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Assistance in finding and using manuscripts, rare books, archival materials, and other Special Collections resources.

Special & archival collections reference

Special Collections and University Archives is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to materials of enduring historic value that support the research needs of the Stanford community and beyond. The holdings of our department are divided into three distinct and unique divisions: Manuscripts, Rare Books and University Archives. Reference help for each of these divisions is available by sending an email to and setting an appointment. General overviews of the collections and help with finding aids and paging materials can be obtained by visiting the Field Reading Room.