Welcome to the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell

portrait by Sir Thomas Lawrence, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University The Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell is a comprehensive edition of the correspondence, journals, and literary manuscripts of James Boswell (1740-1795).

 

The archives of the Scottish lawyer, diarist, and biographer James Boswell (1740-1795), now mostly in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, form one of the most important collections of eighteenth-century personal papers known to exist.

The Research Series of the Yale Boswell Editions consists of three co-ordinated sub-series: Boswell's journals, with a complete text (with original spelling, punctuation, and paragraphing) of his journals, notes for journals, and daily memoranda; Boswell's correspondence (to and from); and a four-volume genetic transcription of the manuscript of The Life of Johnson (designed as a research supplement to the Hill-Powell version of the Life.)

The project, one of the largest and most acclaimed editorial undertakings of modern times, is co-ordinated by the editorial office in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library, involves an international group of editors, and will comprise an estimated thirty to forty volumes when complete.