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John James Audubon collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 829

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written by John James Audubon to his wife and colleagues, one of his engraved visiting cards, and writings by Audubon and fellow naturalists Thomas McCulloch, Thomas Nuttall, and John Kirk Townsend. Prominent among the letters is a fair copy of two letters (4,000 words) from Audubon to his wife Lucy, written in Edinburgh in 1826, in which he describes the exhibition of his drawings and various social events in the city, with a transcription of a phrenologist's reading that he had received. Some of the letters are accompanied by typed transcriptions, and one includes an 1898 letter from ornithologist Leonard C. Sanford to the wife of collector Dean Sage. Prominent among the writings are some of Audubon's essays published as Ornithological Biography (1831-1839), describing plates included in his major work The Birds of America (1827-1838). Also included is one letter from Audubon's son, John Woodhouse Audubon to A. J. Crossman.

Dates

  • 1823 - 1898
  • Majority of material found within 1826 - 1840

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John James Audubon 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 William Robertson Coe, Yale 1949 Hon., 1952-1954; Purchased from B. Tighe on the William Robertson Coe Fund, 1954; Purchased from Wormser on the William Robertson Coe Fund, 1955.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Correspondence, 1823-1898. II. Writings, 1826-1835.

Associated Materials

Morris Tyler Family Collection of John James Audubon (GEN MSS 85)

Extent

0.46 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.audj

Overview

The collection contains autograph letters, signed, written by John James Audubon to his wife Lucy Green Bakewell Audubon and colleagues, one of his engraved visiting cards, and autograph manuscript writings by Audubon and fellow naturalists Thomas McCulloch, Thomas Nuttall, and John Kirk Townsend. Prominent among the letters is one of 4,000 words from Audubon to his wife, written from Edinburgh in 1826, in which he describes exhibitions of his drawings and various social events, with a transcription of a phrenologist's reading that he had received. Also included are an 1898 letter from ornithologist Leonard C. Sanford to Sarah Manning Sage, the wife of collector Dean Sage, and a letter from John Woodhouse Audubon, son of John James Audubon, to A. J. Crossman. Prominent among the writings are 118 essays published in Audubon's Ornithological Biography (1831-39), describing plates included in his major work The Birds of America (1827-38), and an annotated pencil drawing of a petrel. Much of the material in the collection was formerly owned by William Robertson Coe.

John James Audubon (1785-1851)

American naturalist best known for his major work The Birds of America and The Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.

Custodial History

A large part of the collection was given to the library by William Robertson Coe (1869-1955), who also donated his ornithological books to Yale University.

Processing Information

Former call number: MS Vault Shelves Audubon
Title
Guide to the John James Audubon Collection
Author
by Sandra Markham
Date
2012
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2015 November: File titles updated

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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