We organize our manuscript collections by either the individual or the organization who created the items.
Our manuscripts collections cover a broad range of subjects. We have many collections focused on items relating to the history of eastern Washington State, especially the Palouse region and the Pacific Northwest.
Manuscript collections contain the following types of materials:
- unpublished text documents (letters and records)
- music scores
- audiovisual media
- printed ephemera
- other items
Some collections are gathered around a particular subject, for example, the Washington Composers Collection.
We’ve acquired these collections since the early 1900s, primarily to support research and teaching at Washington State University.
- Browse collection guides by title
- Browse collection guides by general subject
- Manuscript accession register (for collections acquired but not yet processed)
- Manuscript “small cages” (small single item or single folder collections)
- Oral history collections
- Congressional papers
- Featured item: Papal Bull, 1216
Access and searching information
For information about finding materials, use of collections, and understanding our collection call numbers, please see our Access to MASC Collections page.