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Research

The Special Collections and Archives division includes Special Collections, University Archives, Heritage Protocol, and the Claude Pepper Library.  Collections comprise more than half a million items, ranging from ostraka, cuneiform tablets, papyri, illuminated manuscripts, and incunabula to modern artist books, literary manuscripts, and business records. The primary areas of collection strengths include Napoleon and the French Revolution, poetry, Florida political collections, Southern business history, literary manuscripts, local and regional history, and the history of Florida State University.

The collections are available to FSU faculty, students, staff, scholars, and the general public for use in the Special Collections reading room in Strozier Library. Books, manuscripts, and archives can be searched using the FSU Libraries’ online catalog.  For more detailed finding aids or guides to unpublished manuscripts and archives collections, search the FSU finding aids.

To protect our rare and valuable collections, all researchers are asked to register, provide a photo ID, and adhere to our research policies. Items in the collection may not be loaned or used outside the secure reading room. Visitors may bring digital cameras and laptop computers into the reading room. All other personal belongings will be placed in lockers while using the collections. No food or drinks are allowed in Special Collections. More information about our services and policies is available here.

Digital Collections and Online Exhibits

Special Collections collaborates with the Digital Library Center in providing online access to scanned manuscript collections, archives, and rare books. A growing number of digital collections are available at fsu.digital.flvc.org

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