BETSY BEINECKE SHIRLEY COLLECTION OF AMERICAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
(Approved for use July 24, 2002)

Scope |  Size |  Marking |  Classification |  Subjects

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Scope
Betsy Beinecke Shirley began collecting American children's books in the early 1970s and began presenting Yale with gifts from her collection in the early 1990s. She continues each year to donate additional gifts. Her focus is on the books that were available to American children: children's books with American imprints. Her definition of children's literature is a broad one in that it includes literature for young adults as well as for little children. Serials are to be found in her collection as are reference books relating to children's literature.
 

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 27 cm. wide
Folio:
over 37 cm. high
over 28 cm. wide

Marking
    The following guidelines are used when marking volumes in Shirley:

  1. Mark on the lower left-hand corner of the Shirley bookplate. The bookplate contains the printed words, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, so mark only Shirley and the number.
  2. Mark on back cover, lower right hand corner, when there is no bookplate, unless cover is too dark
  3. Mark on 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. When there is no Shirley bookplate, the entire normal marking sequence, including the words, Beinecke Library, must be used.
Classification
    Class as a name collection and use a sequential numbering scheme for monographs and serials.
 
 
Monographs
Octavo beingen ‡Shirley ‡i 843 
Quarto beingen ‡h Shirley ‡i +31 
Folio beingen ‡k Folio ‡h Shirley ‡i 3 
Broadsides beingen ‡h BrSides Shirley ‡i 4 
beingen ‡h BrSides Folio Shirley ‡i 2 

 
Serials
Octavo beingen ‡h Shirley ‡i S62 
Quarto beingen ‡h Shirley ‡i +S4 
Folio beingen ‡k Folio ‡h Shirley ‡i S3 

Special notes, subjects and tracings

Special procedures

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