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Ludlow Seguine Bull papers

Call Number: MS 111

Scope and Contents

The papers of Luldow Seguine Bull consist of correspondence, writings, memoranda and minutes, legal and financial papers, and printed matter, 1922-1952, dealing both with Bull's career as an Egyptologist and with his social, philanthropic, and financial activities. In the current arrangement of the papers Bull's original folder headings have been retained wherever possible. The papers are divided into four series: PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE, GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, LEGAL AND FINANCIAL PAPERS, and WRITINGS. PROFESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE contains letters, memoranda, reports, minutes, printed matter, and occasional photographs relating to Bull's curator-ship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and at Yale University, his membership in professional societies, his teaching responsibilities at Yale and elsewhere, and his activities as a consultant on ancient artefacts. There is correspondence concerning his co-editorship ofThe Rhind Mathematical Papyrus(published in two volumes, 1927-1929) with A.B. Chace, H.P. Manning, R.C. Archibald, and S.R.K. Glanville. There are also minutes and correspondence of the,Metropolitan Museum Studieseditorial board, of which Bull was secretary, and correspondence with Mrs. John S. Morrin concerning the loan of her collection of Egyptian and Eastern Mediterranean glass to Yale. The Yale University correspondence is largely routine, dealing with curricula, classes, and business of the Babylonian Collection, the Peabody Museum, the School of Fine Arts, and various academic departments. Among the correspondents are Theodore Sizer and George Parmly Day.

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE reflects Bull's philanthropic and social interests. He was on the board of trustees of Pomfret School and of Litchfield's Spring High School, and included with the correspondence are minutes, financial papers, and architects' plans for additions to Pomfret School. Bull was active in church affairs in both Litchfield and New York, and was a member of the board of the Youth Consultation Service of the Diocese of New York, a social welfare organization designed to help young people with education and employment. Included among the papers are minutes, and memoranda on social work. Also in this series are correspondence and printed matter from several of Bull's clubs, including the Yale Club and the Class of 1907 Dinner Club.

LEGAL AND FINANCIAL PAPERS contains primarily papers relating to houses and other properties owned by Bull. Among these papers are correspondence, inventories, deeds and other legal papers, receipts, bills, and other financial papers. Included with the papers about "The Lindens" in Litchfield is correspondence about the history of the house and of Litchfield in general, and about works of art kept in the house. Also in this series are receipts not related to Bull's property. They are largely acknowledgments of charitable contributions.

WRITINGS contains a typescript of Bull's Ph.D. thesis, and partial typescripts, notes, and galley proofs forThe Rhind Mathematical Papyrus.There are also two notebooks on Egyptian topics.


  • 1922-1952


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Ludlow S. Bull estate, 1954.


4.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence, writings, memoranda, minutes, legal and financial papers and printed matter relating to Bull's career as an Egyptologist and to his social, philanthropic and financial activities.His professional papers concern his curatorship of the Egyptian collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and at Yale University. As a resident of Litchfield, Connecticut, Bull was active in supporting various community institutions. These activities are documented by minutes and memoranda on the work of these institutions as well as financial statements on Bull's support. Also in the papers are documents on the history of the house known as "The Lindens" in Litchfield. The writings include a typescript of his Ph.D. thesis (1922) on religious texts of the Middle Kingdom and drafts for his book, The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, published 1927-1929.

Guide to the Ludlow Seguine Bull Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
March 1983
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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