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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.

Manuscript Images

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Depicting Devotion - Illuminated Manuscripts


The Terry Hours


Michelangelo manuscript


Papyrus manuscripts

Curator, Modern Literature Collection and Manuscripts

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Joel Minor
Olin Library, Campus Box 1061

One Brookings Drive

St. Louis, MO 63130

Phone: (314) 935-5413

Fax: (314) 935-4045

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.