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General Collection manuscript miscellany

Call Number: GEN 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 and historical 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 under the heading "Unidentified" under the letter "U".

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).


  • [ca. 1600-ongoing]


Language of Materials

Materials in English, French, German, and Italian.

Physical Description

Total Boxes: ongoing

Physical Description

Other Storage Formats: oversize, bound volumes

Physical Description

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 General 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.

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.

Guide to the General Collection Manuscript Miscellany
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
June 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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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.