The MSRC's Manuscript Division brings together rare and treasured manuscript collections, oral histories, photographs, sheet music, and sound recordings to provide an in-depth view of Black history, politics, literature, and culture. To request information and to learn more about the collections please visit:


Browse the Manuscript Division Collections:

Albert Cassell Papers

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Digital Archive

Anna Julia Cooper Collection

Bethel Literary and Historical Association

Black Congressional Monitor

Black Military Vertical File

Booker T. Washington Collection

Campbell C. Johnson Collection

E. B. Henderson Collection

Francis J. Grimke Papers

Freedmen's Hospital School of Nursing

Howard University Jazz Oral History Project

Howard University Men and Women in the Armed Forces

J. Clay Smith, Jr. Collection

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Collection

National Association of University Women

Oliver Otis Howard Collection

Omnium Gatherum

Paul Robeson Collection

Pittsburgh Courier DC Image Collection


The Archives of African American Architects Digital Collection

Thomas Montgomery Gregory Collection

William Stuart Nelson