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Research guides to the Library's Rare Book and Special Collections prepared by Library of Congress reference librarians.

  • African American History Online: A Resource Guide: Over 400 years of the African American experience is documented through primary source materials at the Library of Congress. This guide provides access to digitized collections, search strategies, and external websites related to the topic.
  • American Women: Rare Books and Special Collections: Part of the American Women series, this guide highlights the rare book holdings related to U.S. women's history, demonstrates the richness and variety of these resources, and points out some of the division's contemporary holdings and unique treasures.
  • John Davis Batchelder Collection at the LIbrary of Congress: From 1922 to 1936, John Davis Batchelder donated his personal collection relating to Western literature and history to the Library. This guide describes and offers search strategies for working with this collection of over 1,200 rare materials.
  • French-American Almanacs at the Library of Congress: Farmer’s almanacs provide information on forthcoming events, weather forecasts, farmers' planting dates, tide tables, and related information. The resources in this guide focus on French-language almanacs published in the U.S. since the mid-18th century.
  • Sigmund Freud Rare Book Collection: A Resource Guide: This guide provides an overview of a collection of early editions of Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud's works and books from his personal library available for research in the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Thomas Jefferson: A Resource Guide:Best known as the author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States (1801-09). This guide compiles digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.
  • Hawaiian Imprint Collection: A Resource Guide: This guide provides an overview of a collection of early Hawaiian imprints, dating from 1822 when printing first started in the Islands to about 1860, available for research in the Library of Congress Rare Book and Special Collections Division.
  • Medieval Studies: A Resource Guide: The medieval era roughly corresponds to the 1,000 years between 500 and 1500. This research guide provides an overview of materials held by the Library of Congress as well as databases and external resources on the subject.
  • Native American Resources from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division: This guide provides research strategies and resources for selected rare collections of almanacs, broadsides, bibles, novels, pamphlets, and other materials related to North American indigenous communities at the Library of Congress.
  • Sylvester & Orphanos Collection and Archive: The Library of Congress holds the complete catalog of publications and related archival materials from the LGBT publishing firm of Ralph Sylvester (1934-2018) and Stathis Orphanos (1940-2018). This guide provides an overview of these materials.
  • Joseph Meredith Toner Collection at the Library of Congress: In 1882, Washington physician, historian, and bibliophile, Joseph Meredith Toner donated his extensive research collection to the Library. This guide describes and offers search strategies for working with this collection of over 50,000 rare materials.

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