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Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy autograph collection, part two

Call Number: OSB MSS 137

Scope and Contents

The Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy Collection, Part Two consists of several thousand clipped autographs, franked envelopes, autographed photographs and printed cards and slips, and autograph notes and letters. The collection spans the dates 1666-1975, but the overwhelming majority of the autographs are by nineteenth century British notables. The Levys acquired groups of autographs in occupational categories of interest to them, including artists and authors; clergy; lawyers and judges; military men; political notables; members of the British royal family and the British nobility; musicians; scientists, and theatrical figures including actors, actresses and producers. Many of the items are accompanied by their original annotated wrappers.

The collection is organized into three series: Series I, Autograph Items by Category; Series II, Uncategorized Autograph Items and Fragments; and Series III, Lists.


  • 1666-1975


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy Autograph Collection, Part Two is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy, 1983.


Organized into three series: I. Autograph Items by Category, 1666-1961. II. Uncategorized Autograph Items and Fragments, 1697-1942. III. Lists and Other Related Material, 1950-1975.


14.81 Linear Feet (39 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


Consists of several thousand clipped autographs, franked envelopes, autographed photographs and printed cards and slips, and autograph notes and letters.

EDWARD G. LEVY (1898-1990)

Edward G. Levy was born in New Haven, Connecticut on October 21, 1898 and educated in the city's public schools. He received his LL.B. from Boston University in 1921 and joined his brother, Herman L. Levy, in his law practice in New Haven, specializing in theatrical law. Levy married Hortense Rosenblatt in 1926; their son Charles Joseph was born in 1935.

In May 1938, Levy was charged with participating in a conspiracy with 22 others, including the Mayor of Waterbury, to defraud that city of more than $1,000,000. He pled guilty and turned state's evidence; the New York Times reported on February 4, 1939 that Levy admitted under cross-examination that he had been expelled from Yale University for cheating and that he had worked as a lobbyist "for various interests" before becoming involved with the consipirators. For his cooperation, Levy received the relatively light sentence of one year in jail.

In his later years, Levy became known as a dime novel collector and historian, and he and his wife amassed substantial autograph collections as well, donating dime novels and manuscripts to several universities, including Harvard, New York University, and Yale. The couple maintained residences in Woodbridge, Connecticut, and Palm Beach, Florida, where they were members of the Palm Beach Country Club. Edward G. Levy died on January 15th, 1990.

Processing Information

The Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy Autograph Collection was donated to the library in two parts, in 1980 and 1983. Part One was arranged by the library in its present alphabetical order in the 1980s; Part Two remains in its original order by subject.

Guide to the Edward G. and Hortense R. Levy Autograph Collection, Part Two
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
January 2009
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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