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Walter Beinecke papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 846
Scope and Contents

The Walter Beinecke Papers consist of subject files containing correspondence, personal papers, autobiographical writings, and documents concerning the Beinecke family, the Sperry and Hutchinson Company, and Beinecke's business investments, book collecting, and work in Nantucket historic preservation; other correspondence, including correspondence with book vendor Howard S. Mott and family letters; other personal papers, such as financial and legal records, address books, and diaries; scrapbooks of clippings and other printed material; photographs, photograph albums, slides, and negatives relating to Beinecke's travels, the Beinecke family, and Nantucket; audiocassettes, videocassettes, and films, including interviews with Beinecke about Nantucket; and computer disks. Research strengths include the Beinecke family, the Sperry and Hutchinson Company, Beinecke’s Barrie collection and other book collecting, and Beinecke’s work in Nantucket investment and restoration.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 10-11 and 36 (audiovisual material): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Box 28 (motion picture film and computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files are available. Reference copies of motion picture film may be requested. For further information consult Access Services.

Boxes 33-34: Restricted until 2036. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The Walter Beinecke Papers 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 Bridgette Beinecke, 2006-2008.


Organized into two groupings: December 2006 Acquisition and March 2008 Acquisition.

circa 1900-2004
Majority of material found within 1930 - 1990
21.47 Linear Feet (36 boxes)
Related Names
Beinecke, Walter, Jr., 1918-2004
Language of Materials