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William McFee collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 991

Scope and Contents

The William McFee Collection contains correspondence between McFee and literary colleagues, publishers, friends, and family; third-party correspondence concerning McFee, his family, and his friendship with James T. Babb; autograph manuscript or typescript drafts for most of McFee's novels, and for short stories, essays, books reviews, and poems; autograph manuscript diaries, 1911-1963; writings of others, including Margery Allingham and Beatrice Allender McFee; photographs of McFee and others; drawings of McFee and illustrations for his writings by Arthur J. Elder and others; a bronze bust of McFee by Jason Sturm (Yale 1922); scrapbooks containing clippings about McFee, reviews of his writings, photographs, and ephemera; other clippings about McFee; personal papers, mostly concerning McFee's family or his work as a marine engineer; correspondence relating to Babb's collecting of books and manuscripts by McFee, and research materials and drafts for A Bibliography of the Writings of William McFee; audiotapes relating to McFee's 75th birthday in 1956; and films and videocassettes of McFee and his family. Major correspondents include Margery Allingham, other members of the Allingham family, James T. Babb, Van Wyck Brooks, Arthur J. Elder, George T. Keating, Beatrice Allender McFee, other members of the McFee family, Byrne Marconnier, Harry E. Maule, Christopher Morley, Dudley Nichols, and Frank Swinnerton.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1966
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1966

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Boxes 93-95: Restricted until 2033 September 24. For more information, consult the appropriate curator.

Box 92 (reel-to-reel audiotapes) and box 103 (16mm films): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Boxes 106-107: Restricted fragile material. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The William McFee 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.
Videocassettes (in box 100): Use of originals is restricted. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James T. Babb, (Yale 1924), 1952-1968, gift of Harry E. Maule, 1954 and 1970, and gift of Margaret Bradley Babb, 1983; and acquired from other donors and vendors, 1948-2002, as indicated in subseries and folder notes. For more information consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into two groupings: Acquisitions, 1948-1972 and 1983; and Acquisitions, 1979-2002.

Related Materials

McFee, William. Miscellaneous pamphlets and other ephemera by and about William McFee (Iq M167 +1).

Other books owned by McFee may be found in the online catalog by searching "McFee, William" as a special collections subject or "Iq M167" as a local call number.

Extent

39.91 Linear Feet ((107 Boxes) + 1 art)

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.mcfee

Overview

The William McFee Collection contains correspondence between McFee and literary colleagues, publishers, friends, and family; third-party correspondence concerning McFee, his family, and his friendship with James T. Babb; autograph manuscript or typescript drafts for most of McFee's novels, and for short stories, essays, books reviews, and poems; autograph manuscript diaries, 1911-1963; writings of others, including Margery Allingham and Beatrice Allender McFee; photographs of McFee and others; drawings of McFee and illustrations for his writings by Arthur J. Elder and others; a bronze bust of McFee by Jason Sturm (Yale 1922); scrapbooks containing clippings about McFee, reviews of his writings, photographs, and ephemera; other clippings about McFee; personal papers, mostly concerning McFee's family or his work as a marine engineer; correspondence relating to Babb's collecting of books and manuscripts by McFee, and research materials and drafts for A Bibliography of the Writings of William McFee; audiotapes relating to McFee's 75th birthday in 1956; and films and videocassettes of McFee and his family. Major correspondents include Margery Allingham, other members of the Allingham family, James T. Babb, Van Wyck Brooks, Arthur J. Elder, George T. Keating, Beatrice Allender McFee, other members of the McFee family, Byrne Marconnier, Harry E. Maule, Christopher Morley, Dudley Nichols, and Frank Swinnerton.

William McFee (1881-1966)

William McFee (Yale 1936 MA honorary), marine engineer, and author of maritime fiction. McFee was born in London, moved to the United States in 1911, and became an American citizen in 1925, settling in Roxbury, Connecticut. He served as an engineer in the British navy during World War I, and for the United Fruit Company and other merchant ships, 1906-1924. McFee wrote maritime novels, short stories, and essays, and reviewed books about the sea for the The Sun (New York) and the New York Times. He was married to Pauline Khondoff, 1920-1932, and novelist Beatrice Allender, 1932-1952; he later married Dorothy North, and was stepfather of North's son Richard McFee.
James T. Babb (1899-1968) James T. Babb (Yale 1924), book and manuscript collector; Yale University Librarian, 1943-1965. Babb collected books and manuscripts by William McFee and was the author of A Bibliography of the Writings of William McFee (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1931).

Processing Information

Former call numbers: MS Vault McFee, Uncat MS Vault McFee, Uncat MS Vault 272, Uncat MS Vault 304, Uncat MS Vault 305, Uncat MS Vault 306, Uncat MS Vault 743, Uncat MS Vault 761, Uncat MSS 82, Uncat MSS 309, Uncat Ms Vault File, Iq M167 1, Iq M167 +1, Iq M167 904, Iq M167 912, Iq M167 C1, Iq M167 G1, Artstore 674, Artstore 675, Artstore 677, Artstore 678, Artstore 679, Artstore 680, Artstore 681, Artstore 682, and Artstore 885. In 2014, 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. Most folder titles were based on information provided by the creator, while some were assigned by Library staff. Folder titles were not verified against contents.
Title
Guide to the William McFee Collection
Author
by Karen Spicher
Date
2014 February
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2015 November: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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