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  • Special Collections

  • ManuscriptsThe R. Stanton Avery Special Collections actively collects, preserves, and makes accessible unpublished genealogical and local history materials, such as bible records, business records, cemetery records, church records, diaries, journals and ledger books, institutional records, letters, maps, military records, photographs, samplers, and compiled genealogies and charts.

    The documents in our collection are donated singularly and as part of family papers and genealogical collections compiled by genealogical researchers and authors and family associations. The documents in our collection date from the fourteenth century to the present and represent New England and many other regions.


    Questions about copyright laws, photocopies of our collection, image use fees, or research requests? We offer easy to find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about special collections.


    Special collections are available to members, who are visiting the library, under the following provisions:

    • Access request is made during normal business hours
    • The collection requested has been fully processed and cataloged
    • A manuscript request form has been completed in full (forms are available on 6th and 5th floors)

     Learn more details on how to access our collection.


    Many researchers own unique manuscript items. Donations of such items to NEHGS form the basis of our amazing manuscript collection. Many researchers may wish to plan for the eventual disposition of their family collections. NEHGS is the perfect place to preserve and protect your family treasures, and make them available to future generations of family history researchers.

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