Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Third Floor
Room 328
New York, NY 10018
Fully Accessible
Open today
11 AM–5 PM
Regular Hours
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Day Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM–5 PM
Thursday: 11 AM–5 PM
Friday: 11 AM–5 PM
Saturday: 1 PM–5 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

About the Division

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The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives in over 5,500 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and records of individuals, families, and organizations, primarily from the New York region. These collections support research in the political, economic, social, and cultural history of New York and the United States. Learn more about this division.

Visiting the Collection

Can researchers access the collection without an appointment?
Patrons are welcome to visit the reading room during opening hours to speak with a librarian in person about their research. However, advance notice is necessary to consult material. To request a research appointment, create a Special Collections Account, click on "Appointments → Make an Appointment," and follow the prompts—or email

Are virtual consultations available and are they required before making an onsite research appointment?
Researchers are welcome to book a virtual consultation with one of our librarians to discuss research needs via phone or video chat. However, this is not a requirement to book a research appointment

Who can researchers contact with further questions?
Please email us at with any additional queries.

Request a Class Visit

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We work with educators to design class visits that use the Library's remarkable collections to foster creative inquiry, build critical thinking and visual literacy skills, and inspire wonder and excitement around the process of primary source analysis and research. Learn more.