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Rachel Carson papers addition

Call Number: YCAL MSS 630

Scope and Contents

The Rachel Carson Papers Addition contains correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork, ephemera, and printed material of Rachel Carson. The bulk of the material documents Carson's childhood and family.


  • 1897 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 7 (tintype photograph, cased): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Rachel Carson Papers Addition 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 Frances Collin and the Frances Collin Literary Agency, 1994-2001.


Organized into four groupings: I. April 1994 Acquisition, 1907-1950. II. June 1999 Acquisition, undated. III. May 2001 Acquisition, 1897-1999. IV. November 2001 Acquisition, 1928-1935.


2.31 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


The Rachel Carson Papers Addition contains correspondence, writings, photographs, artwork, ephemera, and printed material of Rachel Carson. The bulk of the material documents Carson's childhood and family.

Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

Rachel Carson, American marine biologist and conservationist. Carson was the author of Silent Spring and other works.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

The collection received preliminary processing at the time of acquisition. Further organization, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2012.

The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as: Uncat ZA MS 386, Uncat ZA MS 624, Uncat MSS 133, and Uncat ZA File 417. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list below, according to month and year of acquisition.

A content list in the April 1994 Acquisition states that The Pennsylvania, 1928-1929, Rachel Carson's personalized yearbook from Pennsylvania College for Women will be sent separately, but is not found among the papers.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn 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 basic processing.

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

Guide to the Rachel Carson Papers Addition
by Beinecke staff
October 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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