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Finding Lewis Walpole Library Collection Material: DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

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


DIGITAL COLLECTIONS includes all of the existing the same content  that was in the old "DL" in addition to the thousands of new images that the Lewis Walpole Library has scanned since 2011, including all new acquisitions of graphic materials as well as hundreds of other printed materials and unique LWL manuscript holdings.  The Library continues to add material regularly.  

Among the exciting features of the new DIGITAL COLLECTIONS site are more sophisticated search options, a variety of options to page virtually through complex objects ( e.g., browse through an extra-illustrated volume or bound manuscript. For example click or tap here: Trade tokens and bookplates) and the ability to search a single or multiple Yale repositories. 

Additional features are being developed. DIGITAL COLLECTIONS will eventually include enhancements like a gallery view to facilitate browsing. 

Duplicate images/records--sometimes you will see two identical images and records. This does not necessarily indicate that the Library has two impressions. Look at the call number and image number within the record to determine if it is just a repeated entry.

It is not possible to request an item for use in the Lewis Walpole Library Reading Room through DIGITAL COLLECTIONS. Please look dwon toward the lower part of the record in Digital Collections and find the Orbis number. Copy and paste the Orbis number from the Digital Collections record into the keyword search box for either Orbis or Quicksearch Books+ and search and place the request through there.

Truncation: use the * asterisk to truncate words in the search to broaden the search. For example: theatr* will get results for theatre, theatres, theatrical, theatricality, and so on. 

Bookmarks--Saving selected search results

To save links to selected images from a search in the Digital Collection, use the Bookmark feature:

  • Click the little box next to the word Bookmark for each image you want to save and retrieve later.
  • At the top of the page, on the blue menu bar, click on the link for “Login” (with a padlock next to it).
  • Login to your Yale Library account under either "Login with NetID" or “Login without NetID” (a NetID is only assigned to members of the Yale community).
  • If you do not have a NetID and have not yet set up a Yale Library account, click the little hyperlinked text below the login box that says “create an account.”
  • Once you’ve created an account and confirmed it through your email, you can go back and login.
  • When you’ve logged in, you’ll see a link in the blue menu bar at the top of the page that says “Bookmarks” with a kind of circular arrow.
  • Click on that, and you’ll find your list of bookmarked images with links back to the record in the Digital Collection.

What it is

Search for caricatures, satires, portraits, topographical views, other prints and drawings, is well as selected printed texts, ephemera, and manuscripts. among the digitized images, archival documents, and other materials in the Yale University Library's primary Digital Collections repository. Use this search interface to view all available images of items from the Lewis Walpole Library's collections. Links in Orbis/Quicksearch catalog records also point to images in this repository.


Searchable fields

The following fields are searchable in Digital Collections:

Call number
Local Record Number  (including lwlpr number)
Box Number
Folder Name
Associated Names
Orbis Record
Finding Aid (YFAD)
Related Links
Date Created
Other Dates
Content Type
Funding Source

please note that some of these fields may not be used for LWL records. 

Refining Your Search -- Repository:.Lewis Walpole Library

Select Lewis Walpole Library from list of Digital Collection on the left-hand side

Digital Collections faceted searching showing selection of Lewis Walpole Library circled in red among list of Digital Collections