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Series III: Personal Papers and Photographs, 1900-1971

Call Number: MS 632, Series III

Scope and Contents

This series is arranged alphabetically by record type and includes appointment books, diaries, financial records, legal papers, memorabilia, memorials, photographs, and scrapbooks. Diaries comprise the largest and most substantive portion of the series. Havemeyer's travel diaries (1901-1903) provide brief descriptions of accommodations and travel conditions in Eastern and Western European countries, as well as accounts of sites visited and observations on local customs and people. While attending the Hill School, Havemeyer began keeping "Line a Day" diaries, a practice he continued throughout his life. The most detailed entries coincide with his years as a student at the Hill School and his undergraduate and graduate years at Yale. Some entries provide insight into personal and professional relationships; the majority of entries furnish synopses of daily activities. After 1903, Havemeyer recorded travel notes in the "Line a Day" diaries rather than in separate travel diaries. In later years the diary entries become heavily routine and minimal and, especially in later years, increasingly illegible. Havemeyer relied on the "Line a Day" diaries for his books on Yale history and traditions and his autobiographical works. Included in this series is the diary of Mrs. Henry House of Hartford, Connecticut (1900). The Houses socialized with the Havemeyer family and occasional mention is made of Loomis Havemeyer and Julia Ida Loomis Havemeyer. The majority of entries are recapitulations of the House family's daily activities with minimal allusions to Hartford's social scene. According to Havemeyer's inscription in the diary, he had no knowledge as to how it came into his possession.

The audio tape of Havemeyer's memorial service offers further insight into Havemeyer's personality and life from the perspective of a friend and colleague by way of eulogy.


  • 1900-1971

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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