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Chester Wells Purington papers

Call Number: MS 595

Scope and Contents

These papers consist largely of unpublished manuscripts of books and articles describing the travels of Chester W. Purington (1871-\) in Siberia and to a lesser extent in western Alaska before World War I, and his work there as a mining engineer. Purington discusses not only his mining and prospecting, but also many aspects of Siberia and Russia and their inhabitants in the late 1890s and early 1900s.

Other material in the papers includes a few letters dealing with the publication of Purington's writings, a letter describing the wreck of the Carioca, passports and other documents, memorabilia, and printed matter on the subjects of Siberia and mining. The papers were given to Yale University by Mr. and Mrs. William Zuill in 1969.


  • 1898-1925


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Zuill in 1969.


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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Correspondence, drafts of various books and articles concerning Purington's travels in Russia and Siberia as a mining engineer ca. 1898-1900, and other papers.
Guide to the Chester Wells Purington Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
September 1981
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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