Lewis, W. S. (Wilmarth Sheldon), 1895-1979
- Existence: 1895 - 1979
Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis was born in Alameda, California, on November 14, 1895, the son of Miranda Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and Azro Nathaniel Lewis. He attended the Thacher School in Ojai, California, and Yale University (Class of 1918). He met Annie Burr Auchincloss (1902-1959) in Farmington, Connecticut, in 1923, and the couple were married in 1928. Together they spent three decades building a collection of books, prints, paintings, manuscripts, and decorative arts related to Horace Walpole, his circle, and his time, and formed a research library at their home in Farmington. Wilmarth Lewis, the author of two autobiographies—Collector's Progress (1951) and One Man's Education (1967)—died in Hartford on October 7, 1979; he left his home and collections to Yale University by bequest.
Found in 24 Collections and/or Records:
Dean Gooderham Acheson papers
Call Number: MS 1087
Overview: The papers include correspondence, writings, speeches, memoranda, and photographs, documenting Dean Acheson's life after leaving the U.S. State Department in 1953. Also documented is his work as a member of the Yale Corporation and his long friendship with Felix Frankfurter, Archibald MacLeish, and others. The correspondence and memoranda contain Acheson's views on many contemporary issues in American foreign policy such as Korea, the Middle East, NATO, Germany, the war in Vietnam, and Rhodesia...
Autograph collection, 1794-1911
Part of Collection — Box: 268, Folder: 13
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents: Collection of ten autographs compiled by W. S. Lewis. Autographs are in the form of letters, fragments, and a postcard bearing the signatures of English authors, including Thomas Haynes Bayly, Alexander Meyrick Broadley, Shirley Brooks, F. C. Burnand, Daniel O'Connell, and Tom Taylor.
British Theatrical and Literary Prints
Call Number: LWL MSS 33
Overview: British Theatrical and Literary Prints is a collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century engravings and etchings depicting scenes and characters from 267 plays and stories by 112 authors that were published in England and Ireland during those two centuries. The prints are generally small in format—octavo or quarto in size—and most were extracted from publications.
Dates: 1711-1880, bulk 1770-1820
F. Trubee Davison papers
Call Number: MS 601
Overview: Correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia documenting Davison's activities as founder of a Yale aviation unit during World War I, his political career in the Republican Party in New York State, his presidency of the American Museum of Natural History (1933-1951) and his activities in many foundations, academic institutions and philanthropies. The aspect of his life most thoroughly documented is his organization of a Yale flying unit, which was formally recognized by the...
Found in: Manuscripts and Archives > F. Trubee Davison papers
William Adams Delano papers
Call Number: MS 178
Overview: The papers consist almost entirely of social and professional correspondence. They also include an unpublished autobiography, The Reminiscences of William Adams Delano; printed matter; and a drawing made for the 46th anniversary of The Record. Much of the personal correspondence concerns Delano's membership in various New York clubs and his classmates in the Yale College class of 1895. His professional correspondence relates in part to important commissions, among them his work on the White...
Dates: 1902-1960, bulk 1939-1960
Found in: Manuscripts and Archives > William Adams Delano papers
W. S. Lewis Collection of Marie du Deffand
Call Number: LWL MSS 11
Overview: The W. S. Lewis Collection of Marie du Deffand contains correspondence and other papers created, owned by, or relating to Marie Anne de Vichy Chamrond, marquise du Deffand (1697-1780), a friend and correspondent of the English author Horace Walpole. The collection was compiled by author, editor, and collector Wilmarth S. Lewis (1895-1979). It includes letters exchanged between du Deffand and her wide circle of friends and acquaintances, manuscripts including verses, essays, memoirs, word...
Dates: 1706-1858, bulk 1760-1780
W. S. Lewis collection of W. S. Gilbert manuscripts and letters
Call Number: GEN MSS 6
Overview: Contains typescript carbon versions of plays by Gilbert, as well as two letters from Gilbert regarding production of, and royalties on, his plays.
Lewis Walpole Library Collection of Prints after William Hogarth
Call Number: LWL MSS 42
Scope and Contents: The Lewis Walpole Library Collection of Prints after William Hogarth contains more than 500 eighteenth- and nineteenth-century etchings and engravings that reproduce the works of William Hogarth (1697-1764), the influential British painter and printmaker. Hogarth and his art have been a long-standing focus of debates about copying and copyright dating from his lifetime to the present day. The commercial success of his work made his images a target for both legitimate or authorized copies and...
Dates: 1749-1875, bulk 1793-1870
EXTRA-ILLUSTRATIONS IN SAMUEL JOHNSON, LETTERS TO AND FROM THE LATE SAMUEL JOHNSON... (London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1788)
Call Number: GEN MSS VOL 421
Overview: Extra-illustrations in Letters to and from the Late Samuel Johnson... are tipped in throughout the two volumes. The extra-illustrations include letters, engraved portraits, a few tickets and other ephemera, and numerous clippings and manuscript notes by William Dorset Fellowes. They span the years ca. 1746-1847.
Dates: circa 1746-1847
Annie Burr Lewis Papers
Call Number: LWL MSS 21
Overview: The collection contains correspondence, personal and family papers, and financial records that document the life, interests, and work of the American philanthropist Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis (1902-1959).
Dates: 1849-1960, bulk 1915-1959
Found in: Lewis Walpole Library > Annie Burr Lewis Papers
Annie Burr Lewis and Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Photographs
Call Number: LWL MSS 22
Overview: The Annie Burr Lewis and Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Photograph Collection consists of prints, negatives, transparencies, slides, and tintypes that provide visual documentation of the lives, family, friends, and activities of Wilmarth and Annie Burr Lewis. The images range from formal portraits by noted artists such Arnold Genthe and Yousuf Karsh, to hundreds of snapshots taken by friends and family, and by Annie Lewis herself. The material spans a full century in date, from a group of tintypes to...
Dates: 1859-1979, bulk 1900-1959
LEWIS, W. S. (WILMARTH SHELDON), 1895-1979
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Dates: [ca. 1600-ongoing]
Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Papers
Call Number: LWL MSS 20
Overview: The Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Papers consists of correspondence, writings, financial records, and other papers documenting the personal and professional activities and interests of the American author, editor, and collector Wilmarth Lewis and his wife Annie Burr Lewis. At their home in Farmington, Connecticut, the Lewises created a world-renowned collection of eighteenth-century print, graphic, and manuscript material related to the English author, connoisseur, and collector Horace Walpole...
Dates: 1800-1980, bulk 1926-1979
Found in: Lewis Walpole Library > Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Papers
A. Sidney Lovett papers
Call Number: MS 1089
Overview: Correspondence, sermons, writings, photographs, printed material and miscellanea detailing the professional career and personal life of Sidney Lovett, a clergyman and chaplain at Yale University. Lovett's activities as a minister in Boston (1919-1932), chaplain at Yale (1932-1958), member of many university organizations and committees, including the Yale Faculty Committee for Receiving Oxford and Cambridge Children and Yale-in-China, pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale, master of Pierson...
Found in: Manuscripts and Archives > A. Sidney Lovett papers
James Marshall Osborn correspondence
Call Number: OSB MSS 7
Overview: The correspondence concerns the scholarly and collecting interests of James Marshall Osborn. The collection documents his activities as a rare book and manuscript collector, his research in early modern and eighteenth century English literature, and his authorship of several volumes of literary history. Much of the correspondence is with other literary scholars, including F. W. Bateson, James Lowry Clifford, Wilmarth S. Lewis, Maynard Mack. Chauncey Brewster Tinker, and René Wellek.
Lewis Walpole Library Sales and Auction Catalog Collection
Call Number: 125 L979
Overview: The Lewis Walpole Library Sales and Auction Catalog Collection—comprised of catalogs, lists, and pamphlets issued by a wide range of booksellers, art dealers, and major and minor auction houses—was largely assembled by author, editor, and collector Wilmarth S. Lewis (1895-1979). The collection spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and reflects Lewis’s various scholarly interests, which were primarily centered on the life and work of English author and antiquarian Horace Walpole and his...
Dates: 1900-2018, bulk 1950-1979
W. S. Lewis Collection of George Selwyn Correspondence
Call Number: LWL MSS 39
Overview: The collection consists of letters sent to George Selwyn by nearly one hundred friends, associates, and family members; they range in content from short formal notes of invitation to long and descriptive letters from friends in his social and political circles. Also present are five letters written by Selwyn to colleagues and unidentified recipients.
Lewis Walpole Library Topographical Prints Collection
Call Number: LWL MSS 34
Overview: A collection of 18th- and 19th-century prints, mostly extracted from publications, arranged geographically.
Dates: 1688-1900, bulk 1706-1880
W. S. Lewis Collection of George Townshend Correspondence
Call Number: LWL MSS 38
Overview: The W. S. Lewis Collection of George Townshend Correspondence holds approximately 350 letters sent to and by George Townshend (1724-1807) primarily during his tenure as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland in the years 1767 through 1772. The bulk of the collection is held in Series I, where most of the letters concern military and political topics, with some more personal and family correspondence. Many of the writers were appealing to Townshend for patronage appointments in regiments, bishoprics, and...
Dates: 1708-1800, bulk 1766-1772
W. S. Lewis Collection of Helen and Paget Toynbee
Call Number: LWL MSS 29
Overview: The collection contains correspondence and research materials related to publications on Horace Walpole edited by Helen Toynbee and Paget Toynbee, as well as press clippings documenting the reception of their work.