Collection ID: YCAL MSS MISC

Collection context


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Collection of American Literature
Single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts, including literary manuscripts, letters, and other documents. Materials are grouped under headings by author or corporate name.


Acquisition information:
Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on each folder. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Rules or conventions:
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Scope and Content:

This finding aid encompasses single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts acquired by the Beinecke Library from various sources and at various times, which the Library has chosen to describe here rather than as separate entries in Yale University Library's on-line Public Access Catalog (Orbis). These materials include literary manuscripts, individual or small groups of letters, and single documents. Materials are grouped under headings for author or other personal or corporate name to which they most closely relate. Items of unidentified authorship are grouped separately under "Unidentified" at the end of the finding aid. Group numbers were assigned as items were added to the collection; entries appear in alphabetical order by main entry, not in group number order. Within each group, folders (F-[#]) and volumes (V-[#]) are numbered in order of processing.

To request materials listed here, please cite the Miscellany call number, written as YCAL MSS MISC, the group number, and the folder or volume number appearing above the item description. For example, to obtain item F-9 from the materials listed under John Kendrick Bangs, complete an individual call slip as follows:


Group 241, Item F-9

For oversize items, a storage designation will follow the call number: OS, Art, Bsd, or Roll. Include this on the call slip if present. For example:


Group 462, Item F-3 OS

This list is ongoing, and it is subject to revision as new materials are acquired and, on occasion, as groups of manuscripts are removed and cataloged separately as artificial collections. When materials are removed and reclassified, a cross reference to the new call number is placed in the list. In addition to newly received items which have been described using current cataloging standards, this finding aid contains previously cataloged material. Descriptions for the latter items have been transcribed from card sets in the Manuscript Catalog; these entries are identified by "rec," followed by the year of the conversion, e.g., (rec/97).

Processing information:

This finding aid is updated periodically to account for new materials that have been added to the Miscellany. The date of the most recent update is noted on the title page. For information on material that may have been incorporated into the Miscellany since the last update, please consult the Public Service Desk.

NOTE: This finding aid was previously split into two alphabetical sequences, which are now integrated. "Unidentified" items previously were filed after the alphabetical sequence, but are now filed under "U."


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