Skip to main content


manuscripts (documents)

Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
Scope Note: Handwritten documents, particularly books and other documents created before the invention of the printing press. May also be used to distinguish certain documents from published or otherwise printed documents, as in the cases of typed personal letters or a typescript from which printed versions are made.

Found in 33 Collections and/or Records:

"La Biblioteca Total", 1939

 File — Box 1, Folder: 17
Scope and Contents Holograph manuscript "Universal Library" by Jorge Luis Borges, titled, signed, and dated "Agosto 1939", in black ink on gridded spiral notebook paper, 4 leaves numbered by Borges, with numerous corrections,and deletions.The concept of the "universal library," crystallizes, like no other Borge's literary themes- so vast, multifaceted, and undefinable as this literary concept in which the universe is reflected. This fictional essay was first published in...
Dates: 1939

"La Cábala" , [1930]

 File — Box 1, Folder: 13
Scope and Contents

Holograph manuscript,"La Cábala" (The Kabbalah), by Jorge Luis Borges, unpublished, in black ink on both sides of 2 leaves of gridded spiral notebook paper, numbered by Borges. There is a small hole at the front of the leaf, and a few ink blots.

Lengthy discussion by Borges on the Cabala significantly reflects and complements Borges original text of this essay (La Cabala 1943). It contains rare glimpses of his research sources and notes for his subject.

Dates: [1930]

George Washington Lewis papers

Identifier: MSS 16413
Content Description

The George Washington Lewis papers consists chiefly of correspondence to and from George Washington Lewis and between other family members, but also includes a few photographs of the Lewis family and the homes of "Claymont", "Shellfield" and "Marmion"; a plat of "Claymont"; newsclippings; notes on Lewis family history and genealogy; and a few financial and legal documents.

Dates: Majority of material found in 1805-1906, 1966

Manuscript Style or Form Book of James Armour, 1698- 1701

Identifier: MSS-96-1

Scottish manuscript with definitions of legal terms, written in two hands.

Dates: ca. 1698

Medieval manuscript leaf

 Collection — Box BW 19, Folder: 1 [X031589475]
Identifier: MSS 16390
Scope and Contents Note

The medieval manuscript leaf (circa1300-1500; 0.03 cubic feet) the text is not identified. It may be from a martyrology. Contains a chapter concerning Pope Callixtus I. Later used in a bookbinding perhaps. The margins have been trimmed, dampstained. It is on vellum and is rubricated in red.

Dates: circa 1300-1500

"Nota Sobre La Paz", 1945

 File — Box 1, Folder: 20
Scope and Contents Holograph manuscript "A Note on Peace" titled, signed, and dated "Jorges Luis Borges, 1945". With deletions and interpolations. The original manuscript was published in Sur no. 129 (May 1945)about the Allied victory over Nazi Germany. It extols Britain's role and demonstrates what was, unusually for Borges, a strong commitment to liberalism and Western civilization.The manuscript shows Borges' hopeful attitude toward the collapse...
Dates: 1945

Oversize "Prose Poems for I. J.", 1934

 File — Oversize_folder(within_an_osbox) 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Holograph manuscript signed by Jorge Luis Borges, in black ink on 2 large paper leaves. They are two linked poems of 29 and 27 lines respectively desgnated "I" and "II". They were written in 1934 and dedicated to "I. J" which were false initials concealing the true identity of dedicatee Pipina Diehl de Moreno Hueyo. They were published in 1943, in the first compilation of Borge's poems [Poemas (1922-1943)]. They were republished under the title ...
Dates: 1934

James Kirke Paulding papers

Identifier: MSS 7223
Content Description This collection of James Kirke Paulding MSS 7223, -a,-b,-c,-d contains manuscripts of the poems, "The Backwoodsman," and "Where are Women Angels?" There are also typed manuscripts of two poems by John Quincy Adams and one of an untitled poem to Adams by James Kirke Paulding. Also included is a fragment of "The Rights of War and Peace."Most of the correspondence in the collection discusses the Department of Navy business. There is a document appointing Paulding as Navy Agent in...
Dates: 1804-1874

Prologue to "Mester de Juderia", 1940

 File — Box 1, Folder: 18
Scope and Contents

Holograph manuscript by Jorge Luis Borges, Prologue to Carlos Grunberg's book "Mester de Juderia", titled and signed by Borges, in black ink on 3 leaves of gridded and 2 leaves of unlined paper, each leaf numbered by Borges.

It is an expansive text that exceeds the bounds of a prologue, being more of a political-literary essay which is unusual for Borges. It condemns European antisemitism and its Argentine "facsimile" [sic].

Dates: 1940

Robert William Chambers manuscript "The Crime"

 Unprocessed Material — Folder 1
Identifier: ViU-2017-0116

Ella F. Simons, "A Young Ladies school newspaper written for subscribers"

 Collection — Box BW 6, Folder: 1 [X031589277]
Identifier: MSS 16137
Scope and Contents Ella F. Simons, "A Young Ladies school newspaper written for subscribers"(1859; 0.03 cubic feet) Contains eleven pages of hand written material. Begins with an "edatoreal" about the state of the nation and the mission of the paper, followed by articles with titles such as "Night," "The Poet," "Dear Emily," "A Ride," "Our Wreath," "Composition," "Sniff," and more. All articles are written in the same hand and with the same unique writing voice, leaving one to ponder if she was a scribe or...
Dates: 1859

"Soneto para un Tango en la Nochecita", 1926

 File — Box 1, Folder: 11
Scope and Contents Holograph manuscript, "Sonnet for an Evening Tango" signed and dated "Jorge Luis Borges 1926", in black ink on the recto of a leaf of pink paper. One deletion, with a correction written above. It was published in March 1926 in Caras y Caretas, and never printed in any of Borge's works. No other manuscript known.It it a very important manuscript, for its content related to another manuscript about the tango and for its early...
Dates: 1926

Typed Manuscript for Justice Daniel Dissenting by John P. Frank

Identifier: MSS-90-5

Working draft of manuscript.

Dates: undated