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- Building Access
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- Restrictions on Personal Belongings
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The national manuscript collection may be consulted by any adult engaged in serious research who presents a valid Library of Congress issued reader card, completes the Manuscript Division's registration process, and agrees to adhere to the division's rules for the use of rare materials. The Manuscript Reading Room is open to researchers age 16 and above. All researchers must have a current Reader Identification Card; the Card must be displayed when entering the Reading Room.

All researchers are advised to e-mail or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Restrictions on the use of certain materials have been imposed by donors or for reasons of national security. Information governing the use of any specific group of manuscripts will be supplied upon request.

Prospective readers should bear in mind the restrictions on photocopying and publication imposed by the Copyright Act of 1976. It is the responsibility of the prospective users or their publishers to determine the copyright status or obtain the required permissions before publication of manuscript material from the Library's collections.

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Prior to entering the Manuscript Reading Room, readers will be asked to read and sign a statement similar to the following:

Researchers are required to observe the following rules:

1. ADMITTANCE. Use of the Manuscript Reading Room is limited to readers age 16 and above who have a specific need for access to the collections of the Manuscript Division and associated materials. Readers shall refrain from disruptive behavior; personal conduct is subject to Library of Congress regulations (LCR 1812 S 6). Readers should be aware that surveillance cameras are recording all activity in the Manuscript Reading Room.

2. REGISTRATION. Readers must present a verified Library of Congress Reader Identification Card. First-time users must complete a registration card at the reference desk.

3. PERSONAL PROPERTY. No personal belongings, including briefcases, notebooks, books, folders, envelopes, or purses are allowed in the reading room. Outer garments, including hats, vests, sweaters with pockets, coats, suit coats, and sports jackets, are subject to search. Free lockers are provided to secure personal property. Locker keys must be returned at the end of the day.

  • Exceptions may be requested for notes or other material essential to research. These items must be approved and stamped by reference staff before being brought into the reading room.
  • Paper, note cards, and pencils are provided for taking notes. Pens are prohibited.
  • Laptop computers, tablets, and cameras are allowed; tripods may be used subject to staff approval. Personal scanners and supplemental lighting are prohibited.
  • All electronic devices, such as phones and cameras, must be silenced. Phones can be used for silent communication only.
  • Photography is allowed only for reference reproductions of collection material. No photographs of individuals or of the Reading Room itself are permitted.

4. ALL CONTAINERS MUST STAY ON CARTS. Only one container at a time may be opened and only one folder at a time may be withdrawn from a box. Placeholders are provided to mark where folders should be re-filed. The existing arrangement of manuscripts within each folder must be preserved. Report any serious disarrangement to the reference staff.


  • Unless otherwise instructed, readers may photograph collection items at their tables, without flash.
  • Readers must bring all manuscripts to the desk for examination and approval by reference staff before scanning or photocopying.
  • Only one folder at a time may be withdrawn for reproduction.
  • Bound manuscript material may not be photocopied.
  • Reasons for not allowing copying include 1) donor or library-imposed restrictions, 2) fragile condition, 3) restrictions imposed by other repositories, 4) national security classifications.

6. SURROGATE EDITIONS. To promote preservation of original manuscripts, readers are required to consult surrogate editions as available.

7. HELP SAVE THE NATIONAL COLLECTIONS. Exercise the greatest possible care in handling manuscripts. Do not make marks on manuscripts, do not write notes on top of manuscripts, do not rest books or other objects on top of manuscripts. Handle loose sheets or bound pages by their edges; avoid touching the surface as much as possible; do not remove manuscripts from protective housing. Reference staff can furnish gloves for handling photographs and other vulnerable items.

8. COPYRIGHT. The status of copyright in the unpublished writings in the custody of the Manuscript Division is governed by the Copyright Act (Title 17, USC). It is the obligation of the reader to fulfill the requirements of the Copyright Act. Since the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody, it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections.

9. INSPECTION. All material that a reader wishes to remove from the reading room must be examined by the security officer or reading room staff. It is a violation of federal law punishable by fine and/or imprisonment to steal or willfully damage or destroy manuscripts, books or other Library property. See 18 USC 641; 18 USC 1361; 18 USC 2071; 22 DC Code 3306; and LCR 610 S 5, LCR 1812.

10. Researchers must follow all directions of the reference staff regarding the handling of manuscript material.

I have read and agree to abide by the above rules and regulations of the Manuscript Division Reading Room. I understand that if I do not follow these rules, the Manuscript Division can deny me access to its facilities and collections.

Revised April 12, 2016

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It should be noted that the Library of Congress ordinarily does not own the copyright in either published or unpublished manuscripts in its custody. Therefore it can neither grant nor deny permission to publish or quote in published form from manuscripts in its collections. It should also be noted that neither titles nor facts can be copyrighted; therefore, permission is not required to cite a collection as a source or to use facts from it.

In general, when copyright interests do subsist in unpublished manuscripts, these interests are the property of the author or of the author's heirs or assigns. Copyright ownership does not accompany physical ownership of a manuscript, although the owner of copyright interests may assign or sell such interests to the owner of the physical property.

For more information about copyright, please refer to the U. S. Copyright Office Web page at <>.

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Readers interested in consulting any of the division's collections are advised to write or telephone the Manuscript Reading Room at (202) 707-5387 before visiting. Many processed and nearly all unprocessed collections are stored off site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

Processed collections stored offsite are listed below. Please contact the Manuscript Reading Room several business days before your visit to request containers from offsite collections to be delivered to the Manuscript Reading Room in advance of your arrival.

When you arrive to consult containers delivered from offsite, reference staff will ask you to complete a paper call slip to have containers brought out to your table for use.

Although the list of off-site collections is updated periodically, the storage location of collections can change without notice. You are urged to contact the Manuscript Reading Room in advance of your visit, even if the collection you wish to use does not appear on this list.

Contact Us:
Email: [email protected] 
Phone. (202) 707-5387

Abelson, Philip Hauge
Ace, Goodman
Adams, Arthur S.
Aldrich, Nelson W.
Allen, Florence Ellinwood
Allen, Fred
Allen, Charles Julius and Grace Elizabeth
American Association of University Women
American Council of Learned Societies
American Gold Star Mothers
American Historical Association
American Lands Alliance records
American Medical Center for Burma
American Psychological Association
American Scholar
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Studies Association
Amos 'n' Andy (Radio program)
Anderson, Clinton Presba
Anderson, Frank Maloy
Andrews, Frank Maxwell
Arendt, Hannah
Arnold, Henry Harley
Associated Press
Association of Research Libraries
Astin, Allen Varley
Atlantic Union Committee

Baker, Ray Stannard
Balchen, Bernt
Bancroft-Bliss family
Barbee, James D. and Davis R.
Barnes, James Martin
Baroody, William J.
Barrett, John
Bartlett family
Barth, John
Bassett, John Spencer
Beach, Joseph W.
Beale family
Beard, Daniel Carter
Becker, Florence Deakins
Becton, Julius W.
Beecher, Henry Ward
Beers, Henry Putney
Benjamin, Harold Raymond Wayne
Bennett, William Ralph
Benson, William Shepherd
Berge, Wendell
Berkner, Lloyd V.
Berry, Faith
Beyer, Otto Sternoff
Bingham, Theodore A.
Black, Ruby A.
Blackburn, Elizabeth H.
Blair family
Block, Herbert
Block, Ralph
Boggs, Samuel Whittemore
Bollingen Foundation Records
Bonaparte, Charles J.
Book of the Month Club
Boone, Joel Thompson
Boorstin, Daniel J.
Borah, William Edgar
Borglum, Gutzon
Bouton, Jim
Bowen, Catherine Drinker
Bowles, Edward Lindley
Brandon, Henry
Brasol, Boris Leo
Brennan, Francis Edwin
Brode, Wallace R.
Broder, David S.
Brooke, Edward W.
Brown, Ray Eber
Browne, Malcolm W.
Brundage, Percival Flack
Bryson, Lyman
Buchwald, Art
Buck, Solon J.
Bunau-Varilla, Philippe
Burnett, Edmund C.
Bush, Vannevar
Butterfield, Kenyon L.

Caesar, Sid
Cain, James
Cairns, Huntington
Campbell, Francis Joseph
Canal Zone Library-Museum
Carson, Johnny
Carter, Clarence Edwin
Carter, Thomas Henry
Caton, John Dean
Cattell, James McKeen
Cecil, Robert Edgar
Celler, Emanuel
Center for National Policy Review
Chamberlain, Eugene Tyler
Chase, Lewis Nathaniel
Cheney, John Vance
Childs, James Bennett
Ciardi, John
Clapp family
Clapper, Raymond
Clark, Kenneth Bancroft
Cleland, T. M. (Thomas Maitland)
Cline, Howard Francis
Cline, Ray S.
Coan, Titus
Cockburn, George
Collins, Ross A.
Columbia Broadcasting System
Colwell, Rita
Commoner, Barry
Congressional Staff Club
Connaly, Tom
Cook, Robert C.
Corey, Herbert
Council on Library and Information Resources
Croffut, W. A. (William Augustus)
Cronyn, Hume and Tandy, Jessica
Crowe, William

Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard
Daniels, Josephus
Dash, Samuel
Davenport, Marcia
Davenport, Russell Wheeler
Davies, Joseph Edward
Davis, James J.
Davisson, Clinton Joseph
Dawes, Henry L.
Dearstyne, Howard
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell
Deming, W. Edwards (William Edwards)
Democratic Study Group
Denker, Henry
Dennett, Tyler
Denny, George Vernon
Dickerson, Nancy
Dike, Samuel Warren
Dodd, William Edward
Doysie, Abel
Du Pont, Marcella Miller
Dumont, Henry
DuPree African American Pentecostal Collection

Eames, Charles and Ray
Eastham, Melville
Eckart, Carl
Edwards, Harry
Eisner, Thomas
Eizenstat, Stuart
Elections Research Center records
Eliot, George Fielding
Ellsberg, Edward
Ericsson, John
Etzioni, Amitai
Evans, Rowland
Everts, Lillian
Ewing family (Charles Ewing)

Fadiman, Clifton
Fairchild, Sherman M.
Fedoroff, Nina
Feis, Herbert
Feulner, Edwin J.
Finley, David Edward
Fiske, Minnie Maddern
Fitzpatrick, John Clement
Fleming, Harold C.
Flood, Henry D.
Ford, John Thompson
Ford, Worthington Chauncey
Foulke, William Dudley
Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association
Friis, Harald Trap
Fuller, Melville Weston
Furman, Bess

Garfield, Harry Augustus
Garfield, James Rudolph
Garfield, Lucretia Rudolph
Geleerd, Elisabeth R.
German Captured Documents
Gerson, N. C.
Gertz, Elmer
Gesell, Arnold
Gesell, Gerhard Alden
Getler, Michael
Ghent, William James
Gibbons, John H.
Gilchrist, Huntington
Ginsburg, David
Ginsburg, Ina
Gitelson, Maxwell
Gleason, Arthur Huntington
Goebel, Julius
Goldman, Eric Frederick
Goldsmith, Thomas T.
Golovin, Nicholas E.
Goodman, Leo
Graham, Fred P.
Granik, Theodore
Gray, L. Patrick
Green, Theodore Francis
Greene, Frank L.
Greene, Lorenzo Johnston
Greenfield, Meg
Greenspan, Alan
Grey, Zane
Grosvenor Family Papers
Gruen, Victor
Gruenberg, Benjamin Charles and Sidonie
Grunwald, Henry
Guggenheim, Harry Frank

Hagedorn, Hermann
Hall, Herbert J.
Halsey, Edwin Alexander
Hamilton, Florence
*Hamilton, Virginia
Hammond, John Hays
Hapgood, Norman
Harlan, John Marshall
Harper's Magazine
Harriman, Florence
Harriman, Pamela
Harris, Patricia (Roberts)
Harris, William Torrey
Harshaw, Ruth Hetzel
Haworth, Leland John
Hayden, Edward Everett
Haydn, Hiram Collins
Haynsworth, Clement F.
Helm, Edith Benham
Hensley, Stewart
Hess, Stephen
Hildebrandt, A.
Hill, Henry Aaron
Hillcrest Children's Center
Hoffman, Daniel
Hollerith, Herman
Holmes, John Haynes
Homburger, Freddy
Hoppen, William
Hornaday, William Temple
Horner, Frederick Cecil
Howard, Roy Wilson
Howard-von Recum family
Hubbard family
Huebsch, Benjamin W.
Hutchinson, Ralph Cooper
Hyde, Dorsey William
Hyman, Stanley Edgar

Ince, Thomas Harper
Indian Languages Collection
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Psycho-Analytical Association
Ireland. Parliament. House of Commons (debates)
Iturbide, Augustin de

Jaffe, Jerome
James, Marquis
Jameson, J. Franklin
Jenckes, Thomas Allen
Joelson, Charles Samuel
Joint Committee on Materials for Research records
Johnson, Frank M. (Frank Minis)
Johnston, Mercer Green

Kalmus, Herbert Thomas
Kantor, MacKinley
Karle, Isabella and Jerome
Karsten, Karl G.
Kaufman, Irving R.
Keene, Frances Bowler
Kelsey, Frances Oldham
Kessler, Milton
Kilby, Jack S.
King, Alexander
Kingsbury, John Adams
Kingsbury-Smith, Joseph
Kissinger, Henry
Kleine, George
Kline, Burton
Kluge, John
Klyce, Scudder
Kowalski, Frank
Kroll, Lucy
Krug, Julius A.

Lakhman, Gizella
Landis, James McCauley
Lardner, George
Latimer, John
Lattimore, Owen
Lawrie, Lee
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights records
League of Women Voters (U.S.)
LeJeune, John Archer
Leland, Waldo Gifford
Leventhal, Harold
Levine, Irving R.
Lewin, Bertram David
Lewis, Anthony
Lewis, Nolan Don Carpenter
Library of Congress. Records
Liebengood, Howard S.
Linowitz, Sol M.
Lipset, Seymour
Literary Society of Washington D.C.
Louchheim, Katie
Loewenstein, Rudolph Maurice
Loewy, Raymond
Loeb, Benjamin S.
Logan, Joshua
LOOK Magazine Records
Luce, Henry Robinson

MacDowell Colony Records
Machen, Lewis H.
MacVeagh, Franklin
Mahan, A. T. (Alfred Thayer)
Maldarelli, Oronzio
Malik, Charles Habib
Malina, Frank J.
Mann, Arthur William
Marburg, Theodore
March, Peyton Conway
Marshall, Charles Clinton
Marshall, Peter
Martin, Glenn L.
Martin, John Bartlow
Mathews, Virginia
Mauldin, William H.
McAtee, Waldo Lee
McCormick, Lynde Dupuy
McCrumb, Fred R.
McGee, Anita Newcomb
McGee, W. J.
McGowan, Carl
McGranery, James P., and Regina Clark McGranery
McGrory, Mary
McGuire, William
McLean, Evalyn Walsh
Mearns, Edgar Alexander
Mercy-Argenteau family
Metraux, Rhoda
Meyer, Cord
Michener, James A
Middleton, George
Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig
Miller, Adolph Caspar
Miller, David Hunter
Milton, George F.
Mink, Patsy T.
Mitchell, Samuel Chiles
Moore, Merrill
Moral Re-Armament
Morris, Arthur J.
Morris, Roland Sletor
Moton family
Moynihan, Daniel P. (Daniel Patrick)
Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin)
Munroe, Kirk
Murdock, Victor
Murray, John M. (John Milne)

National Association for Universal Military Training
National Committee on Atomic Information
National Consumers' League
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women, Washington, D.C., Office
National Urban League
National Society for the Promotion of Industrial Education
National Woman's Party
Neuharth, Allen
Newell, Frederick Haynes
Newman, Winn
Nichols, William Ichabod
Niederland, William G.
Norris, George W.

Oberholser, Harry Church
Odom, William E.
Ogilvy, David
O'Laughlin, John Callan
Osborn, Fairfield
Osborne, John
Oxnam, G. Bromley (Garfield Branley)

Paine, Thomas O.
Palmer, Theodore Sherman
Patri, Angelo
Patterson, Frederick D. (Frederick Douglass)
Patterson, Jefferson
Patterson, Mary Marvin Breckinridge
Patterson, Richard Sharpe
Patterson-Winslow family
Payne, Ethel L.
Payton, John
Pei, I. M.
Penn, John Garrett
People for the American Way and People for the American
Way Foundation Records
Pertschuk, Michael
Peterson, Russell W.
Phi Beta Kappa Records
Phillips, Samuel C.
Piccard Family Papers
Pickerill, Elmo N. (Elmo Neale)
Pike-McConnell-Donaldson family
Pinchot, Amos
Pinchot, Cornelia Bryce
Pinchot, Gifford
Pincus, Gregory
Podhoretz, Norman
Poor, Alfred Easton
Prettyman, Elijah Barrett
Price, Vincent
Progressive National Committee Supporting FDR for President
Pulitzer, Joseph

Quay, Matthew Stanley
Quinn, David B.

Ralph Edwards Productions radio and television scripts
Rash, Bryson B.
Rawleigh, William Thomas
Regan, Donald T.
Reichelderfer, Francis W. (Francis Wilton)
Ribicoff, Abraham
Rich, Giles S.
Richards, Grant
Richardson, Elliot L.
Rickenbacker, Eddie
Riis, Roger William
Ristow, Walter W.
Rivlin, Alice
Roberts, Benjamin Titus
Roberts, Elizabeth Madox
Robertson, James Alexander
Robson, May
Rodman, Peter
Rogers, Carl
Rogovin, Milton
*Roosevelt, Kermit, and Belle Roosevelt
Rubey, William Walden
Rubin, Vera C.
Rukeyser, Muriel
Russell Sage Foundation
Rustin, Bayard

Safire, William
Sagan, Carl
Sayre, Francis Bowes
Schmitt, Bernadotte Everly
Schorr, Daniel
Schriever, Bernard A.
Schur, Max
Schwellenbach, Lewis B. (Lewis Baxter)
Seaborg, Glenn Theodore
See, Thomas J. J.
Sevareid, Eric
Sewall, Joseph
Shackford, Roland Herbert
Shapiro, Henry
Shapley, Alan H
Sherwin, Martin J.
Sifton, Paul Field and Claire Ginsburg
Simmons, James Fowler
Simpson, Louis
Simpson, Matthew
Singer, Maxine
Sioussat, St. George L.
Smith, Charles Perley
Smith, Hedrick
Smythe, Hugh H.
Sobeloff, Simon Ernest
Society of Woman Geographers
Solberg, Thorvald
South Carolina. Vice-Admiralty Court at Charles Town
Spencer, Lyman Potter
Sperry, Charles S. (Charles Stillman)
Spira, Henry
Steele, Fletcher
Stephens, Harold Montelle
Stephens, Joe
Stephenson, John Aldrich (Hand, Fiske, and Aldrich families)
Stevenson, Burton Egbert
Stimson, Ralph H.
Stinson, Marjorie Claire
Stout, Juanita Kidd
Strasberg, Lee
Streit, Clarence K.
Sullivan, Walter
Summerall, Charles Pelot
Sweetser, Arthur
Swidler, Joseph C. (Joseph Charles)

Taft, Charles P. (Charles Phelps)
Taft, Robert, Jr.
Taft, Robert A. (1889-1953)
Taft, William Howard IV
Talmage, T. De Witt (Thomas De Witt)
Tatel, David
Teichmann, Howard
Terhune, Albert Payson
Toland, John
Townes, Charles H.
Tracy, Benjamin Franklin
Trager, Brahna
Train, Russell E.
Tumulty, Joseph P.
Turpeau, Anne B. (Anne Brock)
Tuve, Merle Antony

United States. American Commission to Negotiate Peace
United States Presidents' Research Committee on Social Trends

Von Bekesy, Georg
Von Braun, Werhner

Wallace, Henry A.
Walsh, Thomas James and John Edward Erickson
Ward, Lester Frank
Washington Post Historical Collection
Wayman, Dorothy G. (Dorothy Godfrey)
Wechsberg, Joseph
Wertham, Frederic
Wexler, Harry
White, Byron
White, Wallace H.
Whitlock, Brand
Wilcox, Walter
Wiley, Anna Kelton
Williams, Edward Bennett
Williams, Robert Ramapatnam
Wilson, Donald
Wilson, E. O.
Wilson, Robert E.
Wolman, Abel
Wolman, Leo
Woman's National Democratic Club Records
Women's Joint Congressional Committee
Woolsey, Lester Hood
World Calendar Association
Wouk, Herman
Wright, J. Skelly
Wright, Nathaniel Family Papers
Writers' War Board

Ziegler, Ronald L.
Zwemer, Raymund L. (Raymund Lull)


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