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Special Collections: Political History Resources: Archival Materials

This guide will help you navigate the political history collections in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP)
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Searching for Archival Material

Information about the manuscript collections may be found online in the Subject Guide to the Collections. You can also browse the A-Z list of manuscript collections (the link is below). Our finding aids are processed at different levels. Some include item-by-item level descriptions and others are processed at the folder or box level. 

Special Collections: Political History Resources

Special Collections holds a wide variety of political sciences-related manuscript collections from the 19th and 20th centuries. The largest collections are those of New York State and Rochester-area politicians, including Governors William Henry Seward and Thomas E. Dewey, Congressmen Kenneth B. Keating and Louise Slaughter, and City Council Members Ruth Scott and Midge Costanza. These collections contain a wide range of material, including correspondence, speeches, subject files, and photographs and films. They generally contain records that reflect the professional interests of their subjects and include domestic and foreign political topics.  

Links to Finding Aids

This list represents just a few of our many manuscript collections related to political history.

Assistant Director, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

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Autumn Haag

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th Century Social Justice and Activism
  • Black History and Culture
  • Rochester and Monroe County History
  • Women’s History
  • Political Collections - William Henry Seward, Thurlow Weed, and Midge Costanza
Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Rush Rhees Library
Room 225
755 Library Road
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627