Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Beston Family Papers, 1899-1977, undated
ID
M12
Date [inclusive]
1899-1977, undated
Extent
18.0 linear feet.
Language

Preferred Citation

Beston Family Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Beston (1888-1968) was a noted author and naturalist. Elizabeth Coatsworth (1893-1986), his wife, was a prominent author of children's books. Living much of their lives at Chimney Farm in Nobleboro, Maine, or in Hingham, Massachusetts, both tended towards Maine or New England color in their works.

Beston, born Henry Beston Sheahan, received his A.B. (1908) and A.M. (1911) degrees from Harvard. He served with the Harvard Ambulance Service in World War I. Later, he covered the U.S. Navy for the Atlantic Monthly.

Beston returned to New England after the war, became editor of the The Living Age magazine, and began publishing books. Most of his works, notably The Outermost House (1928) and The St. Lawrence (1942), concern nature and wildlife. He also wrote several children's book, including Firelight Fairy Book and Chimney Farm Bedtime Stories (co-authored with Coatsworth). Beston received an honorary degree from Bowdoin in 1953. He died in 1968.

Elizabeth Coatsworth was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and travelled extensively throughout her early life. She received her B.A. from Vassar (1915) and her M.A. from Columbia (1916). Coatsworth's first children's book was The Cat and the Captain (1927). She won the 1931 Newbery Medal for The Cat Who Went to Heaven (1930) and received numerous other awards for her writing, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1968 and the Kerlan Award in 1975. Elizabeth Coatsworth died in 1986.

The Bestons were married in 1929. They had two daughters.


Scope and Content

Correspondence (1899-1977); literary drafts, notes, reviews, etc. (ca. 1919-1970) for titles including Especially Maine, The Firelight Fairy BookNorthern Farm, The Outermost House, The Starlight Wonder Book and The St. Lawrence; photographs; biographical and family records, including clippings, essays, documents, drawings, and memorabilia (1926-1968); scrapbooks (1933-1968); and other material relating to the Beston family. Although most of the correspondence is among family members, especially between Beston and Coatsworth, there are letters to or from staff members at Harper's Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and other magazines; at Doubleday Doran, Macmillan, and other publishers; and to orfrom authors such as H.L. Mencken, Laura E. Richards, Fannie Eckstorm, and Frances Perkins. There are also extensive exchanges with Truesdale Fife, Jr., J. Luther Neff, and David McCord.


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

M12.1: Correspondence, 1899-1977, undated   7.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

Contains personal and professional letters of both Henry Beston and Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston. Personal letters are primarily family related. Professional letters consist of correspondence with editors or contain information relevant to research for his books. Correspondents include Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., a classmate of Beston at Harvard, and Admiral Richard Byrd.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

Incomplete lists of correspondents 

1 2

1899 Nov 4 - 1915 Aug 22 

1 3

1915 Sep 5 - Dec 3 

1 4

1915 Dec 3 - 1916 Apr 19 

1 5

1916 Dec 28 - 1919 Feb 9 

1 6

1919 Mar 25 - Aug 12 

1 7

1919 Aug 12 - Dec 2 

1 8

1920 Jan 15 - Mar 29 

1 9

1920 Jun 3 - Oct 13 

1 10

1920 Oct 17 - 1921 Jan 28 

1 11

1921 Feb 1 - Mar 22 

1 12

1921 May 23 - 1922 Sep 5 

1 13

1923 Jan 7 

1 14

1923 Mar 5 

1 15

1923 Apr 10 - May 7 

1 16

1923 Jun 5 - Dec 28 

1 17

1924 Jan 19 - Dec 10 

1 18

1924 Dec 27 

1 19

1925 Mar 2 - Aug 11 

1 20

1925 Nov 20 - Dec 28 

1 21

1926 Jan 16 - Oct 20 

1 22

1927 Feb 21 

1 23

1927 Feb 22 

1 24

1927 Aug 26 

1 25

1927 Apr 14 - Aug 14 

1 26

1927 Sep 6 - 1928 Apr 2 

1 27

1928 Apr 17 - Aug 30 

1 28

1928 Sep 7 - Oct 23 

1 29

1928 Oct 28 - Nov 10 

1 30

1928 Nov 10 - Nov 20 

1 31

1928 Nov 30 - Dec 5 

1 32

1928 Dec 7 

1 33

1928 Dec 7 - Dec 21 

1 34

1928 Dec 24 - Dec 31 

1 35

1928 Dec 31 - 1929 Jan 7 

1 36

1929 Jan 9 - Jan 10 

1 37

1929 Jan 10 

1 38

1929 Jan 11 - Jan 14 

1 39

1929 Jan 15 - Jan [17] 

1 40

1929 Jan 17 - Jan 18 

1 41

1929 Jan 19 

1 42

1929 Jan 19 - Jan 21 

1 43

1929 Jan 21 

1 44

1929 Jan 22 

1 45

1929 Jan 22 

1 46

1929 Jan 22 (t.s. copy) 

1 47

1929 Jan 23 

1 48

1929 Jan 25 - Jan 29 

1 49

1929 Jan 29 

1 50

1929 Jan 29 

1 51

1929 Jan 30 

1 52

1929 Jan 31 

1 53

1929 Jan 31 

1 54

1929 Feb 1 - Feb 3 

1 55

1929 Feb 4 - Feb 6 

1 56

1929 Feb 7 

1 57

1929 Feb 7 - Feb 9 

1 58

1929 Feb 10 

1 59

1929 Feb 10 - Feb 12 

1 60

1929 Feb 13 - Feb 17 

1 61

1929 Feb 17 - Feb 19 

1 62

1929 Feb 19 - Mar 5 

1 63

1929 Mar 6 

1 64

1929 Mar 7 - Mar 10 

1 65

1929 Mar 11 - Mar 13 

1 66

1929 Mar 13 - Mar 17 

1 67

1929 Mar 18 - Mar 19 

1 67a

1929 Mar 20 - Mar 24 

1 68

1929 Mar 24 - Mar 26 

1 69

1929 Mar 26 - Mar 27 

1 70

1929 Mar 28 - Apr 4 

1 71

1929 Apr 10 - Apr 17 

1 72

1929 Apr 19 

1 73

1929 Apr 24 - Apr 30 

1 74

1929 May 2 - May 5 

1 75

1929 May 8 - May 10 

1 76

1929 May 15 - May 29 

1 77

1929 Jun 13 - Jun 20 

1 78

1929 Jun 20 - Jun 29 

1 79

1929 Jul 1 - Jul 5 

1 80

1929 Jul 9 - Jul 14 

1 81

1929 Jul 19 - Jul 29 

1 82

1929 Aug 19 

1 83

1929 Aug 28 - Sep 29 

1 84

1929 Oct 1 - Oct 18 

1 85

1929 Oct 31 - Nov 19 

1 86

1929 Nov [?] - Dec 27 

1 87

1929 Dec 30 - Dec 31 

1 88

1930 Jan 16 - Mar 30 

1 89

1930 Mar 31 - Apr 1 

1 90

1930 Apr 1 

1 91

1930 Apr 2 - May 11 

1 92

1930 May 12 - May 21 

1 93

1930 May 27 - Jun 24 

1 94

1930 Jul 28 - Sep 29 

1 95

1930 Nov 18 - 1931 Jan 14 

1 96

1931 Feb 2 - Mar 12 

1 97

1931 Mar 13 - Mar 19 

1 98

1931 Mar 24 - Mar 27 

1 99

1931 Apr 1 - Apr 2 

1 100

1931 Apr 3 - Apr 8 

1 101

1931 Apr 8 - May 19 

1 102

1931 May 19 - Aug 18 

1 103

1931 Sep 10 - Sep 12 

1 104

1931 Sep 14 

1 105

1931 Sep 15 

1 106

1931 Sep 16 - Sep 17 

1 107

1931 Sep 18 - Sep 19 

1 108

1931 Sep 20 - Sep 21 

1 109

1931 Sep 23 - Sep 24 

1 110

1931 Sep 24 - Sep 28 

1 111

1931 Sep 29 

1 112

1931 Sep 30 - Oct 1 

1 113

1931 Oct 11 

1 114

1931 Oct 12 

1 115

1931 Oct 13 - Oct 14 

1 116

1931 Oct 15 - Oct 21 

1 117

1931 Oct 22 - Dec 3 

1 118

1931 Dec 24 

1 119

1932 Jan 18 - Mar 14 

1 120

1932 Apr 14 - Apr 29 

1 121

1932 May 2 - May 4 

1 122

1932 May 4 - May 6 

1 123

1932 May 7 - May 9 

1 124

1932 May 13 - May 17 

1 125

1932 May 24 - Jun 20 

1 126

1932 Jun 24 

1 127

1932 Jul 23 - Jul 29 

1 128

1932 Jul 31 - Aug 6 

1 129

1932 Aug 12 - Sep 6 

1 130

1932 Nov 5 - Dec 20 

1 131

1933 Jan 30 - Feb 8 

1 132

1933 Feb 9 - Feb 14 

1 133

1933 Feb 23 - Mar 15 

2 1

1933 Apr 3 - May 3 

2 2

1933 May 11 - May 20 

2 3

1933 May - Jun 4 

2 4

1933 Jun 7 - Jul 9 

2 5

1933 Jul 12 - Jul 20 

2 6

1933 Jul 31 - Aug 3 

2 7

1933 Aug 16 - Aug 25 

2 8

1933 Aug - Sep 6 

2 9

1933 Sep 24 - Oct 13 

2 10

1933 Oct 21 - Oct 27 

2 11

1933 Oct 28 - Nov 17 

2 12

1933 Nov 21 - 1933 Dec 11 

2 13

1933 Dec 21 - c. 1933 

2 14

1933 n.d. 

2 15

1934 Jan 11 - Feb 7 

2 16

1934 Feb 8 - Apr 25 

2 17

1934 Apr 25 - Jun 4 

2 18

1934 Jun 4 - Jun 14 

2 19

1934 Jun 20 - Jun 26 

2 20

1934 Jun 13 - Jun 

2 21

1934 Jul 2 - Aug 9 

2 22

1934 Aug 10 - Sep 10 

2 23

1934 Sep 11 - Sep 15 

2 24

1934 Sep 17 - Sep 

2 25

1934 Oct 8 - Oct 29 

2 26

1934 Oct 29 - Oct 

2 27

1934 Nov 1 - Nov 18 

2 28

1934 Nov 27 - Summer 1934 

2 29

1934 Summer - 1935 Jan 23 

2 30

1935 Feb 25 - Mar 1 

2 31

1935 Mar 11 - Mar 19 

2 32

1935 Mar 25 - Apr 17 

2 33

1935 Apr 18 - Jun 12 

2 34

1935 Jun 12 - Jun 21 

2 35

1935 Jun 22 - end of Jun 

2 36

1935 Jul 1 - Jul 7 

2 37

1935 Jul 7 - Jul 15 

2 38

1935 Jul 18 - Jul 21 

2 39

1935 Jul 24 - Aug 12 

2 40

1935 Aug 16 - Sep 13 

2 41

1935 Sep 23 - Oct 1 

2 42

1935 Oct 5 - Oct 9 

2 43

1935 Oct 9 

2 44

1935 Oct 17 - Oct 24 

2 45

1935 Oct 27 - Oct 31 

2 46

1935 Oct - Nov 16 

2 47

1935 Nov 17 - Nov 24 

2 48

1935 Nov 25 - Nov 29 

2 49

1935 Nov 30 - Dec 7 

2 50

1935 Dec 7 - 1936 Jan 3 

2 51

1936 Jan 12 - Jan 30 

2 52

1936 Feb 2 - Feb 8 

2 53

1936 Feb 12 - Feb 23 

2 54

1936 Mar 2 - Mar 8 

2 55

1936 Mar 11 - Mar 19 

2 56

1936 Mar 21 - Apr 3 

2 57

1936 Apr 4 - Apr 21 

2 58

1936 Apr 21 

2 59

1936 Apr 24 - May 29 

2 60

1936 May 29 - Jun 13 

2 61

1936 Jun 14 - Jun 24 

2 62

1936 Jun 25 - Jun 26 

2 63

1936 Jun 29 - Jul 1 

2 64

1936 Jul 4 - Jul 13 

2 65

1936 Jul 15 - Jul 24 

2 66

1936 Jul 26 - Jul 29 

2 67

1936 Jul 30 - Jul 

2 68

1936 Jul - Aug 17 

2 69

1936 Aug 18 - Aug 

2 70

1936 Aug - Sep 13 

2 71

1936 Sep 20 - Oct 3 

2 72

1936 Oct 3 - Oct 10 

2 73

1936 Oct 20 - Oct 29 

2 74

1936 Oct 30 - Nov 3 

2 75

1936 Nov 3 - Dec 

2 76

1936 Dec - 1937 Feb 10 

2 77

1937 Feb 10 - Mar 3 

2 78

1937 Mar - Apr 

2 79

1937 Apr - Jul 1 

2 80

1937 Jul 4 - Jul 

2 81

1937 Jul 23 - Jul 31 

2 82

1937 Aug 1 - Aug 10 

2 83

1937 Aug 12 - Aug 18 

2 84

1937 Aug 21 - Aug 30 

2 85

1937 Aug 30 - Sep 7 

2 86

1937 Sep 8 - Sep 15 

2 87

1937 Sep 16 - Sep 24 

2 88

1937 Sep 27 - Sep 29 

2 89

1937 Sep 30 - Oct 1 

2 90

1937 Oct 1 - Oct 15 

2 91

1937 Oct 18 - Oct 25 

2 92

1937 Oct 26 - Oct 30 

2 93

1937 Nov 19 - 1938 Feb 6 

2 94

1938 Feb 11 - Mar 1 

2 95

1938 Mar 3 - Apr 3 

2 96

1938 Apr 6 - Apr 13 

2 97

1938 Apr 14 - May 22 

2 98

1938 May 30 - Jun 12 

2 99

1938 Jun 19 - Jun 23 

2 100

1938 Jun 24 - Jul 16 

2 101

1938 Jul 16 - Jul 26 

2 102

1938 Jul 27 - Aug 4 

2 103

1938 Aug 4 - Aug 18 

2 104

1938 Aug 18 - Aug 27 

2 105

1938 Aug 30 - Sep 11 

2 106

1938 Sep 12 - Sep 18 

2 107

1938 Sep 18 - Sep 21 

2 108

1938 Sep 22 - Sep 27 

2 109

1938 Sep 27 - Sep 

2 110

1938 Oct 3 - Oct 15 

2 111

1938 Oct 15 - Oct 17 

2 112

1938 Oct 18 - Oct 24 

2 113

1938 Oct 25 - Oct 28 

2 114

1938 Oct 29 - Nov 1 

2 115

1938 Nov 1 - Nov 14 

2 116

1938 Nov 14 - Jan 2 

2 117

1939 Jan 8 - Apr 5 

2 118

1939 Apr 6 - c. Apr 

2 119

1939 May 16 - Jul 16 

3 1

1939 Jun 23 - Jul 7 

3 2

1939 Jul 10 - Jul 31 

3 3

1939 Aug 2 

3 4

1939 Aug 16 - Aug 24 

3 5

1939 Aug 28 

3 6

1939 Aug 26 - Aug 28 

3 7

1939 Aug 29 - Sep 11 

3 8

1939 Sep 13 - Sep 20 

3 9

1939 Sep 20 - Sep 30 

3 10

1939 Oct 8 - Oct 14 

3 11

1939 Oct 1 - Oct 5 

3 12

1939 Oct 17 - Oct 

3 13

1939 Nov 1 - Nov 3 

3 14

1939 Nov 6 - Nov 9 

3 15

1939 Nov 10 - Dec 30 

3 16

c. 1939 - 1940 Feb 

3 17

1940 Feb 19 - Mar 3 

3 18

1940 Mar 3 - Mar 18 

3 19

1940 Mar 20 - Mar 27 

3 20

1940 Mar 28 

3 21

1940 Mar 28 - Mar 30 

3 22

1940 Mar 31 - Apr 10 

3 23

1940 Apr 10 - Apr 13 

3 24

1940 Apr 14 - Apr 20 

3 25

1940 Apr 20 - May 17 

3 26

1940 May 23 - Jun 28 

3 27

1940 Jun 28 - Jul 11 

3 28

1940 Jul 15 - Jul 29 

3 29

1940 Jul 30 - Aug 17 

3 30

1940 Aug 21 - Sep 9 

3 31

1940 Sep 12 - Sep 23 

3 32

1940 Sep 24 - Sep 28 

3 33

1940 Sep 31 - Oct 5 

3 34

1940 Oct 5 - Oct 8 

3 35

1940 Oct 8 - Oct 11 

3 36

1940 Oct 13 - Oct 14 

3 37

1940 Oct 15 - Oct 23 

3 38

1940 Oct 24 - Nov 13 

3 39

1940 Nov 13 - Dec 18 

3 40

1940 Dec 20 - 1941 Jan 24 

3 41

1941 Feb 4 - Mar 31 

3 42

1941 Apr 1 - Apr 7 

3 43

1941 Apr 7 - Apr 10 

3 44

1941 Apr 12 - Apr 15 

3 45

1941 Apr 15 - May 5 

3 46

1941 May 7 - May 10 

3 47

1941 May 11 - Jun 7 

3 48

1941 Jun 8 - Jul 8 

3 49

1941 Jul 12 - Jul 21 

3 50

1941 Jul 22 - Aug 3 

3 51

1941 Aug 3 - Aug 19 

3 52

1941 Aug 20 - Sep 19 

3 53

1941 Sep 19 - Sep 22 

3 54

1941 Sep 22 - Sep 24 

3 55

1941 Sep 27 - Oct 2 

3 56

1941 Oct 4 - Oct 14 

3 57

1941 Oct 14 - c.Oct 

3 58

1941 Nov 3 - Dec 5 

3 59

1941 Dec 8 - c.Dec 

3 60

1942 Jan 3 - Mar 24 

3 61

1942 Apr 1 - Jun 10 

3 62

1942 Jun 12 - Jun 26 

3 63

1942 c.Jun - Jul 28 

3 64

1942 Jul 29 - c.Jul 

3 65

1942 Aug 4 - Aug 18 

3 66

1942 Aug 20 - c.Aug 

3 67

1942 Sep 2 - Sep 28 

3 68

1942 Sep 29 - Nov 1 

3 69

1942 Nov 2 - Nov 21 

3 70

1942 Nov 26 - c.Nov 30 

3 71

1942 Dec 3 - Dec 12 

3 72

1942 Dec 13 - Dec 19 

3 73

1942 Dec 19 - Dec 24 

3 74

1942 Dec - 1943 Jan 10 

3 75

1943 Jan 11 - Jan 16 

3 76

1943 Jan 25 - Mar 8 

3 77

1943 Mar 10 - Apr 18 

3 78

1943 Apr 19 - May 5 

3 79

1943 May 8 - May 13 

3 80

1943 May 15 - Jun 5 

3 81

1943 Jun 5 - Jun 16 

3 82

1943 Jun 17 - Jul 3 

3 83

1943 Jul 6 - c.Jul 

3 84

1943 c.Jul - Aug 10 

3 85

1943 Aug 10 - Aug 25 

3 86

1943 Aug 30 - Sep 11 

3 87

1943 Sep 13 - Sep 29 

3 88

1943 c.Sep - Oct 

3 89

1943 Oct 17 - Nov 11 

3 90

1943 Nov 13 - Dec 24 

3 91

1943 c. - 1944 Jan 28 

3 92

1944 Feb 2 - Mar 2 

3 93

1944 Mar 3 

3 94

1944 Apr 28 - May 2 

3 95

1944 May 6 - Jun 6 

3 96

1944 Jun 6 - Jun 9 

3 97

1944 Jun 10 - c. June 

3 98

1944 Jul 7 - Jul 23 

3 99

1944 Jul 28 - Aug 14 

3 100

1944 Aug 15 - Sep 2 

3 101

1944 Sep 2 - Sep 16 

3 102

1944 Sep 16 - c. Sep 

3 103

1994 Sep - Oct 10 

3 104

1944 Oct 10 - Oct 19 

3 105

1944 Oct 21 - Nov 11 

3 106

1944 Nov 13 - Nov 15 

3 107

1944 Nov 16 - Dec 28 

3 108

1944 Dec 26 - 1945 Jan 31 

3 109

1945 Feb 1 - Mar 27 

3 110

1945 Mar 28 - Jun 6 

3 111

1945 Jun 8 - Jun 26 

3 112

1945 Jun 27 

3 113

1945 Jun 30 - Jul 13 

3 114

1945 Jul 15 - Aug 1 

3 115

1945 Aug 2 - Aug 16 

3 116

1945 Aug 19 - Aug 29 

3 117

1945 Aug 29 - Sep 19 

4 1

1945 Sep 23 - Sep 25 

4 2

1945 Oct 25 - c. Nov 

4 3

1945 Dec 8 - Dec 12 

4 4

1945 Dec 18 - c. 1945 

4 5

c. 1945 - 1946 Jan 24 

4 6

1946 Jan 26 - Feb 22 

4 7

1946 Mar 2 - Mar 25 

4 8

1946 Mar 25 - May 4 

4 9

1946 Apr - Jun 6 

4 10

1946 Jun 6 - Jun 17 

4 11

1946 Jun 19 - c. Jun 

4 12

1946 Jul 1 - Aug 9 

4 13

1946 Aug 12 - Sep 10 

4 14

1946 Sep 12 - Sep 18 

4 15

1946 Sep 20 - Oct 3 

4 16

1946 Oct 4 - Oct 23 

4 17

1946 Oct 24 - Nov 9 

4 18

1946 Nov 12 - Dec 21 

4 19

1946 Dec 30 

4 20

1946 Dec 30 - c. 1946 

4 21

c. 1946 - 1947 Jan 9 

4 22

1947 Jan 12 - Jan 24 

4 23

1947 Jan 24 - Apr 7 

4 24

1947 Apr 9 - Apr 15 

4 25

1947 Apr 17 - May 30 

4 26

1947 Jun 1 - Jul 23 

4 27

1947 c. Jul 1 - Aug 17 

4 28

1947 c. Aug - Sep 30 

4 29

1947 c. Sep - Oct 13 

4 30

1947 Oct 22 - Nov 3 

4 31

1947 Nov 13 - c. 1947 

4 32

1948 Jan 1 - Apr 22 

4 33

1948 Apr 29 - May 23 

4 34

1948 May 28 - Jul 23 

4 35

1948 Jul 

4 36

1948 

4 37

1948 

4 37a

1948: including letters from H.L. Mencken re: Dewey and Truman 

4 38

1949 

4 39

1949 

4 40

1949 

4 41

1949 

4 42

1950 (was in folder labeled "Winfried Beutner") 

4 43

1950 

4 44

1950 

4 45

1950 

4 46

1950 

4 47

1951 

4 48

1951 

4 49

1951 

4 50

1952 

4 51

1952 

4 52

1952 

4 53

1952 

5 1

1953 

5 2

1953 

5 3

1953 

5 4

1954 

5 5

1954 

5 6

1954 

5 7

1955 

5 8

1955 

5 9

1955 

5 10

1955 

5 11

1956 

Ovsz-Box Folder
A 1

Letter from Kate to Tia, October 23, 1956 

Box Folder
5 12

1956 

5 13

1956 

5 14

1957 

5 15

1957 

5 16

1958 

5 17

1958 

Ovsz-Box Folder
A 1

Letter from Kate to Tia, April 2, 1959 

A 1

Letter from Kate to Tia, July 25, 1959 

Box Folder
5 18

1959 

5 19

1959 

5 20

1959 

5 21

1960 

6 1

1960 

6 2

1961 

6 3

1961 

6 4

1962 

6 5

1962 

6 6

1963 

6 7

1963 

6 8

1964 

6 9

1964 

6 10

1965 

6 11

1965 

6 12

1966 

6 13

1966 

6 14

1967 

6 15

1967 

6 16

1968 

6 17

1968 

6 18

1970 

6 19

1970 

6 20

1971 

6 21

1972 

6 22

1972-1973 

7 1

1972 

7 2

1973 

7 3

1974-1977 

7 4

Correspondence 1923-1938 [electrostatic copies] 

7 5

Letters to Kenneth and Francis Young, 1928-1974 [electrostatic copies] 

7 6

Correspondence between E.C.B. and Col. Clark, 1960-1967 [electrostatic copies] 

7 7

Correspondence between E.C.B. and Col. Clark, 1968-1969 [electrostatic copies] 

7 8

H.B.'s letters, 1919-1925 [electrostatic copies] 

7 9

Correspondence from E.C.B., n.d. 

7 10

Correspondence from E.C.B., n.d. 

7 11

Correspondence from E.C.B., n.d. 

7 12

Correspondence to E.C.B., n.d. 

7 13

Correspondence from Henry Beston, n.d. 

7 14

Correspondence from Henry Beston, n.d. 

7 15

Correspondence to Henry Beston, n.d. 

7 16

Correspondence from Henry Beston, n.d. 

7 17

Correspondence from Henry Beston and E.C.B. to David McCard, n.d. 

7 18

Correspondence to Henry Beston and E.C.B. n.d. 

7 19

Correspondence from Catherine (Kate) Beston, n.d. 

7 20

Correspondence, n.d. 

7 21

Beston children correspondence, 1930's 

7 22

Beston children correspondence, 1940's 

7 23

Beston children correspondence, 1940's 

7 24

Beston children and grandchildren correspondence, 1950-60s 

7 25

Misc. cards 


M12.2: Biographical and Family Records, 1926-1968, undated   2.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

The series contains various clippings, books and papers kept by Henry Beston, including many of his and his wife's, Elizabeth Coatsworth, children's stories and drawings. Also included in this series are financial papers, including tax forms, listings of investments, and other receipts. Souvenirs from his time spent in France are also in this series, as are clippings and articles about friends.

Arrangement:

Original order.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Ovsz-Box Folder
A 1

Henry Beston passport, 1915 

A 2

Outermost House, design plans 

Volume
1

Henry Beston-The Farm, 1933 

2

Henry Beston-The Farm Diary analog, 1933-35 

3

Henry Beston-diary/notebook, 1938-1941 

4

Henry Beston-Farm Hopes and Notions, 1944-59 

5

Henry Beston-address book, 1951 

6

Henry Beston-account book, 1955-1957 

7

Henry Beston-account book, 1951-1960 

8

Henry Beston-desk calendar and diary, 1956 

Box Folder
8 1

Handwriting character analysis 

8 2

"Sea and Shore Birds and How to Identify Them" by R.H.W. Hodges (belong to H.B.) 

8 3

Notes from the presentation of the Emerson-Thoreau Medal to H.B., 1961 

8 4

National Grange- Degree of Flora, 1948 

8 5

National Grange- Golden Sheaf Certificate and 50 year pin, 1967 and Nobleboro Grange ribbon 

8 6

University of Maine- diploma and citation for LHD, 1958 

8 7

Notebook re 1958 Honorary Degree from University of Maine 

8 8

Passports and travel passes 

8 9

Publishing contracts 

8 10

Financial records: list of investments, 1935 and 1950 

8 11

Financial records: tax return 1951 and investments 

8 12

Financial Records: tax return 1952 and other tax forms 

8 13

Last will and testament-H.B. 

8 14

Fire insurance policy, 1935 

8 15

Various receipts 

8 16

Investments: correspondence and receipts 

8 17

Prescriptions 

8 18

E.C.B.'s account of meeting H.B. 

8 19

Biography of H.B. by Pamela Bomhard, "I Heard of Different Drummer" 

8 20

Letter to Marraine Davidson (friend), enclosed book review 

8 21

Beston stationary 

8 22

Small notebook of H.B. and membership cards 

8 23

Membership cards 

8 24

Misc. postcards, unmailed 

8 25

Wedding invitations 

8 26

Presentation of Bell by H.B. and E.C.B. to Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt, Jr. (Oct. 12, 1938) 

8 27

Notebook and "The Submarine" by C.H. Bedell 

8 28

Souvenirs from Niagara Falls and two playbills 

8 29

Confederate money 

8 30

Misc. notes and keepsakes 

8 31

Misc. notes 

8 32

Children's report cards 

8 33

Beston children's artwork 

8 34

Beston children's artwork 

8 35

Beston children's artwork 

8 36

Beston children's artwork 

8 37

Beston children's artwork 

8 38

Beston children's artwork 

8 39

Drawings by Kate and Meg Beston 

8 40

Pencil sketches (Kate Beston?), Sept, 1943 

8 41

Writing by Beston children 

8 42

"Columbine's Adventure" by Kate Beston Barnes 

8 43

"George and the Lumber Houses" by Kate Beston Barnes 

8 44

Clippings from "Christian Science Monitor" re Beston House 

8 45

"The Place No One Knew" by Eliot Porter (Sierra Club; mentions H.B. as a contributor) 

8 46

"A New England Reader," ed. by Van Brooks, H.B. is "only writer mentioned twice" 

8 47

"New Bedford Standard Times," Jan. 30, 1933 

8 48

"New Bedford Standard Times Magazine," March 19, 1933 

8 49

H.B. a contributor to "The Progressive," Dec. 25, 1944 

8 50

Book review by H.B. and misc. print 

8 51

Articles and clippings mentioning both H.B. and E.C.B. 

8 52

Clippings relating to Beston family (1) 

8 53

Clippings relating to Beston family (2) 

8 54

Clippings relating to Beston family (3) 

8 55

Clippings relating to Beston family (4) 

8 56

Clippings relating to Beston family (5) 

8 57

Clippings relating to Beston family (6) 

8 58

Clippings relating to Beston family (7) 

8 59

Clippings 

8 60

Clippings 

8 61

Clippings 

8 62

Clippings 

8 63

Clippings and printed material 

8 64

Clippings and printed material 

8 65

Printed material collected by H.B. 

8 66

Misc. printed items re H.B. and his family 

8 67

Misc. printed material 

8 68

Misc. printed material 

8 69

Misc. items re H.B. and E.C.B.-ephemera 

8 70

Propaganda pamphlets from WWII 

8 71

"Truth About Pearl Harbor" by John T. Flynn 

8 72

Press release from US Dept of Agriculture re: wood ticks 

8 73

Map: Open Spaces in Massachusetts; Pamphlet re: Deep Sea Fish 

9 1

Roadmap of Cape Cod 

9 2

Souvenirs from France 

9 3

"La Croix de Carmes" (in French) 

9 4

"The Herbest," publication of the Herb Society of America (1968) 

9 5

Scrapbook material belonging to Kenneth Young (friend of H.B. and E.C.B.) [electrostatic copies] 

9 6

Misc. printed material, excerpts, manuscripts (not by a Beston) 

9 7

Misc. non-Beston clippings 

9 7a

Clippings- Beston friends 

9 8

"The Eternal Feminine" by Truesdell Fife, typescript 

9 9

"An Atheist in the Family Closet" by Truesdell Fife, typescript 

9 10

Watercolor by Hope Nash (friend) 

9 11

Printed material by Beston's close friends Misc. items from friends of Beston 

9 12

Addresses of Beston friends 

9 13

Misc. printed material (not by a Beston) 

9 14

Misc. prints and drawings 

9 15

"A Fragile Place" by Robert Wirth, gift of Boe Wirth to E.C.B. 

9 16

"The Physiography and Geology of the Coastal Plain of North Carolina" by W.B. Clark, B.L. Miller, L.W. Stephenson (Part 1) 

9 17

Pocket notebook 

9 22

Notebook with nature notes, H.B. 


M12.3: Diaries and Scrapbooks, 1900-1968, undated   3.75 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains scrapbooks and notebooks collected by Henry Beston. There are two diaries that he wrote when he was living at the Fo'castle in Eastham, Massachusetts (c. 1926). A third diary documents Beston's and Coatsworth's traveling through Europe shortly after their wedding (c.1929). The scrapbooks contain clippings, receipts and notes collected and annotated by Henry.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
9 18

General diary II, 23 October 1926 

9 19

General diary D, 1926 September 

9 20

Diary 

9 21

H.B.'s notebook re: 1929 travel in England; German diary; misc. travel document 

Volume
1

Scrapbook, 1900-1904 

Volume-folio
2

Scrapbook-Herbs and the Earth, 1935 

3

Scrapbook, 1942-1943 

8

Scrapbook, ca. 1945 

Volume
4

Scrapbook-Chimney Farm Stories 

5

Scrapbook-Chimney Farm Stories 

Volume-folio
7

Scrapbook, 1963-1964 

6

Scrapbook-In memory of Henry Beston (compiled by his wife, Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston), 1968 

Box Folder
9 23

Scrapbook of recipes 

9 24

Notebook of clippings; annotated by H.B. in his writing 

9 25

Scrapbook of misc. items, annotated by H.B. 

9 26

Scrapbook, clippings of "Chimney Farm Stories" 


M12.4: Writings, [ca. 1919-1970]   4.0 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains the original manuscripts to Henry Beston's books, as well as those of Elizabeth Coatsworth, his wife. The majority of the collection reflects Henry's works and includes edited manuscripts, research notes and publishing contracts. Titles include "The Outermost House," "St. Lawrence," "Especially Maine," "Northern Farm" and "Henry Beston's Fairytales." Manuscripts for unpublished works are also in this series, as are stories he told his children that were recorded by Elizabeth. Also in this series are lecture notes from guest lectures he did for the University of Maine.

Arrangement:

Arranged by date of publication.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Volume
1

Henry Beston-"Table Talk," notebook 

Box Folder
10 1

Watercolor of Fo'castle, by H. Beston 

10 2

Note from E.C.B. describes 3 notebooks "on ponds, fields and botany of the Capes." Notebooks are in H.B.'s writing 

10 3

34 pp of handwritten ms. 

10 4

Reviews of "Full Speed Ahead" 

10 5

"Wind and Cloud" 

10 6

"The Spear in the Furrow" 

10 7

"The World of the Great Dunes" 

10 8

New York Times Book Review re: "American Memory" 

10 9

"Fairy Tales" 

10 10

Notes and manuscripts of "Fairy Tales" 

10 11

From folder labeled "Twelve Strange Tales" 

10 12

"3 Stories" 

10 13

"The Two Millers" 

10 14

Review of J.S. Crane's manuscript about the Dresden air raid 

10 15

Handwritten manuscript (after several strokes) by H.B. of Arthur Griffin's "New England," page 54 

10 16

"Sound and Life", manuscripts for The Contributor's Club, "Atlantic Monthly," January 1933 by H.B. 

10 17

"Soliloquy on a Moment of History" for "Human Events," by H.B. 

10 18

"Island Farewell: In Loving Memory of Miss Hazel Young of Matinicus," by H.B. 

10 19

Fragments "to be developed" by H.B. 

10 20

Misc. handwritten fragments (1/2) 

10 21

Kraft paper separated from July 4, 1916 communique (2/2) 

10 22

Manuscript fragments 

10 23

Original manuscripts: written for H.B.'s acceptance speech for the Emerson-Thoreau Medal, E.C.B.'s handwriting 

10 24

Typescript of H.B.'s acceptance speech for Emerson-Thoreau Medal 

10 25

H.B.'s journal of articles in "The Progressive" 

10 26

"A Glimpse of the Indian Past" by H.B. 

10 27

Typescript from C.S.T. about H.B. 

10 28

Misc. manuscripts by H.B. 

10 29

Publishing contract for "The St. Lawrence" 

10 30

"The St. Lawrence," misc. notes and pages, manuscripts 

10 31

Notes for "The St. Lawrence" 

10 32

"The St. Lawrence," cataract 

10 33

"The St. Lawrence," Intro to Section 1, first draft 

10 34

"The St. Lawrence," Intro to Section 1 

10 35

"The St. Lawrence," Intro to Section 1, typescript 

10 36

"The St. Lawrence," Intro to Section 2, manuscript 

10 37

"The St. Lawrence," Intro to Section 2, typescript 

10 38

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 1, manuscript 

10 39

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 3, manuscript 

10 40

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 6, manuscript 

10 41

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 7, manuscript 

10 42

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 8, first draft (page number is odd) 

10 43

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 8 "Sunday on the River" (later Chapter 9); Chapter 9 "A Pause to the Current" (later Chapter 10); Chapter 10 "Episode on the Cote Nord" (later Chapter 11) 

10 44

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 12 

10 45

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 12 (later 13), Chapter 13 (later 14) 

10 46

"The St. Lawrence," Chapter 14 

10 47

"The St. Lawrence," illustrations 

10 48

"The St. Lawrence," "Possible Source Material," annotated by E.C.B. 

10 49

"The St. Lawrence," photos, postcards 

10 50

Correspondence re: "The St. Lawrence" 

10 51

Letter and review re: "The St. Lawrence" 

10 52

Reviews of "The St. Lawrence" 

10 53

"The St. Lawrence," clippings and reviews 

11 1

"Especially Maine," Front Matter, typescript 

11 2

"Especially Maine," Section I: South of Maine, typescript 

11 3

"Especially Maine," Section II, typescript 

11 4

"Especially Maine," Section II: Northern Farm, typescript 

11 5

"Especially Maine," Section II: Northern Farm: Spring, typescript 

11 6

"Especially Maine," Section II: Northern Farm: Summer, typescript 

11 7

"Especially Maine," Section II: Northern Farm: Autumn, typescript 

11 8

"Especially Maine," Section II, typescript 

11 9

"Especially Maine," Section III: North of Maine, typescript 

11 10

"Especially Maine," galleys with corrections 

11 11

"Especially Maine," galleys 

11 12

"Especially Maine," galleys 

11 13

"Especially Maine," correspondence and draft by E.C.B. 

11 14

Announcements of "The Outermost House" publication 

11 15

Chapters printed from "The Outermost House": "The Heading Wave" and "An Isla Stroll in Spring" 

11 16

Quotations from "The Outermost House" as used in Lesson Four of Marry Oceanic Institute's Intro. to Oceanography. 

11 17

Quotations from "The Outermost House" 

11 18

Quotations from "The Outermost House" 

11 19

Tape of sounds at The Outermost House" (located in AV/Photo box, see series M12.5) 

11 20

"The Outermost House," decorative plaque 

11 21

Paper re: Illustrations from "The Outermost House" 

11 22

"The Outermost House," drawings and pictures 

11 23

"The Outermost House," postcards by Nan L. Waldron (2 sets, 1 autographed) 

11 24

Fo'castle 

11 25

"The Outermost House," plans for the Fo' castle 

11 26

"The Outermost House," plans for the Fo' castle, specifications 

11 27

Correspondence re: "The Outermost House" 

11 28

Correspondence re: "The Outermost House" 

11 29

Correspondence re: "The Outermost House" 

11 30

Correspondence re: "The Outermost House" 

11 31

Correspondence re: "The Outermost House" 

11 32

Clippings and Letters re: The Outermost House" 

11 33

Geographical, clippings, 1964 "Canonization" (dedication of the outermost house as a historical site) 

11 34

"The Outermost House," reviews 

11 35

"The Outermost House," Chronology of Chapters, handwritten by H.B. 

11 36

"The Outermost House," clippings and printed material mentioning "The Outermost House" 

11 37

"The Outermost House," clippings and printed material mentioning "The Outermost House" 

12 1

Clippings and Reviews of "The Outermost House" 

12 2

"The Outermost House," clippings and printed material 

12 3

Clippings re: "The Outermost House" 

12 4

"The Alewives are Running," typescript 

12 5

"Northern Farm," misc. notes and fragments 

12 6

"Northern Farm," misc. notes and fragments 

12 7

"Northern Farm," Original drawing by Thomas MacDonald (ch.28, p.153) 

12 8

"Northern Farm," pamphlet describing "Human Events" in which "Northern Farm" appeared serially 

12 9

H.B.'s Country Chronicle, articles not published in "Northern Farm" 

12 10

"Northern Farm," clippings 

12 11

"Northern Farm," Reviews 

12 12

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "Aileel and Ailinda," revised version from "The Starlight Wonder Book." 

12 13

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "The Shepherd and the Clouds," revised pp. from "The Firelight Fairy Book." 

12 14

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "The Last Half Hour," revised pp. from "The Firelight Fairy Book." 

12 15

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "The Brave Genadien," revised pp. from "The Starlight Wonder Book." 

12 16

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "The City of the Winter Sleep," revisions from "The Starlight Wonder Book." 

12 17

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales:" "Mr. Snowman." 

12 18

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales," French Translation, typescript (p.1-96). 

12 19

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales," French Translation, typescript (p.94-184). 

12 20

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales," French Translation, typescript (p.185-264). 

12 21

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales" 

12 22

"The Seller of Dreams" (from "Henry Beston's Fairy Tales"), dramatization. 

12 23

"Henry Beston's Fairy Tales," clippings and reviews. 

12 24

"The Starlight Wonder Book:" "La Demi Heure Perdue." 

12 25

"Firelight Fairy Book" and "The Starlight Wonder Books," clippings and reviews. 

12 26

"The Firelight Fairy Book," reviews, advertising, notices. 

12 27

"The Starlight Wonder Book," clippings, reviews, notices. 

12 28

"Chimney Farm Stories," printed in the Christian Science Monitor. 

12 29

"Chimney Farm Bedtime Stories," clippings 

12 30

"Chimney Farm Stories" 

12 31

Stories told by H.B. to his children, recorded by E.C.B. 

12 32

Stories told by H.B. to his children, recorded by E.C.B., published in C.S. Monitor "Chimney Farm Stories." 

12 33

Stories told by H.B. to his children, recorded by E.C.B., published in C.S. Monitor "Chimney Farm Stories." 

12 34

Stories told by H.B. to his children, recorded by E.C.B., published in C.S. Monitor "Chimney Farm Stories." 

12 35

"Herbs and the Earth," source material 

12 36

Notes and Letters for "Herbs and the Earth." 

12 37

"Herbs and the Earth," misc. notes 

12 38

"Herbs and the Earth," order blanks with note in H.B.'s writing. 

12 39

"Herbs and the Earth," quotations 

12 40

"Herbs and the Earth," clippings mentioning. 

12 41

"Herbs and the Earth," reviews 

12 42

"White Pine and Blue Water," clippings and reviews. 

12 43

"White Pine and Blue Water," Preface, Introduction and biographical and literary notes. 

12 44

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), description by E.C.B. 

12 45

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 1, typescript. 

12 46

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 2, typescript. 

12 47

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 3, typescript. 

12 48

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 4, typescript. 

12 49

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 5, typescript. 

12 50

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 6, typescript. 

12 51

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 7, typescript. 

12 52

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 8, typescript. 

12 53

"The Road to Maine" (unpublished 1971-2), Chapter 9, typescript. 

12 54

Correspondence re: photos by Cleaves 

13 1

"Possible New Fairy Tales," unpublished 

13 2

"The Princess with the Long Nose," printed ephemera. 

13 3

"Marsh Country" 

13 4

Misc. printed ephemera, re: lesser known works of H.B. 

13 5

Printed ephemera, review of J. Ducharme's "The Shadow of the Trees" (NY Times May 2, 1943). 

13 6

Printed ephemera (clippings, detached pages, etc.) of articles written by H.B. 

13 7

Printed ephemera, booklets written by H.B. and magazines containing articles written by H.B. 

13 8

1953 Maine Calendar containing quotations from many of H.B.'s works and leaf from 1966 Maine calendar with quotations from H.B. 

13 9

Pertaining to Beston book illustrators 

13 10

Postcards with H.B.'s notes 

13 11

Lecture by H.B. on Thoreau 

13 12

Lectures, Bangor, Jan 31- Feb 2, 1950 

13 13

Lectures by H.B. 

13 14

Notes by H.B. 

13 15

Lectures, Bangor, Jan 31, 1950 I 

13 16

Lectures, Bangor, Feb 1, 1950 II 

13 17

Lectures, Feb 1, 1950 III 

13 18

Lectures, Bangor, Feb 2, 1950 IV 

13 19

Schedule for Career Day at Lincoln Academy, 1948; H.B. spoke there. 

13 20

Lectures, Orono 

13 21

Lectures, Orono 

13 22

Lectures, Orono 

13 23

Lectures, Orono 

13 24

Misc. items re: H.B.'s lectures and exam based on H.B. quotation. 

13 25

Lectures, "The Naturalist Concept of War" 

13 26

Clippings mentioning H.B. and E.C.B. marriage, bulletin from Audubon Society Ephemera 

13 28

Clippings (Nissen Donation) 

13 29

"The Volunteer Poilu," Press clippings, adds etc. (Nissen Donation) 1/2 

13 31

"Mermaid Lake," 1940 (Nissen Donation), 2/2 

13 32

"The Cowboy and His Diversions" (Nissen Donation) 

13 33

"Breaking in a Tenderfoot:" (Nissen Donation) re: The yellow cat 

13 35

Favorite Things, annotated by E.C.B. 

13 36

E.C.B.'s work, clippings and reviews 

13 37

Illustrations from "Sword of the Wilderness," by E.C.B. 

13 38

"Bod Bodden and the Good Ship Rover," by E.C.B. 

13 39

"The Gate of the Renegade" by E.C.B. 

13 40

"Five Bushel Farm" by E.C.B. 

13 41

"The Poetry of Amy Lowell" by E.C.B., unfinished 

13 42

Misc. writing by E.C.B. 

13 43

Article written about E.C.B., 1983 

13 44

Lecture notes on European history by E.C.B. 


M12.5: Photographs, 1964, undated   0.5 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains photoprints of Henry Beston and his family at all ages. Also included are photos of their friends and of the Beston's many homes. The original photographs for the "The Outermost House" and dedication ceremony of the outermost house (Fo'Castle) as a historical site (1964) are also in this series. Photos of Henry Beston's experience in WWI are also included here.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
14 1

Animals. 

Box Envelope
16 65-69

Beach and ocean images. 

Box Folder
14 2

Beston children and family. 

14 3

Chimney Farms. 

14 4

Glass negatives; prints. 

14 5

H.B. and E.C.B.'s works [photographs and slides concerning]. 

14 6-7

Henry Beston. 

14 8

Home in Shipcate, MA. 

14 9

Miscellaneous. 

14 10-11

Non-Beston people (including family and 

14 12

friends). 

14 13

"Outermost House, The." 

Box Envelope
16 70-76

"Outermost House, The" [relating images]. 

Box Folder
14 14

"Outermost House, The" [the original], taken by W.A. Bradford. 

14 15

Outermost House/Fo'Castle. 

14 16

Outermost House dedication, 1964 Oct 11. 

14 17

Parson Capen House. 

Box Envelope
16 61-64

People [including Bestons]. 

Box Folder
14 18

Places. 

14 19

Ships and sailors. 

14 20

World War I [?]. 


M12.6: Recordings, 1976, undated   0.25 linear feet.

Series Description:

This series contains tape recordings of interviews with Henry Beston and his friends. The tapes with the interviews have been notated by Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston. Also included are sounds from the outermost house (Fo'Castle) and a tape sent to Beston by his friends.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
15 1

Col. E. Clark's program on H.B. (1976) and other recordings (reel to reel master and CD transfer) 

15 2

Recordings of interviews with H.B. (reel to reel master and CD transfer) 

15 3

Tape of sounds from the outermost house (reel to reel master and CD transfer) 

15 4

Tape re: H.B. (by friends) (reel to reel master and CD transfer)