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Leonard Baskin papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 1229
Scope and Contents

This collection consists of business correspondence, personal correspondence, photographs, drawings, woodcut prints, artists' books, writings, clippings, page proofs, exhibition materials, printed materials, and other papers documenting the life and work of Leonard Baskin and the operations of the Gehenna Press. Among the works documented in the collection is The Defense of Gracchus Babeuf before the High Court of Vendôme, by Gracchus Babeuf, translated by John Anthony Scott and illustrated by Thomas Cornell (Gehenna Press, 1964). The collection also includes correspondence and other papers by or related to Esther Baskin.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Boxes 171-175 (Esther Baskin papers): Restricted until April 22, 2026. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Leonard Baskin 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 Leonard Baskin and Lisa Unger Baskin, 1964, 1991, 1994, and 2011.

8 September 1994 acquisition: Gift of Louis L. Martz, 1994.

September 1995 acquisition: Gift of Hosea Baskin and Sarah Baskin, 1995.


Organized into seven groupings: December 1964 acquisitions; April 1991 acquisition; 8 September 1994 acquisition; 9 September 1994 acquisition; September 1995 acquisition; September 1998 acquisition; December 2011 acquisitions.

1838 - 1998
Majority of material found within 1941 - 1998
155.47 Linear Feet ((150 boxes) + 22 art, 3 broadside )
Related Names
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000
Language of Materials