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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.