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John James Audubon 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.
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.
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)
1823 - 1898
Majority of material found within 1826 - 1840
0.46 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Related Names
Audubon, John James, 1785-1851
Language of Materials