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Lemuel Swift Punderson papers

Call Number: MS 1209

Scope and Contents

The Lemuel Swift Punderson Papers contains the contents of two scrapbooks kept by Punderson, an engraver and printer, who established his business in New Haven in 1855. Included are a large number of his portrait and landscape drawings and finished engravings. Among his subjects were members of the Yale College faculty, views of Yale College buildings, seals of Yale College fraternities and notable Connecticut men. Also in the collection are numerous engravings by others as well as magazine clippings of portraits of famous Americans and Europeans.

For better preservation, the material was removed from the scrapbooks and the contents arranged in folders. Half of the material consists of work executed by Punderson together with family photographs and memorabilia. The remainder is composed of engravings by others arranged topically, and clippings from periodicals.

The scrapbooks were the gift of Paul W. Swift in July 1978.


  • 1800-1899


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Paul W. Swift in 1978.


0.01 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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Contents of two scrapbooks kept by Punderson containing samples of his drawings and engravings, photographs, trade and calling cards, and a large collection of engravings by others as well as newspaper and magazine clippings, chiefly portraits of notable persons. A large part of Punderson's work includes engravings of members of the Yale College faculty, views of the college building, seals of various societies, and views of Connecticut.

Biographical / Historical

Lemuel Swift Punderson was an engraver who worked in New York City from 1850-1855. He moved to New Haven in 1855 where he established an engraving business. In 1860 he became partners with Emil Crisand and they formed the firm Punderson & Crisand, Engravers, Lithographers and Printers. Punderson was also the author, along with John Warner Barber, of History and Antiquities of New Haven (1870) and City Guide to New Haven (1860).

Lemuel Punderson's death date is unknown but he is listed in the New Haven City Directory until 1903.


New York Historical Society. Dictionary of Artists in America, 1564-1860.

New Haven, Connecticut City Directories.

Guide to the Lemuel Swift Punderson Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Ruth Gay
November 1980
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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