Walter Lionel Pforzheimer collection
Scope and Contents
The Pforzheimer Collection in Manuscripts and Archives comprises three series: Documents and Papers, Bowling Green Press Records, and Newspapers. Series I is composed of approximately seventy items relating primarily to the military history of France from the Middle Ages through the nineteenth century. Also of special interest is a group of Theodore Roosevelt letters (signed carbon copies) and speeches. Series II consists of correspondence, ledgers, account books, invoices, credit memoranda, and papers filed by the Bowling Green Press to achieve incorporation. The papers in this series cover the years 1927-1931, and appear to have been the property of Arthur Pforzheimer, treasurer of the company. Series III contains first and final issues of several American newspapers dating from the 1980s.
Other material given to Yale by Walter Lionel Pforzheimer (Yale College 1935, Yale Law School 1938) housed in this library include the Wendell Willkie Presidential Campaign Papers and a number of important single manuscripts which are catalogued individually in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection. Mr. Pforzheimer holds a corporation appointment as Advisor on Special Collections, Yale University Library, and specializes in collecting Moliere, rare bindings, Americana, copyright law, and books on espionage and intelligence. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Yale Library Associates since 1936 and as a lawyer is a specialist in the law of copyright and literary property. After serving with Air intelligence during the Second World War, Mr. Pforzheimer assisted in the establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency and worked as its legislative counsel. In 1960, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Assistant Director for Central Reference of the Agency.
The manuscripts in Series I of this collection were donated to the library during the 1940s and 1950s; those of Series III during the 1980s. The Bowling Green Press Records were donated in 1957 by Mr. Pforzheimer as a separate collection, Manuscript Group Number 927, and were incorporated into the present collection in 1983.
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 Walter L. Pforzheimer, 1940-1982, 1998.
Arranged in three series: I. Documents and Papers II. Bowling Green Press Records III. Newspapers and additional material.
2.5 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
The collection contains three parts: autograph documents and letters, Bowling Green Press records, and contemporary American newspapers. The most significant part of the collection are the ca. 45 autograph items relating to French military history from the Middle Ages through the 19th century. There are also 12 carbon copies (signed) of letters from Theodore Roosevelt to various recipients (1911-1913) together with notes, extracts, and full copies of Roosevelt speeches (1912-1913). Series II of the collection is made up of the records of the Bowling Green Press of New York City, of which Arthur Pforzheimer was treasurer. Included are correspondence, ledgers, account books and incorporation papers. Contemporary memorabilia collected by Walter Pforzheimer is comprised of the initial issues of the Washington Times and U.S.A. Today and the final issue of the Washington Star.
Biographical / Historical
Yale graduate, lawyer, adviser on special collections to Yale University Library.
- Baker, Borman L.
- Bigelow, William Sturgis, 1850-1926
- Bloomer, Millard J.
- Bourne, Jonathan, 1855-1940
- Bowling Green Press (New York, N.Y.)
- Béthune, Philippe de, comte de Selles et de Charost, 1561-1649
- Cochems, Henry F. (Henry Frederick), 1875-
- Custine, Renaud Philippe, d.1794
- Day, Jeremiah, 1773-1867
- Digeon, Alexandre-Elizabeth-Michel, 1771-1826
- Digges, Thomas Attwood, 1742-1821
- Dommanget, B.
- Donzelot, François-Xavier, 1764-1843
- Dumas, Mathieu, comte, 1753-1837
- Dumoustier, Pierre, 1771-1831
- Ferry, Paul, 1591-1669
- Fouchʹe, Joseph, duc d'Otrante, 1759-1820
- France -- History, Military
- Harris, Julian LaRose, 1874-1963
- Hill, Henry, 1795-1892
- Holbert, Hugh
- Lanfredini, Giovanni, d.1487?
- Medici, Lorenzo de', 1449-1492
- More, A.Y.
- Munsey, Frank Andrew, 1854-1925
- Muy, Jean Baptiste Louis Philippe de Felix Sante Maine, 1755-1820
- O'Neill, Charles P., 1842-
- Oilliamson, Marie-Gabriel-Eléonore, comte d', 1738-1830
- Orléans, Louis Philippe Joseph, duc d', 1747-1793
- Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
- Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946
- Plunkett, Horace Curzon, Sir, 1854-1932
- Publishers and publishing -- New York (State)
- Purdy, Milton Dwight, 1866-
- Richelieu, Armand-Emmanuel du Plessis, duc de, 1766-1822
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
- Sansey, François
- Sheerin, James, 1865-1933
- Sully, Maximilien de Béthune, duc de, 1559-1641
- Sutherland, James
- Thierry, Amédée Simon Dominique, 1743-1803
- Toussaint Louverture, 1743-1803
- Vessey, Robert S. (Robert Scadden), 1858-1929
- Wallace, Henry W., 1836-
- Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854-1927
- Willard, Charles Dwight, 1866-1914
- Yeiser, John O. (John Otho), 1866-1928
- Guide to the Walter Lionel Pforzheimer Collection
- Under Revision
- compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
- November 1969
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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