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Tyler Gatewood Kent papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 310

Scope and Contents

The Tyler Gatewood Kent Papers concern the case of Tyler G. Kent, a code clerk in the United States Embassy in London, who was tried and convicted in Great Britain in October, 1940, for violating the Official Secrets Act. Kent made and kept copies of secret communications between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty. Kent was arrested by the British and charged with espionage, although he was finally jailed for the lesser charge of theft of goverment documents. Charles Parsons, a conservative polemicist and ideologist, became involved in the attempts of Mrs. Ann H.P. Kent (mother of Tyler Kent) to bring the case before the public. Most of the papers in this collection are related to their efforts to publicize the case and to Tyler G. Kent's later attempts to explain his actions.

The papers consist of correspondence, a transcript of the British trial, newspaper clippings, photographs of Parsons and Kent, notes, legal papers related to Kent v. United States, and printed matter spanning from 1940-1963. The correspondence is in chronological order but there is an index at the back of this register. The papers are also available as microfilm HM 20, and copyflo from the latter part of the film (corresponding to the January 1972 addition to the papers) is in folders 17 and 18.

The Tyler G. Kent papers were given to the Yale University Library by Charles Parsons. For further information, see the register of the Charles Parsons papers, Manuscript Group No. 387.

Dates

  • 1940-1963

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is available on microfilm. Patrons must use FILM HM 20 instead of the originals.
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

Gift of Charles Parsons.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.0310

Overview

Tyler Kent, a code clerk at the American embassy in London, was tried in 1940 by the British government for violation of the Official Secrets Act. The papers, assembled by Charles Parsons, include correspondence, a transcript of the British trial, newspaper clippings, photographs, notes, legal papers related to Kent v. United States and printed matter.

Existence and Location of Copies

Papers relating to Tyler Kent's conviction under the British Official Secrets Act are available on microfilm (500 frames on 1 reel, 35mm.) from Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, at cost. Order no. HM20.

Index to the Tyler G. Kent Correspondence

  1. Bethune, Mrs. Nagene C. --- form letter to Congressmen --- 1945 Jun 9
  2. Brewster, Owen --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Aug 18, 1945 Sep 27
  3. DeLand, Maude S. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Jun 21
  4. Doherty, Frank P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Aug 3
  5. Fish, Hamilton --- Charles Parsons --- 1946 Feb 29
  6. Gearhart, Bertrand W. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Aug 5, 1944 Aug 19, 1944 Aug 29, 1945 Sep 27, 1945 Nov 24, 1945 Nov 30, 1946 Mar 14
  7. Hanks, Homer G. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Dec 8
  8. Harlan, Don Mahone --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Nov 14
  9. Harlan, Don Mahone --- Ann H.P. Hart --- 1945 Jul 12
  10. Harlan, Don Mahone --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Aug 22
  11. Hoopes, Mary Howard --- H.R. Ennis --- 1944 Oct 2
  12. Hoopes, Mary Howard --- public form letter --- 1944 Sep 13
  13. Hoopes, Mary Howard --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Oct 2
  14. Hoopes, Mary Howard --- ________ Sargent --- 1944 Nov 19
  15. Hoopes, Mary Howard --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Aug 30
  16. Kaufman, Reginald Wright --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Oct 9
  17. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Jul 29, 1944 Aug 9, 1944 Aug 14
  18. Kent, Ann H.P. --- John Foster Dulles --- 1944 Aug 31
  19. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Sep 1, 1944 Sep 1
  20. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Cordell Hull --- 1944 Sep 4
  21. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Sep 4
  22. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Ethel May Pierce --- 1944 Sep 8
  23. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Oct 16, 1944 Oct 25, 1945 Jan 5
  24. Kent, Ann H.P. --- George Seldes --- 1945 Jan 26
  25. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Patrick McCarran --- 1945 Feb 2
  26. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Feb 23
  27. Kent, Ann H.P. --- "Fellow Americans" --- 1945 Feb
  28. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Kenneth Magruder --- 1945 Mar 24
  29. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Mar 24, 1945 Jul 8
  30. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Chet Shaw --- 1945 Jul 21
  31. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Don Harlan --- 1945 Jul 22
  32. Kent, Ann H.P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Jul 22, 1945 Aug 1, 1945 Aug 11, 1945 Aug 22, 1945 Aug 23, 1945 Aug 27, 1945 Sep 21, 1945 Sep 30, 1946 Jan 3, 1946 Feb 21, 1946 Apr 10, 1946 Jul 4
  33. Kent, Tyler Gatewood --- Ann H.P. Hart --- 1944 Dec 8, 1945 Jun 10
  34. Kent, Tyler Gatewood --- "My Friends…" --- 1946 Jan 12
  35. Kent, Tyler Gatewood --- Charles Parsons --- 1946 Feb 8, 1946 May 4, 1946 Jun 22
  36. Loughran, Clayton D. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Jul 22, 1944 Jul 25
  37. McGehee, Dan R. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Dec 6
  38. Magruder, Kenneth Dann --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Sep 20, 1944 Nov 1, 1944 Dec 7, 1945 Mar 4
  39. Magruder, Kenneth Dann --- Ann H.P. Kent --- 1945 Mar 26
  40. Magruder, Kenneth Dann --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Mar 29, 1945 Apr 7, 1945 Jun 6, 1945 Jul 2, 1945 Jul 7, 1945 Jul 29
  41. Magruder, Kenneth Dann --- Ann H.P. Kent --- 1945 Aug 13
  42. Magruder, Kenneth Dann --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Aug 27, 1945 Sep 15
  43. Merriman, Augustus S. --- Charles Parsons --- 1944 Aug 4
  44. Moran, Francis P. --- Charles Parsons --- 1946 Jan 20
  45. Parsons, Charles --- James Babb --- 1946 Sep 18
  46. Post, Katherine --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Sep 19
  47. Scholl, Phoebe K. --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Jun 27, 1945 Aug 14
  48. Strom, Frances --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Jun 12, 1945 Dec 4
  49. Strom, Frances --- "Fellow Citizen" --- 1946 Apr 5
  50. Tittman, A[lfred] O[tto] --- Charles Parsons --- 1945 Mar 28
  51. Townsend, Ralph --- Charles Parsons --- 1946 Jul 16
  52. Under Secretary of State, Great Britain --- Ann H.P. Kent --- 1945 Aug 23
  53. Walker, Mrs. M.L. --- Mary Howard Hoopes --- 1945 Aug 19
Title
Guide to the Tyler Gatewood Kent Papers
Author
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
June 1979
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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