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Pamphlet collection

Call Number: MS 1351

Scope and Contents

The Pamphlet Collection contains a wide range of printed material which documents the cultural, economic, political, and social history of many nations and geographic regions. The vast majority of items are twentieth century publications. Earlier publications (pre-1900) for Latin American (and South American) nations are available in the Latin American Pamphlet Collection (MS 1350).

This collection represents a select group of pamphlet material in the Sterling Memorial Library system. It is not inclusive for subject matter nor time period. The collection does provide subject and author/title access to these materials through the use of an automated cataloging system (MATPS). A group of items acquired prior to the automated cataloging project does not appear on the printout. These items are noted on a subject list which appears as an addenda to the main list.

The Pamphlet Collection is particularly strong in such subject areas as African literature, Canadian history, German history, and South African history. There are materials arranged under both broad geographic headings (i.e., Africa) and headings for individual countries. The bulk of subject headings begin with the geographic area (i.e., Africa-Politics and government, Cameroon-Education), although select subject headings also appear (i.e., Communism, Suez Canal).

Pamphlets which are arranged in boxes 284-300, due to their large size, are annotated on the finding aid.

In order to identify the box containing a pamphlet cited on the author-title list, please locate the subject heading which appears within each title entry. The subject heading appears in an abbreviated form and is accompanied by print constants.

The first subject heading on this list is "MSS-P CYPR-HIST." The actual subject heading abbreviation is "CYPR-HIST," which stands for Cyprus-History. The other letters and keys are print constants used to produce the list. By referring to the box list, one can determine that this item is located in box 79.


  • 1570-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1945 - 1982


Language of Materials

The collection is in English, Spanish, French, and Swahili.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


Arranged in three sections and three additions: I. Inventory. II. Inventory: Oversize. III. Inventory: Folio.


133.0 Linear Feet (310 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


A collection of pamphlets from African, South American, Latin American, Asian, European, and North American countries which include material relating to politics, economics, social conditions, agriculture, legal topics, religious activities, history, government operations, education, and other areas. The collection is particularly strong in the area of African materials, with several nations represented.

Guide to the Pamphlet Collection
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
November 1985
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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