Yale Collection of American Literature Letter Collection
Scope and Contents
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
13.02 Linear Feet (31 boxes)
Language of Materials
Until circa 1980, the library filed and cataloged single and small groups of letters in an artifician collection titled ZA Letter File. In the mid-1990s, the library converted the catalog cards into a finding aid, and began the Yale Collection of American Literature MSS Miscellany, which includes single or small groups of letters and manuscripts acquired after 1980 and arranged by the author's name. Also in the mid-1990s, the library began the practice of cataloging in Orbis any item, regardless of size, that warranted full subject access.
Dates in brackets are supplied by the archivist. The physical form of each item is identified by the following abbreviated notations: Typescript Letter Signed (TLS); Autograph Letter Signed (ALS); Note Signed (NS); Autographed Note Signed (ANS); Typed Manuscript Signed (TMS); Autograph Manuscript Signed (AMS).
In the course of converting the card files to a finding aid for ZA Letter File, non-original ancillary material, including later newspaper and journal clippings (previously uncataloged), as well as photocopies and photostats of manuscript originals not held by the Beinecke Library, were removed at the request of the curator. Folders of material received from the Yale University Press were removed to the Yale University Press collection (ZA Yale University Press). In 2011, the ZA Letter File was renamed Yale Collection of American Literature Letter Collection and assigned a new call number YCAL MSS 446.
All pertinent bibliographical information from the previosuly existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog has been retained.
In some cases, items were removed from ZA Letter File and repatriated to manuscript collections during processing.
- Guide to the Yale Collection of American Literature Letter Collection
- by Beinecke Staff
- July 2000
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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