Manuscripts and Special Collections
The Manuscripts and Special Collections unit was established within the State Library in 1881. Its responsibilities include the acquisition, access and preservation of the Library's collections of:
- archives and manuscripts,
- rare books,
- maps and atlases,
- prints and photographs,
- broadsides and posters,
- musical scores and
These collections document the history of New York State from the 17th century to the present and illustrate the history of many topics related to American history, literature, science and the arts.
Visiting the Library
11th Floor Research Room Disruptions: CEC cell service work will begin on the 11th Floor of the Cultural Education Center on Monday, March 10. Drilling is involved with this work, so it will be disruptive at times. We apologize for any inconvenience this work causes our researchers.
This work is being done Plaza wide and is meant to enhance cell service in public facilities.
The Research Room for Manuscripts and Special Collections, which is shared with the New York State Archives, is on the 11th floor of the Cultural Education Center. It is open for research Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Library and the Archives are both closed for New York State legal holidays.
Material is retrieved for research at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. daily. Some collections, however, are stored off-site and may require several business days to retrieve. Arrangements should be made prior to visiting the Library.
Contact Manuscripts and Special Collections at:Manuscripts and Special Collections
New York State Library
Cultural Education Center
222 Madison Avenue
Albany, New York 12230
Phone: (518) 474-6282
Fax: (518) 474-5786