Skip to main content

William McFee 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.
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.
Conditions Governing Use 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.
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.
1862 - 1966
Majority of material found within 1900 - 1966
39.91 Linear Feet ((107 Boxes) + 1 art)
Related Names
McFee, William, 1881-1966
Language of Materials