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Matthew Jennett papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 231

Scope and Contents

The Matthew Jennett papers contain subject files, sound recordings, and other material documenting the life and work of Matthew Jennett as editor of Pharos Books. The subject files feature correspondence, writings, printed ephemera, such as broadside and keepsakes, and other material documenting publication projects with Pharos Books. There are files for authors, publishers, and designers, including Bob Cato, Franz Douskey, Peter Ganick, Leslie Lee, and Jonathan Williams,Patrick Leigh Fermor, among others. Sound recordings collected by Jennett consist of nineteen 78 speed albums containing radio broadcasts dating from the 1940s. There are programs from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and the Columbia Workshop, including "Emma Lazarus," from the "Eternal Light Series" held at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and "They Burned the Books," a radio drama written by Stephen Vincent Benet.

Dates

  • 1883 - 2011
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English; some materials in Greek.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 6-9, 17 (sound recordings): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Matthew Jennett 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

Gift of Matthew Jennett, 2006-2012.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Subject Files, 1883-2000. II. Sound Recordings, 1940-1949. III. Other Material, undated. IV. February 2011 Acquisition, 1925-2010. V. May 2012 Acquisition, 1980-2011.

Acquisitions recieved after the initial gift date were organized by accession. Researchers should note that material within each acquisition may overlap with/or relate to material found in other acquisitions.

Extent

7.51 Linear Feet ((13 boxes) + 1 broadside folder, 4 record album storage)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.jennett

Overview

The Matthew Jennett papers contain subject files, sound recordings, and other material documenting the life and work of Matthew Jennett as editor of Pharos Books. The subject files feature correspondence, writings, and printed ephemera relating to publication projects with Pharos Books. There are files for authors, publishers, and designers, including Bob Cato, Franz Douskey, Peter Ganick (of Potes & Poets Press), Leslie Lee, and Jonathan Williams (of the Jargon Society), Patrick Leigh Fermor, among others. Files also contain examples of fine printing by small presses such as the Ives Street Press. Sound recordings collected by Jennett consist of nineteen 78 speed albums containing radio broadcasts dating from the 1940s. There are programs from the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and the Columbia Workshop, including "Emma Lazarus," from the "Eternal Light Series" held at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City, and "They Burned the Books," a radio drama written by Stephen Vincent Benét.

Matthew Jennett

Matthew Jennett, former editor of Pharos Books in New Haven, Connecticut, was Curator of Special Collections, Rare Books & Archives, The American College of Greece from 1993 to 2005.

Processing Information

This collection was acquired through a series of gifts from Matthew Jennett. The original gift, consisting of subject files, was received in 2006 and cataloged as the Matthew Jennett Papers Relating to Pharos Books (YCAL MSS 231). Subsequent gifts of manuscript material received in 2007 and 2008, consisting of additional subject files, sound recordings, and other material, were added to the papers and the collection was renamed the Matthew Jennett Papers. Additional gifts were received in 2011 and 2012 and processed in 2019.
Title
Guide to the Matthew Jennett papers
Status
Completed
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
April 28, 2010
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:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

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.