Special Collections maintains a small collection of manuscripts that date from antiquity to the present. The collection is intended to demonstrate the physical characteristics of the book before printing, and it contains a wide variety of scripts and materials from various time periods. From antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, the collection includes:
Special Collections also holds modern manuscript materials in the form of books, correspondence, and personal papers. This guide focuses on the books and miscellaneous correspondence collections in the department. For manuscripts in collections of personal papers, see the list of finding aids.