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`. . . this is an important tool for anyone embarking on research in British and American history and literature. Approaching a project in these fields without consulting the Houghton catalogue is unwise.'
Philip N. Cronenwett, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
136,000 entries describe a remarkable collection of manuscripts. Five or six miles of shelving hold millions of manuscripts dating from 3,000 BC to the present. While the collection is strong in mediaeval and renaissance manuscripts, missionary records, and radical and East European political archives, Houghton's broad strength in American and European literary manuscripts is probably unmatched.
1986 3,702 pp. in 8 vols. 312x237mm clothbound
ISBN 0 89887 040 2
*Inventories of the Houghton Manuscript Collection
Scholars often require information about the collections of which individual manuscripts may be part. This information is supplied by a series of inventories, available on microfiche, listing the entire contents of the Houghton manuscript collections. Numbers on the Houghton catalogue cards lead users straight from an individual manuscript to the relevant inventory.
Subscribers to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States automatically receive the Houghton inventories on microfiche as part of their subscription.
One dissertation can lead to the discovery of more sources, as well as other works that have been cited in additional dissertations.