A Visit to Princeton University’s Mudd Manuscript Library
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.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.