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John L. De Forest papers

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 885

Scope and Contents

The John L. De Forest Papers contain forty volumes of typescript diaries, 1935-2000, many with newspaper clippings and other related materials laid in. Diaries include entries relating to jazz musician and family friend Benny Goodman; Yiddish author Sholem Asch, for whom De Forest worked as a secretary in the 1940s; political associate John Davis Lodge, governor of Connecticut, 1951-1955; and Dutch historian and journalist Hendrik Willem Van Loon. The collection also includes typescript autobiographical writings and transcriptions of correspondence, based on excerpts from the diaries; research material and a biography of Tapping Reeve (1744-1823), Connecticut lawyer and educator, typescript draft; photographs of authors, musicians, and politicians represented in the diaries; photograph albums relating to family, friends, and the Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1930s-1940s; a scrapbook containing memorabilia from Oberlin College, 1935-1936; a scrapbook of clippings of newspaper articles written by De Forest for the Stamford Advocate and New Canaan Advertiser, about local news and Connecticut history, 1939-1940; scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning De Forest's work in Stamford politics, 1950s-1970s; scrapbooks of photographs, postcards, and ephemera relating to travel by De Forest in Europe, Canada, South America, and Mexico, 1940s-1950s; other newspaper clippings about local and national politics, 1920s-1970s; research materials on Connecticut history and De Forest family genealogy; and newsletters edited by De Forest for Electrolux.

Dates

  • 1875 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1934 - 2000

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John L. De Forest 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 and bequest of John L. De Forest, 1996-2000.

Arrangement

Organized into two groupings: July 2000 Acquisition and September 1996 Acquisition.

Associated Materials

John L. De Forest / Sholem Asch collection (GEN MSS 114)

Extent

11.83 Linear Feet ((21 boxes) + 1 roll)

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.deforest

Overview

The John L. De Forest Papers contain forty volumes of typescript diaries, 1935-2000, many with newspaper clippings and other related materials laid in. Diaries include entries relating to jazz musician and family friend Benny Goodman; Yiddish author Sholem Asch, for whom De Forest worked as a secretary in the 1940s; political associate John Davis Lodge, governor of Connecticut, 1951-1955; and Dutch historian and journalist Hendrik Willem Van Loon. The collection also includes typescript autobiographical writings and transcriptions of correspondence, based on excerpts from the diaries; research material and a biography of Tapping Reeve (1744-1823), Connecticut lawyer and educator, typescript draft; photographs of authors, musicians, and politicians represented in the diaries; photograph albums relating to family, friends, and the Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1930s-1940s; a scrapbook containing memorabilia from Oberlin College, 1935-1936; a scrapbook of clippings of newspaper articles written by De Forest for the Stamford Advocate and New Canaan Advertiser, about local news and Connecticut history, 1939-1940; scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning De Forest's work in Stamford politics, 1950s-1970s; scrapbooks of photographs, postcards, and ephemera relating to travel by De Forest in Europe, Canada, South America, and Mexico, 1940s-1950s; other newspaper clippings about local and national politics, 1920s-1970s; research materials on Connecticut history and De Forest family genealogy; and newsletters edited by De Forest for Electrolux.

John L. De Forest (1916-2000)

John L. De Forest, diarist and politician in Stamford, Connecticut. De Forest graduated from the Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1935, and attended Oberlin College, 1935-1936. In the 1940s, De Forest worked as a secretary for Yiddish author Sholem Asch. For most of his life, De Forest lived in Stamford, where he was a member of the Republican Party, founded a Quaker Meeting in 1948, and served on the city Board of Representatives and Police Commission during the 1950s. During the 1970s, he worked in the factory personnel department of Electrolux, a home appliance manufacturer in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. De Forest kept a diary, 1935-2000, in which he recorded events of his daily life, observations on local and world events, and meetings with friends in politics and the arts.

Processing Information

This collection consists of materials formerly classed as Uncat MSS 57 and Uncat Ms Vault 775. In 2005, the collection received a preliminary level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization. A preliminary finding aid was compiled from lists created at the time of receipt by the Library. Folder titles were based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles were not verified against the contents of folders. In 2007-2008, the preliminary finding aid was revised to comply with current archival descriptive standards.

In 2012, the collection received a baseline level of processing, including partial rehousing and minimal organization. The collection was reclassed under one call number, materials were organized by acquisition, and containers were renumbered in a single sequence. For some folders, contents were verified and folder titles updated.
Title
Guide to the John L. De Forest Papers
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
2007-05-16
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2010-02-10: Transformed with yale.addEadidUrl.xsl. Adds @url with handle for finding aid. Overwrites @url if already present.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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