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Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 1046

Scope and Contents

The Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, and personal and family papers documenting the life and work of American authors Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét. The collection spans the years 1829 to 1962, with the bulk of the collection dating from roughly 1910 to 1943.

Collection material is chiefly in English; with some material in French, German, Polish, and Swedish.

Dates

  • 1829 - 1962
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1943

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 138-143: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét 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

Acquired primarily through gift from Stephen Vincent Benét, Rosemary Benét, and the estate of Rosemary Benét, 1942-1966.

Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1887-1962. II. Family Correspondence, 1829-1962. III. Writings, 1870-1962. IV. Printed Appearances of Writings by Stephen Vincent Benét, 1916-1958. V. Printed Material, 1836-1962. VI. Personal Papers, 1843-1962.

Related Materials

Material by or relating to Stephen Vincent and Rosemary Benét acquired by the library from other Benét family sources can be located in the Benét Family Papers (YCAL MSS 1107). Material by or relating to Stephen Vincent Benét acquired by the library from non-family sources is located in the Benét Family Collection (YCAL MSS 1108). Additional material by or relating to Stephen Vincent and Rosemary Benét can also be found in the William Rose Benét Papers (YCAL MSS 1100).

Extent

87.54 Linear Feet (143 boxes + 3 broadsides)

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.svbenet

Stephen Vincent Benét (1898-1943) and Rosemary Benét (1900-1962)

Stephen Vincent Benét was a well known and widely read author in the United States during the 1930s and 1940s. After the success of his long poem, John Brown's Body (1928), for which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1929, he regularly published poems, short stories, and other work in popular magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, and The Saturday Evening Post. His short story, "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (1936) was awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award in 1937. In addition to poetry and short stories, he is the author of novels, book reviews, essays, radio and stage plays, screenplays, and speeches.

Rosemary Benét, born Rosemary Carr, is the author of poems, book reviews, essays, and short stories. She and her husband co-authored A Book of Americans (1933), a book of poems for children about prominent figures in American history.

Bibliographic, biographical, and critical studies on Stephen Vincent and Rosemary Benét include books by Mary Dearing Lewis (1952), Charles A. Fenton (1958), David Garret Izzo and Lincoln Konkle (2003), and Evelyn Helmick Hively (2011). Summary information is also available in the standard print and online biographical resources.

Processing Information

The Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét Papers contains material acquired by the library with gifts from Stephen Vincent Benét, Rosemary Benét, and the estate of Rosemary Benét from 1942 through 1966. Manuscript material formerly classified as Za Benet and Uncat Za Ms 158, as well as printed ephemera that had been cataloged separately, was brought together and re-processed during 2016-2017.

Former call numbers: Za Benet, Uncat Za Ms 158, Za B435 +1, Za B436 +1, Za B436 +2, Za B436 +3, and Za B436 +S2.
Title
Guide to the Stephen Vincent Benét and Rosemary Benét Papers
Author
By Michael L. Forstrom
Date
2017
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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