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Guide to Finding Lewis Walpole Library Collection Material: HOME

Providing guidance on using various discovery tools to find collection material at the Lewis Walpole Library

Which discovery tools to use to find different kinds of collection material

This guide provides information on finding Lewis Walpole Library collection material. On this home page, there is information on finding different kinds of collection material.

Books    Ephemera    Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill    Manuscripts    Visual Materials--Caricatures and Satires    Visual Materials--Portraits    Visual Materials--Topographical Views    Yale Subscription Databases and Electronic Resources

The different tabs across the top of this guide provide further information on each discovery tool and how to limit or refine searches to the LWL collections, different formats, and how to request material for use in the LWL reading room, and links to help pages for the tools, where available.

Orbis has been Yale's online library catalog for years, providing access to books, manuscripts, visual materials and more.

Quicksearch is a new integrated search interface combining searches in Books+ (Orbis and Morris, the Yale Law Library catalog), Articles+ (electronic serials and database articles), Databases, and Digital collections (also called Findit).  For the purposes of this guide, the Quicksearch tab focuses on searching Books+. See Findit for searching Digital collections through Quicksearch. 

Yale Finding Aid Database provides access to collections (primarily manuscripts and archives, but also graphic materials and more).

The LWL Digital Images Collection (DL) is the legacy digital discovery system that has not had images added to it for several years.

Findit is the new digital collections portion of Quicksearch that includes older and more recently added images from the LWL's collections and is still in development.

Ultimately the expectation is that Orbis and the LWL DL search interfaces will be deactivated and Quicksearch will enable fully integrated searching across tools as well as focused searches on different aspects of the collection. 

Card catalog at the LWL still available in the Reading Room and upon request, the card catalog has in most cases been supplanted by the online tools; however it still enables access to certain resources not fully analyzed online. 

Other tools include RISM for the Thomas Gray Manuscript Music Collection, the Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions Blog, and the Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill database. 




Suggested Genre/Form terms

Admission tickets 


Advertising cards




Trade cards 

Can add country (and city) and date

e.g. Playbills--England--London--1798

Visual Materials--Caricatures and Satires

Suggested Genre/Form term

Satires (Visual works)

            can add country and date

e.g. Satires (Visual works)--England--1770 

Visual Materials -- Portraits

Suggested Genre/Form term


            can add country and date

e.g. Portraits--England--1726 

Visual Materials -- Topographical Views

Suggested Call number (or Holdings Keyword) search


Suggested Genre/Form term search


Suggested Subject term search

[city or type of structure]-Pictorial Works--date

for example: London (England)--Pictorial works--Early works to 1800.

[type of structure]--[country]--[city]

for example: Churches--England--London.

Head of Public Services -- Lewis Walpole Library

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Susan Walker
The Lewis Walpole Library

154 Main Street

Farmington, CT

Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Suggested subject searches

Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797. 

Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797--Ms. notes. (local Yale subject)
Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797--Ownership (local Yale subject).

Strawberry Hill (Twickenham, London, England) 

Strawberry Hill Press (Twickenham, London, England)