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Asia Studies

Manuscripts & Archives at the WSU Libraries

The Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) area of the WSU Libraries contains unique, unpublished records created by organizations and individuals in the conduct of their activities.  Collections of unpublished personal papers, organizational records, and historical photographs are described and inventoried in detailed guides known as collection guides or finding aids. A collection guide helps the researcher to identify boxes or folders of interest with a manuscript or archival collection. A typical collection guide provides background information on the organization, person, or family who created the papers or photographs, an overview of the collection and its arrangement, and a detailed container list. Many, though not all, collection guides are available to view on the MASC website


Some collections related to Asia Studies include:

Using Search It (WSU Libraries Catalog) to Identify Manuscript Collections

Use Search It, WSU Libraries catalog, to help identify manuscript collections:

  • In Advanced Search, limit your search to WSU Pullman and the term 'manuscripts' as a subject or general keyword along with a subject (e.g., Asia). 
  • OR-- search by topic and limit your search to the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections area (MASC) as a location.        

To get a better idea of the manuscript and archival material available in the WSU Libraries, go to the MASC homepage, where you can browse by type of collection: manuscripts, university archives, photographs, rare books and special collections, and digital collections. You can also visit Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in person--its on the Terrell Library Ground Floor, accessible from the atrium.

Some Tips for Using Manuscript Collections

Research using manuscript material is different from more typical library research.  The unique nature of the material dictates that there are stricter security procedures -- users need to register, manuscript materials need to be requested, photocopying is limited, etc.  The following tips can help you when using the manuscript material in WSU Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections:

  • Check MASC hours, they are open fewer hours than the rest of the library.
  • Browse the MASC home page, the links to different parts of the collection, particularly Help Finding Materials.
  • Do preliminary research first so that you can place the manuscript material in historical context.  Since manuscripts tend to be either personal papers or organizational records, it is essential to know the important people and groups associated with your research topic.
  • Look over the online collection guide, if available, prior to using this collection so that you can identify the boxes and folders you will need to examine.
  • Allocate sufficient time.  Research using manuscript material takes time.

Manuscript & Archival Collections Elsewhere

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