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Yale Collection of American Literature manuscript miscellany

Call Number: YCAL MSS MISC

Scope and Contents

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).


  • [ca. 1800-ongoing]




Physical Description

Total Boxes: ongoing

Other Storage Formats: oversize, bound volumes

Linear Feet: 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 American Literature Collection Manuscript Miscellany 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

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.


Linear Feet

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts, including literary manuscripts, letters, and other documents. Materials are grouped under headings by author or corporate name.

Physical Description

Total Boxes: ongoing

Other Storage Formats: oversize, bound volumes

Linear Feet: ongoing

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."
Guide to the Yale Collection of American Literature Manuscript Miscellany
by Beinecke Staff
May 1997
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-04: Added Grp 1002, F-1; Grp 628, F-5
  • 2010-02-10: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.
  • 2008-07-08: beinecke.ycalmiscellany1.xml converted for compliance with Yale EAD Best Practice Guidelines with brbl-migrate-01.xsl (mr2007-08-13).
  • 2007-07-26: PUBLIC "-//Yale University::Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library//TEXT (US::CtYBR::::[YALE COLLECTION OF AMERICAN LITERATURE MANUSCRIPT MISCELLANY - A-M])//EN" "ycalmiscellany1.xml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • 2018-05: Added Grp 1023, V-1
  • 2018-07: Added Grp 1024, F-1
  • 2018-07-24: Added Grp 1025, F-1
  • 2018-09-04: Added Grp 1026, F-1

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
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