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W. J. Linton Collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 1387
Scope and Contents
The W. J. Linton Collection chiefly contains William James Linton’s papers, including correspondence, autograph manuscripts and other writings by and about Linton, graphic work, and personal papers, which were inherited by his daughters Ellen Wade Linton and Margaret Linton Mather, when their father died in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897. It includes literary and graphic material that Linton brought with him when he emigrated from England to the United States in the mid-1860s, as well as work he accomplished while living in Connecticut. Once the papers entered the Yale University Library beginning in 1911, they were added through 1929 by family members and by gifts from three local admirers of Linton who were also friends of the family: the engraver William Fowler Hopson and two Yale graduates, Howard Mansfield and Alfred E. Hamill. These substantial gifts combine to comprise the largest group of Linton’s autograph literary manuscripts, examples of engravings and other printed work he created both in England and the United States, and material related to Linton’s classic works The History of Wood Engraving in America (1882) and Masters of Wood Engraving (1886).
Language of Materials
In English, French, and German.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The W. J. Linton 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 legalheirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired chiefly through gifts of Margaret Linton Mather, 1911-1929, and Ellen Wade Linton, 1918. Additional gifts from William Fowler Hopson and Ada M. Hopson, 1918-1920; Alfred E. Hamill (Yale 1905), 1928-1929; and Howard Mansfield (Yale 1871, MA Hon 1891), 1929. Other acquistions are noted at the folder level in the finding aid. For additional information, consult the appropriate curator.
Organized into six series: I. Correspondence, 1829-1931. II. Writings by Linton, 1845-1898. III. Writings about Linton, 1839-1937. IV. Graphic Material, 1838-1913. V. Personal Papers, 1838-1902. VI. Other Papers, 1797-1922.
Associated Materials
Grace Linton Cook Papers About W. J. Linton (GEN MSS 1406), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
1797 - 1937
Majority of material found within 1838 - 1897
16.43 Linear Feet (21 boxes)
Related Names
Linton, W. J. (William James), 1812-1897
Gifford, R. Swain (Robert Swain), 1840-1905
Gillray, James, 1756-1815
Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864
Sibson, Thomas, 1817-1844
Stoddard, Richard Henry, 1825-1903
Language of Materials