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Matilda Tyler Collection of Rudyard Kipling

Call Number: GEN MSS 1289

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and memorabilia by Rudyard Kipling, as well as material about Kipling, collected by Matilda Tyler. Kipling materials include 33 letters from Kipling to Thacker, Spink and Company, as well as letters to Samuel Clemens and William Ernest Henley; manuscripts of "Follow Me 'Ome" and "A Hole in the Lake;" photographs of Kipling; and the red clay model of the insignia used on many editions of Kipling. Other material includes bookseller correspondence, clippings, and auction catalogs documenting Matilda Tyler's collecting activities.


  • 1886 - 1992


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Matilda Tyler Collection of Rudyard Kipling is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. 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 and bequest of Matilda Tyler, 1988-1995.


Organized into 8 groupings: December 1988 Acquisition, 1899, undated; December 1989 Acquisition, 1895-1919; December 1990 Acquisition, 1894-1935, undated; October 1990 Acquisition, 1890, undated; June 1992 Acquisition, 1886-1890; September 1992 Acquisition, 1894-1990, undated; January 1993 Acquisition, 1893-1992, undated; August 1995 Acquisition, 1918-1992, undated.


5.74 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, and memorabilia by Rudyard Kipling, as well as material about Kipling, collected by Matilda Tyler.

Matilda Tyler (1916-1992)

Matilda Tyler (1916-1992), a descendant of John James Audubon, attended Bryn Mawr, graduated from Barnard College and worked as a teacher at Wallingford High School, in Wallingford, Connecticut, from 1956 until 1979. Tyler was a lifelong collector of Kipling-related books, ephemera, and manuscripts, amassing more than two thousand printed volumes that included pirated and popular editions and many association copies. She was an active member of the Kipling Society.

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.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. Various acquisitions associated with the collection have not been merged and organized as a whole. Each acquisition is described separately in the contents list, titled according to month and year of acquisition.

Information included in the Description of Papers 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 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.

This collection includes materials previously identified by former call numbers: Uncat MS Vault File Kipling, Uncat MS Vault 542, Uncat MS Vault 565, Uncat MS Vault File 630, Uncat MS Vault 659, Uncat MS Vault 751, Uncat MS Vault 830, Uncat MSS 80.

Guide to the Matilda Tyler Collection of Rudyard Kipling
Beinecke Staff
February 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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