The James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection

Scope | Size |  Marking | Classification

Scope

The Osborn Collection in the Beinecke Library contains material, primarily manuscript, relating to nearly every aspect of English history and literature from the reign of Mary Tudor to that of Victoria. The printed items acquired for the collection often have extensive manuscript annotations. For more information see the section about the Osborn collection in the Beinecke Guide.

Size

The size boundaries are:

Octavo:
up to 25 cm high (and gaylords slightly over 25 cm high)
up to 23 cm wide
Quarto:
between 25 and 37 cm high
between 23 and 32 cm wide
Folios:
over 37 cm high
over 32 cm wide

Marking

The following guidelines are used when marking volumes in Osborn:

  1. Mark on Yale bookplate when there is one, generally in the upper left corner. (Mark the small Yale plate not the Osborn plate.)
  2. Mark on back cover, lower right hand corner, when there is no Yale bookplate unless cover is too dark.
  3. Mark on verso of last page, lower right hand corner, when 1 or 2 don't apply. The lower left hand corner is the alternate location when the lower right hand corner is unusable.
  4. If the last page is unmarkable (e.g. too dark or shiny or filled with text or illustrations), mark the verso of the first usable page from the end.

Classification and Call Numbers

The Collection has its own classification scheme. All printed books for the Osborn Collection are assigned call numbers with the following prefixes, separated by century and format, followed by a sequential number. To assign a call number (or range of call numbers), change the 500 note in the OSBORN COLLECTION CALL NUMBERS bibliographical record (7093866) for each respective century and format with the last number chosen. Call numbers for manuscripts are assigned by the Manuscript Unit only.

Osborn manuscripts
Osborn a[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts through the 16th century
Osborn b[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts from the 17th century
Osborn c[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts from the 18th century
Osborn d[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts from the 19th century
Osborn e[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts from the 20th century
Osborn f[sequential number] Octavo manuscripts from the 21st century
Osborn fa[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts through the 16th century
Osborn fb[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts from the 17th century
Osborn fc[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts from the 18th century
Osborn fd[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts from the 19th century
Osborn fe[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts from the 20th century
Osborn ff[sequential number] Quarto manuscripts from the 21st century

Osborn books
Osborn pa[sequential number] Octavo sized books through the 16th century
Osborn pb[sequential number] Octavo sized books from the 17th century
Osborn pc[sequential number] Octavo sized books from the 18th century
Osborn pd[sequential number] Octavo sized books from the 19th century
Osborn pe[sequential number] Octavo sized books from the 20th century
Osborn pf[sequential number] Octavo sized books from the 21st century
Osborn fpa[sequential number] Quarto sized books through the 16th century
Osborn fpb[sequential number] Quarto sized books from the 17th century
Osborn fpc[sequential number] Quarto sized books from the 18th century
Osborn fpd[sequential number] Quarto sized books from the 19th century
Osborn fpe[sequential number] Quarto sized books from the 20th century
Osborn fpf[sequential number] Quarto sized books from the 21st century
Year Number Folio Call Numbers All folio Osborn books [loc is: beinosb]

Osborn printed music
Osborn pm All printed music

Special notes and tracings.

Books are cataloged according to general policies for the Beinecke Library.

The James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn bookplate is not traced.

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