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Hartley Simpson papers

Call Number: MS 451

Scope and Contents

The Hartley Simpson Papers consist of correspendence, research notes on graduate education, and essays which Hartley Simpson intended for a "Sketch-Book." The essays do not necessarily pertain to historical topics.

The papers were received from Elizabeth Read Foster in 1990.


  • 1939-1964


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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Elizabeth Read Foster, 1990.


0.5 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 papers consist of correspondence, research notes on graduate education, and essays.

Biographical / Historical

Hartley Simpson was born in Tilton, New Hampshire in 1900. He received his B.A. degree from Bowdoin College in 1922 and was a student at Cornell University from 1923-1926. Simpson was an assistant professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh from 1926-1929. He spent the remainder of his career at Yale University and held the positions of research assistant in history (1930-1942), research associate (1942-1946), and associate professor (1947-1967). Simpson was also assistant dean of the Graduate School (1942-1947), associate dean (1947-1956), and dean (1956-1961). He died on October 4, 1967.

Guide to the Hartley Simpson Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Carol King
October 1990
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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