Yale Divinity Library Mss. Request Form

Many of the Yale Divinity Library's manuscript and archival holdings are shelved at the off-campus Library Shelving Facility.

1. Application for Permission to Examine Manuscript Material & Box Request Form

If you have not already done so, please register for use of manuscript materials at:


Please note: If you do not have a Yale ID, you must respond to the confirmation link that you will receive via email after submitting the web form linked to above within 24 hours or it will expire.

In order to be cleared for examining restricted circulation material you must bring identification with you to the Special Collections Reading Room. Acceptable forms of identification are 1) a Yale ID or 2) a current passport or 3) two types of ID of which at least one must be a government-issued ID bearing your name, photograph, and an expiration date indicating current validity (e.g., driver's license, state-issued ID card). Second IDs for verification can include college IDs, credit cards, etc.

2. Box Requests

Please use the online finding aids to identify the material you would like to examine and enter the following information in order to have it retrieved to the Yale Divinity Library Special Collections Reading Room. If you want material from more than two record groups, please submit additional forms. Please note that we do not want to know folder numbers; only whole boxes are retrieved. If you have any question about the relevance of the material you are requesting for your area of research, please contact the Divinity Library Special Collections department.

A total of ten boxes can be in use by a researcher at any one time.

Box request form
Box request form

Boxes will be held in the Divinity Library Special Collections Reading Room for three days following this date. 

Please call 203-432-5301 or email Joan Duffy if you are unable to come use the material within that time period.

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