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William Smith Mason autograph collection

Call Number: MS 344

Scope and Contents

The William Smith Mason Collection consists of manuscripts, documents, and correspondence of persons in public life, collected by William Smith Mason. Presidents, Cabinet members, Ministers to foreign countries, members of Congress, Generals, and other well-known persons during the years 1800-1924 are included. There are also copies of the papers of the Abel Knight Family of Eastbethlehem, Pennsylvania.

The William S. Mason Collection was a gift of the Kingsley Trust Association


  • 1800-1929


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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The collection consists of autograph manuscripts, documents and correspondence of people in public life. The collection contains correspondence of Theodore Roosevelt with Francis J. Heney and others and copies of letters of the Jonathan Knight family.

Biographical / Historical

William Smith Mason was born in Millburn, Illinois in December, 1866. He received his Ph.B. from Yale in 1888 and his M.A. in 1924. Mason was active in the real estate and insurance business. He was the owner of a large collection of materials relating to Benjamin Franklin and a library of Revolutionary literature. Mason died in January, 1961.

Other Finding Aids

For an index of autograph letters in the William S. Mason collection, please consult theAutograph Index.

Guide to the William Smith Mason Collection
Under Revision
September 1982
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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