The Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections is Cornell's principal repository of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Division holds over 500,000 printed volumes, more than 80 million manuscripts, and another million photographs, paintings, prints, and other visual media. Among these are particularly strong collections of early photography, the history of science, human sexuality, witchcraft, the French Revolution, the Civil War and the abolitionist movement, Dante and Petrarch, Icelandic history and literature, urban planning and architecture, new media art, and musical movements such as Hip Hop and punk. The Division is also home to Cornell University's Archives. This digital collection consists of images drawn from a range of subject areas in the Division.

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