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Elizabeth MacKinstry collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 408

Scope and Contents

The collection contains work by Elizabeth MacKinstry: autograph and typescript versions of poems, a set of illustrations for the children's book Eliza and the Elves, by Rachel Field (New York: Macmillan Company, 1926), and a scrapbook of her original and printed artwork dating from 1924-1934. One volume of poems was bound by John F. Grabau of Buffalo, New York, for MacKinstry's presentation to Emily Howland Leeming Lyman. Also present is a published volume of MacKinstry's poems, Helen's Mirror and Other Verses (London: Elkin Mathews, 1913), issued under her pseudonym Elizabeth Westermain.

Dates

  • 1904-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1924-1934

Creator

Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Elizabeth MacKinstry 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

Gift of Florence E. Brooks, 1956. Gift of Elizabeth Leeming Rose, 1970.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Writings, 1904-1957. II. Artwork, 1924-1934.

Associated Materials

Yale Collection of American Literature Letter Collection (YCAL MSS 446), Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Extent

1.0 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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.mackinstry

Overview

The collection contains work by Elizabeth MacKinstry: autograph and typescript versions of poems, a set of illustrations for the children's book Eliza and the Elves, by Rachel Field (New York: Macmillan Company, 1926), and a scrapbook of her original and printed artwork dating from 1924-1934. One volume of poems was bound by John F. Grabau of Buffalo, New York, for MacKinstry's presentation to Emily Howland Leeming Lyman. Also present is a published volume of MacKinstry's poems, Helen's Mirror and Other Verses (London: Elkin Mathews, 1913), issued under her pseudonym Elizabeth Westermain.

Elizabeth Conkling MacKinstry (1878-1956)

Elizabeth MacKinstry, American poet, illustrator, and sculptor, was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 1878, the only child of Caroline Conkling McKinstry and Abraham B. McKinstry (1826-1882), a farmer and postmaster. After her father's death, MacKinstry lived in France and Belgium, specifically in Paris from 1892 to 1901 where she studied with the sculptor Auguste Rodin. From 1909 until 1920 she lived with her mother in Buffalo, New York, working there as an artist and teaching art classes; after 1910 the spelling of their last name changed from McKinstry to MacKinstry. She lived and worked in New York City from the mid-twenties to 1938, turning out illustrations for several New York publishing houses, as well as costume designs, decorations, and illustrations for local theater groups. In her later years MacKinstry lived in and around Lenox, Massachusetts, near Emily Howland Leeming Lyman (1871-1951), a friend from Buffalo, and donated her collection of more than 300 illustrated books to the Lenox Library in 1949. Elizabeth MacKinstry died on May 14, 1956, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, and was buried in Lenox.

MacKinstry's work was exhibited in one-woman shows at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo (1922), and in memorial exhibitions at the Lenox Library (1956), in the Central Children's Room of the New York Public Library (1957), and at the Boston Public Library (1958). The April 1957 issue of The Horn Book Magazine was largely devoted to essays on MacKinstry by her colleagues and admirers.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

A letter from Walter de la Mare to Elizabeth MacKinstry dated December 15, 1925, and received by the library from Florence E. Brooks in 1956, is filed in the Yale Collection of American Literature Letter Collection (YCAL MSS 446).

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Za MacKinstry and Za Mss MacKinstry.
Title
Guide to the Elizabeth MacKinstry Collection
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2014
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

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