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George Van Santvoord collection

Call Number: YCAL MSS 763
Scope and Contents

The George Van Santvoord collection was formed by Mr. Van Santvoord's relatives, friends and associates. Various early acquisitions include manuscript material by Van Santvoord and others, correspondence, and printed material. Sketchbooks contain original ink and pencil sketches and watercolors, with views of places visited by Van Santvoord in South Africa, the Far East, Panama Canal, Galapagos, Marquesas, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Fiji, Borneo, and elsewhere. The July 1985 Acquisition contains correspondence, including letters from Van Santvoord to his father Seymour, dating from 1914 to 1918, and letters to Van Santvoord from Lancelot Ridley Phelps, William Lyon Phelps, Harris Rackham, and others. The October 1995 Acquisition contains manuscript notes relating to John Milton and the seventeenth century, additional correspondence, material relating to Yale University, dating largely from the 1940s, and other personal papers.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Van Santvoord Collection 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 from various sources. For more information consult the appropriate curator.


Organized into five groupings: Early Acquisitions, July 1985 Acquisition, January 1989 Acquisition, November 1990 Acquisition, and October 1995 Acquisition.

3.84 Linear Feet ((9 boxes) + 2 art)
Related Names
Van Santvoord, George, 1891-1975
Language of Materials