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Library Resources for Medicine & Empire, Spring 2024: Find Primary Sources

Organizing Archival Research

Tropy is desktop software designed to help researchers organize and describe research images, from original photographs to digitized special collections and documents. Tropy allows you to attach information to images, transcribe or take notes on them, and categorize them using lists and tags.


Using LUX, researchers can find and connect with the cultural heritage collections across Yale's museums, archives, and libraries in new ways and all in one place.

LUX is a new system, launched in fall 2023.

Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts

If you're interested in seeing material from specific special collections, such as the Beinecke Library, go to Quicksearch Books, and add a Location filter. 

See this sample search for "James Baldwin" in "Books" available at "Beinecke Library."

Learn more about doing research at the Beinecke:

Digital Collections

Yale Library’s Digital Collections - a subset of special collection material as a whole - provides online access to millions of works, images, and audiovisual materials.

Image and text-based digital collections are currently represented online primarily in two systems, Digital Collections and FindIt. In time, all collections will be made available in the Digital Collections system. Aviary is the repository of audiovisual digital collections.

Archives at Yale

Archives at Yale brings together finding aids from ten archival repositories. Seven of the repositories are part of Yale Library, two are at the Yale Center for British Art, and one is at the Yale Peabody Museum.

Finding aids describe the creation, content, context, and arrangement of archival materials, allowing users to identify and request materials relevant to their research.