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Charles Ives papers

Call Number: MS 932

Scope and Contents

The Charles Ives papers consist of correspondence, poems, orations and other writings, and miscellaneous legal and financial papers relating to Ives and his immediate family.

Personal and professional letters to Ives comprise the greater part of the correspondence; pages from Ives' letter copybook comprise the rest.

Some of the poems are manuscript versions of those appearing in his Chips from the Workshop (1843). A number were written during his periods of poor health and reflect that condition. The orations and addresses concern Ives' local political activities and affiliations. Notes (some in shorthand) and fragments from his Isles of Summer (1880) are included among the writings.

The legal and financial papers relate mainly to Ives' law practice and to his estate. A section of miscellaneous items—newspaper clippings, unidentified writings and papers to Charles Ives, Jr. (d. 1883)—follows the legal and financial papers.

The correspondence is arranged chronologically with Ives' copybook following the letters to him. The rest of the papers are arranged by type and then chronologically.

The Charles Ives papers were purchased from the Collector's Shop in 1945.


  • 1838-1897


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Purchased from the Collector's Shop, 1945.


1 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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Correspondence, poems, orations and other writings, and miscellaneous legal papers that relate to Charles Ives and his immediate family. Some of his poems appear in Chips from the Workshop (1843). The orations and addresses concern political activities and also include notes and fragments of Isles of Summer, (1880).

Biographical / Historical

Lawyer; born in New Haven, CT; graduated from the Lancastrian School in 1831 and began work in a printing office; entered Yale Law School and graduated in 1846; he was admitted to the bar that year and opened a law office in New Haven; elected to the Conn. General Assembly from New Haven in 1853; represented East Haven in 1865, 1867, and 1868; Speaker of the House in his last two years of office.

Guide to the Charles Ives (1815-1880) Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Thomas J. Connors
June 1979
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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