Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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121 Wall Street


New Haven


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United States

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CT 06511


(203) 432-7325



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The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and for early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences.
In addition to its general collection of rare books and manuscripts, the library houses the Yale Collection of American Literature, the Yale Collection of German Literature, the Yale Collection of Western Americana, and the Osborn Collection.
The Beinecke's collections afford opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth-century studies, art history, photography, American studies, the history of printing, and modernism in art and literature.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Orbis – Yale's Online Catalog
Virtually all of the Yale library system’s cataloged printed materials, as well as most of its cataloged manuscripts and archival collections, can be found by searching Orbis. Here are some tips for navigating the database.
Complex searches are most successful when you use the Advanced Search tool, which lends more flexibility and precision. Here are some guidelines for building successful advanced searches.
Yale Finding Aid Database
Finding aids are descriptive guides for archival and manuscript materials held in Yale Libraries. They provide information necessary to identify and request specific materials within an archive, such as box and folder numbers and format descriptions. These tips will help you navigate the database.
Please note: Most medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are indexed in a separate database, as are papyri held in the Beinecke collections.
Beinecke Digital Collections

This searchable database offers thousands of partial and fully digitized items from a wide range of materials from the Beinecke’s collections: photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, artwork, objects, illustrations, and selected pages from printed works.
Uncataloged Acquisitions
Search this database for brief records of material not found in Orbis, the Finding Aid Database, or the Digital Library. In general, materials indexed here were acquired from 1985 until the present, although the database includes some earlier acquisitions.
For more on identifying primary sources and other discovery tools at Yale, please visit Primary Sources at Yale.

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  • English


  • Latin

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Andrei Zamoiski, FUB

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121 Wall Street
New Haven
US CT 06511