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Edward Bliss Reed papers

Call Number: MS 412
Scope and Contents

The Edward Bliss Reed Papers fall into three parts. The first is devoted primarily to correspondence, writings, printed materials, and notes on carols of various eras and nationalities. Also among these papers is the manuscript of Lyra Levis by Reed, as prepared for the Yale University Press, containing poems on Yale and other subjects; correspondence, minutes, treasurers' and secretaries' reports, and printed matter of the Carol Society of New Haven; and sheet music and words, both printed and manuscript, for carols. The correspondence has been arranged in chronological order; the remaining papers have been roughly sorted but are otherwise unprocessed.

The second part of the Edward Bliss Reed Papers consists of papers relating to Yale University's R.O.T.C. program during World War I. There is a small amount of correspondence, some printed matter, and assorted course materials. All of these items are in extremely fragile condition and difficult to handle without causing them further damage.

Issues of the Zionist journal The New Palestine for the years 1921-1931 make up the final portion of the Edward Bliss Reed Papers. Several of the issues contain marginalia by Reed.

These papers were donated to Yale University in 1965-1966 by Mrs. Lyall Dean, Mrs. Bordon Helmer, and by the estate of Bliss Reed Crocker in connection with Reed's collection of several hundred books and periodicals on carols. The latter were given to Sterling Memorial Library and to Beinecke Rare Book Library; a description written by Alfred R. Bellinger may be found in the Yale University Library Gazette, January 1941.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other 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 Mrs. L. Dean, B. Helmer, and the estate of Bliss Reed Crocker, 1967.


The materials are arranged in three broad groupings: correspondence, writings, printed materials, and notes on carols of various eras and nationalities; Yale R.O.T.C. program materials; and issues of the Zionist journal The New Palestine.

5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Reed, Edward Bliss, 1872-1940
Language of Materials