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The Collections: Manuscripts

Manuscript holdings of the Lilly Library include more than 7.5 million items in more than 1,500 discrete collections. A collection level description has been prepared for each collection, including collection name, inclusive dates, type of material present (correspondence, reports, minutes, diaries, photographs, etc.); full name, date(s) and profession of the individual or organization around which the collection is formed; number of items, either counted or estimated, and the collection's cataloging status. Descriptions for fully processed collections will include lists of major correspondents, occasional descriptions of special or notable items present, and the availability of more detailed guides, inventories, or lists for the collection.

Search Manuscript Descriptions

Search the database and full-text descriptions of all Lilly Library manuscript collections by title, collector, date, subject, language, country, format or keyword.

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Search the text of descriptions of Lilly Library manuscript collections, including those listed in the Archives Online at Indiana University site.

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Archives Online at Indiana University

Browse or search descriptions and inventories of selected Lilly Library manuscript collections. These resources are encoded according to the Encoded Archival Description (EAD) format and are contributed to ArchiveGrid.

Subject guides to manuscript collections

Brief descriptions of collections relevant to more than 30 different subjects such as music, the Civil War, and religion.

Collection guides

Detailed guides to selected manuscript collections. Some guides also include information on relevant printed materials. Some guides are not online and must be purchased in print format or viewed at the Library. See Publications for ordering information.

Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection (IU Digital Library Program)

Search the index of 9,400 negatives, as well as more than 400 digital images.

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