What are Manuscript Materials?
These are generally personal letters, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, memoirs, etc. kept and preserved by families or individuals. Manuscripts usually provide information about social, religious, or community events of a more personal nature.
Lewis J. and Lynn Lady Bellardo in A Glossary for Archivists, Manuscript Curators, and Records Managers (Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 1992) describe manuscript materials as personal and/or family papers collected or "acquired from various sources usually according to a plan but without regard to" origin.
Examples of manuscript collections include:
- Benecke Family, Papers, 1816-1989
- Fike, Henry C., Diaries, 1851-1919
- Lyon, M. Fred, Collection, 1870-1991
- Alvord, Clarence W. and Idress Head, Collection, 1759-1962
- Henry, Ethelda, Genealogical Collection, n.d.
- Lewis, Meriwether, Astronomy Notebook, 1805
- Matthews Family Papers, 1862-1863
- McCausland, Nathan H., Papers, 1858-1864