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John L. De Forest papers

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.

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.


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

Associated Materials

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

1875 - 2000
Majority of material found within 1934 - 2000
11.83 Linear Feet ((21 boxes) + 1 roll)
Related Names
De Forest, John L. (John Le Roy), 1916-
Language of Materials