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Maxwell E. Foster papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 662

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of letters to Maxwell E. Foster and material relating to the Parkman, Twisleton, and Vaughan families. Correspondents include James Latimer McLane, Jr., Charlton MacVeagh, Ellery Sedgwick, Anne Shiras, and others. Materials relating to the Parkman, Twisleton, and Vaughan families include correspondence, financial and legal records, documents, and notebooks.

Dates

  • 1809 - 1982
  • Majority of material found within 1850 - 1923

Creator

Language of Materials

Chiefly in English; some materials in French and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Maxwell E. Foster 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

Acquired primarily through purchase from Serendipity Books on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 2000. For more information consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into four groupings by date of acquisition: May 2000 Acquisition, July 2000 Acquisition, September 2003 Acquisition, and August 2005 Acquisition.

Extent

6.63 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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.fosterm

Overview

The papers consist of letters to Foster and material relating to the Parkman, Twisleton, and Vaughan families. Correspondents include James Latimer McLane, Jr., Charlton MacVeagh, Ellery Sedgwick, Anne Shiras, and others. Material relating to the Parkman, Twisleton, and Vaughan families include correspondence, financial and legal records, documents, and notebooks.

Maxwell E. Foster (1901-1983)

Maxwell E. Foster was born 27 August 1901 in Manchester, Massachusetts to Reginald and Harriet (Lawrence) Foster. He was raised in Boston and educated at Groton, Yale University (1923), and Harvard Law School (1926). After passing the bar, Foster joined the Boston firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, later becoming a partner in the firm. In 1942, he joined the Office of Price Administration (OPA) and later transferred to the Board of Economic Welfare. Later in life, he devoted himself to research in languages and literature. His literary publications include the posthumous The Play Behind the Play: Hamlet and Quarto One (1991).

Biographical information taken from printed obituary in collection.

Processing Information

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and in some instances minimal organization. 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, identified according to month and year of acquisition.

The finding aid for this collection is compiled from individual preliminary lists for each acquisition that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. The preliminary lists were migrated to comply with current archival descriptive standards and merged into a single file in 2007-2008. As part of the migration, modifications were made to the formatting of individual lists; however, the content of the lists was neither modified nor verified.

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.

Former call numbers: Uncat MSS 61, Uncat MSS 89, Uncat Za File 674, and Uncat Za File 700.
Title
Guide to the Maxwell E. Foster Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-15
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

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.