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Ernest Hemingway collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 199

Scope and Contents

The Ernest Hemingway Collection consists of letters, manuscripts, photographs, and artwork documenting the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. The collection spans the years 1920-1960.

The collection is housed in 6 boxes and organized into four series according to provenance: James T. Babb Gift and Bequest, Book of the Month Club Gifts, Grace Quinlan Otis Gifts, and Material from Other Sources. Boxes 4-6 contain Oversize material.

Series I, James T. Babb Gift and Bequest , consists of three letters, one manuscript, and a bust of Hemingway by Justin Sturm. There are two typescript letters from Hemingway, with autograph corrections, and one third-party letter from editor Alan Jackson to James T. Babb. Hemingway's letter to "Miss Finch," dated August 18, 1926, accompanies a corrected typescript manuscript of the story "Today is Friday." In the letter Hemingway thanks Finch for a copy of Gertrude Stein's "Descriptions of Literature," which he describes as "one of the best things of Stein's that I have ever read."

Series II, Book of the Month Club Gifts , consists of writings by Hemingway and by others. Writings by Hemingway include a galley proof of A Hemingway Reader and a typescript photocopy, with proofreaders' marks, of A Moveable Feast. There are galley proofs for secondary literature on Hemingway by Carlos Baker, Charles Fenton, Leicester Hemingway, John McCaffery, Lillian Ross, and Philip Young. There is also a typescript carbon manuscript of Marcelline Hemingway Sanford's At the Hemingways. Writings are arranged alphabetically by author.

Series III, Grace Quinlan Otis Gifts , housed in box 2, consists of original letters from Hemingway to Grace Quinlan Otis, photographs of Hemingway circa 1920, and a print of Hemingway by Arthur Hawkins. There are 10 letters and one card from Hemingway to Otis, a childhood friend in Michigan, dating from 1920-21. Letters, signed "Stein," are personal in nature.

Series IV, Material from Other Sources , housed in box 3, includes copies of letters from Hemingway to Bill Rogers and Edward K. Thompson, a galley proof of To Have and Have Not, and microfilm for The Co-Operative Commonwealth.

Oversize material, housed in boxes 4-6, contains material from Series II and Series IV.


  • 1920-1962


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Ernest Hemingway Collection 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

The Ernest Hemingway Collection was acquired through various gifts and purchases dating from 1939.


5.96 Linear Feet ((6 boxes) + 1 art object)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Hemingway collection consists of letters, manuscripts, photographs and artwork related to Ernest Hemingway. There are original letters and copies of letters from Hemingway to Grace Quinlan Otis, Edward K. Thompson and others. Writings include a photocopy of a typescript draft of "A Moveable Feast," a typescript draft of "Today is Friday," a galley proof of "A Hemingway Reader," and galley proofs of manuscripts by Carlos Baker, Charles A. Fenton, Leicester Hemingway, Lillian Ross, Marcelline Hemingway Sanford and Philip Young. There are also photographs of Hemingway as a young man and representations of Hemingway in artwork by Arthur Hawkins and Justin Sturm.

Processing Information

This material was formerly classed as Uncat Za Hemingway and Za H373.

Guide to the Ernest Hemingway Collection
by Michael L. Forstrom
March 2005
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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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.