With holdings totaling more than 18,000 linear feet, the Manuscript Division provides extensive documentation of African American life and history. Currently more than 250 collections are available for research. These collections include the correspondence, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, writings and memorabilia of such notables as Alain Locke, E. Franklin Frazier, Frederick Douglass, Mary Church Terrell, Anna J. Cooper, Angelina Grimke, Lois Mailou Jones, Dr. Benjamin Mays and Amiri Baraka

All permission to publish inquiries for Manuscript Division printed materials and photographs are processed through the Prints and Photographs Department. To request information and to learn more about the collections please visit us at the MSRC Webpage. Any manuscript collections that are available on Digital Howard will not be pulled for on-site appointments as they are readily available for viewing on our website.


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 Military Vertical File

Booker T. Washington Collection

Campbell C. Johnson Collection

Dorothy Ferebee Papers

E. B. Henderson Collection

E. Franklin Frazier Papers

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

Lucy Diggs Slowe Papers

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Collection

Merze Vernie Tate Papers

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