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Arthur Morris Collins papers

Call Number: MS 147

Scope and Contents

The Arthur Morris Collins papers consist of correspondence and other materials dating from the Yale years of Arthur Morris Collins. Collins, who graduated from Yale in 1903, later changed the spelling of his name and thereafter signed himself Arthur Collens. The Papers were donated to Yale by his son-in-law Jeremiah H. Bartholomew, Jr., a 1924 Yale graduate, in 1967.

The Papers are divided into two series, CORRESPONDENCE and MEMORABILIA. CORRESPONDENCE is arranged chronologically, and consists largely of letters from members of Collins' family to him at Yale dealing with domestic matters. Also included are a selection of letters from school friends and organizations, and assorted official communications from Yale University.

MEMORABILIA is divided into four sections, each arranged chronologically. The first, Yale University, contains several notebooks (see folders 3 and 4), examination questions, printed invitations and other souvenirs of social activities, as well as Collins' Hillhouse High School, Hotchkiss School, and Yale diplomas (see Folio). Also incorporated in this section are a number of notebooks and other Yale related papers belonging to Jeremiah H. Bartholomew, Jr.

The second section, Photographs, contains twenty-one photographs, including one of Collins. Most are pictures of unidentified Yale students and other friends or possibly family members. Five photographs of New Haven have been transferred to the Yale Picture Collection.

European Tour is made up of schedules, souvenirs, and maps from Collins' trip through England, France, Germany, and Switzerland in 1902.

Finally, Miscellaneous contains memorabilia not from Collins' Yale years or his European tour. Included are a number of objects, such as the copper plate used to print his calling cards and a number of cardboard party favors.


  • 1889-1924


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are 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 Jeremiah Bartholomew, Jr., 1967.


Arranged in two series: I. Correspondence. II. Memorabilia.


3 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, notebooks, examination questions, photographs and memorabilia almost all related to Collins' student years at Yale. Also included are letters from his years at the Hotchkiss School and memorabilia from his European tour in 1902. The notebooks and other papers of his son-in-law, Jeremiah H. Bartholomew, Jr., from his years at Yale College (1920-1924) are also in the papers.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Morris Collins was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 4, 1880. After attending Hotchkiss School, from which he graduated in 1889, he went on to Yale University and graduated in 1903. In 1906 he married Annette Vailey Whipple.

He entered the investment business in New York, then moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1916 to organize and operate the Investment Bureau for several insurance companies. In 1921 he joined Phoenix Mutual, becoming president in 1935, a post he held until 1950. He was also a president of the Mechanics Savings Bank and a director for more than forty years, as well as being a director of the Connecticut Bank and Trust Company and of the National Fire Insurance Company.

Collins was director of the National Industrial Conference Board and the Government Research Institute, a director of the Life Insurance Association of America, and of the Institute of Life Insurance. He founded and managed the Community Chest campaigns, served on the Hartford Hospital finance commission, the advisory commission for the Connecticut Institute for the Blind, and Hartford University's Art School.

Collins died in Hartford on July 23, 1967, at the age of eighty-six.

Guide to the Arthur Morris Collins Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1981
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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