Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
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The Rare Book collections document the history of the written word from ancient clay cuneiform tablets to an extensive representation of works by 20th-century authors. The collections support research in fields such as medieval and Renaissance studies, the Reformation, 18th-century France and England, American history, Anglo-American literature, Icelandic history and culture, the history of science, and women's studies. Other collections focus on medicine, ornithology, witchcraft, human sexuality, the graphic arts, New York state history and agriculture, and architecture and city planning. The Division also houses the Cornell University Archives, which includes records of the founding and growth of the university as well as an extensive collection documenting regional history. These collections are located on Level 2B of the Carl A. Kroch Library
, where students, faculty and independent scholars will find an ideal setting for research and instruction.