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This database of writerly destinations—places writers can visit for inspiration, to promote their writing, for research, and to discover community—includes historical sites, reading venues, literary collections, writing centers, and writers spaces. Save your selections to My P&W and populate a personal Google Map that can be used to plan reading tours and visits to literary meccas, or just to keep track of your favorite literary locales.

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Sowell Collection Lubbock Texas

Created by former Texas Tech University Regent James Sowell, this collection contains the personal papers of some of the country’s most prominent...

Stanford University's Special Collections and University Archives Stanford California

Located at Stanford University, the Special Collections and University Archives house over 48,000 linear feet of original materials, an additional...

The Book Club of California San Francisco California

The Book Club of California is a non-profit membership organization founded in 1912. It supports the art of fine printing related to the history...

The Catherine Pelton Durrell '25 Archives and Special Collections Library Poughkeepsie New York

The principal repository of Vassar College, the Archives and Special Collections library houses rare books dating from the fifteenth century, an...

The Catholic University of America: Rare Books and Special Collections Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Books and Special Collections department of the Mullen Library at the Catholic University of America supports and enriches the...

The Huntington Library San Marino California

The Huntington Library is one facet of The Huntington, a private nonprofit institution. The Library is one of the largest and most complete...

The Library of Congress Washington District Of Columbia

The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest...

The Library of Congress: Rare Book and Special Collections Reading Room Washington District Of Columbia

The Rare Book and Special Collections Division traces its beginnings to Thomas Jefferson's wish to create a library for statesmen and for the...

The Morgan Library & Museum New York New York

A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (...

The New York Public Library Manuscripts and Archives Division New York New York

The Division holds over 29,000 linear feet of archival material in over 3,000 collections. The strengths of the Division are the papers and...

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