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Harold Wickliffe Rose papers

Call Number: MS 1239

Scope and Contents

The Harold Wickliffe Rose Papers consist entirely of materials relating to his book, The Colonial Houses of Worship in America (1963). Besides the actual manuscript, the collection includes correspondence during and after the writing of the book, printed reviews, and a large amount of research material: notes, letters of inquiry, and printed and pictorial matter about churches.

The most valuable material in the papers is the collection of original photographs of churches. As the book's subtitle explains, Rose attempted to record every American church "built in the English colonies before the Republic, 1607 – 1789, and still standing." He was not completely successful, but he did take more than 400 photographs of churches in eighteen states. Most of these photographs—some of which were not published in the book—are arranged by state in boxes 5-12; in many cases there are a 4 by 5" negative, a 4 by 5" print, and an 8 by 10" print of each photograph. There are also large mounted photographs in the two folio boxes, and some photographs in the correspondence folders.

In the research material, boxes 5-12, the notes, correspondence and printed matter for each state are arranged chronologically, while the photographs, in separate folders, are arranged alphabetically by the name of town or county, with less clearly indentified photographs at the end. There are separate folders, containing both notes and photographs, for particularly well-documented churches.

The papers were given by Mrs. Elizabeth Rose to the Yale Art and Architecture Library, and transferred to Manuscripts and Archives in October 1980.


  • 1924-1972


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is 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

Transferred from the Yale University Art and Architecture Library, 1980.


6.75 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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The papers consist entirely of materials relating to Rose's book, The Colonial Houses of Worship in America (1963). Included are the manuscript, related correspondence, reviews, and a large amount of research material: notes, letters, and printed and pictorial matter about churches in eighteen states. Among his correspondents are Frederick W. Beinecke, A. Pierce Middleton, Richmond P. Miller and Edmund W. Sinnott.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Wickliffe Rose: A.B., Harvard, 1919; worked for American Viscose Corp. as southern sales manager; in New York City, 1924; in Charlotte, N.C., 1925-1932; as sales manager, rayon staple, 1935-1942; coordinator of research and planning at main office, Wilmington, Del., 1942-1946; general assistant to president at main office, Philadelphia, 1946-1953; president, director, and general manager, Linen Thread Co., 1953-1957 and Dolphin Jute Mills, 1956-1957; author of The Colonial Houses of Worship in America.

Guide to the Harold Wickliffe Rose Papers
Under Revision
compiled by John Espy
June 1981
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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