DRAFT  The James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection DRAFT
(Approved for use February 2, 2000)

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
    Folio:
           over 37 cm. high
           over 32 cm. wide
Marking
The following guidelines are used when marking volumes in Osborn:
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.
 
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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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

Contact: Stephen Young <stephen.young@yale.edu>

Last revised: 23 July 2007

URL: http://www.library.yale.edu/BeinCatM/osborn.html