The Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation department at the University of Rochester includes the holdings of the special collections and the university archives. The manuscript collections include historical topics particular to Rochester, N.Y., women's rights and the suffrage movement, horticulture, and architecture. Literary manuscript collections and university-related collections are also included. Approximately one-thousand collections have been processed and described.
The Willis Britton Papers contains two series: Personal Papers and Business Materials. Personal Papers include photographs, maps, legal documents, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and genealogical material relating to his business affairs and family. Business Materials documents the developing of W.N. Britton Reality Company.
The Hazel Diamond Macy diaries, 1855-2012, the bulk of which document the writer's daily life from 1898-1942. The collection is arranged into three series: Diaries, Manuscripts and Printed Matter, and Photographs.
This collection consists of three boxes. Box 1 contains correspondence and historical ephemera, a significant amount of which pertains to the factory opening of 1910. It also contains several style model books. Box 2 contains a scrapbook of historical newspaper clippings. Special care should be used in handling this scrapbook. In Box 3, a wide variety of business and financial information can be found, including original stock certificates and account books, as well as legal documents pertaining to the 1922 merger with Levy Bros.
This collection consists of subject folders maintained by the Student Activities Office at Todd Union. The material dates from 1926 to 1968. Several items date from before the opening of Todd Union, and bulk dates for the material are 1955-1967. For the period before integration of the women's and men's colleges (1930-1955), material is only for the College for Men. The collection covers a range of topics, including student government, fraternities and sororities, Freshman orientation ("Frosh Week"), student organizations, administrative groups, and material about the Student Activities Office and Todd Union themselves. These folders were the office's records on clubs and other activities, and the material in the folders primarily reflects what the groups themselves collected. Materials include correspondence, University press releases, notes, budgets, constitutions, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, and membership lists.