Exciting news for the research-inclined: Yale University has launched a new digital collections platform, where users can view all digitized collections material from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library. Over time, other Yale Library digital collections will be moved there, but for now, the public can still browse over one million images.
The interface allows users to search documents by subject, format, genre, resource type, language, creator, geography, and date; users can also browse highlights of the collections. If you don’t know where to start, how about the Langston Hughes Papers? Or the manuscript of Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia? Or the Gutenberg Bible? Or George Gershwin’s original Porgy and Bess score? Or “Anthony Comstock shuddering at the sight of an unshelled peanut”? Or James Baldwin’s poems, typed and corrected? Or, if you want to be meta about it, photos of Beinecke Library’s own construction?
You can browse the collections here—and if you have questions, you can watch the Beinecke’s introductory video to the site below. Go forth and absorb!