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Thomas H. Foster and Catharine Osgood Foster papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 812
Scope and Contents
The Thomas H. Foster and Catharine Osgood Foster Papers contain correspondence, writings, photographs, ephemera, audiovisual material, and printed material that document the professional and personal lives of the Fosters. Material includes writings that relate to Thomas Foster's career as a literary critic and scout for Farrar, Straus, and to Catharine Foster's books on gardening; documentation of the couple's leadership in the area of environmental stewardship; and records of their bird watching activity. Correspondence is both professional and personal in nature, and includes letters between Thomas and Catharine Foster, and some family correspondence. Printed material in the collection relates chiefly to early- and mid-twentieth century agriculture in New York and New England. Among the photographs in the collection are numerous slides depicting birds in their natural habitats, and journals of bird watching notes.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Box 48 (audiocassettes): Restricted fragile. Reference copy may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 49 (reel-to-reel audiotape and open reel film): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 77 (cold storage): Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. Consult the appropriate curator for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
The Thomas H. Foster and Catharine Osgood 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
Gift of Thomas H. Foster, 1999-2005.
Arrangement
Organized into ten groupings: I. December 1999 Acquisition. II. December 1999 Acquisition. III. June 2000 Acquisition. IV. June 2000 Acquisition. V. July 2000 Acquisition. VI. January 2001 Acquisition. VII. October 2001 Acquisition. VIII. February 2005 Acquisition. IX. February 2005 Acquisition. X. April 2005 Acquisition.
Dates
circa 1786-2005
Majority of material found within 1923 - 2005
Extent
34.56 Linear Feet ((75 boxes) +1 broadside, 1 cold storage)
Related Names
Foster, Thomas H.
Foster, Catharine Osgood, 1907-1998
Language of Materials
English