Manuscripts and Archives Division

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives in over 5,500 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States.

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Sol Bloom portrait

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Deed signed by Robert Morris, 1796 June 30

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Deed signed by Robert Morris, 1796 May 31

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Jackson Square, Exterior view.

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Kingsbridge, Entrance to library.

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Kingsbridge, Exterior view showing excavations along side of yard.

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Kingsbridge, from the street.

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Kingsbridge, showing change in grade.

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Kingsbridge, another view.

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Kingsbridge, showing change in grade.

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Kingsbridge, circulation room.

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Library for the Blind, Blind writing devices, May, 1913.

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Library for the Blind, New York Institute for the Blind Loan Collection, supplied by N.Y.P.L., May 1926, showing men reading.

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Library for the Blind, loan collection at New York Institute for the Blind, May 1926, girls reading.

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Library for the Blind, girl reading The Velveteen Rabbit in the loan collection at New York Institute for the Blind, May 1926.

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A case of "baby sore eyes," 1913.

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Mott Haven, exterior view, April 1911.

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Mott Haven, Children's room, ca. 1911.

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Muhlenberg Branch, Apprentice Class, about 19, at Muhlenberg Branch.

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Muhlenberg Branch, Muhlenberg Boys literary club, meets weekly, May 1916, Mrs. Balsalm.

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Library for the Blind, blind text and ink type, comparative sizes, David Copperfield.

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Library for the Blind, room in Central Building, Library for the Blind, May 1913.

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Library for the Blind, Main building, May, 1913.

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Library for the Blind, teaching adult blind, city house, Blackwell's Island, woman and man on porch.

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Library for the Blind, "Home lesson in touch reading being given by a Blind Teacher," 1926 [actually taken in studio].

Collections in the Manuscripts and Archives Division

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NYWF Index Card Collection
175,855 items
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New York World's Fair 1939-1940 records
13,598 items
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Benjamin K. Miller collection of United States stamps
5,501 items
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Thomas Addis Emmet collection, 1483-1876, bulk (1700-1800)
4,577 items
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Robert Brewster Stanton papers, 1851-1960, bulk (1890-1950)
2,024 items
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Samuel J. Tilden papers, 1794-1886, bulk (1835-1876).
1,558 items
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Renaissance and medieval manuscripts collection, ca. 850-ca. 1600.
1,537 items
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Barbara Gittings and Kay Tobin Lahusen gay history papers and photographs
954 items
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Schwimmer-Lloyd collection, 1852-1980, bulk (1890-1960)
752 items
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Wilberforce Eames Babylonian collection.
434 items
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Diana Davies photographs
301 items
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United States Sanitary Commission records
254 items
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International Gay Information Center Collection.
251 items
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William Henry Jackson papers, 1862-1942
164 items
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ACT UP New York records
157 items
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Gran Fury
153 items
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Robert Fulton papers, 1790-1813
102 items
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Thomas Kelah Wharton diaries and sketchbook
68 items
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Thomas Jefferson papers
56 items
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William Williams papers
52 items
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John Bigelow papers, 1839-1912
46 items
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Robert F. Byrnes Collection of Automat Memorabilia
33 items
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William H. Meyers diary
33 items
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George Washington papers, 1694-1932.
33 items
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Abraham Lincoln collection, 1847-1864
28 items
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James Madison papers
17 items
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Howell, William Thompson. Diaries (Highland Notes), 1905-1912 ...
13 items
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Sydney Howard Gay papers
13 items
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John Quinn papers
12 items
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William J. Wilgus papers, 1895-1947.
12 items
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Gansevoort-Lansing collection, 1650-1919, bulk (1800-1899).
10 items
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Whitney cookery collection, ca. 1400-1895.
10 items
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Edward S. and Mary Stillman Harkness collection, ca. 1400-1945.
9 items
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Pennsylvania. Philadelphia. Ledger, 1768-1787. (William Shippen, Jr., Willing & Morris, Richard Bache, Joseph Galloway, Clement Biddle, Benjamin Harrison, Library Company, Richard Peters, George Washington, etc.)
9 items
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Dutchess County (New York) Anti-Slavery Society. Minutes. 1838-1840
8 items
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Edward Clark Potter papers, 1866, 1890-1923.
8 items
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Hudson collection, ca. 1647-1862.
8 items
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Shaker manuscript collection
8 items
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William Conant Church papers, 1863-1909, bulk (1863-1878).
8 items
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Yaddo records
7 items
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George Chalmers collection
7 items
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Ezra A. Carman papers, 1828-1934, bulk (1861-1909)
7 items
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Hayden Carruth papers, 1853-1961, bulk (1881-1931).
7 items
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Lee Kohns collection
7 items
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Liberal Party of New York State records, 1936-1975
7 items
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William Barclay Parsons collection of Robert Fulton manuscripts 1796-1919 [bulk 1804-1815]
6 items
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Beschryving der nieuwlijks uitgevonden en geoctrojeerde slang-brand-spuiten : en haare wyze van brand-blussen, tegenwoording binnen Amsterdam in gebruik zijnde. Behelzende wijders aanwijzing van 't verschil tusschen haare uitwerking en die van d'oude blus
6 items
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Genet family papers, ca. 1719-1925.
6 items
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Bacon cipher collection
5 items
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Bryant-Godwin papers, 1804-1913, bulk (1820-1898)
5 items
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Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh papers, 1871-1934.
5 items
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Samuel Ward papers, 1647-1912.
5 items
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Thomas Jefferson papers, 1765-1826
5 items
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George Chalmers collection, 1606-1812
5 items
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Bancker plans, 1770-1815.
4 items
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Constable-Pierrepont papers, 1762-1911, bulk (1774-1849?)
4 items
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Elizabeth Van Lew papers.
4 items
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Ernest Harvier scrapbooks, 1867-1920.
4 items
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Florence Kelley papers, 1836-1932 (bulk 1881-1932).
4 items
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Gustav Scholer papers.
4 items
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Harry Miller Lydenberg papers, 1923-1958.
4 items
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Jacob Riis papers, 1871-1916, bulk (1900-1910).
4 items
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Mattachine Society, Inc. of New York records
4 items
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National American Woman Suffrage Association records, 1894-1922.
4 items
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American Scenic and Historic Preservation Society records, 1895-1971.
3 items
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David Fulton Karsner papers, 1912-1929.
3 items
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Gideon Welles papers, 1825-1878, bulk (1840-1864)
3 items
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Harlan, James, 1820-1899. Miscellaneous file
3 items
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Ida M. Mellen papers, 1884-1964.
3 items
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Isabel Florence Hapgood papers, 1864-1922.
3 items
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James Madison papers, 1781-1847.
3 items
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Log of Slave Ship Lawrance.
3 items
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Obadiah Rich collection, 1450-1843.
3 items
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Samuel B. Ruggles papers, 1801-1881.
3 items
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Tom Wolfe papers
3 items
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Vito Russo papers, 1969-1990.
3 items
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Ruth and Hermann Vollmer papers, 1600s-1959.
2 items
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Albert Tracy papers, 1843-1893.
2 items
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Samuel Adams papers, 1635-1826.
2 items
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Alexander Jackson Davis papers, 1791-1937.
2 items
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Alfred Williams Anthony collection, 1679-1944
2 items
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Archibald Robertson maps, ca. 1790-ca. 1830.
2 items
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Bayard-Campbell-Pearsall families papers, 1659-1898.
2 items
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Stratemeyer Syndicate records
2 items
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Brewster and Company records, 1837-1924, bulk (1897-1924)
2 items
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Patricia Cornwell collection, 1841-1999 (bulk 1860-1940)
2 items
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Conewago Canal Company records, 1788-1820.
2 items
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Cravath, Swaine & Moore collection of historical documents
2 items
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Spanish Child Welfare Association of America records
2 items
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Diary, 1790-1802
2 items
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Thomas F. Madigan collection, 1817-1931.
2 items
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Uncle Tom's cabin : manuscript.
2 items
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Robert Morris papers, 1751-1802
2 items
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Edward C. Taintor papers, 1839-1879.
2 items
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United States. Mission to Russia - Official Papers of Albert Gallatin, John Quincy Adams and James A. Bayard.
2 items
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William Greenleaf Webster papers, 1820-1865.
2 items
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Horace Grant Healey penmanship collection
2 items
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Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1791-1945.
2 items
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Simeon A. Stearns papers
2 items
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Montague collection of historical autographs, ca. 1600-1900.
2 items
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New Netherland papers
2 items
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Astor family papers, 1792-1916.
1 item
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New York Typographical Union No. 6. records, 1829-1988.
1 item
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August Belmont papers, ca. 1880-1938, bulk (1904-1925).
1 item
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Gwendolen Haste papers, 1900-1964.
1 item
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Nicholas Kelley papers, ca. 1845-1968, (bulk 1890-1968).
1 item
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Henry George papers, ca. 1840-1950.
1 item
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Noah Webster papers
1 item
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Horace Greeley papers, 1831-1873
1 item
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Olive Branch Petition and supporting documents
1 item
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Bronson family papers, 1790-1875.
1 item
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Camera Club of New York Records, 1889-1983.
1 item
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Carnegie, Andrew. Miscellaneous file.
1 item
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Isaac Goldberg papers, 1919-1938.
1 item
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Century Company records, 1870-1924.
1 item
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Ivins family papers, 1885-1961, bulk (1900-1946).
1 item
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Jack Butler Yeats collection of papers, [1899-1955]
1 item
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Philip Schuyler papers, 1684-1851.
1 item
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Charles Blue Papers.
1 item
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James M. Geraghty papers, 1940-1983
1 item
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James Riker papers, 1660-1989.
1 item
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Pierre Toussaint papers, 1793-1853, bulk (1822-1853).
1 item
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Civil War. Autograph verses and photographs of southern poets of the Civil War.
1 item
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John Milton papers, 1647-1882
1 item
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Commonplace books collection, 1697-1939, bulk (1800-1900)
1 item
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Kip family papers
1 item
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Koppel S. Pinson papers, 1923-1960, bulk (1940s-1950s)
1 item
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Theodorus Bailey Myers collection, 1542-1876.
1 item
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Monumentos Guadalupanos
1 item
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Poetry Society of America records
1 item
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Craig Rodwell papers
1 item
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Cromwell, Oliver. Miscellaneous file.
1 item
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Van Cortlandt-Van Wyck family papers, 1667-1912.
1 item
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Victory Book Campaign records
1 item
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Richard John Levy and Sally Waldman Sweet collection, 1766-1935
1 item
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Richard Upjohn and Richard Michell Upjohn papers.
1 item
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Robert Troup papers, 1771-1870
1 item
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Lewis Hine papers, ca. 1908-ca. 1921.
1 item
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Lewis M. Isaacs collection of E.A. Robinson papers, 1896-1967.
1 item
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Liebmann collection of American historical documents relating to spiritous liquors, 1665-1910, bulk (1665-1865)
1 item
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Samuel Hill papers, 1813-1822.
1 item
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Samuel and John Galloway papers, 1739-1812.
1 item
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Edward F. Caldwell Lighting Company Records, 1900-1959.
1 item
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Schieffelin family papers, 1756-1907.
1 item
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Walter L. Fleming papers, 1685-1932, bulk (ca. 1845-1932)
1 item
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Elizabeth Garver Jordan papers, 1891-1945.
1 item
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Ely family letters, 1862-1864
1 item
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Maitland collection of South Sea Company and Mississippi Scheme papers, 1669-1774, bulk (1711-1720)
1 item
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William Frederick Allen papers, 1870-1894, bulk (1879-1894).
1 item
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Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, bulk (1908-1942).
1 item
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William Frey papers, ca. 1860-1888.
1 item
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William Frothingham papers, 1861-1935, bulk (1861-1870).
1 item
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William Law Mercantile Papers
1 item
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Smyth of Nibley papers
1 item
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Sol Bloom papers, 1898-1949, bulk (1935-1949)
1 item
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Stanley M. Isaacs papers, 1889-1962, bulk (1930-1949)
1 item
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Stoughton, Israel, ? - 1645. Miscellaneous file
1 item
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Bliss family papers
1 item
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Foster-Murphy collection, 1900-1969.
1 item
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Morrell, T.H. Collection. Original autograph letters of the Presidents of the U.S. Washington - Andrew Johnson.
1 item
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Taunton Social Library records
1 item
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Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi papers, 1871.
1 item
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Angela Morgan papers, 1901-1957.
1 item
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People's Institute records, 1883-1933, bulk (1897-1927)
1 item
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Geographia Americae : with an account of the Delaware Indians : based on surveys and notes made in 1654-1656
1 item
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George Clayton Foulk papers, 1883-1887.
1 item
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George Jones papers, 1825-1894 (bulk 1860-1887).
1 item
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National Civic Federation records, 1894-1949 bulk (1900-1920).
1 item