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Modern Literature Collection and Manuscripts

Washington University's collections of manuscripts contain a broad range of materials dating from the 2nd century BC through the present. The largest group of materials is the Modern Literature Collection.

Other Manuscript Collections

While much of what constitutes Special Collections’ manuscripts collections is related to the Modern Literature holdings, there are a number of substantial collections that exist independently. In addition to a collection of ancient and medieval manuscripts documenting aspects of the history of the book (including cuneiform tablets, books of hours, psalters, and missals), other manuscript collections provide a range of research opportunities.Below are some examples of these collections.