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Osborn Manuscript Files

Call Number: OSB MSS FILE
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.

Physical Description

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.

14th - 20th century
Linear Feet: ongoing
Language of Materials