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Frank Sypher papers, 1831-1989

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1225
Bib ID 4079386 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sypher, F. J.
Title Frank Sypher papers, 1831-1989
Physical Description 1 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversized folder)
Language(s) English .
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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and printed materials of Sypher, reflecting his interest in A.C. Swinburne and in the Estonian poet, Aleksis Rannit. Correspondents include Joseph Hume, Ted Joans, Aleksis Rannit, Enid Starkie, and Algernon Charles Swinburne. There are additional materials on Africa, the Mina dialect in Togo, and the Sypher and related families of New York State.

1995 Addition: Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and printed materials about Sypher & Co. Dealers in Antiques, 1880-1934. And a typescript of a story by A.S. Hatch.

1996 Addition: Four letters of Letitia Elizabeth Landon and one letter about her.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Frank Sypher papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


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Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Francis J. Sypher, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Sypher, Francis Jacques. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1982. Accession number--M-82.

Essay on family history: Source of acquisition--Sypher, Francis J. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--07/08/1994. Accession number--M-94-07-08.

Sypher & Co. business records: Source of acquisition--Supher, Francis J. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--01/25/1995. Accession number--M-95-01-25.

Typescript story by A.S. Hatch: Source of acquisition--Sypher, F.J. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--11/30/1995. Accession number--M-95-11-30.

5 letters by or about L.E.L: Source of acquisition--Sypher, F.J. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--02/14/1996. Accession number--M-96-02-14.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

Essay on family history Processed HR 1994.

Sypher & Co. business records Processed HR 02/28/1995.

Typescript story by A.S. Hatch Processed HR 03/05/1997.

5 letters by or about L.E.L Cataloged HR 03/04/1997.

Revision Description

2020-10-23 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Essays Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fiction (general genre) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Genealogies (histories) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Manuscripts (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Short stories Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Antique dealers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, American Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Authors, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Catalogs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Critics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Croker, Marianne, 1791 or 1792-1854 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Forster, John, 1812-1876 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harrison, William Henry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hatch, A. S. (Alfrederick Smith) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hood, Thomas, 1799-1845 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hoppin, Augustus, 1828-1896 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hume, Joseph, 1777-1855 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Joans, Ted Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
L. E. L (Letitia Elizabeth Landon), 1802-1838 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Landor, Walter Savage, 1775-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lewis, Charlton T (Charlton Thomas), 1834-1904 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Literature Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maclise, Daniel, 1806-1870 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Marx, Olga, 1894- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poetry Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, English Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poets, Estonian Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Portraits Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Quine, W. V. (Willard Van Orman) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rannit, Aleksis Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Shoberl, Frederic, 1775-1853 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Short, Charles, 1821-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Starkie, Enid Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron, 1809-1892 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Watts-Dunton, Theodore, 1832-1914 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Francis Jacques Sypher, 1941-2023 , was a critic and teacher.

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Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

Box 1 Hood, Thomas

Box 1 Hume, Joseph

Box 1 Joans, Ted

Box 1 Landon, Letitia E.

Box 1 Lewis, CharIton Thomas

Box 1 Mayfield, John S.

Box 1 Quine, Willard Van Orman to Irwin Edman, 8 July 1950, 1 page

Regarding the possibility of securing a teaching position at Columbia in the spring of 1951.

Found in a book from Edman's library

Box 1 Rannit, Aleksis

Box 1 Starkie, Enid

Box 1 Swinburne, Algernon Charles

Box 1 Williams, Edith S.

Re: Letitia E. Landon

Series II: Cataloged Photographs

Flatbox 564 Photograph of Lord Alfred Tennyson by Herbert Barrand

With Tennyson's Autograph on separate card

Series II: Arranged Materials

Box 1 Hatch, A.S.

Typescript of his story: "Sailor Jack"

Box 1 Marx, Olga

Poems and Notes for Peggy Kirby, with biographical sketches of both

Box 1 Rannit, Aleksis

Printed materials and photographs

Box 1 Sypher & Company, 1880-1934

Correspondence, manuscripts., documents, photographs and printed materials (photocopies)

Additions to the Papers

Addition 2022:

Box 2 Spoiled Park Avenue Brat: Life on the Upper East Side in the 1940s and 1950s by Francis J. Sypher, 2022, 513 pages

This is a strictly limited trial edition of a work in progress, and may not be reproduced in any portion, by any means, withour written permission of the author.

Box 2 Bibliography of publication by F. J. Sypher, 1964 to June 2022, 13 June 2022, 29 pages