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The Manuscripts department welcomes enquiries in person, by phone, or by email. We are always interested to know more about the work being done on our collections so please let us know about your research and discoveries. 

Enquiries

Please send all enquiries to the following email address: mss@lib.cam.ac.uk

Curatorial staff

Members of the department each have curatorial responsibility for particular collections. They are responsible for all aspects of collection development in their specialist areas including appraisal, selection, description and cataloguing. Curatorial staff will respond to detailed enquiries about their collections. They share responsiblity for promoting our collections to all Library users and to the wider academic and public communities through a range of activities including delivering and supporting teaching based around collection material, collaborating with academics in collections-based research, developing digital resources and participating in outreach events and exhibitions.

We would be happy to hear from academic staff in the University and beyond who would be interested in creating teaching sessions using manuscript and archival material. We would also be happy to hear from researchers interested in developing projects based around our collections.      

Dr Suzanne Paul
Keeper of Manuscripts (head of department)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333149
Email:  sp510@cam.ac.uk

Sian Collins
Archivist
Collections: Ecclesiastical archives, Estate papers, Music archives, Society for Psychical Research, Early modern manuscripts (c. 1550-1800)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333141
Email: sec93@cam.ac.uk

Jacqueline Cox
Keeper of University Archives
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333147
Email: jc10021@cam.ac.uk

Karen Davies< br /> Cataloguing Archivist, Stanley Sadie Archives project (part-time: Mondays and Tuesdays)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765739
Email: kld27@cam.ac.uk

Dr Katrina Dean
Curator of Scientific Collections
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333156
Email: kjd32@cam.ac.uk

Dr James Freeman
Medieval Manuscripts Specialist
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333140
Email: jaf50@cam.ac.uk

Dr Rosalind Grooms
Cambridge University Press Archivist (part-time: Thursdays and Fridays)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765739
Email: rm260@cam.ac.uk

Dr Emma Saunders
RGO archivist
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333156
Email: els57@cam.ac.uk

Robert Steiner
Jardine Matheson archivist
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333052
Email: ras39@cam.ac.uk

John Wells
Senior Archivist
Collections: Literary archives, Political archives, Business archives, Modern manuscripts (1800-)
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333155
Email: jdw1000@cam.ac.uk

Reading Room superintendents

All procedural questions about accessing the collections can be answered by the Reading Room Superintendents in person, and by phone and email before your visit. Within the reading room, the Superintendents can advise on handling books, self-service photography and using the various catalogues and digital resources available. 

Frank Bowles

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333143
Email: mss@lib.cam.ac.uk

Louise Clarke

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 765689
Email: mss@lib.cam.ac.uk

Michelle Barnes  (part-time: Thursdays and Saturdays)

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 333143
Email: mss@lib.cam.ac.uk

Postal address:

Department of Manuscripts & University Archives
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR