Nestled on Olden Street, Mudd Manuscript Library operates on the Princeton University campus as a mini-Library of Congress.
Inside an otherwise nondescript three-floor building are 220 million documents that a 10-member staff, a supervisor and student employees help keep in order. Historians, students and other users make up the just under 2,000 visitors a year to pass through its doors.
Here, staff handle everything from scanning documents that patrons have requested to organizing the boxes of material that get turned into neat folders of information that a scholar can access.
As technology improves, so does the ease with which people can access material. For instance, tens of thousand of senior theses are kept at Mudd in bound volume form. But theses since 2013 can be accessed electronically, said Lynn M. Durgin, a special collections assistant.
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