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Anson Phelps Stokes Autograph Collection

Call Number: MS 402

Scope and Contents

The Stokes Autograph Collection was formed by the Reverend Anson Phelps Stokes (1875-1958) mainly during the 22 years he served as Secretary of the University from 1899 to 1921. From 1924 to 1939 he served as Canon of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The collection was made "for the purpose of creating a deeper and more intelligent interest in Yale history and biography." Letters of the most important alumni, accompanied by engravings and printed sketches taken from Appleton's CYCLOPOEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY (1887) were exhibited for a number of years in Woolsey Hall. The Reverend Stokes commemorated 158 of the Yale men represented in the collection in his MEMORIALS OF EMINENT YALE MEN (Yale University Press, 1914), and twenty letters from the collection are printed in the two-volume work. The forward quoted below describes the purpose of the collection.

After his death in 1958, President A. Whitney Griswold eulogized the Reverend Stokes in the following words: "Anson Phelps Stokes was one of the great men in Yale's history. Yale owes much of its present strength to his devotion to the university ideal and his farsighted and forceful pursuit of that ideal during his career as Secretary. Thereafter, as a leader in both religion and learning, his services to church and civil state fulfilled abundantly the terms of Yale's charter. All Yale men are grateful to him and will honor his memory."


  • 1713-1958


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. 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 Anson Phelps Stokes in 1929.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically.


5 Linear Feet (10 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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A collection of autograph letters and manuscripts gathered by Anson Phelps Stokes and designed to document the history of Yale University.

Guide to the Anson Phelps Stokes Autograph Collection
Under Revision
compiled and edited by Steven Litwack and Elen Ireland
October 1970
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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