Guide to the Papers of Edward Hyde Cox, 1840 - 1998Manuscript MS-1168

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Edward Hyde Cox, 1840 - 1998

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1168

Collection Dates:

1840 - 1998

Size of Collection:

4 boxes (3 linear ft.)

Abstract:

Edward Hyde Cox (1914-1998). Contains correspondence, photographs, school records and ephemera, newspaper clippings, audio tapes, notebooks and Cox's annotated Robert Frost poetry books. The papers document the life and art collecting of Edward Hyde Cox.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Edward Hyde Cox contain correspondence, photographs, school records and ephemera, newspaper clippings, audio tapes, notebooks and Cox's annotated Robert Frost poetry books. The papers document the life and art collecting of Edward Hyde Cox. Correspondence is mostly with Edward Connery Lathem, a former Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth College and a close personal friend and artist Andrew Wyeth and his family. Additionally, letters between Cox and E.B. White, sculptor Walker Hancock, poet Donald Hall and others can be found in the papers.

Materials concerning Cox's family and personal life chronicle his financial inheritance from his grandfather, his art collecting, travels in his youth, his Cape Ann home on "Crow Island" and relationship with poet Robert Frost and painter Andrew Wyeth.

Of note are a few letters from Wyeth containing marginalia art in watercolor or pencil.

Biography

Edward Hyde Cox (1914-1998). Cox attended the Lenox School, the New Preparatory School and Harvard University, graduating in 1938. Inheriting the bulk of his grandfather's sizable Philadelphia estate Cox moved to "Crow Island" near Manchester, MA in 1945. He served for 22 years as the President of the Cape Ann Historical Association. Through a chance meeting with poet Robert Frost in Key West, Florida they became close friends till the end of Frost's life. Cox was also a friend and patron of painter Andrew Wyeth. Cox was a benefactor to Dartmouth College, the Cape Ann Historical Association and the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, Circa 1895-1998

Contains primarily correspondence from friends and associates of Cox. Of note is correspondence from Andrew Wyeth.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: circa 1870-1998

Access Restrictions

Unrestriced

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Edward Connery Lathem 1, 1956-1983
  • Folder: 2, Edward Connery Lathem 2, 1968-1981
  • Folder: 3, Edward Connery Lathem 3, 1977-1994
  • Folder: 4, Wallace Stegner, 1943
  • Folder: 5, E.B. White, 1944
  • Folder: 6, James and Ruth Munn, 1936-1955
  • Folder: 7, John Sloane Dickey, 1955-1974
  • Folder: 8, Donald Hall, 1938
  • Folder: 9, Stanley Burnshaw, 1983-1990
  • Folder: 10, Alfred Mansfield Brooks, 1953-1965
  • Folder: 11, Walker Hancock, 1939-1995
  • Folder: 12, Stephan Varnhagen, 1949
  • Folder: 13, Walter Havinghurst, 1945-1988
  • Folder: 14, Robert Hillyer, 1941-1949
  • Folder: 15, Herb [West?], undated
  • Folder: 16, Miscellaneous personal letters, 1939-1982
  • Folder: 17, Letter on Recording Music - Edward Hyde Cox, 1976
  • Folder: 18, Family, 1875-circa 1990
  • Folder: 19, John Humpstone to Henrietta Whitaker, 1870-1913
  • Folder: 20, Edward Hyde Cox to "Evelyn", circa 1920's, 1960's
  • Folder: 21, British Isles trip, 1930
  • Folder: 22, Estate Planning, 1980's
  • Folder: 23, Education, 1933-1989
  • Folder: 24, Harvard University, 1934-1938
  • Folder: 25, White House invitations, 1937
  • Folder: 26, Writings, 1940-1960
  • Folder: 27 , Speeches, 1956-1961
  • Folder: 28, Calender, 1998
  • Folder: 29, Newspaper Clippings, 1939-1970
  • Folder: 30, Peerage and poems, undated
  • Folder: 31, Philips Exeter Review, 1943-1945
  • Folder: 32, EHC notebook I, circa 1940-1950
  • Folder: 33, EHC notebook II, circa 1950-1960
  • Folder: 34, EHC notebook III, circa 1930's - 1950
  • Folder: 35, "Robert Frost notes" by Edward Hyde Cox, circa 1980's
  • Folder: 36, Houghton Library Frost donation appraisal - David O'Neal, 1997
  • Folder: 37, Audio tapes and transcription of EHC and Ed Lathem for "The Later Years", 1973
  • Folder: 38 , Edward Hyde Cox letters to Andrew Wyeth, circa 1950-1992
  • Folder: 39, Andrew Wyeth letters to Edward Hyde Cox, 1950-1997
  • Folder: 40, Andrew Wyeth Sketches, undated
  • Folder: 41, Andrew Wyeth and Robert frost letters (photocopied letters with Frost note), 1959
  • Folder: 42, Wyeth paintings - loan requests and receipts, 1945-1988
  • Folder: 43, Letters with James Wyeth, circa 1960-1994
  • Folder: 44, Letters with Betsy Wyeth, circa 1963-1979
  • Folder: 45, Photographs of Wyeth @ the Olson's, undated
  • Folder: 46, Christmas cards from the Wyeths, undated
  • Folder: 47, Mailing envelopes from Andrew Wyeth, 1953-1990

Series 2, Photographs, circa 1930-1990

Personal Photographs

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 2, Dates: circa 1930-1990

Contains personal photographs including interior images of Cox's 'Crow Island' house showing furniture and silverware. Also, pictures of EHC at the Lenox School and Harvard as well as photographs of Robert Frost.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 3, Audio and miscellaneous, 1956-2001

Audio tape

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 3, Dates: 1956-2001

Contains two reel to reel audio tapes of EHC and others discussing Robert Frost. Also contains an Edward Hyde Cox medal from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 4, Annotated books, 1960-1980

Contains Cox's annotated Robert Frost books.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 4, Dates: 1960-1980

Cox's annotated Robert Frost books. Includes: "Complete Poems of Robert Frost 1949," Henry Holt and Co.; "The Poetry of Robert Frost, Constellations of Intention" by Robert Brower, Oxford University Press, 1963; and "Human Values in the Poetry of Robert Frost" by George W. Nitchie, Duke University Press: 1960.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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