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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.   

January 15, 2013

Wharton (Edith) Collection

The Edith Wharton Collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, and personal papers relating to the life and career of American author Edith Wharton, as well as letters and research material gathered by Gaillard Lapsley, Percy Lubbock, Oscar Lichtenberg, Georges Markow-Totevy, and Louis Auchincloss.

Myers Family Papers

The papers contain correspondence with family, friends, and acquaintances, plus a variety of personal papers, including obituaries, letters of sympathy, diaries, and scrapbooks documenting the lives of Richard E. and Alice Lee Myers and their children. Prominent correspondents include Stephen Vincent Benét, Nadia Boulanger, Grace Flandrau, John Gielgud, Charlotte Kett, Archibald MacLeish, and Gerald Murphy.

O'Neill (Eugene) Papers

The Eugene O'Neill Papers document the life of dramatist Eugene O'Neill, especially his life with Carlotta Monterey O'Neill after 1928. Correspondents include O'Neill's lawyers, Harry Weinberger and Winfield E. Aronberg; his agent, the Richard J. Madden Play Company, Inc.; friends and colleagues; and family members, including his daughter, Oona, his sons, Shane and Eugene, Jr., his third wife, Carlotta, and her daughter, Cynthia Chapman Stram.The collection also contains Carlotta's correspondence after O'Neill's death.

Merrill (James) Papers

The collection consists of writings, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual material, artwork, printed material, computer disks and other papers by or relating to James Merrill and documenting aspects of his work as a poet and writer. Some of the material was created and accumulated by J. D. McClatchy, who served as executor of Merrill's estate and who co-edited several volumes of Merrill's works, including Collected Poems (2001), Collected Novels and Plays (2002), Collected Prose (2004), The Changing Light at Sandover (2006), and Selected Poems (2008).

Kagan (Paul) Utopian Communities Collection

The collection contains both primary and secondary source material accumulated by Kagan while conducting research for his book, New World Utopias: A Photographic History of the Search for Community. In addition to personal correspondence pertaining to his research, and drafts of his manuscript for the book and related writings, Kagan's collection contains letters, photographs, documents, notes, writings, and other visual material and printed material, which document 19th and 20th century utopian communities, most of which were located in California.

O'Neill (Eugene) Collection

The Eugene O'Neill Collection consists of material by or pertaining to O'Neill, including correspondence, writings of O'Neill, writings of others, photographs, legal documents, clippings, and programs. Correspondents include O'Neill's lawyers, Harry Weinberger and Winfield E. Aronberg; a collector of his works, Keith H.

Johnson (James Weldon) and Grace Nail Johnson Papers

The James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers provide evidence of the personal and professional lives of James Weldon Johnson, Grace Nail Johnson, and to a lesser degree, the Johnson and Nail families, spanning the years 1850 to 2005, with the bulk of material dating between 1900 and 1976. The papers chronicle Johnson’s writing career and involvement in education, politics, and cultural affairs and consist of a variety of documents, including correspondence, writings, personal papers, scrapbooks, photographs, artwork, objects, and audiovisual materials.

Emerson Family Papers

The papers contain correspondence, business and legal papers, diaries, and other papers documenting the mining interests and family history of John Louville, Edwin Ruthven, Charles Harris, and Joseph Wilson Emerson of Portland, Maine and Colorado.

Howe (Ernest) Papers

The Ernest Howe Papers document his association with California mining and in particular the North Star Mines Company. The papers contain Howe's correspondence with North Star and other companies, some of their corporate records, and material on the geology and mining of northern California. The papers also document Howe's geological survey of the Panama Canal Zone, his work with the United States Geological Survey, his participation on the Hamilton Rice Amazon expedition, and other work as a geologist.

Mellow (James R.) Papers

The collection consists of research material, writings, correspondence, audiocassettes, printed material, personal papers, financial papers, photographs, and other papers, documenting the work of James R. Mellow as an art critic, a book reviewer, and a literary biographer, shedding particular light on his biographies of Gertrude Stein, Nathaniel Hawthorne, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Walker Evans.

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