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Henry C. Taylor papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1743

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, financial records, photographs, and other research materials documenting the creation of Henry C. Taylor’s collection of 410 rare books, medieval manuscripts, maritime atlases, and incunabula on the science of navigation and history of exploration. Also included are drafts and related correspondence for several bibliographies of his collection compiled by three different bibliographers, including John S. Kebabian's The Henry C. Taylor Collection (Yale University Library, 1971), and materials related to Taylor’s publication of a transcribed edition of John Rolfe’s A True Relation of the State of Virginia.

Dates

  • 1938 - 1971

Creator

Language of Materials

In English, Latin, and Dutch.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henry C. Taylor Papers 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

Bequest of Henry C. Taylor, 1971.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Correspondence and Financial Papers, 1938-1971. II. Bibliographies, 1965-1971.

Extent

2.08 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.taylorhenryc

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, financial records, photographs, and other research materials documenting the creation of Henry C. Taylor’s collection of 410 rare books, medieval manuscripts, maritime atlases, and incunabula on the science of navigation and history of exploration. Also included are drafts and related correspondence for several bibliographies of his collection compiled by three different bibliographers, including John S. Kebabian's The Henry C. Taylor Collection (Yale University Library, 1971), and materials related to Taylor’s publication of a transcribed edition of John Rolfe’s A True Relation of the State of Virginia.

Henry C. Taylor

Henry C. Taylor (1894-1971) was an American textile merchant, yachtsman, and collector of rare books and manuscripts. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Taylor graduated from Yale University in 1917 and served in the Navy during both World Wars as a lieutenant and then as a lieutenant commander. He became president of Taylor, Pinkham & Co. in 1945 and director of J.P. Stevens & Co. in 1952. He lived in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, for much of his life.

Separated Materials

Rare printed material and autograph manuscripts bequeathed with these papers are described in John S. Kebabian, “The Henry C. Taylor Collection” (New Haven, 1971). After receipt, the manuscripts and printed items were separated from the papers for individual cataloging. Records for the 14 manuscripts can be retrieved by searching the library's online catalog for the phrase: Bequest of Henry C Taylor. Records for 396 printed items can be retrieved by searching the library’s online catalog for local call numbers Taylor 15 through Taylor 410.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing. This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
An additional 0.5 linear feet of materials was added to the collection during processing, in October 2021.
Title
Guide to the Henry C. Taylor papers
Status
Completed
Author
by Emma Gronbeck
Date
September 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.