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Burton Jesse Hendrick papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1980

Scope and Contents

The Burton Jesse Hendrick papers consist of research materials, manuscript drafts, and correspondence related to books later published; news clippings and personal materials consisting of biographical files, estate files, and Yale related materials, 1880-1970.

Dates

  • 1880-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1917 - 1949

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Burton Jesse Hendrick was transferred to Yale University in 2011. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu. 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.

Arrangement

The Burton Jesse Hendrick papers are arranged in two series: I. Personal Papers, 1895-1970. II. Professional Files, 1880-1963.

Extent

21.5 Linear Feet (44 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.1980

Overview

The Burton Jesse Hendrick papers consist of research materials, manuscript drafts, and correspondence related to books later published; news clippings and personal materials consisting of biographical files, estate files, and Yale related materials, 1880-1970.

Biographical / Historical

Burton Jesse Hendrick (1870–1949) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. While attending Yale University, Hendrick was editor of both The Yale Courant and The Yale Literary Magazine. He received his BA in 1895 and his master's in 1897 from Yale. After completing his degree work, Hendrick became editor of the New Haven Morning News. In 1905, after writing for The New York Evening Post and The New York Sun. Hendrick left newspapers and became a "muckraker" writing for McClure's Magazine. His "The Story of Life-Insurance" expose appeared in McClure's in 1906. Following his career at McClure's, Hendrick went to work in 1913 at Walter Hines Page's World's Work magazine as an associate editor. In 1919, Hendrick began writing biographies, when he was the ghostwriter of Ambassador Morgenthau's Story for Henry Morgenthau, Sr.

He won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for The Victory at Sea which he co-authored with William Sowden Sims, the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page and again in 1929 for The Training of An American. Hendrick wrote the Age of Big Business in 1919, using a series of individual biographies, as an enthusiastic look at the foundation of the corporation in America and the rapid rise of the United States as a world power. After completing the commissioned biography of Andrew Carnegie, Mr. Hendrick turned to writing "group biographies". There is an obvious gap in the later works published by Mr. Hendrick between 1940 and 1946 which is explained by his work on a biography on Andrew Mellon, which was commissioned by the Mellon family, but never published.

At the time of his death, Burton J. Hendrick was working on a biography of Louise Whitfield Carnegie, the wife of Andrew Carnegie.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Martha H. Rusnak, 2012.
Title
Guide to the Burton Jesse Hendrick Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Michael Lotstein
Date
May 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
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Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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