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Welcome

The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell’s principal repository of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials in history, literature, music, the arts, science, natural history, and technology.

Our collections include more than 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media.  We offer research and instruction services to support courses and scholarship, and host exhibitions that feature our collections. To learn more, see About Us.

We welcome researchers and visitors from around the globe. Please see Information for Visitors to plan your visit.

Featured Collections:

Rare Books
Rare Books
Human Sexuality Collection
Human Sexuality Collection
History of Science Collections
History of Science Collections
Cornell Hip Hop Collection
Cornell Hip Hop Collection
Cornell University Archives
Cornell University Archives
Fiske Icelandic Collection
Fiske Icelandic Collection

Current & Featured Exhibitions

Latitude: Persuasive Maps exhibition
Latitude: Persuasive Cartography

On view October 3, 2019 to February 21, 2020, in the Hirshland Exhibition Gallery.

Cornell Begins - Cornell Commences Exhibition
Cornell Begins

On view May 13. 2019 to January 15, 2020, in the Michael T. Sillerman ’68 Rotunda.

World Picture exhibition
World Picture

Available online.

You may also view over 50 other online exhibitions.