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Russell Lynes papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 553

Scope and Contents

The Russell Lynes papers contain material documenting the career and personal life of American author and editor Russell Lynes. The collection contains writings, correspondence, photographs, personal and family papers. Early gifts from Russell Lynes consist chiefly of writings, including drafts, setting copies, and proofs for works of the period, such as The Tastemakers (1954), A Surfeit of Honey (1957), Cadwallader (1959), The Domesticated Americans (1963), and Good Old Modern (1973). Later acquistions also contain writings, with some additional drafts for book-length works, though chiefly shorter works, as well as correspondence, photographs, and personal and family papers.

Dates

  • 1939-1991

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Russell Lynes 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 Russell and Mildred Lynes, 1958-1993.

Arrangement

Organized into fourteen groupings: 1958 Acquisition, 1959 Acquisition, 1960 Acquisition, 1961 Acquisition, 1962 Acquisition, 1967 Acquisition, 1973 Acquisition, 1976 Acquisition, 1977 Acquisition, 1980 Acquisition, 1981 Acquisition, 1992 Acquisition (Uncat Za Ms 253), 1993 Acquisition (Uncat Za Ms 277), and 1983 Acquisition.

Extent

45 Linear Feet (44 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.lynes

Overview

The Russell Lynes papers contain material documenting the career and personal life of American author and editor Russell Lynes. The collection contains writings, correspondence, photographs, and personal and family papers. Early gifts from Russell Lynes consist chiefly of writings, including drafts, setting copies, and proofs for works of the period, such as The Tastemakers (1954), A Surfeit of Honey (1957), Cadwallader (1959), The Domesticated Americans (1963), and Good Old Modern (1973). Later acquistions also contain writings, with some additional drafts for book-length works, though chiefly shorter works, as well as correspondence, photographs, and personal and family papers.

Russell Lynes (1910-1991)

Russell Lynes, born Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr. on 2 December 1910 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, was an American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's magazine. Lynes may be best remembered for his satirical commentary on American tastes and mores. In early works such as Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow (1949), Snobs (1950), and The Tastemakers (1954), Lynes mocked what he considered to be Americans' questionable preferences in art and architecture. Other works include Guests (1951), The Domesticated Americans (1963), and The Art-Makers of Nineteenth Century America (1970). Lynes died on 14 September 1991 in New York City.

Biographical information taken from "(Joseph) Russell (Jr.) Lynes." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2000. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 29 Feb. 2012.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including in some instances rehousing and minimal organization, when it arrived at the library. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, identified as a unique grouping and titled according to year of acquisition.

As a rule, descriptive information found in the Collection Contents section is drawn in large part from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Formerly classed as Za Lynes, Uncat Za Ms 253, and Uncat Za Ms 277; 1958 through 1981 acquisitions formerly classed as Za Lynes and 1992 and 1993 acquisitions formerly classed as Uncat Za Ms 253 and Uncat Za Ms 277 respectively.
Title
Guide to the Russell Lynes Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
17 November 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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New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

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