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Yale University. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

121 Wall Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 203-432-2977

Repository URL: External Link

Repository code: ctybr

Repository description (extant): The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences. In addition to its general collection of rare books and manuscripts, the library houses the Yale Collection of American Literature, the Yale Collection of German Literature, the Yale Collection of Western Americana, and the Osborn Collection. The Beinecke collections afford opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth-century studies, art history, photography, American studies, the history of printing, and modernism in art and literature. Books and manuscripts at Yale have been extensively described since 1926 in the 'Yale University Library Gazette,' which is available in many libraries.

The following essays describing the collections of the Beinecke Library are online versions of chapters from The Beinecke Library of Yale University, published by the library in 2003 to mark its 40th anniversary. The printed version is distributed by Yale University Press. Illustrated with photographs by Ezra Stoller, Richard Cheek, and Stan Godlewski, the book version also includes essays by Barbara Shailor, former director of the library; by Patrick L. Pinnell on the Beinecke building; and by Marjorie G. Wynne, Edwin J. Beinecke Research Librarian, retired, on the opening of the Beinecke Library in 1963.

The following chapters may be accessed online:

General Collection (Medieval and Renaissance)
General Collection (Modern)
Collection of American Literature
Collection of Western Americana
Collection of German Literature
Osborn Collection
Music in the Beinecke
Playing Cards

Many of the Beinecke Library's holdings are cataloged in Orbis, Yale's online library catalog. Some printed holdings not in Roman alphabets are listed in the card catalogs at the Beinecke. Many of the Beinecke Library's finding aids for manuscripts are available in the Database of Archival Collections and Manuscripts. Additional information about searching the Beinecke Library's various catalogs can be found in the Guide to Research Tools.

Repository type: University Special Collection


Richard Wright papers
Langston Hughes papers
Lester Blackwell Granger papers
Robert Penn Warren papers


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