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To search as a phrase, surround your terms in quotes. Personal names may appear in reverse order in some guides (e.g., “Adams, Charles Francis”) or in other variations (e.g., “Charles F. Adams”). When using quotes, try searching variations to retrieve all instances of a personal name.

Many of the Society's collection guides—narrative descriptions of the context, arrangement, and contents of manuscript, photograph, and other collections—are now available online, and more are added regularly. The online collection guides are accessible from collection records in ABIGAIL, in a browsable list, and by using the search tool at left. Some collection guides are not yet available online; please contact the reference librarian to inquire about having a copy of a paper collection guide sent to you.