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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.   

February 7, 2014

Bennett (Gwendolyn) Papers

The collection provides evidence of the personal and professional life of Gwendolyn Bennett. The papers are comprised of correspondence, writings, and personal papers, which shed light into Bennett's career as a writer and educator, as well as her private life, particularly her relationship with her parents. Correspondents include Langston Hughes, who accompanied his letters with typescripts of four poems inscribed to Bennett: "Hotel Boy" (1926), "Stalingrad" (1942), "Goodmorning, Stalingrad" (1943), and "Give Us Our Peace" (1945).

January 31, 2014

Satoda (Yonekazu) Papers, Photographs, and Films

This collection includes papers, photographs, and moving films that document the internment of Japanese American Yonekazu Satoda at the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas, 1942-1945, as well as his military service with the United States Army in Japan, 1946-1948. Additional material documents other aspects of his life, especially his education as an accountant, as well as correspondence with friends and businesses.

Sugg Family and McDonald Family Papers

This collection documents the Sugg family and McDonald family in Sonora, California, circa 1850-1973. Papers in the collection include correspondence, financial records, school records, recipes, photographs, and scrapbooks, as well as material related to collecting postage stamps. A group of papers also document the relationship between the Sugg family and George W. Nicol, a superior court judge in Tuolumne County, 1891-1922.

Fox (George W.) Collection of American Indian Ledger Drawings and Photographs

Ledger drawings by American Indians and photographs collected by George W. Fox, 1867-circa 1885. Ledger drawings in the collection include two discrete disbound volumes created in 1876 by Wohow, a Kiowa Indian, and Soaring Eagle, a Cheyenne Indian. Photographs include portraits of American Indians and views of Indian Territory by William Stinson Soule, as well as portraits of American Indian students and views by John Nicholas Choate related to the United States Indian School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Palmquist (Peter E.) Collection of Photography and Photographic Formats

This collection documents photography and photographic formats, circa 1846-1999, which Peter Palmquist collected from 1971 to 2002, and complements other collections compiled by Palmquist and held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The collection includes material by professional and amateur photographers and documents aspects of photography from the capture of images through the production of a variety of photographic objects, as well as the marketing and storage of photographs.

January 24, 2014

Langner (Lawrence) papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The papers include writings, correspondence, subject files, photographs and other materials relating to Lawrence Langner's work as an author, theater producer, and patent attorney. Writings include plays (Suzanna and the Elders and The Pursuit of Happiness, among others); articles on various aspects of theatre and patent law; and books, including his autobiography, The Magic Curtain; The Importance of Wearing Clothes; and G.B.S. and the Lunatic.

January 17, 2014

Norman (Dorothy) Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The papers contain correspondence, writings, literary manuscripts, notes, subject files, scrapbooks, and printed material documenting Dorothy Norman's activities, writings, and publications including the journal she founded and edited, Twice A Year: a Book of Literature, the Arts, and Civil Liberties. The papers also document Norman's relationships with the photographer Alfred Stieglitz and his circle of artists and writers, in particular her involvement with his gallery An American Place, with her husband Edward A.

December 27, 2013

Mordecai (Benjamin) Papers

Significantly Revised Finding Aid: The majority of the collection consists of production programs, photographs, window cards, posters, and other publicity material relating to theatrical productions produced by Benjamin Mordecai at Yale Repertory Theatre and on Broadway. Award certificates, plaques and trophies he received as producer of Angels in America, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, and other productions are included in the papers.

Bates (Ralph) Papers

The Papers contain correspondence with literary colleagues and family, most 1960s-1990s; drafts and reviews of novels and short stories, 1960s-2000; writings of others about Bates, most 1980s-1990s; audiocassettes of lectures by Bates about literature, 1960s-1970s, and interviews with him about his life and writings, 1980s; personal papers, including biographical information and legal documents, 1930s-1970s; a few photographs and documents concerning his International Brigade service during the Spanish Civil War; and materials relating to Jonathan Bates's imprisonment

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