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Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke papers

Call Number: MS 1265

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of correspondence, writings, notes, note cards, and printed material, documenting the professional life of C.F. Tucker Brooke, a literary scholar and professor of English at Yale University, 1909-1943.

The papers are largely Brooke's research materials for publications and courses. There are extensive materials on the plays and poems of Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) and William Gager (active 1580-1619), including correspondence with colleagues, students, libraries, and repositories; manuscripts, typescripts, galley proofs, and reprints; annotated texts; and notes on texts, sources, criticisms, and revivals. There are also letters, writings, notes, note cards, examinations, postcards, and clippings concerning drama and other aspects of English literature, and the history of the English language. Only a small amount of material reflects Brooke's lifelong interest in Shakespeare.

The primary correspondents are Joseph Quincy Adams, John Bakeless, and John Le Gay Brereton. There are also letters and a manuscript by Christopher Morley, and letters concerning Brooke's service on the Modern Language Association's Committee on the Variorum Shakespeare and on the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Membership.


  • 1889-1943


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

Donated by the Brooke estate in 1947.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Estate of C. F. Tucker Brooke, 1947.


The materials are arranged in two series: I. Correspondence, 1908-1946. II. Research Files, 1889-(1908-1943)


The papers are arranged in two series:

Series I, Correspondence, contains letters dating back to 1908, when Brooke was at Oxford but looking for a teaching position in America. Most of the letters concern Brooke's research on Marlowe and later on Gager; many are from 1915, when he sent out form letters (see sample under Boston Public Library) seeking early Marlowe editions. Some letters enclose notes on Marlowe by Brooke and others.

Series II, Research Files, consists of miscellaneous, often fragmentary materials. There are notes and course materials on the English language, from the first half of Brooke's tenure at Yale; notes on Marlowe, ca.1908-1922, with printed matter; notes on Gager, from-the 1930's and small amounts of other literary notes, writings of others, and lists and clippings pertaining to Brooke's career.


2 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

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Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, writings, note cards, and printed material documenting the professional life of Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke, a literary scholar and professor of English at Yale University, 1909-1943. Joseph Quincy Adams, John Bakeless, and John LeGay Brereton are primary correspondents.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke was born on June 4, 1883, in Morgantown, West Virginia. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, on June 26, 1946. Brooke was an author, literary scholar, and educator, teaching in Yale University's English Department from 1909-1946. Brooke studied at West Virginia University (A.B. 1901, A.M. 1902), the University of Chicago (1903-1904), and at Oxford University (B.A. 1906, B.Litt. 1907) as a Rhodes Scholar. He published works on English literature and drama, including studies of Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Gager. He married Grace Elizabeth Drakeford in 1909.

Guide to the Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke Papers
Under Revision
compiled by John Espy
December 1983
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Finding aid written in English.

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