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Manuscripts and Archives

This guide will help researchers locate and search manuscripts and archival collections

What are manuscripts and archives?

Manuscripts and archives are documents produced by organisations or individuals in the course of their activities, and preserved because of their continuing value.

Unlike published material, they usually exist in one copy only, and are therefore unique and irreplaceable.

Examples include: letters, notes, diaries, literary drafts, financial records, minutes, reports.

Useful terms

A glossary of useful terms for using manuscripts and archives

+ Archives

+ Collection

+ Ephemera

+ Finding aid

+ Manuscript

+ Papers

+ Primary source

+ Provenance

+ Records

+ Restricted

+ Secondary source

+ Vertical file