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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.   

April 8, 2016

Linnell (John) Tracings of illustrations by William Blake for Dante's Divina Commedia.

The collection consists of a series of tracings by John Linnell of 99 of the 102 drawings made by William Blake to illustrate Dante's Divina Commedia. The drawings are mounted on sheets of heavy paper measuring 61 x 48 cm. According to Paintings and Drawings of William Blake, by Martin Butlin (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981), Linnell made the tracings in January and February 1831. Missing from the set are tracings of Blake's images number 12 (Butlin 812.12), number 15 (Butlin 812.16), and number 50 (Butlin 812.102).

March 18, 2016

Tully (William) papers

The papers contain correspondence of Tully, primarily with medical colleagues and with the medical schools in which he taught. Also present is Tully's autograph diary covering the three months he spent studying medicine with Nathan Smith in Hanover, New Hampshire, drafts of his writings, two catalogues of his library, and a group of certificates and diplomas he received from schools and professional societies; one certificate from the Athens Medical Society and its accompanying letter are in Greek.

March 18, 2016

Smith (David) Papers

The papers consist of personal papers and autograph sermons dating from 1796 to 1859. The personal papers are autograph manuscripts including ten volumes of his journals, his school notes, speeches, and keys to the abbreviations he used in his writings. Also present is Smith's manuscript music book containing songs on themes such as Bunker Hill and the death of General James Wolfe, an autograph sermon by Reverend Alexander Gillet (1749-1826), and an autograph "Articles of Faith" by Reverend Humphrey Mount Perrine (1785-1849).

March 18, 2016

Howe (Hezekiah) papers

The Hezekiah Howe Papers consist of fifteen bound volumes of manuscript records documenting three bookselling firms in New Haven, Connecticut, in which Howe was partner or owner: Beers & Howe, Howe & DeForest, and Hezekiah Howe & Co. The volumes include four bookshop inventories (1812, 1815, 1832, 1835) and four letter books (1811-1818 and 1833-1838), with financial records consisting of two ledgers (1829-1837), two journals (1831-1838), a day book (1832-1841), and two waste books (1832-1841).

March 4, 2016

Allen, Nathaniel T. Collection

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers of educator and social reformer Nathaniel T. Allen, and biographical and research materials about him. Manuscripts in each series are accompanied by additional photocopied materials, some annotated by an unidentified researcher; for most, locations of originals are unidentified.

December 4, 2015

November 27, 2015

Lyons (Donald) Papers

The Donald Lyons papers consist of writings by Lyons, including film and theater criticism; personal and business correspondence, including letters from Danny Fields and Roger Darrobers; notebooks; personal papers and artwork; academic papers; photographs of friends, including Edie Sedgwick; videocassettes of appearances by Lyons on the television programs “Theater Talk” and “Inside Broadway;" and computer files.

November 6, 2015

Cohen (Ira) Papers

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, photographs, artwork, objects, audiovisual materials, and electronic media the document the life and work of Ira Cohen. The papers include materials relating to other writers, artists, and groups including Ronnie Burk, Louise Landes-Levi, the Living Theatre, Gerard Malanga, Petra Vogt, Tom Weigel, various Beat generation writers, and others. Artwork includes mail art, paintings, drawings, screen prints, and posters.

November 6, 2015

Nevada Legislature Records

Manuscript Senate and Assembly bills of Nevada and related documentation, 1866-1901, documenting proposed, draft, and final versions of laws. Each bill includes annotations by the Clerk of the Assembly or the Secretary of the Senate tracing the successive stages of the bill: when introduced, reported in or out of committee, advanced to first, second, or third reading, ordered engrossed, tabled, voted upon, or otherwise made the subject of legislative action.

October 16, 2015

Neville (Richard) Papers

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs, printed materials, artwork, audiovisual materials, and digital media by or related to Richard Neville. The papers document Neville's career as a writer and counterculture leader, especially his work on the Sydney and London versions of the underground magazine Oz. Scrapbooks, correspondence, transcripts, writings, and other papers document Neville's obscenity trials in Australia and England and later dramatizations of the trials.


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