Thomas Caldecot Chubb Papers
Scope and Contents
The Thomas Caldecot Chubb Papers consist almost entirely of manuscripts, typescripts and galley proofs of Chubb's published works, including his early poetry collection, The White God; his biographies Aretino, Scourge of Princes and Dante and His World; and his histories for young readers, including The Venetians: Merchant Princes and The Byzantines.
- 1920 - 1972
- Majority of material found within 1950 - 1970
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Thomas Caldecot Chubb Papers are 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
Acquired by gift and bequest from Thomas Caldecot Chubb, 1940-1974.
Organized into two series. I. Poetry, 1920-1969. II. Prose, 1929-1970.
9.39 Linear Feet (33 boxes)
Language of Materials
The Thomas Caldecot Chubb Papers consist almost entirely of manuscripts, typescripts and galley proofs of Chubb's published works, including Aretino, Scourge of Princes; Letters of Pietro Aretino; and Dante and His World.
Thomas Caldecot Chubb (1899-1972)
Thomas Caldecot Chubb was born in East Orange, New Jersey, the son of insurance exective Herndon Chubb and his wife, Alice Lee Chubb. He was educated at St. Paul's School and at Yale College, receiving his BA in 1922. It was at Yale that he achieved his first literary successes. His poetry collection, The White God and Other Poems, was published in the Yale Younger Poets series in 1920, and his poem Kyrdoon was the Yale University Prize Poem in 1921.
Although he served in the Naval Reserve in World War I and in the Office of Strategic Services in World War II, Chubb was self-employed as a writer for most of his adult life. In addition to several collections of verse, he published biographies of Dante, Boccaccio and Aretino; translations of Aretino's letters and Cecco Angiolieri's sonnets; and histories of the Byzantines, Venetians, and Vikings for younger readers. He also contributed a number of book reviews to the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
Chubb was also a competitive sailor and member of the New York Yacht Club, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, and the Indian River Yacht Club. He was a trustee of the Chubb Foundation, the Rosemary Hall Foundation and the Yale Library Associates, as well as a fellow of Timothy Dwight College at Yale. He was active in the Connecticut Democratic Party, a member of the Merritt Parkway Commission, and served on the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.
In his later years, Chubb lived in Greenwich, Connecticut and Springfield Plantation, Thomasville, Georgia, with his third wife, Edith Onions Chubb. He died in Georgia on March 22, 1972, and was survived by his widow, a son, and two daughters.
The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat ZA Chubb, ZA Chubb, and MS Vault Chubb. It received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2011.
- Guide to the Thomas Caldecot Chubb Papers
- by Diane Ducharme and Samuel Sullivan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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