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New Finding Aids

Finding aids are documents that describe and enable access to archival and manuscript collections. The Yale Finding Aid Database provides access to all finding aids across the Yale University Library. Below is a list of recently published and significantly revised Beinecke Library finding aids.   

March 27, 2015

Pearson (Norman Holmes) Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The Norman Holmes Pearson papers consist of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, and audiovisual material that document a broad range of Pearson's professional and personal activities, including his research on Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ezra Pound, his management of the literary estates of H.D. and Bryher, and his activity as a professor of English and American Studies at Yale University. Documentation relating to Pearson's service in the Office of Strategic Services is partially redacted.

March 13, 2015

Western Film Collection

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The Western Film Collection consists of press kits, pressbooks, posters, photographs, souvenir programs and other materials that were distributed by film producers to movie theater operators to promote their films. The Western films represented in this collection are Western genre films, films set in the trans-Mississippi West, and/or films with Western characters.

February 27, 2015

Richards (David Alan) Collection of Rudyard Kipling

The David Alan Richards Collection of Rudyard Kipling consists of material by and relating to English author Rudyard Kipling. There are autograph and typescript letters, signed, from Kipling to others as well as some third-party letters relating to Kipling or the collection. Correspondents include Edward Bok, editor of the Ladies Home Journal, Sir Philip Burne-Jones, Moncure D. Conway, C. S. Jarvis, John Lockwood Kipling, A. E. W. Mason, H. Cotton Minchin, S. S. McClure Company, E. W. Stoddard, and others.

Leavitt (David) Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: This collection consists of correspondence, writings, personal papers, scrapbooks, printed material, artwork, computer disks, audio tapes, and videotapes documenting the life and writing career of David Leavitt, spanning from 1960 to 2010.

February 20, 2015

Bonds (Margaret) Papers

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Judith Hancock de Sandoval in the course of her activities as a photographer, and primarily documents her project, Historic Ranches of Wyoming, from 1984 to 1990. Material includes correspondence, notes, research files, printed material, and maps as well as photographic prints, negatives, contact sheets, slides, and printer's plates for the production of Historic Ranches of Wyoming (Casper, Wyo. : Nicolaysen Art Museum, 1986).

February 13, 2015

Komunyakaa (Yusef) Papers

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, writings of others, other papers, printed materials, audiovisual materials, and electronic media that document the life and work of African American poet Yusef Komunyakaa. The writings and correspondence are intermixed with writings of others and other papers that collectively document Komunyakaa's poetry, writings, teaching, and personal life. Printed materials include clippings, writings by Komunyakaa, and promotional materials. Audiovisual materials include audio and video recordings of Komunyakaa.

February 6, 2015

Beer (Thomas) Collection

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The Thomas Beer Collection contains correspondence between Beer and his publisher Alfred Knopf and printed versions of Beer's writings. Also present are reviews of Beer's writings, articles about Beer, illustrations by Arthur D. Fuller and E. F. Ward used in Beer's publications, and a photograph of Beer.

Bell (Mary A.) Drawings

A collection of one hundred drawings by the self-taught African American artist Mary A. Bell, featuring glamorously dressed and accessorized women and men engaged in courtship activities, or women centered in domestic or garden settings. Many of the images have religious iconography as well as animals, birds, plants, and children, with houses or other buildings placed distantly in the background. The drawings range in size from 78 x 52 to 51 x 39 cm. and were executed in crayon, colored pencil, and graphite on a lightweight wove tissue or pattern paper.

January 29, 2015

Western Americana Card Photograph File

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: This collection consists of card photographs of various sizes and formats, as well as unmounted photographic prints, circa 1851-1965. The collection documents a broad range of commercial photography between 1860 and 1910, mainly created by regional operators and traveling photographers. The collection also includes examples by renowned photographers, such as Frank Jay Haynes, William Henry Jackson, Alexander Martin, Charles Roscoe Savage, Isaiah West Taber, and Carleton E. Watkins.

January 23, 2015

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