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Burney family collection

Call Number: OSB MSS 3

Scope and Contents

The collection spans the dates 1767-1903, but the bulk of the material dates from between 1790 and 1825.

The papers are arranged in three series. Series I, Burney Family Collection, is arranged alphabetically by correspondent and consists of the papers which had been previously cataloged in the card catalog. Major correspondents represented in the collection include Charles Burney (1726-1814), the musicologist and author of A General History of Music (1776); his son Charles Burney, D.D. (1757-1817); his daughter Fanny Burney d'Arblay, the diarist and author of Evelina (1778); and other members of the Burney family. Other correspondents include Alexandre d'Arblay, William Bewley, Hester Lynch Piozzi, Thomas Twining, and John Young.

Additions to the Burney Family Collection subsequent to June 1992 are listed in acquisition order in Series II, Burney Family Collection Additions, and Series III, Addition of August 2001.

The material in Series I has been described in Joyce Hemlow's A Catalogue of the Burney Family Correspondence, 1749-1878 (New York: New York Public Library, 1971). This work, it should be noted, is an index to holdings of Burney material at several institutions, including Yale University, and the New York Public Library. For further information, please contact the curator of the Osborn Collection.


  • 1767 - 1903
  • Majority of material found within 1790 - 1825


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Burney Family Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from various sources.For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


8.05 Linear Feet (23 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains correspondence of several members of the Burney family, particularly Charles Burney (1726-1814); his children Charles Burney, D. D. (1757-1817), Fanny Burney (1752-1840), and Susanna Burney Philips; and Charles Burney IV (1815-1907). Other major correspondents include Alexandre d'Arblay, William Bewley, Peter Paul Dobree, George Isaac Huntingford, John Kaye, Hester Lynch Piozzi, Thomas Twining, and John Young.

Processing Information

This register, produced from catalog cards, lists the correspondence and personal papers contained in the Burney Family Collection.

Guide to the Burney Family Collection
by Diane J. Ducharme and Rosslyn Pratt
June 1992
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.