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Using our collections

Although it is not required, we suggest that researchers contact us and register as a researcher prior to their visit. All researchers will be asked to fill out a registration form beforehand or in person and provide valid photo identification (such as UR ID or a driver's license). 

RBSCP has over 500 manuscript collections that are described in online finding aids. Each entry gives basic descriptive information about the subject and material in the collection, the size of the collection, and its provenance (how it came to RBSCP). Finding aids contain a short description of the collection and, in some cases, a box-by-box or folder-by-folder listing of its contents.

Printed material -- books, maps, newspapers, journals -- is represented by author, title, and subject entries in the library's catalog. RBSCP also has a very strong collection of local history (Rochester and Western New York) materials and is the home of the University Archives. 

Before visiting us, please note the following Reading Room Policies & Procedures:

● Researchers are required to fill out an online Registration Form before they use collection material. This can be filled out before their visit or when they arrive in the department. Registrations are valid for one academic year (September-August).

● All users must provide a current, valid ID: UR ID, driver’s or non-driver’s license, or passport.

 

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Special Collections Curators

Contact one of the curators below for questions in their areas of expertise.

Autumn Haag, Assistant Director​

  • Architecture
  • Black History and Culture
  • Horticulture
  • 19th Century Political History
  • Rochester and Monroe County Resources
  • 19th Century Social Justice and Activism
  • Women’s History

Erin Fisher, Special Collections Librarian

  • Business, including Kodak
  • Literature, including Bibliographic and Book History and Children’s Literature
  • Photography
  • Religion, including Spiritualism
  • Science

Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Exhibitions and Special Projects Manager

  • Art
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • LGBTQI+ Resources
  • 20th and 21st Century Political History
  • 20th and 21st Century Social Justice and Activism
  • Theater

Melissa S. Mead, John M. and Barbara Keil University Archivist and Rochester Collections Librarian

  • University History

Anna Siebach-Larsen, Director, Rossell Hope Robbins Library and Koller-Collins Center for English Studies

  • Early Modern Collections (1500-1700)
  • Medieval Collections