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The majority of the Library's manuscript holdings are represented in the online catalog by collection-level records. Only a portion of the Huntington's manuscripts are represented at the item level. Most manuscript records in the online catalog can also be searched in OCLC WorldCat.

Select finding aids for collections of manuscripts, photographs, prints, and ephemera are published and discoverable in the Online Archive of California and ArchiveGrid. Some unpublished finding aids are available as PDFs in the Finding Aids Collection of the Huntington Digital Library.

Many portions of the collections are listed and described in various issues of the Huntington Library Bulletin (1931-1937) and its successor, the Huntington Library Quarterly (1937-present). Both titles are available through JSTOR.

Another good starting point are the published guides to the manuscript collections.

  • California Legal History Manuscripts in the Huntington Library, a guide. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1989.
  • Guide to American Historical Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1979.
  • Guide to British Historical Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1982.
  • Guide to Literary Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1979.
  • Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in the Huntington Library. Compiled by C.W. Dutschke et al. San Marino: Huntington Library, 1989.
  • Incunabula Medica in the Huntington Library. Compiled by Herman Ralph Meade. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1931.

Most individual items in collections cataloged prior to 1994 may be found in our on-site card catalog.

If you are looking for a particular manuscript, and do not find it in the online catalog or other sources, please contact reference@huntington.org for assistance.

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