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Yale Center for British Art Rare Books and Manuscripts Department records

Call Number: A028

Scope and Contents

The Rare Books and Manuscripts department records comprise general administrative records, correspondence, and exhibition records. Additionally, there are rare book dealer files that document the acquisition of books by the department.


  • 1974 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is unprocessed and may not be available for immediate access.


37 Linear Feet (37 boxes)

8.33 Gigabytes

Language of Materials


Persistent URL

Biographical / Historical

The Rare Books and Manuscripts department holds approximately 35,000 volumes. The collection represents a broad range of material relating to the visual arts and cultural life in the United Kingdom and the former British Empire, dating from the fifteenth century to the present. Particular strengths include illustrated “color-plate” books from the renowned J. R. Abbey collection, drawing manuals, sporting books and manuscripts, early maps and atlases, early printed books by William Caxton and his contemporaries, private press and contemporary artists’ books, as well as archival and manuscript material relating to British artists, writers, and travelers of all periods.

Yale Center for British Art Rare Books and Manuscripts Department records
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Yale Center for British Art, Institutional Archives Repository

Institutional Archives
1080 Chapel Street
P. O. Box 208280
New Haven CT 06520-8280 US
(203) 432-8395


1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510

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