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Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 435
Scope and Contents

The Frederick Mortimer Clapp Papers consists of personal and professional correspondence, writings, research material, lecture notes, subject files, diaries, and other papers documenting Clapp's activities as an art historian, educator, and poet as well as his personal and professional relationships. Writings include drafts and proofs for Clapp's various collections of verse and other works such as A History of the 17th Aero Squadron (1920) and The Frick Collection : Paintings : Summary Catalogue (1935). Among the extensive lecture notes and research material on various topics are some notes relating to Clapp's research on Jacopo da Pontormo and his work with The Frick Collection. Also found in the collection are the personal and family papers of Clapp's wife, Maud Ede Clapp, which largely consist of correspondence, diaries, writings and artwork.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Frederick Mortimer Clapp 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 and bequest of Frederick Mortimer Clapp, 1966, 1970. Gift of William Q. Maxwell, 1968. Gift of Roger Butterfield, 1971.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1878-1969. II. Subject Files, 1928-1963. III. Writing and Research Files, 1917-1967. IV. Personal and Other Papers, 1906-1967. V. Maud Ede Clapp Papers, 1852-1960.

1852 - 1969
Majority of material found within 1906 - 1969
52.55 Linear Feet (133 boxes)
Related Names
Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, 1879-1969
Language of Materials