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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.   

January 15, 2013

Stenzel (Franz R. and Kathryn M.) Collection of Western American Art Addition

The Franz R. and Kathryn M. Stenzel Collection of Western American Art Addition consists of thirty-two works of art, twenty Native American artifacts, and various prints and manuscript items, which decorated the home of Kathryn M. Stenzel until her death in 2006 and which comprise the remainder of the art collection that was donated in 1997.

McDonald (John) Papers

The John McDonald Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, and research materials related to McDonald's published writings on the practice and history of American business, management, game theory, and fishing. Also in the collection are files of his personal correspondence and a few papers documenting his political, social, and professional involvements, including his work with the American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky and the Dewey Commission in 1937, and during the 1940s with the American Film Center.

Emmons Family Papers

The papers, consisting of the personal and official papers of George Foster Emmons and George Thornton Emmons, document the history of the United States Navy in the nineteenth century and of early ethnological research on the native peoples of Alaska. The papers contain extensive correspondence of naval officers and the Emmons's family, ship's journals and captain's letterbooks, naval orders and reports, research notes and publications on Alaska, scrapbooks, and artwork by the Emmons family.

Clemens (Samuel Langhorne) Collection

The Samuel Langhorne Clemens Collection provides insight into the life and career of Clemens, American author and lecturer also known by his pseudonym Mark Twain. The collection is comprised of correspondence, writings, contracts, scrapbooks, clippings, and printed material. The collection contains drafts, research notes, printed versions, and contracts, which document Clemens' creative process and writing career.

Thoreau (Henry David) Collection

The Thoreau collection contains correspondence, writings, photographs, and objects relating to Henry David Thoreau. There are several original manuscripts, including notes on insects, weather, and natural phenomena, and drafts of poems, an untitled essay, the article "The Discovery of America, and Researches in Central Africa," and the concluding paragraphs to Walden. There is also an essay on Thoreau by Francis Sheldon and George Shiras with photographs by Roland Wells Robbins and Edwin Way Teale.

Wright (Richard) Papers

The Richard Wright Papers contain manuscripts, correspondence with other writers such as Nelson Algren, Arna Bontemps, Ralph Ellison, Chester Himes, Langston Hughes, Gunnar Myrdal and Margaret Walker, photographs, financial and legal documents and printed materials relating to the life and work of Richard Wright. Included are drafts of such works as Black Boy and Native Son, photographs of trips to Spain and Ghana, various items of personal memorabilia such as Wright's Spingarn Medal, and a film of Wright's screen test for the movie version of "Native Son".

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