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William Stanley Braithwaite Papers

 Collection
Call Number: JWJ MSS 72
Scope and Contents
The William Stanley Braithwaite Papers document his personal and professional life and span the dates 1797 to 1942. The Papers contain correspondence, writings, and other papers, which provide evidence of Braithwaite's career as a writer, publisher, and anthologist.

Braithwaite's correspondence records his professional and, to a lesser degree, personal relationships. Correspondents include poets such as Stephen Vincent Benét, William Rose Benét, Witter Bynner, Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn, Grace Hazard Conkling, Olive Tilford Dargan, Rebecca Harding Davis, John Gould Fletcher, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, James Joyce, Joyce Kilmer, Aline Murray Kilmer, Vachel Lindsay, Philip Ainsworth Means, and Louis Untermeyer. Other correspondents include W.E.B. DuBois and George E. Haynes. The correspondence series also contains third-party correspondence; notably, a letter from Sir Joseph Banks to J. Nicol from circa1797.

Proofs, clippings of articles, and publicity materials represent Braithwaite's career as an anthologist and as an author for The Boston Evening Transcript. Other papers document his work as a publisher (with B.J. Brimmer) and lecturer. The papers also contain a portrait and a photograph of Braithwaite as well as his collection of autographs.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The William Stanley Braithwaite 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
Purchased from Walter R. Benjamin and Margaret Carpenter on the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts & Letters Fund, 2003 and from William Reese Company on the Danford N. Barney, Jr. Fund, 1991.

The addition was purchased from Southpaw Books on the Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2015.

Other material came to the library in small quantities from various sources as indicated on individual folders.
Arrangement
Organized into four series: I. Correspondence, circa 1797, 1877-1942. II. Writings, 1908-1928. III. Other Papers, 1830-1935, undated. IV. Addition, 1911-1935.
Dates
1797 - 1942
Majority of material found within 1830 - 1942
Extent
1.25 Linear Feet ((5 boxes) + 2 broadside folders)
Related Names
Braithwaite, William Stanley, 1878-1962
Language of Materials
English