Collection ID: MS 1117

Collection context

Summary

Creator:
Stevens, Henry, Jr., 1819-1886
Date:
1712-1879, bulk 1834-1879
Abstract:
Correspondence, chiefly concerning books and cataloguing; an essay on the Universal Postal Union; a portion of a speech; an eighteenth-century French manuscript; and memorabilia. Among Henry Stevens' correspondents are John R. Bartlett, Charles Deane, Charles Coffin Jewett, Henry Coit Kingsley, and J. Wingate Thornton.
Extent:
0.25 Linear Feet
Language:
English

Background

Acquisition information:
Gift of Henry Stevens, 1847; of Roland A. L. Tree, 1935; and of the estate of Andrew Keogh, 1953.
Rules or conventions:
translation missing: en.enumerations.resource_finding_aid_description_rules.Finding aid created in accordance with Manuscripts and Archives Processing Manual
Scope and Content:

Correspondence, chiefly concerning books and cataloguing; an essay on the Universal Postal Union; a portion of a speech; an eighteenth-century French manuscript; and memorabilia. Among Henry Stevens' correspondents are John R. Bartlett, Charles Deane, Charles Coffin Jewett, Henry Coit Kingsley, and J. Wingate Thornton.

Biographical / Historical:

Henry Stevens was born on August, 24, 1819, in Barnet, Vermont. He attended Middlebury College for a year, but graduated from Yale College in 1843 with the degree of B.A. Upon graduating, he attended Harvard Law School for a year. In 1840, he worked as a clerk in Washington, D.C. for the the treasury department of the United States Senate. He also worked for the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress and was an early advocate for the use of photography as a means of supplementing bibliographies. In 1845, he moved to London, England where he was an agent for the British Museum. Stevens was an expert in early editions of the English Bible and early voyages to America. He died in South Hampstead, England, on February 28, 1886.

Access

LOCATION OF THIS COLLECTION:
Sterling Memorial Library
Yale Campus
New Haven, CT, USA
CONTACT:
(203) 432-1735
mssa.assist@yale.edu