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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.   

May 23, 2014

Marshall (Joseph Head)

Correspondence, notes, writings, records of payments, espionage reports, a diary, and a code book, dating from 1800 to 1836, documenting Marshall's career as a double and sometimes triple agent during the Napoleonic period and the Bourbon Restoration. The material is bound in 26 volumes numbered 1-22 and 24-27, with most volumes containing a manuscript list of contents presumably prepared by a former owner.

Morgan (Lady Sydney ), James Marshall Osborn Collection of

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: Comprised chiefly of letters to Morgan from friends and admirers, including Anne Jane Gore Hamilton, Joseph Atkinson, Charles Babbage, John Bowring, Richard Burgess, Henry Fothergill Chorley, Richard Ford, Catherine Grace Frances Moody Gore, Richard James Lane, Thomas Charles Morgan, Roderick Impey Murchison, Richard Phillips, Cyrus Redding, Marmion W. Savage, Horace Smith, Joseph Cooper Walker, and Thomas Wallace.

Natalini Superstudio Collection

The Natalini Superstudio Collection documents the career of Adolfo Natalini and the experimental group Superstudio. There is also abundant material relating to other radical architectural groups and projects of the 1960s and 1970s, including Archigram, Archizoom, 9999, and Global Tools. The collection consists of both manuscript and printed material.

May 16, 2014

Mondrian (Piet) Papers

The collection consists of the writings and personal papers of Piet Mondrian, in addition to writings about him and the DeStijl movement. Most of Mondrian's writings were arranged and annotated by Harry Holtzman and Martin S. James for their volume The New Art, the New Life: the complete writings of Piet Mondrian (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1986). Some of the writings also were annotated by Mondrian's colleagues Michel Seuphor and Georges Vantongerloo.

Carrillo de Albornoz and Aldama Family Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The collection includes correspondence, business and legal papers, personal papers, printed ephemera, genealogical research materials, photographs, and a scrapbook documenting the lives of the Carrillo de Albornoz and Aldama families including Isaac Carrillo de Albornoz, René Carrillo de Albornoz, Miguel de Aldama, and other family members who lived in Cuba and the United States in the late 19th and 20th centuries.

May 9, 2014

Ford (Ruth) Papers

The collection consists of correspondence with and topical and production files relating to plays of Edward Albee, Kenward Elmslie, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, James Purdy, Tennessee Williams, and others. Also included are scripts of works submitted to her for her review and/or plays and screenplays in which she acted including plays by Martin Crowley, Lawrence Ferlingetti, and Tennessee Williams; stage and film production stills and candid and portrait photographs; and printed invitations to parties, openings, and other events at New York City nightclubs.

Whitney (William Dwight) papers relating to the Atharvaveda

Autograph manuscripts relating to Whitney's research and translations of the Atharvaveda, including a copy in Sanskrit, with notes about source manuscripts; a transliteration, collated with manuscripts in Berlin, Paris, Oxford, London, and Tübingen; a draft for his Index Verborum; and unidentified drafts and notes, most apparently relating to his English translation. Drafts and notes include material by Rudolf von Roth and annotations by Charles Rockwell Lanman.

Hunt (William Holman) Collection

The collection consists of thirty-seven autograph letters, signed, written by William Holman Hunt to friends and acquaintances including Walter Crane, Sir Fred A. Eaton, and Sir William Watson. The bulk of the letters are to British artist, illustrator and designer Frederic James Shields; also present are four graphite sketches by Shields of Hunt at work at his easel.

Morris (William) Collection

The collection consists of seven letters written by William Morris to friends and acquaintances, and a group of autograph manuscripts by Morris. One manuscript, "The Wood Beyond the World," is accompanied by a drawing made for the book by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, and two impressions of the resulting engraving. Also present is a letter to the American collector Dean Sage regarding one of the manuscripts.

Talma (Louise) Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The Louise Talma Papers contain materials relating to composition and performance of Talma's opera The Alcestiad, and to Thornton Wilder, his friendship with Talma, and his collaboration with her as librettist for The Alcestiad.

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