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Nelson Hayes Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 386

Scope and Contents

The Nelson Hayes papers contain correspondence, writings, journals, and other materials documenting the personal and professional life of author Nelson Hayes. Materials throughout the collection also document Hayes's special interest in the Caribbean. For example, subject files located in the Correspondence and Personal Papers series, writings, and journals contain clippings, personal observations and commentary, and photographs relating to the Caribbean. Specific writings set in the Caribbean include "Caribbean Junket", Dildo Cay, and "Spanceled". Otherwise, the bulk of the general correspondence in the collection is with Hayes's wife, mother, and two daughters. Correspondence relating to writings consists chiefly of letters from editors about novels, short stories, articles, and other writings. The Writings series contains research files and drafts for various forms of work, such as articles, poems, short stories, and published and unpublished novels. There are typescript copies of Hayes's journals, including research for writings, lists of illustrations, and indices, dating from 1950 to 1970; journals are bound with original correspondence, photographs, and clippings dating from 1922 to 1973. Personal Papers contain a calendar, clippings, and notebooks.


  • 1913 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1925 - 1973


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Nelson Hayes 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 Hayes estate, 1973.


Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, 1915-1973. II. Writings, 1920-1973. III. Journals, undated. IV. Personal Papers, 1971.


14.8 Linear Feet (37 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The Nelson Hayes papers contain correspondence, writings, journals, and other materials documenting the personal and professional life of author Nelson Hayes.

Nelson Hayes (1903-)

Nelson Hayes was born October 9, 1903, in Trépied, Pas de Calais, France, son of Chester Coleman and Henrietta (Andrews) Hayes. He attended the Hotchkiss School and Yale (class of 1925) before marrying Emmy Katherine Clason on December 28, 1925. Hayes's professional employment included work as a secretary and assistant teasurer at Lockwood Manufacturing Co. in South Norwalk, CT (1925-1930), a real estate broker in South Norwalk, CT (1934-1955), and an investment executive in Roxbury, VT (1955-).

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was done to the Nelson Hayes papers at an unknown date. During reprocessing of the collection in 2010, the arrangement of correspondence and writings was largely preserved in Series I and II respectively; journals were moved from the writings into a separate series (Series III); unsorted writings were added at the end of the alphabetical sequence in the Writings series (Series II); and subject files were moved into a new Personal Papers series (Series IV).

Formerly classed as Za Hayes.

Guide to the Nelson Hayes Papers
by Michael L. Forstrom
June 24, 2010
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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