Archives / Manuscripts

Core Resources

Princeton University Library Finding Aids

Provides access to finding aids or descriptive inventories for archival records and manuscript collections held within the University Library. Approximately 1,300 finding aids from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections are now available online and include the Manuscripts Division, Public Policy Papers, and University Archives.


Provides access to archived versions of Princeton University websites starting from 2015.  Archive-It provides browsing capabilities as well as full text search of all websites in the collection.

MASC: Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections

Master author index for more than 1200 archival collections in all units of the Princeton University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, with entries for more than 23,000 individuals and corporate bodies. This database is maintained locally. MASC has not been actively updated since 2002.

Supplementary Resources

Access to Archives (United Kingdom)

Search & browse for information about archives in England, dating from the 900s to the present day.

Archive Finder

Contains the entire holdings in the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC). Current directory of 5,500 repositories and 141,178 collections of primary source materials across the United States.


Index to finding aids and other descriptive information about the holdings of manuscript and archival collections in libraries and research institutions throughout the world.

Subject Librarian(s)

Daniel Linke

University Archivist & Curator of Public Policy Papers
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library