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D. Cady Eaton papers

Call Number: MS 4

Scope and Contents

The D. Cady Eaton Papers are divided into three series: Correspondence, Writings, and Special Files. The Correspondence series contains fifty-nine letters addressed to Eaton. Correspondents of note are Leonard Bacon (a prominent Congregational clergyman) and Noah Porter, president of Yale University.

The Writings series makes up the bulk of the papers. The material is divided into five sections: (a) Books, which served as a basis for the published works mentioned above, consisting of notebooks on modern French painting and sculpture; (b) Articles, of a philosophical, sometimes satirical nature, written for the New Haven Journal and Courier, usually signed "Periander," 1894-1895, 1897-1901, 1903, 1908, 1910; (c) Lectures on the history of art contained in approximately one hundred notebooks, mostly undated; (d) Journals pertaining to Eaton's travels in Europe, 1853-1854, and England, 1877-1878; and (e) Writings of Others, 1908, 1913-1914, n.d.


  • 1853-1914


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The materials are open for research.

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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


I. Correspondence. II. Writings. III. Special Files.


8 Linear Feet (19 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, notebooks, journals, lectures, drafts of articles and books, and other writings of D. Cady Eaton, art historian, social commentator, and professor at Yale. Included are a number of articles of a philosophical and satirical nature written for the New Haven Journal and Courier.

Biographical / Historical

D. Cady Eaton* (Daniel Cady Eaton) was born in Johnstown, New York, June 16, 1837, the son of Daniel Cady and Harriet Eliza (Cady) Eaton. He received his B.A. degree from Yale in 1860 and his LL.B. degree from Albany (New York) Law School in 1861. On December 17, 1861 Eaton married Alice Young. From 1861 to 1863 he served in the New York militia, retiring with the rank of colonel. Eaton practiced law in New York until 1866. From 1867 to 1870 he studied the history of art, first at the University of Berlin, and then in Paris. He was appointed Professor of History and Criticism of Art at Yale University in 1869, a position he held until he resigned in 1876. Eaton returned to Yale in 1902 and was made professor emeritus in 1909. He was the author of three books: Handbook of Greek and Roman Sculpture (1884), Handbook of Modern French Painting (1909), and Handbook of Modern French Sculpture (published posthumously in 1913). He died in New Haven May 11, 1912.

Additional biographical material may be found in Who Was Who in America, 1897-1942, Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, and the Yale Alumni Weekly, May 1912.

* Professor Eaton always used the initial D. in place of Daniel in order to distinguish himself from his cousin, Daniel Cady Eaton (1834-1895), a botanist and also a professor at Yale.

Separated Materials

In addition to his published books, the following printed pamphlets by D. Cady Eaton are catalogued as part of the collections of Sterling Memorial Library:

"Introduction to the Study of Greek Sculpture." An Address. (New Haven, 1878) (In Greek Archaeology, V. I)

"Introduction to the Study of Greek Sculpture," 1878

"Pensions." New Haven, 1893 (originally published in the New Haven Register

Report to Messrs. Bacon and Twichell, appointed June, 1875, committee to investigate the affairs of the Art School. (New Haven, 1875)

The Study of the Arts of design in American Colleges... New Haven, 1882

Yale College in 1881. Four articles by an "Alumnus" reprinted from the New Haven Evening Register

Yale College in 1890, Reflections on its charter, 1890

"Unconstitutional Coinage" (n.p., n.d.)

Guide to the D. Cady Eaton Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Linda Wrigley
November 1970
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Finding aid written in English.

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