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Charles Astor Bristed notebooks and other material

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 462

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.

Dates

  • 1838 - 1888

Creator

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.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Notebooks, 1838-1846. II. Other Material, 1841-1888.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.bristed

Overview

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).

Processing Information

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.
Title
Guide to the Charles Astor Bristed Notebooks and Other Material
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
April 2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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