Collection of 18th- and 19th-century British Bookplates
Scope and Contents
The collection comprises mostly eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British ex-libris. The majority of the bookplates were commissioned by individual patrons, although the collection includes a small number of institutional bookplates as well. The bookplates were originally housed in envelopes, which have been retained because they include a variety of annotations concerning the identification and condition of the bookplates contained therein.
- 18th century-19th century
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Yale Bookplate Collection was formerly housed in Sterling Memorial Library. The collection was incorporated into the Arts of the Book Collection in 1984 and then moved to the Seeley G. Mudd Library in 1990. In 2011 it was transferred to the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.
Arranged alphabetically by patron. This alphabetical ordering is largely by surname, but the collection also contains a few bookplates for institutional patrons, which are filed alphabetically by name as well (e.g., Oxford College under the letter “O”).
9.17 Linear Feet (22 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection consists of mostly eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British ex-libris.
- Preliminary Guide to Collection of 18th- and 19th-century British Bookplates
- Compiled by Molly E. Dotson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.