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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 Beinecke Library finding aids now available online.   

April 11, 2014

April 4, 2014

Mayer (Elizabeth) and Wolfgang Sauerländer Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The collection consists of letters to Elizabeth Mayer and Wolfgang Sauerländer concerning their translation and editorial work, with related reports and legal documents relating to business operations of Pantheon Books, Random House, and the Bollingen Foundation. Many letters concern Mayer's and Sauerländer's personal and professional relationships with Kurt and Helen Wolff.

Warner (Jonathan) papers

Papers of Jonathan Warner and his family of Jefferson in Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1836-1887. Correspondence documents the activities of Warner's immediate and extended family, and documents their opinions on sectionalism and slavery. The collection includes letters written by his brother, George Washington Warner, which document his emigration to California in 1852, as well as his activities in Washington Territory and Idaho Territory until 1865.

Jacquard (Weaving Treatises)

Sixteen manuscript treatises on weaving with Jacquard looms, containing instructions, illustrations of looms, cloth swatches, thread samples, and punch card patterns. Fifteen treatises in French were created by students for coursework at the École de tissage de Lyon, France, 1855-1947, some including printed descriptions of Jacquard and Verdol looms, technical drawings of looms, and diagrams of punch cards.

Cadwell Family Correspondence

Letters to Louie Earl Williams of Buckeye, California, and Reno, Nevada, chiefly from her sister and brother-in-law, Julia Earl Cadwell and Edwin Cadwell, that discuss farm and social life in Crawford County, Iowa, 1870-1893. The collection also includes letters by other family members and friends, including Jennie Ann Huckstep and Ella Jefferson. Many letters are addressed to her parents, Asa Colton Earl and Nancy Weakley Allred Earl. A few letters are written to her husband, William J. Williams.

Hook (W. E.) Photographs of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas

Photographs collected by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library that document the photography of W. E. Hook, 1885-1908. The collection chiefly includes photographs of sites in Colorado, as well as some images of New Mexico and Texas. Photographs in the collection document the different presentation methods used by Hook to market his images, including cabinet photographs, as well as the variant titles he used in negatives and on photographic mounts.

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.

March 28, 2014

Foster (Thomas H.) and Catharine Osgood Foster Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The Thomas H. Foster and Catharine Osgood Foster Papers contain correspondence, writings, photographs, ephemera, audiovisual material, and printed material that document the professional and personal lives of the Fosters. Material includes writings that relate to Thomas Foster's career as a literary critic and scout for Farrar, Straus, and to Catharine Foster's books on gardening; documentation of the couple's leadership in the area of environmental stewardship; and records of their bird watching activity.

Collection of Ephemera on the Book in California

Collection of pamphlets, broadsides, and other ephemera concerning the history of the book in California collected by John Swingle (Yale 1943), proprietor of Alta California Bookstore, Berkeley, California. Materials relate to publishing, fine presses, booksellers, collectors, and institutions in California. Items include pamphlets on California book organizations, such as the Book Club of California; catalogs of booksellers, presses, and other organizations; and files on individuals involved with the book arts and trade.

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