Cornell University was founded in 1865 with a mission to offer educational opportunities for any person on any subject. Reflecting this mission, Cornell Library’s rare and unique collections are large and diverse, featuring more than 500,000 rare books, more than 80 million manuscripts, photographs, and other historical artifacts.
Below you will find some highlights of our collections. Catalog records for rare books and manuscripts on these and many other subjects can be found by searching the Cornell University Library catalog. Archival guides for some of our our archival and manuscript collections are also available online.