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Henrietta C. Bartlett papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 336

Scope and Contents

The Henrietta C. Bartlett Papers contain correspondence, research files and other materials related to Bartlett's research, publications and lectures on bibliography and collecting, generally concerned with Shakespeare and other writers of his time. The Papers are organized into four series. Series I, Correspondence , consists primarily of letters to Bartlett, and some third-party letters. Where copies or originals of letters from Bartlett are included, a note has been made in the box and folder list. Series II, Writings , contains typescripts and sample pages of writings by Bartlett, typescript lectures, notes, pages from early printed books, glass slides, and other materials related to her lectures. Series III, Research Files , contains newspaper clippings, notes and articles on authors, book collectors, and libraries, specimen pages from various printers, and miscellaneous printed items. Series IV, Hroswitha Club , consists of club minutes, membership lists, printed items and other material related to the Hroswitha Club, a group of women interested in book and manuscript collecting. Restricted Fragile Papers contains material from Series II and III. Oversize contains material from Series II.


  • 1471 - 1961


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Restricted Fragile Papers in Box 17 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies for reference use have been substituted in the main files.

Conditions Governing Use

The Henrietta C. Bartlett Papers are 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

The Henrietta C. Bartlett Papers were donated to the library by Henrietta C. Bartlett between 1941-1954.


7.1 Linear Feet (17 boxes and 1 portfolio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Collection includes letters to Bartlett from various correspondents, concerned mainly with bibliographical matters, relating especially to Shakespeare and his period. Correspondents include Joseph Quincy Adams, Tucker Brooke, Beverly Chew, George Watson Cole, Harvey Cushing, John Drinkwater, John Farquhar Fulton, W. W. Greg, Geoffrey Keynes, Amy Lowell, Ronald Brunlees McKerrow, Julia Marlowe, William Allan Neilson, Alfred Edward Newton, Alfred William Pollard, Seymour de Ricci, Otis Skinner, Edward Hugh Sothern, Chauncey Brewster Tinker, John Dover Wilson, and the Henry E. Huntington Library. The Papers also include lecture notes on bibliographical subjects; sample pages of early books ca. 1471-1675; six boxes of 4 x 5 glass slides used in her lectures; minutes, membership lists and printed material from the Hroswitha Club in New York; and notes and newspaper clippings related to various authors, libraries, and book collecting.


Henrietta C. Bartlett, born in 1873, was a long-time resident of New Haven. Her father, Charles G. Bartlett, received his M.A. from Yale in 1888, and at least one of her brothers attended Yale as an undergraduate. Bartlett herself was involved with the University as an active donor to the library, with gifts ranging from her extensive library of rare books to her own personal papers. Bartlett gave many lectures at Yale during the 1920's and 1930's on the subjects of bibliography, collecting, and rare books, and taught private pupils for many years, as well. Her work in bibliography centered around the works of William Shakespeare, and include Mr. William Shakespeare, Original and Early Editions of his Quartos and Folios (1923), and Census of Shakespeare's Plays in Quarto, 1594-1709 (1916 and 1939, with Alfred W. Pollard), both printed by the Yale University Press, under the auspices of the Elizabethan Club. She also published a volume of poetry, Verses, 1888-1912, in 1949. She died in 1963.

Processing Information

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained.

Guide to the Henrietta C. Bartlett Papers
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
July 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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