Double check all entries in the card catalog against Orbis and the in-house manuscript finding aid (available upon request) for the current call number or box and folder number
For manuscripts, think in terms of names: who wrote it and to whom was it written
Most of the manuscript card catalogs do not have topical/subject access. Exceptions are the Clement Correspondence and Charles Hanbury Williams, although in the latter case, the subjects are only names of people mentioned in letters.
The Charles Hanbury Williams chronological cards have a brief summary of each item (which can save you time as you can get a sense of what each item is about without having to request and browse through it)
Some bound volumes have been analyzed individually on cards in the card catalog. Examples include Henry Seymour Conway and Edward Weston.
The Lady Mary Coke journals are in photostat and have been indexed by person mentioned, listing the date of each mention and a brief word of what it was about. A card at the front gives contact information for the originals and a summary of what was and was not published
The card catalog at the Lewis Walpole Library continues to provide useful access to portions of the Library's collection, supplementing the online catalogs, and serves as a resource for aspects not otherwise indexed online. In addition, there are several card catalogs, like those dealing with the contents and provenance of the contents of Strawberry Hill, that function as research resources rather than indexes to the LWL collection.
For example, the caricature and satire collection catalog cards also include prints bound into volumes as issued and prints held in other repositories available as photostats at the LWL; the manuscript card catalog also includes individual manuscripts tipped into volumes, detailed indexes of the contents of some of the bound volumes of manuscripts and photostats as well as some of the larger manuscript collections not yet in a finding aid (notably the Weston papers and the Charles Hanbury Williams correspondence), and subject access to the Clement correspondence; the portrait and topographical catalog cards include individual prints tipped into volumes and, in the case of portraits, photos from the Courtauld Institute of Art's Witt Library of reproductions after paintings.
HW's MS Notes in Books (aka Horace Walpole's MS Notes) provides exceptional subject access to Walpole's marginalia, entries in his Books of Materials, and other manuscripts and editions of his published correspondence. Library staff will identify the physical item indexed on the cards.
Some of the card catalogs are available in the reading room, while others are available upon request. Please see the list below.
N.B. The vast majority of the collection is cataloged online through the Yale Library online catalog and Finding Aids. Records in the Yale Library online catalog and Finding Aids are the most authoritative and up-to-date records for the collection. When a print or manuscript is found in the card catalog, please search in the Library online catalog or Finding Aid to request the item for delivery to the reading room. Library staff is always available to assist.
|Reading Room||Available upon Request|
|Art Materials||Art (duplicate art materials?)|
|Ballads & Broadsides||Auctions (HW Bibl)|
|HW & Family Iconography||Books mentioned by HW|
|HW MSS||Catalog: General|
|HW's Manuscript Notes||Catalog: Shelf list|
|Microfilm||Catalog: Shelf list - Day Lewis (w/ Old Library|
|Misc MSS Not HW||Catalog: Shelf list - Old Library|
|Misc. MSS - Chrono||Chamberlayne|
|Misc. MSS - CHW Chrono||Country Seats from Country Life|
|Misc. MSS - CHW Correspondent||Courtauld Pictures|
|Misc. MSS - CHW Subject||Courtauld Pictures--Artists|
|Misc. MSS - Clement Corres. Subject Index||Du Deffand Papers|
|Owners of HW's items||Du Deffand Papers owned by HW|
|Room 331B Index to HW's MSS||Ex. Ill. books at LWL (by artwork title)|
|Sale Catalogs||Foreign Diplomats|
|Satires--Chronological||Hist. MSS Commission|
|Satires--Persons||HW MSS - Owners of|
|Satires--Subject||HW MSS (list of HW MSS)|
|Satires--Title||HW Mss at Farm. (w/ Du Deffand)|
|Strawberry Hill - Gifts from HW (w/ Owners)||HW MSS at Farmington (different from the above)|
|Strawberry Hill - Gifts to HW (w/ Owners)||HW Notes (list of books w/HW's notes)|
|Strawberry Hill Contents||HW's Books - Chrono|
|Strawberry Hill Portraits||HW's Library Tracts-Chrono|
|Trade Cards||HW's Visits - Country Seats by county (with HW's visits)|
|HW's Visits - Owners of Country Seats (with HW's visits)|
|HW's Visits to Country Seats|
|HW's Works Reviews (Chron) (superseded by Sabor)|
|Available on Request||Mann (index to Mann microfilms)|
|Babb Beckford Collection (w/ Bliss)||Provenance|
|Bliss Collection||Provenance - Unidentified MS notes in books|
|Waller Collection (w/ Bliss)||Satires--Mellon Collection|
|Bound Misc. MSS (shelf list)||Serial Index (mentions of HW in cont. period.)|
|HW's Prints in BM||Sir Ambrose Heal Street Index|
|HW's Prints in NYPL (w/HW Prints in BM)||Sir Ambrose Heal Tradesmen|
|Portraits--Sitters||Sir Ambrose Heal Unknown|
|Portraits & Topos--Artists||Strawberry Hill visitors - Chrono|
|Portraits & Topos--Engravers||Strawberry Hill visitors - Persons|
|Portraits & Topos--Publishers||Tete a Tetes|
|Portraits of Actors in Performance||Topos - Country Seats (list incl. prints in bound vols.)|
|Portraits of People mentioned by HW||Twickenham|
|Sale catalogs||Twickenham rate books|
|Satires--Artists and Engravers||Yale Walpole- list of ill. & appendices|
|Satires--Printers & Publishers|
|SH Sale Cat (old sale file?)|
|Topographical (listed by counties)|