Manuscript collections are underutilized in genealogical research. Most of them were created in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by genealogists who specialized in a locality. Because of the widespread availability of research guides and on-line finding aids, manuscript collections deserve to be used much more than they are.
Some examples of manuscript collections are the Draper Collection for the United States, the Andrea Collection for South Carolina, the Gardner Collection for New Jersey, the McCubbins Collection for North Carolina, Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families for Plymouth, the Cope Collection for Pennsylvania and Delaware, the Hollingsworth Collection for Georgia, and the Corbin Collection for Massachusetts. Today all of these exist in microform. Some have had selected portions published; others have various levels of access.
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