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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
In 1992, the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library created an automated patron registration system that records visitors' information and materials used in a database.
The library, a division of the University Library's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, is a state-of-the-art repository constructed in 1976 to house the University archives and a highly regarded collection of 20th-century public policy papers.
The 27,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material in its possession are widely used by local, national and international researchers. More than 2,000 visitors use Mudd Library's reading room each year, and its staff annually fields some 3,000 electronic, mail and telephone inquiries.
On May 14, 2003, the library recorded its 10,000th visitor since automation. Kathleen Holscher, a graduate student in Princeton's Department of Religion, came to look at the archives of the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. She is interested in the experiences of Catholic immigrants in the United States and was researching a New Mexico court case where nuns were hired to teach in several public schools.
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