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Hersey Family Papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 723
Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and other materials relating to the family of American novelist and author John Hersey. Correspondence consists of letters from John Hersey and other members of the Hersey and Baird families to Roscoe Monroe and Grace Baird Hersey. There are letters from John Hersey to his parents dating from his graduate studies in Cambridge, England, in 1936 and 1937, to dispatches written as a war correspondent, in 1942, while in the South Pacific. Other materials include various family papers, such as John's school books, a copy of his undergraduate thesis, "The Letters of John Trumbull," clippings and printed ephemera, photographs, and manuscript notes by Roscoe Monroe Hersey. Photograph albums contain images of China, circa 1907 and 1908, the Hersey family, and France in WWI, and a scrapbook documents the lives of Hersey children starting in 1912.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Hersey Family 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

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum on the Eugene G. O'Neill Memorial Fund, 1994.


Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1881-1942. II. Other Materials, 1860-1952.

Associated Materials

John Hersey Papers. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

1860 - 1952
Majority of material found within 1906 - 1942
2.29 Linear Feet ((8 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)
Related Names
Hersey family
Language of Materials