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Chauncey Brewster Tinker papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 354
Scope and Contents
The Chauncey Brewster Tinker Papers document the life and career of Chauncey Brewster Tinker. The Papers include correspondence, writings, personal papers, financial records, photographs, and other papers including subject files, newspaper clippings and printed material. They have been arranged into six series; Correspondence, Writings, Personal Papers, Financial Records, Photographs, and Additional Materials. The Papers span the years of 1869-1963, with the bulk between 1920-1955.

Series I, Correspondence , consists primarily of letters written to Tinker and third-party correspondence. Where copies or originals of letters written by Tinker exist, a note has been made in the box-and-folder list. Many letters in this series were originally found laid into items in Tinker's rare book and manuscript collection. Where this is the case, a note is enclosed in the folder with the letter. The correspondence generally concerns personal matters, book collecting, and Tinker's research into James Boswell. Also included are four folders of letters from Yale University officials to Tinker, the vast majority of which are acknowledgements for his gifts to the library.

Series II, Writings , contains holographs, printed versions, clippings, legal agreements and reviews of writings by Tinker and others. The writings by Tinker include articles and addresses, as well as several poems, many of which are not signed, but which are most likely written by Tinker. Also included are articles and poems by others, including Leonard Bacon, Stephen Vincent Benét, and Lewis M. Knapp.

Series III, Personal Papers , contains personal papers and memorabilia belonging to Chauncey Brewster Tinker. Included are genealogical materials related to the Tinker family, and other personal papers including bookplates, an original engraved printing plate for one of his bookplates, as well as several prints, a copper printing plate with Tinker's name, probably used for printing stationary or calling cards, appointment calendars, Tinker's curriculum vitæ, his degrees from Yale, various honorary degrees, and a box of postcards of examples of art and architecture in Europe and Britain.

Series IV, Financial Records , includes bills and receipts to Tinker for book purchases, as well as medical bills, bills for living expenses from Yale, and royalty statements from Oxford University Press.

Series V, Photographs , contains photographs of Tinker, with other photographs of his acquaintances, including A. Edward Newton, and other subjects.

Series VI, Additional Materials , consists of subject files containing notes and newspaper clippings about various subjects, printed material, and other papers. Included in this series are eight boxes of catalog cards for books and manuscripts in Tinker's personal collection and in the Rare Book Room, Sterling Memorial Library.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.

Materials in Restricted Fragile in boxes 23-24 and box 26 may only be consulted with permission of the appropriate curator. Preservation photocopies or photographic prints for reference use have been substituted in the main files.
Conditions Governing Use
The Chauncey Brewster Tinker 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
Gift and Bequest of Chauncey Brewster Tinker, 1935-1963.
Associated Materials
Chauncey Brewster Tinker Letters and Manuscripts (GEN MSS 359), Chauncey Brewster Tinker Manuscript Collection (GEN MSS 310), and various printed books donated to the Library by Tinker, cataloged separately.
11.57 Linear Feet ((28 boxes) + 9 broadside folders)
Related Names
Tinker, Chauncey Brewster, 1876-1963
Language of Materials