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Yale Collection of American Literature portrait file

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1345
Scope and Contents

Portraits primarily depicting prominent nineteenth and twentieth century American writers, artists, and photographers, as well as scientists, educators, social reformers, and statesmen. Included are images of Joel Barlow, William Cullen Bryant, Hart Crane, James Dwight Dana, T. S. Eliot, Max Ewing, Robert Frost, H. D., Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sinclair Lewis, Dorothy Parker, Wendell Phillips, Frank Stockton, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Robert Penn Warren, Noah Webster, and John Greenleaf Whittier. A small number of portraits document British and European figures. The collection also contains a few group portraits and images of art, buildings, and landscapes, as well as non-photographic materials, such as clippings, correspondence, notes, and pamphlets. Among the visual formats found in the collection are prints, cabinet cards, cartes-de-visite, engravings, etchings, postcards, photogravures, sketches, silhouettes, a small amount of negatives, and print reproductions of portraits. Photographers represented include Carl Van Vechten, Brady's National Photographic Portrait Galleries, Ernest Knee, and Edwin Rosskam.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Yale Collection of American Literature Portrait File 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

This collection was assembled by the library in the 20th century from materials acquired at various times and from various sources. Source information may be recorded on the folder or on individual items.


Arranged in alphabetical order by surname.

2.33 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Language of Materials