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James T. Babb Correspondence

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1011

Scope and Contents

Incoming correspondence and outgoing typescript carbons, most 1965-1968, with some related writings and speeches by Babb, typescript carbon. Some correspondence concerns Yale University Library, Library acquisitions, donors Paul Mellon and the Beinecke family, and the founding of the Yale Center for British Art. Other correspondence relates to Babb's collecting of William Beckford and William McFee, or to his work in assembling a library for the White House, 1962-1967, including correspondence with Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, and other White House staff of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. A few outgoing carbons, dictated during a trip to London, England, in 1964, are accompanied by dictation machine audio disks.

Dates

  • 1962-1968
  • Majority of material found within 1965 - 1968

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research. Previously restricted unless by permission of Beinecke Director or Yale University Librarian; restriction lifted during baseline processing, 2013.

Box 12 (dictation machine audio disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of James T. Babb (Yale 1924), 1968. Gift of James T. Babb (Yale 1924), 1967, as indicated in folder notes.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. White House Library, 1962-1967. II. Paul Mellon, 1967-1968. III. Chronological File, 1965-1968. IV. Alphabetical File, 1965-1968. V. Other Correspondence, 1964-1968.

Extent

4.18 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.babb

Overview

Incoming correspondence and outgoing typescript carbons, most 1965-1968, with some related writings and speeches by Babb, typescript carbon. Some correspondence concerns Yale University Library, Library acquisitions, donors Paul Mellon and the Beinecke family, and the founding of the Yale Center for British Art. Other correspondence relates to Babb's collecting of William Beckford and William McFee, or to his work in assembling a library for the White House, 1962-1967, including correspondence with Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, and other White House staff of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. A few outgoing carbons, dictated during a trip to London, England, in 1964, are accompanied by dictation machine audio disks.

James T. Babb (1899-1968)

James T. Babb (Yale 1924), book and manuscript collector; Yale University Librarian, 1943-1965.

Processing Information

This collection consists of materials formerly classed as Uncat MS Vault Babb and Uncat Ms Vault File. In 2013, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under one call number, and containers were renumbered in a single sequence. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the donor, while some were assigned by Library staff. Some names were updated to conform to Library of Congress name authorities. Folder titles were not verified against contents.
Title
Guide to the James T. Babb Correspondence
Status
In Progress
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2013 December
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:
P. O. Box 208330
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.