Maxwell E. Foster papers
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.
- 1809 - 1982
- Majority of material found within 1850 - 1923
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.
Organized into four groupings by date of acquisition: May 2000 Acquisition, July 2000 Acquisition, September 2003 Acquisition, and August 2005 Acquisition.
6.63 Linear Feet (8 boxes)
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.
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.
- Guide to the Maxwell E. Foster Papers
- by Beinecke staff
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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