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Thomas E. Marston family papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1341

Scope and Contents

The Thomas E. Marston family papers contain Marston family correspondence, writings by Thomas E. Marston, photographs, family material, and a small amount of material relating to Thomas E. Marston’s collecting of medieval and early modern books and manuscripts, and his association with the Yale University Library. Most family correspondence consists of letters to Julia Dale Ewart Marston from Josephine Sands Marston, 1938-1951, concerning family news; accompanying these are letters from Thomas E. Marston and their children, Josephine Ewart Marston and Thomas Marston, and photographs of the children. Other correspondence of Julia Dale Ewart Marston includes additional letters from Thomas E. Marston, 1951-1954, concerning his divorce from Josephine Sands Marston, and letters from other members of the Marston and Sands families, 1923-1964, as well as from other correspondents, including Anne-Marie von Schutzbar genannt Milchling.

Papers of Thomas E. Marston include correspondence, 1957-1981 and undated, most with book and manuscript vendors or Yale University colleagues; and writings and research materials, 1939-1976 and undated. Research materials include a copy of The Spectator, number CCVII, dating from 1711. Other material includes photographs, including a daguerreotype of Emma Marston, diplomas, certificates, drawings, and other family papers including family trees from the Marston, Cochran, and Catherwood families.


  • 1711-1981
  • Majority of material found within 1938-1954


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Thomas E. Marston Family 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

Gift of Minna Reese Marston, 2008.


Organized into two series: I. Julia Dale Ewart Marston Papers, 1923-1964. II. Thomas E. Marston Papers, 1711-1981.


7 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

Thomas E. Marston (1904-1984) (Yale 1927)

Thomas E. (Thomas Ewart) Marston, collector of medieval and early modern books and manuscripts, particularly early modern editions of classical literature; donor of medieval and early modern books and manuscripts to the Yale University Library; and Yale University Library Associates trustee, 1933-1984. In 1935 Marston was appointed assistant to the Keeper of Rare Books at Yale, and he later served as curator of medieval and Renaissance literature, retiring in 1973. Marston was the son of Julia Dale Ewart Marston and Thomas B. (Thomas Brunton) Marston, (born 1857; Yale 1879). He married Josephine Sands, daughter of Benjamin J. (Benjamin Jerome) Sands and Josephine W. Sands, in 1938. They had two children, Josephine Ewart Marston Bringe and Thomas Marston (1944-2011). Thomas E. Marston and Josephine W. Sands were divorced in 1938. Marston married Minna Reese in 1963.

Processing Information

Former call number: Uncat MSS 1014.

Information included in the Content Description note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

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.

In 2015, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under a new call number, and containers were renumbered.

In 2019, an addition of materials in the Thomas E. Marston papers series received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the Thomas E. Marston Family Papers
by Karen Spicher and Jessica Tai
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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