Collection Highlights

The Beinecke Library contains multitudes. These selections of a few highlights represent some of the breadth and depth of materials from across time, place, genre, and format, and hopefully may inspire you to search for yourself throughout the collections. You can search the selected highlights in the box below, but also make sure to search all of the collections through Orbis, Archives at Yale, and the library’s digital collections.

  • The Osborn Collection

    Early modern British literary and historical manuscripts, including commonplace books, poetry, and grand tour diaries.

  • Recto image of P.CtYBR inv. 489 qua, which contains thirty-three lines of text from Homer's Illiad

    The Yale Papyrus Collection

    The Collection The Yale papyrus collection began in 1889 with a gift of papyri from W. M. F. Petrie’s excavations at Hawara, the archeological site in...
  • Thomas More's Prayer Book

    This Book of Hours printed at Paris in 1530, bound with a Psalter printed at Paris in 1522, belonged to Sir Thomas More, lord chancellor of England and a saint...
  • Thomas Thistlewood papers

    Diaries and other material documenting the life and work of the Jamaican planter and slaveowner Thomas Thistlewood.

  • Tibet Mirror

    A digital archive of the Tibetan-language newspaper, published from 1925 to 1963.

  • Vine Deloria Papers

    The Vine Deloria papers consist of writings, correspondence, subject files, legal files, teaching files, organizational records, awards and tributes,...
  • Visconti Tarot

    Hand-painted, gold and silver tarot cards, ca. 1428-1447.