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Farwell Knapp papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 256
Scope and Contents

The Farwell Knapp Papers, consisting of correspondence, journals, photographs, and other papers, document the personal and professional life of Connecticut tax lawyer Farwell Knapp. Knapp’s experience as a student at Yale University and Harvard University law school are recorded, including, for example, friendships with fellow alumni and his involvement with the secret society Skull and Bones. Farwell Knapp and his wife Helen Bayne Knapp’s family life and friendships (including poet Phelps Putnam and painter Russell Cheney) are also represented in the papers. Knapp’s journals contain entries on topics ranging from his everyday family life and health to philosophical ponderings and explicit details of sexual experiences. Knapp’s career is also documented in both his own writings and contemporary publications that mention his legal cases.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Farwell Knapp 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 Helen Bayne Knapp (1967 and 1973) and Elizabeth Knapp Packard (2006).


The Farwell Knapp Papers is organized into the following four series: Correspondence, Journals, Professional Papers, and Personal Papers. Oversize material is listed at the end of the collection.

1891 - 1947
Majority of material found within 1907 - 1942
7.75 Linear Feet (20 boxes)
Related Names
Knapp, Farwell, 1893-1942
Knapp, Helen Bayne, 1896-1984
Language of Materials