Charles Astor Bristed notebooks and other material
Scope and Contents
The collection contains seventeen notebooks from Bristed's undergraduate and graduate studies at Yale and Cambridge universities from the late 1830s to mid 1840s, chiefly on classical authors and texts, including translations, and mathematics, as well as a catalogue of his books, several letters, a diary, a receipt, and two printed books, including Bristed's Anacreontics, published under the pseudonym Carl Benson.
- 1838 - 1888
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Charles Astor Bristed Notebooks and Other Material 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
Purchased from Howard S. Mott Rare Books, 1964.
Organized into two series: I. Notebooks, 1838-1846. II. Other Material, 1841-1888.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection contains seventeen notebooks from Bristed's undergraduate and graduate studies at Yale and Cambridge universities from the late 1830s to mid 1840s, chiefly on classical authors and texts, including translations, and mathematics, as well as a catalog of his books, several letters, a diary, a receipt, and two printed books, including Bristed's Anacreontics, published under the pseudonym Carl Benson.
Charles Astor Bristed (1820-1874)
Charles Astor Bristed, author, was the son of Reverend John Bristed and Magdalen Astor, daughter of John Jacob Astor II. He was born in New York City and educated at home by tutors before attending Yale University (1835-1839) and the University of Cambridge (1840-1845). Following his studies at Cambridge and some travel in Europe, he returned to the United States and began writing, sometimes under the name of Carl Benson. Under this pseudonym he was a regular contributor to the sporting journals Porter's Spirit of the Times and Wilkes's Spirit of the Times. Published works include: Selections from Catullus (1849); A Letter to the Hon. Horace Mann (1850); The Upper Ten Thousand: Sketches of New York Society (1852); Five Years in an English University (1852); Pieces of a Broken-Down Critic (1858); The Interference Theory of Government (1867); Anacreontics (1872); and On Some Exaggerations in Comparative Philology (1873).
In 1847 Bristed married Laura Brevoort of New York, who died in 1860. In 1867 he married Grace Sedgwick of Lenox, Massachusetts.
Biographical information taken from "Charles Astor Bristed." Dictionary of American Biography. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1936. Gale Biography in Context. (accessed 3 May 2011).
The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition in 1964. Further organization, rehousing, and description was carried out in 2011.
Formerly classed as Za Bristed.
- Guide to the Charles Astor Bristed Notebooks and Other Material
- Under Revision
- by Beinecke staff
- April 2011
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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