The Berg Collection comprises some 35,000 printed volumes, pamphlets, and broadsides, and 2,000 linear feet of literary archives and manuscripts, representing the work of more than 400 authors. Printed books in English date from William Caxton’s 1480 edition of the Chronicles of England to the present day, and the manuscripts encompass an almost equally lengthy period.
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About the Division
Visiting the Collection
Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
Appointments are required to access the collection. To request an appointment, create a Special Collections Account, click on "Appointments → Make an Appointment," and follow the prompts—or contact us by email at email@example.com.
Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Researchers are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians to discuss their research plans and needs, but a virtual consultation is not required to book an in-person research appointment.
What else do researchers need to know about accessing the collection?
Most collections are described in the Archives Portal and/or the Online Catalog; some materials are described in the Card Catalog only. Please email us at email@example.com if your research interests intersect with our holdings but you do not find what you are looking for.
Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional queries.
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