Information about our holdings

Collection Highlights

New and notable highlights from our digital collections.

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Cary Playing Card Database Distinguished collection of playing cards, card sheets, wood blocks, metal plates, ephemera, and prints.
Celebrating Italian Festivals Books from the 16th-19th centuries documenting religious, civic, and public festivals throughout Italy.
Codex Reese A mid-16th-century map of Mexico City, which records the architecture and landholdings of a section of the city
English Paleography Examples for the study of English handwriting from the 16th through the 18th centuries.
The Great Mirror of Folly, Or Het Groote Tafereel Der Dwaasheid Two extraordinary volumes published in Amsterdam within months of the great 1720 speculative crashes that rocked the financial markets of Europe
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Beinecke Library Examples from the Library's Medieval and Renaissance collections documenting the history of human thought from the Byzantine era through 1600.
The Osborn Collection Early modern British literary and historical manuscripts, including commonplace books, poetry, and grand tour diaries.
Starry Messenger: Observing the Heavens in the Age of Galileo Engravings, charts, diagrams and texts detailing European observations of the heavens.
Tocqueville. From Le Charivari, 1849 June 20
Yale Tocqueville Manuscripts, ca. 1802-1840 Papers, artifacts, and portraits of both Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century French political thinker and historian and Gustave de Beaumont, his friend and travel companion.


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