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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Highlights of the Collection

Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O'Keeffe Archive
Manuscripts [1]
Correspondence [2]
Art of the Ketubah
Decorated Jewish Marriage Contracts
Introduction [3]
All images [4]
The Boswell Collection

The Boswell Collection documents the lives, activities, and interests
of more than ten generations of Boswell family members. The papers
span the dates 1428-1936, but the bulk of the material dates from the
eighteenth century. In particular, the Boswell Collection contains the
correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts of author James Boswell, the
Scottish lawyer, diarist, and author of the Life of Johnson published in 1791.

Introduction [5]
All images [6]
Edith Wharton Collection
Introduction [7]
Manuscripts [8]
Eugene O'Neil
Inroduction [9]
Scripts [10]
English Paleography
Introduction [11]
All images [12]
Ezra Pound Papers
Introduction [13]
All images [14]
Frederick R. Koch Collection, 1640-1983

Music manuscripts, literary drafts, correspondence, photographs, and other papers
of European, English, and American composers, authors, and artists.

Introduction [15]
All images [16]
Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas Papers
Introduction [17]
All images [18]
H.D. Papers, Hilda Doolittle
Introduction [19]
Text [20]
Hannah Crafts, The Bondwoman's Narrative

A fictionalized autobiography thought to be the first novel written by an
African American woman and the only known novel written by a fugitive slave
Introduction [21]

James Baldwin Photographs and Papers
Introduction [22]
All images [23]
James Weldon Johnson and Grace Nail Johnson Papers
Introduction [24]
Text [25]
Japanese Manuscript Collection

Over 700 Japanese manuscripts assembled by Asakawa Kan'ichi 朝河貫一 (1873-1948),
the first Japanese professor of History and Curator of the East Asian collections in the Yale Library.

Introduction [26]
All images [27]
Jonathan Edwards Collection

Writings and artifacts documenting the life of the theologian, missionary, and
leader of the great Awakening.

Introduction [28]
All images [29]

Yale [Alexis de] Tocqueville Manuscripts, ca. 1802-1840
Correspondence [30]

The British Library

Online Gallery

Manuscripts search [31]

The Digital Scriptorium

The Digital Scriptorium is a growing image database of medieval
and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources
from many institutions into an international tool for teaching
and scholarly research. It bridges the gap between a diverse
user community and the limited resources of libraries by means
of sample imaging and extensive rather than intensive cataloguing.

Emily Dickinson Collection

The Emily Dickinson collection includes original poems, manuscripts,
and letters from Dickinson to family and friends, spanning her life
from 1830 to 1886, as well as numerous rough drafts and fragments
of her poems.
Amherst College, Digital Collections

Browse collection [32]

The [James] Joyce Papers 2002, c.1903-1928.

Early material; drafts etc. of Ulysses; proofs etc. for Finnegans Wake;
the Joyce 2002 Papers fall into three broad categories: early material; notes
and drafts for Ulysses; and proofs and additions to proofs for Finnegans Wake.
In all there are over 500 manuscript pages and some 200 pages of proofs,
together with some typescripts.
National Library of Ireland

The James Joyce - Paul Léon Papers, 1930-1940

Following the expiration of the fifty year period stipulated by Paul Léon the
Joyce-Léon Papers were opened in the National Library of Ireland. The nineteen
envelopes were found to contain correspondence and other papers in a rough
chronological order. The papers fell into five main groups: the correspondence of
James Joyce and Paul Léon, the correspondence of James Joyce and Paul Léon with
Harriet Shaw Weaver, general correspondence with Joyce's friends, acquaintances and
admirers, business correspondence with his solicitors, agents and publishers and
miscellaneous personal and household accounts. - Patricia Donlon, Foreword to
The James Joyce Paul Léon Papers : a catalogue / Catherine Fahy. - Dublin :
National Library of Ireland.

The Library of Congress

Manuscript Reading Room
Online Collections from the Manuscript Division
Manuscript Division materials in the collections listed below are available
as digital images or as searchable text. Please read about copyright restrictions
before making use of these documents. Many are included in the Library's page
for collections in manuscript/mixed materials format.


Digital Library of Written Cultural Heritage
Manuscriptorium is a freely accessible digital library which enables ready
access to concentrated information on historical resources via sophisticated
search tools. The objective of the project is to provide access to existing digital
content via integrated tools in order to make it as readily accessible as possible.
The digital library therefore aggregates documents from many renowned
institutions, extending beyond the countries of the European Union.
National Library of the Czech Republic

Manuscripts and Letters of Oscar Wilde

In fall 2008, The Morgan Library & Museum received the gift of a highly important
bound collection of Oscar Wilde's letters and manuscripts, the whereabouts of which
has been unknown to scholars for over half a century. This digital facsimile provides
images and transcriptions of all the items housed in the volume.
The Morgan Library & Museum

Munich Digitization Center

Medieval and modern manuscripts from all over the world, letters and autographs,
music manuscripts

New York Public Library Digital Collections

This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints,
photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Manuscripts [33]
Manuscripts noted as being public domain [34]

Reed College

Reed Digital Collections
Early Printing & Writing Collection
Collection Home [35]
Handwriting in the Indian Converts Collection [36]

The Royal Aeronautical Society

Heritage collection, including Sir George Cayley, Horace Short,
and others. The Royal Aeronautical Society is the world's only professional
body dedicated to the entire aerospace community.

Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland

The goal of e-codices - Virtual Manuscript Library of Switzerland
is to provide access to all medieval and selected early modern
manuscripts of Switzerland via a virtual library.


Vivarium is the home of digitized manuscripts, art, rare books,
photographs, and other resources from two Benedictine monastic
and educational communities in central Minnesota. It is a searchable
database delivering a variety of digital objects. Vivarium was created
and is maintained by the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library.

The Walt Whitman Archive

The Walt Whitman Archive endeavors to make Whitman's vast work freely
and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers.
Whitman, America's most influential poet and a writer of global renown,
is the most challenging of all American authors in terms of the textual
difficulties his work presents. His major life work, Leaves of Grass, went
through six very different editions, each of which was issued in a number
of formats, creating a book that is probably best studied as numerous distinct
creations rather than as a single revised work. His many other writings—varied and
significant—include fiction, notebooks, manuscript fragments, prose essays,
letters, marginalia, and voluminous journalistic articles. Drawing on the resources
of libraries and collections from around the world, the Whitman Archive is the most
comprehensive record of works by and about Whitman—and continues to grow.
The Archive is directed by Kenneth M. Price (University of Nebraska–Lincoln) and
Ed Folsom (University of Iowa), with ongoing contributions from many other
editor-scholars, students, information professionals, and technologists

In Whitman's Hand[37]
Poetry Manuscripts [38]
Scribal Documents [39]
Notebooks [40]

The Zaner-Bloser Penmanship Collection

The University of Scranton's Special Collections Library hosts
The Zaner-Bloser, Inc. / Sonya Bloser Monroe Collection, one of the most
extensive collections of American ornamental penmanship from the late
19th and early 20th centuries.

The collection includes professional journals, books and manuals, scrapbooks,
penmanship samples, photographs, correspondence, ephemera, publication
mockups, and a wide variety of original works by master penmen.

A small but growing portion of the collection has been digitized and made
available here. Additional items from the collection will be continually added
as they are scanned and described by Weinberg Memorial Library faculty and staff.

The Horace G. Healey Collection [41]
Henry Shaw Correspondence [42]
The New Zanerian Alphabets - 1900 Edition [43]
The New Zanerian Alphabets - 1910 Edition [44]
The Zanerian Manual of Alphabets and Engrossing - 1958 [45]
Scrapbooks [46]
Alphabets Exhibit 2012 [[47]]
Zaner-Bloser 125th Anniversary Exhibit 2013 [48]