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Walter L. Pforzheimer collection of Frank Richard Stockton

Call Number: YCAL MSS 560
Scope and Contents

The Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Frank Richard Stockton contains correspondence, writings, photographs, artifacts, and other personal papers of Stockton and his family; drawings by illustrators of Stockton's works; writings about Stockton and adaptations of his works by others; and correspondence, notes, and related materials created by Pforzheimer in the course of his research and collecting. Correspondence includes autograph letters, signed, to and from Stockton, many with literary correspondents. Writings by Stockton include autograph manuscript and typescript drafts and fair copies, tear sheets from magazines, publisher contracts, advertisements, and scrapbooks of reviews. Also present are autograph manuscript diaries, accounts, notes, and juvenile writings by Stockton. Pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings, many with publisher's markings, include works by A. B. Frost, Charles Dana Gibson, Frederick Richardson, Frederic Dorr Steele, and other artists. Materials relating to the Stockton family include correspondence, scrapbooks, and photographs. Materials relating to Pforzheimer's research and collecting include vendor correspondence and receipts, notes, and card catalogs.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

39-42 (Art): Restricted fragile material. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Frank Richard Stockton 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 Walter L. Pforzheimer (Yale 1935, Yale 1938L), 1997 and 2000.


Organized into three groupings: November 2000 Acquisition, November 2000 Acquisition Addition, and January 1997 Acquisition Addition.

Associated Materials

Walter L. Pforzheimer Papers (GEN MSS 817)

Walter L. Pforzheimer Collection of Historical Manuscripts (GEN MSS 838)

circa 1829-circa 1993
Majority of material found within 1880 - 1940
12.71 Linear Feet ((26 boxes) + 19 broadside, 3 art)
Related Names
Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902
Language of Materials