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Princeton, NJ 08540
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Curator of Rare Books
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In the General Rare Books Collection, there are several groups of broadsides. These are in varying states of accessibility and arrangement. Ordinary size broadsides are now being catalogued individually in the online catalog. The separate location designator for these broadsides is (Ex) Broadside and these are currently stored flat in the Dulles Vault. There are also two separately arranged collections of poetry broadsides: poetry of American authors are cataloged under the location designator (ExRML) Ludwig Broadside and as of 2004, there are about 700 of these catalogued; poetry of Irish authors are cataloged under the location designator (Ex) Milberg Irish Broadside and there are over 100 of these cataloged as of 2004.

A group of broadsides called "Princeton Broadsides" consist of many College of New Jersey items printed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The entire group was cataloged in early 1989, and is a part of the Archives at Mudd Library. See the finding aid at the Oversize Collection Master List.

There are broadsides in the DeCoppet Collection in the Manuscript Division. Some of these are described in detail in the printed catalogue of the exhibition of DeCoppet material prepared by Alexander Clark. See Princeton University. The Andre de Coppet collection of American historical manuscripts: a catalogue of an exhibition in the Princeton University Library, May 16 to June 30, 1955. ((Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1969) [(ExB) 0436.737]. Readers may note that broadsides relating to the Continental Congress are found in box 7 of the DeCoppet Collection (C0063), folders 12 to 17. None of these DeCoppet broadsides have been catalogued in ways comparable to other printed materials.

There are broadsides as well in the Graphic Arts Collection. They cover a variety of subjects and are not fully catalogued. Consult with the Curator for details.