Research

Collections

The Library’s world-renowned research collections feature more than 46 million items, from a copy of the Declaration of Independence to Maya Angelou’s papers. Start your research here.

Research Catalog

Request materials in advance to make the most of your time on site. Use Advanced Search to narrow your results.
Try our Shared Collection Catalog—now in beta—to search for 7+ million more items available for use in our research centers. Learn more.
Locate a journal by name or subject with our E-Journal Finder.

Archives Portal

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    Search Archival Material

    Locate manuscripts and archival content, view detailed information on each collection, and request items from across our four research centers.

Print & Photographs Catalog

Digital Collections

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    Browse the Collection

    Browse our continually growing collection of digitized items, from book covers to prints to posters.
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    Public Domain Picks

    Find, download, and repurpose public domain images in almost limitless ways.