Cornell University Library offers rich special collections resources in several library units on the central Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, as well as the Medical Center Archives at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located in New York City. Below is a description of the primary units within Cornell University Library that contain rare books, archives, manuscripts, and other special collections.
Cornell University’s rare book and manuscript collections date from the founding of the University in 1865. Andrew Dickson White, Cornell’s co-founder and first president, was a life-long book collector who believed that deep collections of primary research materials are central to scholarship and teaching. This founding principle continues to guide Cornell’s collecting policies to this day.