Haldane Macfall collection
Scope and Contents
The collection includes manuscripts, typescripts and proofs of books, essays, and plays including Aubrey Beardsley, The Splendid Wayfaring, and The Three Students; original and proofs of illustrations, bookplates, and cover art; correspondence; and contracts with publishers. The majority of the correspondence consists of Macfall's outgoing letters to Earl E. Fisk, a British-born book collector, anthologist and insurance agent who lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and assisted Macfall in placing his books with American publishers.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Haldane Macfall 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
The majority of the collection was purchased on the Francis O. Matthiessen Fund, 1956. Other items were the gifts of Mrs. Leon Godchaux, 1948, and E. L. Sampter, 1956.
Arranged by type of material.
5.26 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Language of Materials
The collection includes manuscripts, typescripts, and proofs of books, essays, and plays including a biography of Aubrey Beardsley, and the novels The Splendid Wayfaring and The Three Students; originals and proofs of illustrations, bookplates, and cover art; correspondence; and contracts with publishers. The majority of the correspondence consists of Macfall's outgoing letters to Earl E. Fisk, a British-born book collector, anthologist and insurance agent who lived in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and assisted Macfall in placing his books with American publishers.
Haldane Macfall (1860-1928)
Chambers Haldane Cooke Macfall was a British military officer who authored works on art history and criticism, several novels, and numerous essays. He designed and illustrated many of his own works as well as bookplates and cover art, and exhibited works at the Royal Academy. He was married to Mabel Plumridge Macfall. He died in 1928.
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The collection is comprised of material formerly classed as MS Vault Macfall.
The finding aid for this collection is largely compiled from individual catalog cards that were created at or around the time of receipt by the library. Information from the catalog cards was repurposed in the finding aid in accordance with current archival descriptive standards. Some catalog cards, copies of which are filed with the collection, include more detailed descriptions of individual items and/or provenance notes. Descriptions for items not represented by catalog cards were derived from accession records, folder labels, or other available descriptive material.
This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Authors -- England -- 20th Century
- Authors, English -- 20th century
- Bookplates -- 20th Century
- Drawings (visual works) -- 20th Century
- Fisk, Earl E. (Earl Ellsworth), 1892-1954
- Illustration of books -- 20th Century
- Illustrators -- England
- Illustrators -- England -- 20th Century
- Macfall, Haldane, 1860-1928
- Macfall, Mabel Plumridge
- Guide to the Haldane Macfall Collection
- Under Revision
- Beinecke Staff
- January 2014
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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