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Annie Burr Lewis Papers

Call Number: LWL MSS 21

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, personal and family papers, and financial records that document the life, interests, and work of the American philanthropist Annie Burr Lewis (1902-1959). The correspondence is with her mother Emma Brewster Jennings Auchincloss (1861-1942), her aunt Annie Burr Jennings (1855-1939), and nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Auchincloss and Jennings family, as well as her friends from childhood, school, and adult life. Personal papers include her appointment books, awards, recipe books, school notebooks, scrapbooks and postcard albums, and family papers consist of genealogical materials documenting branches of the Auchincloss and Jennings families. Her financial records cover both her personal banking and investments. The last series holds records from Annie Lewis's service with the American Red Cross as assistant director for Volunteer Special Services (1941-1944) and Volunteer Field Representative for Camp and Hospital Service (1944-1946) in Connecticut.

Family papers also include materials related to the lives and estates of Emma Jennings Auchincloss and Annie Burr Jennings, plus a group of letters to Jennings from William Howard Taft, and inscribed portrait photographs of Taft and Benito Mussolini.


  • 1849 - 1960
  • Majority of material found within 1915 - 1959


Language of Materials

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Annie Burr Lewis Papers is the physical property of the Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the W. S. Lewis Librarian/Executive Director.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis (Yale 1918), 1979.


Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1900-1959 II. Personal Papers, 1902-1958. III. Family Papers, 1849-1955. IV. Financial Records, 1926--1959. V. American Red Cross Records, 1941-1946.

Related Materials

Associated Material: Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Papers (LWL MSS 20). The Lewis Walpole Library.

Associated Material: Annie Burr Lewis and Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis Photographs (LWL MSS 22). The Lewis Walpole Library.

Associated Material: Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform (WONPR), Connecticut Division Financial Records (LWL MSS 24). The Lewis Walpole Library.


35.6 Linear Feet (58 boxes + 1 broadside)

Catalog Record

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

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The collection contains correspondence, personal and family papers, and financial records that document the life, interests, and work of the American philanthropist Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis (1902-1959).

Annie Burr Lewis (1902-1959)

Annie Burr Auchincloss Lewis was born in Newport, Rhode Island, on July 22, 1902, the daughter of Emma Jennings Auchincloss and Hugh Dudley Auchincloss. She attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut, and married Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis in New York in 1928. She died in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 9, 1959.

Separated Materials

Printed material found with the collection was removed for separate cataloging and can be accessed by searching the library's online catalog.

Guide to the Annie Burr Lewis Papers
by Sandra Markham
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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