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Electronic Finding Aids to the OSU Libraries Special Collections


A finding aid provides researchers with descriptions of materials held in a particular collection. The following links provide access to SOME of these collection guides. Not all finding aids are available in electronic format, although more are being added, so be sure and check this page for updates.

Finding aids may provide varying levels of detailed description about the contents of a collection. Information may also be available by searching in the university Librariesí catalog, OSCAR.

Staff at a repository are happy to assist you in locating appropriate resources for your research.



Byrd Polar Archives
  • American Polar Society Records
  • Additional collections

    Cartoon Library and Museum (CGA)
  • McGowan Miller Collection
  • Toni Mendez Collection
  • San Francisco Academy of Comic Art Collection
  • Will Eisner Collection

    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
    Theatre Research Institute (TRI)

  • Leonard Spigelgass Collection
  • Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Collection
  • Twyla Tharp Papers
  • Additional collections

    Ohio Congressional Archives
  • Glenn Archives: Senate Papers Subgroup

    Medical Heritage Center
  • MHC Archives Page

    Rare Books and Manuscripts Library (RAR)
    See list of collections

    University Archives (ARV)
  • Edward Orton, Jr. Papers
  • List of oral histories