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University Archives and Manuscripts

Information about how to conduct research in University Archives and Manuscripts.


The Brown University Archives are a rich and diverse resource for students, faculty, and other researchers from a variety of disciplines. The collections are particularly strong in the following areas:

History of Brown University

Student life

History of education

Women's studies

Genealogical information

American Civil War and World War I

Civil Rights movement


Collections Overview

Material in the University Archives can be found through the online finding aids or printed guides. These include registers of manuscript collections, office files, graphics, and audio-visual material. There are also guides to Archives subject files and sport and dramatic collections, as well as indexes to University publications.  Please contact us via the Question Form for assistance.

Corporation Records (restricted for 50 years)

President's Papers (restricted for 25 years)

Administrative Records

Faculty Papers

Alumni Papers

Student Records

Topic Files

Museum Objects

Biographical Files

Sound Recordings and Moving Images

University Publications

Broadsides and Posters

Photographs and Prints

Edward North Robinson Collection of Brown Athletics

Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives

Archives Classifications

What do all those strange codes mean?  The University Archives' classification scheme is based on a system devised by the first University Archivist Martha Mitchell:

1 Letter Category
1 A Charter
1 B Corporation
1 C President
1 D Finance
1 E History
1 F Historical Catalogues
1 G Annual Catalogues and Directories
1 H Handbooks and Curriculum
1 I Honors
1 J Commencement
1 K Miscellaneous Programs
1 L Faculty Groups
1 M Lectures
1 N Student Papers, Theses
1 O Athletics
1 P Publications and Periodicals
1 Q Societies
1 R Student Life
1 S Alumni
1 T Classes
1 U Alumni Writings
1 UF Faculty Research and Writings
1 V University Portraits
1 W Views
1 X Library
1 Y Registrar
1 Z Departments
1 ZP Pembroke