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Ralph Waldo Emerson collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 212

Scope and Contents

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and artwork documenting the life and work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.


  • 1793-1937


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection 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

Acquired by gift and purchase from various sources.


Organized into five series: I. Owen Franklin Aldis Gift, 1837-1877. II. Kenneth W. Cameron Gifts, 1793-1871. III. Julia Millhiser Gimbel Gift, 1872. IV. Eliza Brush Pirsson Gift, 1848-1932. V. Material from Other Sources, 1832-1937.


0.54 Linear Feet ((2 boxes) + 1 art + 1 broadside folder)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Emerson collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and prints documenting the life and work of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

American author.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

Guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection
by Beinecke Staff
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.