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Frederic Collin Walcott papers

Call Number: MS 529

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts and printed material concerning Frederic Collin Walcott, manufacturer, banker, and U.S. Senator. The main body of the correspondence commences with 1910 and relates to Walcott's business concerns and his game preserve. The bulk of the collection covers the period 1915 to 1919 and may be divided into two periods: 1915 to 1917 (with his work for the Rockefeller Foundation War Relief Commission) and 1917 to 1919 (with his work for the United States Food Administration). From 1920 to 1928 there is little material. Beginning with 1929, there is some correspondence from his career as a Republican Senator from Connecticut, 1925-1935. The remainder of the collection relates to Walcott' s work in Polish Relief, 1939-1940, and his continued interest in conservation.

Notable persons in the collection are William Henry Welch, Walcott's uncle and an eminent pathologist, and Herbert Clark Hoover, with whom Walcott worked in Belgian Relief, the Food Administration, and later as Senator. There are also several letters from William Howard Taft, an autograph of Woodrow Wilson, and correspondence with many of the leaders of the American business community.


  • 1850-1948


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Frederic C. Walcott are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on the use of these materials. 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 William W. Walcott, 1961.


11.5 Linear Feet (19 boxes, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The early papers relate to Walcott's business concerns and his game preserve. The bulk of the collection covers the period from 1915-1919 when Walcott was with the Rockefeller Foundation War Relief Commission and the U.S. Food Administration. Beginning with 1929 there is some correspondence from his career as Republican Senator from Connecticut. The remainder of the collection relates to Walcott's work in Polish relief (1939-1940) and his interest in conservation. Other persons represented include William Henry Welch (1850-1934); Herbert Hoover, with whom Walcott worked regarding Belgian relief, the Food Administration, and later as Senator; William Howard Taft; and many leaders of the American business community.

Biographical / Historical

Frederic C. Walcott: investment banker and manufacturer, 1907-1915; officer and director of various corporations until 1922; engaged in Polish and Belgian relief work, 1915-1917; U.S. Food Administration worker, 1917-1919; member of Connecticut State Senate, 1925, 1927; active on state commissions, 1923-1928; U.S. Senator from Connecticut, 1929-1935; welfare commissioner of Connecticut, 1935-1939; trustee of numerous colleges and institutions.

List of Principal Correspondents in the Walcott Collection

Allen, Henry Justin (1868-1950) Arnold, Joseph Addison, (b. 1876) Ballard, Samuel Thruston (1855-1926) Baylis, Charles Thomas (b. 1869) Beebe, William (b. 1877) Brandegee, Frank Bosworth (1864-1924) Burnham, John Bird (1869-1939) Capper, Arthur (1865-1951) Carlton, Newcomb (1869-1953) Coffin, Charles Albert (1844-1926) Deneen, Charles Samuel (1863-1940) Draper, William Kinnicutt (1863-1926) Dulles, Allen Welsh (b. 1893) Dunn, Gano (b. 1870) Embree, Edwin Rogers (b. 1883) Farnam, Henry Walcott (1853-1933) Fess, Simeon Davison (1861-1936) Fisher, Irving (1867-1947) Garfield, Harry Augustus (1863-1942) Glenn, Otis Ferguson (1879-1959) Goff, Guy Despard (1866-1933) Goldsborough, Phillips Lee (1865-1946) Good, James William (1866-1929) Grant, Madison (1865-1937) Grant, William West (1846-1934) Greene, Jerome Davis (1874-1959) Greene, Warwick (1879-1929) Greenway, James Cowan (b. 1877) Grew, Joseph Clark (b. 1880) Hadley, Arthur Twining (1856-1930) Hammond, John Hays (1855-1936) Hastings, Daniel Oren (b. 1874) Hemphill, Alexander Julian (1856-1920) Herrick, Myron Timothy (1854-1929) Hilles, Charles Dewey (1867-1949) Honnold, William Lincoln (1866-1950) Hoover, Herbert Clark (b. 1874) Howland, Charles P. (1869-1932) James, Henry (1879-1947) Kahn, Otto Hermann (1867-1934) Kean, Hamilton Fish (1862-1941) Kellogg, Frederic S. Lamont, Thomas William (1870-1948) Low, Seth (1850-1916) Mac Arthur, Douglas (b. 1880) McCann, George (1864-1932) McCormick, Vance Criswell (1872-1946) McCulloch, Roscoe Conkling (1880-1955) McCumber, Porter James (1858-1933) McLean, George Payne (1857-1932) Metcalf, Jesse Houghton (1860-1942) Mott, John Raleigh (1865-1955) Mott, Thomas Bentley (1865-1952) Newton, Walter Hughes (1880-1941) Osborne, Henry Zenas (1848-1923) Page, Walter Hines (1855-1918) Patterson, Robert Urie (1877-1950) Patterson, Roscoe Conkling (1876-1954) Pierson, Lewis Eugene (b. 1870) Pinchot, Gifford (1865-1946) Richey, Lawrence (1885-1959) Ritchie, Albert Cabell (1876-1936) Rockefeller, John Davidson (1839-1937) Rockefeller, John Davidson (b. 1874) Rose, Wickliffe (1862-1931) Sherman, James Schoolcraft (1855-1912) Stimson, Henry Lewis (1867-1950) Stokes, Anson Phelps (1874-1958) Strong, Benjamin (1872-1928) Taft, William Howard (1857-1930) Thomas, John (1874-1945) Townsend, John Gillis (b. 1871) Tumulty, Joseph Patrick (1879-1954) Vandenberg, Arthur Hendrick (1884-1951) Van Hise, Charles Richard (1857-1918) Wadsworth, Eliot (1876-1959) Walcott, Frederic Collin (1869-1949) Warburg, Felix M. (1871-1937) Welch, William Henry (1850-1934) Whitney, Caspar (1864-1929) Wickersham, George Woodward (1858-1936) Wilber, David Forrest (1859-1928) Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) Addenda: Eliot, Charles William (1834-1926) Gary, Elbert Henry (d. 1927) Graves, Henry Solon (1871-1951) McAdoo, William Gibbs (1863-1941) Paderewski, Ignace Jan (1860-1941) Page, Thomas Nelson (1853-1922) Root, Elihu (1845-1937) Sedgwick, Ellery (b. 1872) Washington, Booker Taliaferro (1859-1915)

Guide to the Frederic Collin Walcott Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
July 1984
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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