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Rare Books and Manuscripts: Manuscripts

Personal Papers and Organizational Records

Rare Books and Manuscripts has manuscript collections by or about: authors, literary research, printers, political issues, film history, science and math research, Southeast Asian war correspondents and translators' papers. 

Hand-written or typescript papers are called manuscripts and are organized into collections. Collections often include correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, videos, photographs, research and speeches.

Arizona Archives Online (AAO) contains finding aids, detailed lists of items in manuscript collections, for personal papers and organizational records, that contain information, such as provenance (who owns copyright); biographies and histories; the scope of the collection--size, subjects covered; series organization; and arrangement of the items. To only search ASU's Rare Books and Manuscripts holdings, click on the Advanced Search tab and select "Special Collections" under Arizona State University.

Not all manuscript collections have an AAO finding aid. The Accession Records of Rare Books and Manuscripts contain brief descriptions of unprocessed collections. Access to these collections are by appointment only. Contact Archivist Katherine Krzys to make an appointment and to learn more about the contents of collections without finding aids. 

Manuscript Collections by Subject

Beat Generation


Children's Authors

China War Correspondents

Holocaust (Shoa) Survivor

Literary Research




Science Fiction

Southeast Asian

Translators' Papers

Subject Guide

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