Conduct primary source research with our manuscripts, which include collections of personal papers, diaries, photographs, ephemera, and business records. Search and browse our finding aids, detailed inventories of our primary source materials, to discover manuscript collections. Some of our manuscript collections are available online. Consult our Digital Collections to learn more about our digital cultural heritage resources.
Listed below are several subject strengths of our manuscript collections. These are not an extensive listing of our collections, however, you may find an A-Z list of all of our manuscripts by browsing our finding aids by collection title.
Dig in to our manuscript collections that document the bloody history of the Civil War in Chattanooga and Tennessee. Ranging from personal letters and diaries to military records and newspapers, these collections show the destructive power of the American Civil War.
View collections that include literary manuscripts, journals, photographs, speeches, correspondence, and scrapbooks that documents the lives and accomplishments of local authors include Robert Sparks Walker, Emma Bell Miles, Barry Moser, and Caroline Gordon. To view their published works, Search Rare Books.