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.

  • Portolan Charts

    Portolan charts illustrating the harbors and trade routes of the Mediterranean.

  • Rachel Carson Papers

    Notebooks, letters, clippings, and photos relating to the life of the American nature writer and environmentalist.

  • Rebecca West Papers

    The Rebecca West Papers, approximately twenty feet in length, are composed of letters, manuscripts, and personal papers belonging to author Rebecca West and...
  • Richard Erdoes Papers

    The Richard Erdoes Papers consist of correspondence, writings, audio and moving image recordings, photographs, subject files, and other materials related to...
  • Richard Wright Papers

    The Richard Wright Papers contain manuscripts, correspondence with other writers such as Nelson Algren, Arna Bontemps, Ralph Ellison, Chester Himes, Langston...
  • Robert Henri Papers

    The Robert Henri Papers consist of correspondence, writings, artwork, photographs, and printed material which document the life of American artist and teacher...