Manuscripts and Archives is a reference center and reading room that is organizationally part of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, but located inside of Sterling Memorial Library (SML), on the Wall Street side, across from the Yale Law School. The entrance is opposite the SML Lecture Hall and Memorabilia Room.
What's inside? Manuscripts and Archives houses the records of Yale University, Yale publications, and personal and organizational records relating to American diplomacy, medicine and health policy, and LGBTQ life and culture, among many other subjects.
When is it open? Monday through Friday during regular business hours.
What do I need to do before I visit? If you haven’t created a special-collections account yet, you should begin by registering online here (follow the link in the “Register Online” box and use the “Login with NetID” option).
How do I search archival collections? Archives at Yale offers finding aids for over 8,000 collections held in Yale’s special collections.
How do I explore collections set aside for this course? Your first step for this assignment will be to pick from among the boxes on hold for your use (listed under the tab "Items on hold in MSSA for this assignment"), and then to explore their contents. The list includes links that will take you to the spot in the finding aid where the contents listed are described.
Can I bring my laptop & phone with me? You can bring a laptop, camera, and pencil with you into the reading room, but your other belongings will have to be secured in lockers in the Manuscripts and Archives reference center.
How can I get further help? If you have questions or need assistance in getting started with this assignment, you can drop by the reference center any time it's open – there is always a staff member on duty to assist you.
Remember: Collection materials on hold for this assignment will be reshelved on Monday, 24 October. If you need something held for your consultation in the reading room after that date, please be sure to make arrangements with a staff member at the service desk.