The Manuscript Division seeks to preserve personal papers and organizational records that document the course of America's national experience. Its more than twelve thousand collections and more than seventy million items touch upon every aspect of American history and culture. The Manuscript Division's holdings are strongest, however, in the areas of American national government, the federal judiciary, diplomacy, military history, women's history, and black history.
The Manuscript Reading Room is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday. Researchers are strongly advised to contact reading room staff by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 3-5 days in advance of visiting. Many collections are located in an off-site storage facility and require advance notice, or have a restriction on access.