Osborn Manuscript Files
Scope and Contents
The Osborn Manuscript Files contain single, unbound manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts acquired for the Osborn Collection which the Library has chosen to describe in finding-aid style lists rather than as discrete entries in Yale University Library's on-line public access catalog (ORBIS). The materials in the Osborn Manuscript Files include literary and historical manuscripts, individual and small groups of letters, and single documents, as well as some "Unprocessed" material such as engraved portraits and bibliographic information.
Materials described in the Osborn Manuscript Files lists are grouped as follows:
OSB MSS FILE # 1 - 16660 are arranged alphabetically under headings for author or other closely related personal or corporate name. Items of unidentified authorship are listed by title or topic.
OSB MSS FILE # 16601 and higher are listed in the order cataloged.
Catalog records for other materials in the Osborn Collection, including archival collections and manuscripts in bound format, can be found in ORBIS.
To request materials from the Osborn Manuscript Files, please cite them as follows: OSB MSS FILE #, e.g., OSB MSS FILE 4532.
- 14th - 20th century
Total Files: ongoing
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Restricted Fragile Papers may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
Conditions Governing Use
The Osborn Manuscript Files are 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 curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Manuscripts acquired by gift or purchase from various sources. For further information, consult the curator.
Linear Feet: ongoing
Language of Materials
The Osborn Manuscript Files contain single, unbound manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts acquired for the Osborn Collection from various sources at various times.
Bibliographic descriptions for OSB MSS FILE # 1-16601 were converted into online lists from previously existing card sets in the Manuscript Catalog. All pertinent bibliographic information on the cards has been retained. OSB MSS FILE # 16601 and higher were cataloged directly into online lists, arranged in order as cataloged. Cataloging of new accessions is ongoing, and these lists are updated accordingly. The date of the most recent update to the list is noted on the title page.
- Authors, English -- 16th century
- Authors, English -- 17th century
- Authors, English -- 18th century
- Authors, English -- 19th century
- Authors, English -- 20th century
- English literature -- 16th century
- English literature -- 17th century
- English literature -- 18th century
- English literature -- 19th century
- English literature -- 20th Century
- Great Britain -- History -- 1485-
- Great Britain -- History -- 1714-1837
- Great Britain -- History -- Stuarts, 1603-1714
- Great Britain -- History -- Tudors, 1485-1603
- Great Britain -- History -- Victoria, 1837-1901
- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 16th century
- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 17th century
- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
- Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1485-1603
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1603-1714
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1714-1837
- Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1837-1901
- Great Britain -- Religion -- 16th century
- Great Britain -- Religion -- 17th century
- Great Britain -- Religion -- 18th century
- Great Britain -- Religion -- 19th century
- Guide to the Osborn Manuscript Files
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke Staff
- May 1998
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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