Walter L. Pforzheimer collection of Frank Richard Stockton
Scope and Contents
Research strengths include Frank Richard Stockton’s life and writings; reception of his works; publishers, editors, and illustrators associated with Stockton; the Stockton family; nineteenth-century American magazines and children’s literature; and book and manuscript collecting and the formation of Pforzheimer’s collection.
- circa 1829-circa 1993
- Majority of material found within 1880 - 1940
Conditions Governing Access
39-42 (Art): Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
12.71 Linear Feet ((26 boxes) + 19 broadside, 3 art)
Language of Materials
Frank Richard Stockton (1834-1902)
Griffin, Martin Ignatius Joseph. Frank R. Stockton: A Critical Biography (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1939).
Golemba, Henry L. Frank R. Stockton (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1981).
Walter L. Pforzheimer (1914-2003)
Pforzheimer came from a family of book collectors: his father, also named Walter Pforzheimer (1883-1955), collected French armorial bindings and assembled a virtually complete collection of Molière; his uncle Carl H. Pforzheimer (1879-1957) collected Percy Bysshe Shelley and his circle. Pforzheimer inherited and augmented his father's collections, and assembled his own collection of American novelist Frank Richard Stockton. In addition to curating the CIA's Historical Intelligence Collection, Pforzheimer built a personal collection of books and manuscripts documenting the history of military intelligence. Elected to the Yale Library Associates board of trustees in 1936, Pforzheimer was a life-long trustee and donor to the Yale Libraries. He donated his book and manuscript collections of Molière, French armorial bindings, Frank Richard Stockton, and military intelligence to the Beinecke Library in 2001.
Peake, Hayden B. "Walter Pforzheimer -- Lawyer, Intelligence Officer, Bibliophile." In: In the Name of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Walter Pforzheimer (Washington: NIBC Press, c1994).
"Walter L. Pforzheimer, CIA's First Curator, Dies at 88." Washington Post (2003 February 12).
In 2008, the collection received a preliminary level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Most folder titles were based on those provided by Pforzheimer, while some were supplied by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents. In 2012 February, the collection was reclassed under one call number, boxes and other containers were renumbered in a single sequence, and some fragile materials were identified. Organization by acquisition and folder titles assigned during preliminary processing were maintained, with some errors in folder titles corrected. Folder titles were not verified against contents.
The January 1997 Acquisition Addition was added to the finding aid in 2013.
This finding aid may be updated to account for further revisions in arrangement and description.
- American literature -- 19th century
- Artists -- United States
- Artists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Authors -- United States -- 19th century
- Authors and artists -- United States
- Authors and publishers -- United States
- Authors, American -- 19th century -- Archives
- Book collecting -- United States
- Book collectors -- United States
- Book collectors -- United States -- 20th Century
- Children's literature -- Illustrations
- Children's literature, American
- Children's periodicals, American
- Contracts -- United States -- 19th century
- Diaries -- United States -- 19th century
- Drawings (visual works) -- United States -- 19th century
- Frost, A. B. (Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928
- Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944
- Hearth and home (New York, N.Y.)
- Humorists -- United States -- 20th Century
- Humorists, American -- 19th century
- Illustration of books -- 19th century
- Illustrators -- United States
- Illustrators -- United States -- 20th Century
- Manuscripts -- Collectors and collecting -- United States
- Oil paintings (visual works) -- United States -- 19th century
- Periodicals -- Publishing -- United States
- Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
- Photograph albums -- United States -- 19th century
- Photographs -- United States -- 19th century
- Richardson, Frederick, 1862-1937
- Scrapbooks -- United States -- 19th century
- St. Nicholas (New York, N.Y.)
- Steele, Frederic Dorr, 1873-1944
- Stockton family
- Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902
- Stockton, Marian E. (Marian Edwards), -1906
- Watercolors (paintings) -- United States -- 19th century
- Wood blocks (printing blocks) -- United States -- 19th century
- Guide to the Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Frank Richard Stockton
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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