Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition
Scope and Contents
The Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition consists of material related to the life and career of the American poet Archibald MacLeish received by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library after the processing of the Archibald MacLeish Collection acquired in 1976. The Addition contains correspondence, writings, personal papers, and sound recordings documenting Archibald and Ada MacLeish's personal life, family history, and careers. It also contains correspondence and personal papers documenting the personal and professional life of MacLeish's parents, Andrew MacLeish and Martha Hillard MacLeish, including letters from Archibald and Ada MacLeish as well as from Archibald's siblings Bruce, Ishbel, Kenneth, and Norman. Correspondence, writings, and objects documenting MacLeish's maternal ancestors, the Hillards, and correspondence to William MacLeish (Archibald and Ada MacLeish's son) are also included.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Correspondence between Archibald MacLeish and Ishbel MacLeish (box 17) and Archibald MacLeish and Ada MacLeish (boxes 1- 14) in Series IV are restricted until 21 November 2045. For further information, consult the curator.
Boxes 43-46 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Box 76 (film): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Restricted Fragile Papers, housed in boxes 48-50, may be consulted only with the permission of the appropriate curator. Access copies of sound recordings for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
Conditions Governing Use
The Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition 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 William MacLeish, 1996 and 2006, and gift of A. Bruce MacLeish, 2016, 2017, and 2018. Other material came to the library in small quantities from various sources as indicated on individual folders.
The Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition is organized into ten series: I. Archibald and Ada MacLeish Correspondence, 1910-1982; II. Writings, 1915-1983; III. Personal Papers, 1892-1982; IV. MacLeish Family Papers, 1888-1968; V. Hillard Family Papers, 1801-1884; VI. William MacLeish Correspondence, 1979-1995; VII. Sound Recordings, 1960-1971; VIII. September 2016 acquisition, circa 1893-1980; IX. November 2017 acquisition, circa 1907-1949; and X. January 2018 acquisition circa 1888-1942.
47.31 Linear Feet ((74 boxes) + 1 bust)
Language of Materials
The Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition consists of material related to the life and career of the American poet Archibald MacLeish received by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library after the processing of the Archibald MacLeish Collection acquired in 1976. The Addition consists of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, personal papers, and sound recordings documenting MacLeish and his family between 1801 and 1995.
Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982)
A biographical sketch of Archibald MacLeish can be found in the finding aid for the Archibald MacLeish Collection YCAL MSS 38.
- American drama -- 20th Century
- American literature -- 20th century
- Authors, American -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Drama -- 20th Century
- Dramatists -- 20th Century
- Hellard family
- Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961
- MacLeish family
- MacLeish, Ada
- MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982
- MacLeish, Kenneth, 1894-1918
- MacLeish, William H., 1928-
- Murphy, Gerald, 1888-1964
- Origo, Iris, 1902-1988
- Photographic prints
- Playwriting -- 20th Century
- Poets, American -- 20th century
- Sound recordings
- Guide to the Archibald MacLeish Collection Addition
- by H. Dean
- August 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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