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Frederic M. Halford papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1612

Scope and Contents

Drafts of books by Halford on dry-fly fishing and creation of artificial flies, and a draft of an autobiography, 1886-1912; scrapbooks containing clippings of reviews of books by Halford, 1897-1911, and clippings of obituaries and other articles about Halford, 1914-1915; and papers of Ellen Horne Kemp, 1896-1907, consisting of proofs of illustrations for books by Halford and related notes. Most drafts by Halford are autograph manuscript or typescript, with revisions and printer’s annotations, some incorporating writings or annotations by J. J. Hardy, W. A. Hunter, George Selwyn Marryat, William Senior, or G. E. M. Skues. Some drafts are accompanied by galley or page proofs with revisions, photographs and printed proofs for plates; or contracts and accounts with publishers George Routledge and Sons or Vinton & Company. Kemp’s papers contain hand-colored and uncolored proofs of her drawings of artificial flies, with related autograph manuscript notes; notes and proofs for illustrations by Duncan Moul; and a few drawings by Kemp and letters to her from Halford and Vinton & Company. Kemp's papers are accompanied by autograph manuscript notes, circa 1970, by Phoebe Leicester, a former owner and possibly a descendant of Kemp’s daughter Jane Horne Kemp Leicester.


  • 1886-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1886-1914


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frederic M. Halford Papers are 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

Purchased from James Cummins Bookseller on the Jonathan O. Bulkley Fund, 2020.


Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1886-1925. II. Ellen Horne Kemp Illustrations and Notes, 1889-1970. III. Other Papers, 1897-1915.


3.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Frederic M. (Frederic Michael) Halford (1844-1914)

Frederic M. (Frederic Michael) Halford (1844-1914), British angler and author of books on dry-fly fishing.

Ellen Horne Kemp (1846-)

Ellen Horne Kemp (1846-), British artist and illustrator of books by Frederic M. Halford. Ellen Horne Kemp married Robert Kemp (1832-) in 1869; their daughter Jane Horne Kemp (1870-) married Bryce Leicester in 1903; and their son Robert Kemp, (1871-) was a malacologist.

Frederic M. Halford papers
Karen Spicher
October 2020
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Finding aid written in English.

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