Manuscript Collections

Photograph of page 1 of the James Ball Diaries, Mss 282

The term ‘manuscript collections’ usually refers to personal / family papers or organization / business records. Sometimes this term is used interchangeably with ‘archives’ or ‘archival records;’ records created by the university are called university archives. Archives and manuscript collections can include hand written material, typescripts, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, financial records, correspondence, news clippings and even printed works. Late 20th and 21st century collections often include electronic files. The majority of our manuscript collections / university archives have guides available via the Northwest Digital Archives; those that do not have online guides have inventories available at Archives & Special Collections.