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Letters to Jeremiah Day

Call Number: GEN MSS 1959

Scope and Contents

Circa 1,600 autograph letters, mostly signed, addressed to Jeremiah Day, 1797-1863. Letters pertain chiefly to Day's role as President of Yale College (1817-1846).


  • 1797-1863


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Letters to Jeremiah Day 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

Source unknown.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Related Materials

Associated material: Day Family Papers (MS 175), Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library.


4.17 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

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Circa 1,600 autograph letters, mostly signed, addressed to Jeremiah Day, 1797-1863. Letters pertain chiefly to Day's role as President of Yale College (1817-1846).

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Day (1773-1867) (Yale 1795, MA 1789), American academic, Congregational minister, and President of Yale College from 1817 to 1846.

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.

During processing, letters were removed from the 22 volumes to which they were previously adhered to better facilitate use of the collection. The order established in these volumes (alphabetical) has been maintained. The original card index identifying the volume and page number for each letter is present in the collection (Box 9-10). Photocopies of the catalog cards from which this finding aid was made are housed with the collection (Box 1). The catalog cards are not exhaustive--for a full listing of collection contents, consult the card index.

Former call number: Z117 0050.

Guide to the Letters to Jeremiah Day
Sarah Lerner
September 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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