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Kenneth Walter Cameron collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 337

Scope and Contents

The Kenneth Walter Cameron Collection consists of letters, documents and governmental seals collected by Cameron, as well as writings by Cameron himself. The collection is arranged into four series. Series I, Collection of Seals (1860-1947), consists of materials collected by Cameron for government and other seals, including five scrapbooks of autograph letters from United States and British government officials, three solid wax seals, several magazines and an atlas of Canada. Series II, Autograph Collection of Church Figures (1916-1939), contains Cameron's collection of manuscript, typewritten and printed documents and letters signed by clergy of the American, Anglican and Eastern Churches. Series III, Collection of Historic Documents (1753-1939), contains a collection of letters and documents signed by literary and historical figures of the 18th through 20th centuries. Series IV, Personal Papers (1927-1932), contains material written by Cameron. Oversize contains material from Series I and III.


  • 1753 - 1947


Physical Description

Other Storage Formats: Oversize, broadside cabinet

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Kenneth Walter Cameron 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 Kenneth Walter Cameron, 1937-1939.


7.1 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL


Collection includes: official seals of the United States, Canadian provinces, and the British Empire, primarily on letters from government officials laid into five scrapbooks; several magazines and an atlas of Canada; chart of Scottish clans and coats of arms; wax seals of Jersey (Channel Islands), Guernsey (Channel Islands), and Gambia Colony; collections of letters and autographs of literary, historical and church figures; zoology notebooks kept by Cameron while a student at West Virginia University; manuscript by Cameron entitled "The Channel Islands."


Kenneth Walter Cameron, born in 1908, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University in 1930 and 1931, an S.T.B. from General Theological Seminary, New York, in 1935, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1940. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1935, and taught English at the University of North Carolina, Temple University and Trinity College. Cameron also served as archivist and historiographer of the Diocese of Connecticut.

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 Kenneth Walter Cameron Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
March 1998
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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