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Warren Hiram Lowenhaupt papers

Call Number: MS 884

Scope and Contents

The Warren Hiram Lowenhaupt Papers contain correspondence, photographs, writings, printed matter, and other papers pertaining to Lowenhaupt's career as a student at Yale University (Class of 1914) and Columbia Law School, an officer in World War I, secretary to Justice Tounley of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, and collector and Curator of Bookplates at Yale University.

The correspondence is divided into general, arranged chronologically, and select, which contains substantial runs of letters from four individuals and from Yale University. Lowenhaupt's correspondents include friends, family members, and professional associates; among them are Charles Burpee, John Lindsay Moore, W. Lyon Phelps, and Lowenhaupt's classmate Arthur E. Case. Topics discussed include Lowenhaupt's career, literature, and the collecting of rare books and incunabula. There are also letters from friends serving in World War I, and letters discussing American attitudes towards France and England during and after the war. The Yale University correspondence deals mainly with Lowenhaupt's gifts to the university of rare books and book plates. Correspondence relating directly to Lowenhaupt's military service is interfiled with other military papers such as orders, passes, and so forth (folders 48-57), while correspondence concerning his legal practice is interfiled with other papers arranged by case (folders 58-83).

The remaining papers in this collection are several short writings by Lowenhaupt, including his master's thesis, "Life and Works of Archibald Pitcairne, M.D.," accompanied by copies of Pitcairne's correspondence; personal financial papers such as check books, bank statements, and stock reports; further financial papers, largely bills and receipts, pertaining to purchases of rare books, book plates, and art objects; printed matter, including various writings on literature and book collecting, maps, and catalogues; memorabilia from Yale University and Columbia Law School, and other periods of Lowenhaupt's life; concert programs, one autographed by Nellie Melba; and almost two hundred photographs of Lowenhaupt, friends and family, and Europe during and after World War I.

These papers were given to Yale University by Henry S. and Malcolm D. Lowenhaupt in 1970. Related correspondence can be found in the Frederick B. Kaye [formerly Kugelman] Papers in the Humanities and Fine Arts Manuscript Group (No. 590), and in the Records of the Yale Librarian (YRG 32).


  • 1891-1967
  • Majority of material found within 1910 - 1967


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 Henry S. and Malcolm D. Lowenhaupt, 1970.


2 Linear Feet (5 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 papers consist of correspondence, photographs, writings, printed matter, financial records, and memorabilia documenting Warren Lowenhaupt's years as a student at Yale University (1910-1917), at Columbia Law School (1926), as an officer in World War I, and as curator and research associate at the Yale University Library (1952-1967). His principal correspondents are Emile Victor Bonnet, Charles Burpee, John Lindsay Moore, Frederick B. Kaye, William Lyon Phelps and Arthur E. Case. Much of the correspondence and financial papers relate to purchases of rare books, bookplates, and art objects. Approximately two hundred photographs are also in the papers, nearly half of which show European scenes and events relating to World War I.

Biographical / Historical

WARREN HIRAM LOWENHAUPT was born in Brooklyn; N. Y., August 13, 1891, and has lived in Plainfield, N. J., Hartford, Conn., and Middle Haddam, Conn.

His father, John P. Lowenhaupt, was born in Bavaria, in 1855, but has spent most of his life in New York City. He is a fruit grower. Mrs. Lowenhaupt was Marie E. Karbaum; she lived in New York City before marriage, and died March 7, 1909, in Hartford. There were four sons in the family; three now living.

Warren prepared for Yale at the Hartford Public High School. He received a High Oration, was the Ten Eyck Orator, and was the recipient of the Berkeley premium in Latin composition. He received honorable mention in the Andrew D. White history prize competition, tied for first place in the Donald Annis English and German competition prize, won the John Addison Porter prize in American history, received honorable mention in the John Addison Porter University prize competition (1913), and held a Scott Hurtt scholarship. He was a member of the Freshman Class and Intercollegiate Debating teams, an alternate on the Interdepartment Team, and a member of the Yale Debating Association, Pundits and the Society for the Study of Socialism. .

He received his B.A. degree from Yale in 1914, his M.A. in 1916, and his Ph.D. in 1917. In 1926 he received a LL.B. from Columbia. Lowenhaupt was an assistant in English at Yale from 1915-1917. He served as an officer in World War I, and was secretary to Justice Tounley of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York. Lowenhaupt was curator of bookplates and research associate at the Yale University Library, 1952-1960, and an honorary trustee, 1961-1967.

He died October 4, 1967.

Guide to the Warren Hiram Lowenhaupt 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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