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Grace Linton Cook Papers about W. J. Linton

Call Number: GEN MSS 1406

Scope and Contents

The collection primarily consists of material by or about W. J. Linton, including some of his writings and examples of his engravings which were inherited or collected by his granddaughter Grace Linton Cook. Also present is a small group of personal papers of Cook, her father Edmund Wade Linton, and her aunt Ellen (“Nellie”) Linton.

Series I, Family Papers, contains three family letters and a group of family papers that include a Linton biography and a scrapbook of Linton’s engravings compiled by a young Grace Cook, a set of W. J. Linton calendars created by Ellen Linton, and some early material related to Edmund Wade Linton. Also present is an short story published by W. J. Linton's third wife E. Lynn Linton, and a series of obituaries and other posthumous tributes to, W. J. Linton.

Series II, W. J. Linton Collection, contains manuscript and printed material written or published by Linton, some of which have his autograph edits. It is evenly divided between work created in England, both in London and in the Lake District, and work created after he moved to New Haven in the mid-1860s. Also filed here are writings by others about Linton; at the end of the series are three issues of journals issued during his lifetime but have no obvious connection to Linton.


  • 1840 - 1936


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Grace Linton Cook Papers about W. J. Linton 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 the Estate of Grace Linton Cook, 1980.


Organized into two series: I. Linton Family Papers, 1855-1919. II. W. J. Linton Collection, 1840-1895.


2.71 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

Grace Linton Cook (1881-1975)

Grace Harriet Linton was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on September 9, 1881, the daughter of Edmund Wade Linton (1848-1918) and Carrie E. Callender Linton (1855-1936), and the granddaughter of the British wood engraver W. J. Linton. After her marriage to Harry E. Cook (1881-1960) she lived in Stratford, Connecticut, and died in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on July 9, 1975.

W. J. Linton (1812-1897)

The British wood engraver, author, historian, printer, publisher, and political activist William James Linton was born in London on December 7, 1812. He immigrated to New York in 1866 and in 1867 settled at Appledore, a small farm and cottage in Hamden, Connecticut, just north of New Haven. There he founded his Appledore Private Press and wrote and printed several of his most notable works including The Masters of Wood-Engraving (1886). Linton died in New Haven, at the home of his daughter Margaret Linton Mather, on December 29, 1897.

Linton was married twice, first in 1837 to Laura Wade (1809-1838) and after the death of her sister (and his common-law wife) Emily Wade in 1856, to the author Eliza Lynn (1822-1898). Emily Wade was the mother of Linton's seven children: William Wade (1839/1841-1892), Emily (born ca. 1845), Lancelot (ca. 1846-1863), Edmund Wade (1848-1918), Margaret Wade (1851-1943), Ellen Wade (1852-1938), and Eliza (died 1856). Three of the children, Edmund, Margaret, and Ellen (known as “Nellie”), accompanied Linton to America, became naturalized citizens, and settled in New Haven.

Processing Information

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat MS Vault 292.
Guide to the Grace Linton Cook Papers about W. J. Linton
by Sandra Markham
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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