Special Collections

Find Institutions

Enter a keyword or phrase for an institution or repository "Jones" or "Jones Library"
Use the municipality dropdown to limit your search.

Find Collections

Search by phrase "Robert Frost",
combining terms "Robert AND Frost" or "Robert OR Frost",
or excluding terms with a minus sign: "Robert -Frost"

The Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections Directory profiles collections in more than 650 Massachusetts libraries, archives, historical societies and town clerk's offices.

The directory provides information about the institution, contacts, services available and volume of material, as well as directions to the repository.

Institution Name

Use the Institution Name search to find libraries and organizations by name.


Use the Municipality drop-down to browse repositories by city or town.


Use the Name/Subject search to find collections by a specific topic, person, or place.