowes
Schmitt, Bernadotte Everly
*Schorr, Daniel
*Schriever, Bernard A.
Schur, Max
Schwellenbach, Lewis B. (Lewis Baxter)
*Seaborg, Glenn Theodore
*See, Thomas J. J.
Sevareid, Eric
Sewall, Joseph
Shackford, Roland Herbert
Shapiro, Henry
*Shapley, Alan H
Sherwin, Martin J.
Sifton, Paul Field and Claire Ginsburg
Simmons, James Fowler
*Simpson, Louis
Simpson, Matthew
*Singer, Maxine
Sioussat, St. George L.
Smith, Charles Perley
*Smith, Hedrick
Smythe, Hugh H.
*Sobeloff, Simon Ernest
*Society of Woman Geographers
Solberg, Thorvald
South Carolina. Vice-Admiralty Court at Charles Town
Spencer, Lyman Potter
Sperry, Charles S. (Charles Stillman)
*Spira, Henry
Steele, Fletcher
Stephens, Harold Montelle
*Stephens, Joe
Stephenson, John Aldrich (Hand, Fiske, and Aldrich families)
Stevenson, Burton Egbert
Stimson, Ralph H.
Stinson, Marjorie Claire
*Stout, Juanita Kidd
*Strasberg, Lee
*Streit, Clarence K.
*Sullivan, Walter
Summerall, Charles Pelot
Sweetser, Arthur
Swidler, Joseph C. (Joseph Charles)

*Taft, Charles P. (Charles Phelps)
Taft, Robert, Jr.
Taft, Robert A. (1889-1953)
*Taft, William Howard IV
Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt)
*Tatel, David
*Teichmann, Howard
*Terhune, Albert Payson
*Toland, John
*Townes, Charles H.
Tracy, Benjamin Franklin
Trager, Brahna
*Train, Russell E.
Tumulty, Joseph P.
Turpeau, Anne B. (Anne Brock)
*Tuve, Merle Antony

United States. American Commission to Negotiate Peace
*United States Presidents' Research Committee on Social Trends

*Van Der Rohe, Ludwig Miles
Von Bekesy, Georg
Von Braun, Werhner

*Wallace, Henry A.
Walsh, Thomas James and John Edward Erickson
Ward, Lester Frank
*Washington Post Historical Collection
Wayman, Dorothy G. (Dorothy Godfrey)
Wechsberg, Joseph
Wertham, Frederic
Wexler, Harry
*White, Byron
*White, Wallace H.
*Whitlock, Brand
*Wilcox, Walter
Wiley, Anna Kelton
*Williams, Edward Bennett
Williams, Robert Ramapatnam
Wilson, Donald
*Wilson, E. O.
Wilson, Robert E.
Wolman, Abel
*Wolman, Leo
*Woman's National Democratic Club Records
Women's Joint Congressional Committee
Woolsey, Lester Hood
World Calendar Association
*Wouk, Herman
Wright, J. Skelly
*Wright, Nathaniel Family Papers
Writers' War Board

Ziegler, Ronald L.
Zwemer, Raymund L. (Raymund Lull)


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