Image of the construction of the HS-SS Library at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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The Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center collections comprise 2,000 feet of historic documentation, artifacts, audio/visual recordings, and photographs as well as a growing collection of digital files.The Archives Center prioritizes digitization to ensure the largest possible selection of materials is available easily to all users, the size of collections makes providing digitized reproductions of each item nearly impossible. 

We encourage researchers to explore our full collection using our Finding Aid Database which provides inventories and guides to collection holdings (similar to the indexes that guide users through published books). We encourage researchers that require immediate access to collection contents to explore selected holdings using Albert, the Institute’s Digital Repository to explore materials that have already been digitized and made accessible via digital surrogate. 

Search the Finding Aids Database for Access to All Collections

Search Albert for Access to Digitized Collections

We encourage researchers interested in learning more about the Institute’s history through the lens of its community of scholars to explore the Community History for exhibitions, displays, and digital storytelling about the Institute’s global impact on scholarship.