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Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection

Identifier: MS 000


This collection consists of miscellaneous letters, diaries, scrapbooks, notebooks, autographs, drawings, legal papers, deeds, legal papers, invoices, ledgers, advertising materials, promissory notes, mortgages, commissions, playbills, speeches, reports, charters, ephemera, and literary manuscripts of disparate or unknown provenances.

Additionally, it contains specialized collections, including WWI and WWII posters, historical prints, photographs, newspapers and maps.


  • Creation: 1300-2001,
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1850-1920

Language of Material

Materials in English, Arabic, Spanish, German, Latin.

Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder.


5 Linear feet (10 boxes)


Collection: Arranged into five groups: I.--Personal Papers; II. Legal Papers; III. Business Records; IV Organizational Papers; V. Literary Manuscripts. subdivided into series within each group based on specific form of material: eg. correspondence, deeds, receipts, programs, etc.

Ownership and Custodial History

This artificial collection was assembled from disparate holdings and donations by Archives and Special Collections staff. It consist of individual manuscript items that are not related to each other by creator, provenance, or subject. These miscellaneous items are artificially organized into Groups and series by the form of the materials rather than subject or origin. They have been donated by various individuals.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Multiple sources. Date of acquisition--multiple dates of acquisition..


Further accruals are expected.

Related Archival Materials

[Manuscript collections]: Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Related Archival Materials

Records of Franklin and Marshall College (RG 1-15): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..

Separated Materials

Some materials previously held in this collection relating to persons/topics/business relating to Franklin and Marshall College have been incorporated into the College Archives (Records of Franklin and Marshall College). Additional material in this collection may be incorporated into other, more appropriate collections as format, subject, and provenance may indicate in the future.

Processing Information

Processing completed April 2004.

Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States