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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.

Items in this collection cataloged prior to 2021 were assigned group and item numbers (for example, Grp 115, Item F-1). This system was discontinued in 2021, with previously assigned group and item numbers retained as the folder number.

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).

Physical Description

Total Boxes: 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.

[ca. 1800-ongoing]
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Related Names
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Collection of American Literature
Language of Materials