Shirley, Betsy Beinecke

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Betsy Beinecke Shirley was born in New York City, on October 2, 1919, the daughter of Walter and Katherine Sperry Beinecke. Raised in the city and on Nantucket, Massachusetts, she attended the Spence School in Manhattan, and the Greenwood School in Ruxton, Maryland, after which, in 1941, she married Carl Shirley (1916-1996). Betsy Shirley began collecting American juvenile literature in the 1970s, eventually branching out to encompass original illustrations and manuscripts for children’s books, as well as manuscripts, correspondence, and drawings by and about American children, their education, imagination, and play. The Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature grew to hold thousands of volumes of books and serials, and hundreds of manuscript items and works of original art, many of which were displayed throughout her home in Bernardsville, New Jersey. A trustee of the Newark Museum for many years, she regularly lent books and original illustrations to museum and library exhibitions, including A Child's Garden of Dreams at the Brandywine River Museum (1989-1990), which was drawn entirely from her collection. Betsy Shirley died in Bernardsville on September 4, 2004.

From the guide to the Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature, 1640-2001, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Shirley, Betsy Beinecke. Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature, 1692-1988. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Betsy Beinecke Shirley collection of American children's literature, 1640-2001 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Direct Relationships
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associatedWith Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. person
associatedWith American Baptist Missionary Union. Assam Mission. corporateBody
associatedWith Anderson, Alexander, 1775-1870 person
associatedWith André, R. (Richard), 1834-1907 person
associatedWith Angelo, Valenti, 1897-1982 person
associatedWith Anglund, Joan Walsh. person
associatedWith Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962 person
associatedWith Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874 person
associatedWith Boutet de Monvel, Louis-Maurice, 1851-1913 person
associatedWith Boutet de Monvel, Roger, 1879- person
associatedWith Bowles, Carington, 1724-1793 person
associatedWith Bransom, Paul, 1885-1979 person
associatedWith Bruton, W. (William), 1854 or 5-1885. person
associatedWith Burgess, Gelett, 1866-1951. person
associatedWith Cady, Harrison, 1877-1970 person
associatedWith Capote, Truman, 1924-1984 person
associatedWith Church, Frederick S. (Frederick Stuart), 1842-1924 person
associatedWith Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910 person
associatedWith Cogger, Edward P. person
associatedWith Cox, Palmer, 1840-1924. person
associatedWith Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878 person
associatedWith Darley, Felix Octavius Carr, 1822-1888. person
associatedWith Denslow, W. W. (William Wallace), 1856-1915 person
associatedWith Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge, 1832-1898 person
associatedWith Drayton, Grace G. (Grace Gebbie). person
associatedWith Falls, C. B. (Charles Buckles), 1874-1960 person
associatedWith Field, Eugene, 1850-1895 person
associatedWith Francis, J. G. (Joseph Greene), 1849-1930 person
associatedWith Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 person
associatedWith Frost, A. B. (Arthur Burdett), 1851-1928 person
associatedWith Furness, William Henry, 1802-1896 person
associatedWith Goodwin, Polly, 1908-2007 person
associatedWith Grimaldi, Stacey, 1790-1863 person
associatedWith Gruelle, Johnny, 1880-1938 person
associatedWith Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell, 1788-1879 person
associatedWith Hancock, Ebenezer, 1741-1819 person
associatedWith Hancock, John, 1737-1793 person
associatedWith Hopkins, Livingston, 1846-1927 person
associatedWith Ives, Sarah Noble, 1864-1944 person
associatedWith Johnson & Warner. corporateBody
associatedWith Keller, Helen, 1880-1968 person
associatedWith Kemble, E. W. (Edward Windsor), 1861-1933 person
associatedWith Lathrop, Dorothy Pulis, 1891-1980 person
associatedWith McLoughlin Bros., inc. corporateBody
associatedWith McVickar, H. W. (Harry Whitney), b. 1860 person
associatedWith Melvill, Allan, 1782-1832 person
associatedWith Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 person
associatedWith Mora, Jo, 1876-1947 person
associatedWith Nazareth Hall. corporateBody
associatedWith Newell, Peter, 1862-1924. person
associatedWith Peekskill Military Academy (Peekskill, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Petersham, Maud Fuller, 1890-1971 person
associatedWith Pogány, Willy, 1882-1955 person
associatedWith Reynolds, Cuyler, 1866-1934 person
associatedWith Rogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931 person
associatedWith Sands, Benjamin. person
associatedWith Shimin, Symeon, 1902- person
associatedWith Shinn, Everett, 1876-1953 person
associatedWith Smith, Jessie Willcox, 1863-1935 person
associatedWith Sperry, J. Austin (Jacob Austin) 1823-1896 person
associatedWith Stephens, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1824-1882 person
associatedWith Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930 person
associatedWith Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. person
associatedWith Tyler, Mary Elizabeth Sawyer, 1806-1889 person
associatedWith Tyrrell, Leon M., b. 1875 person
associatedWith Van Loon, Hendrik Willem, 1882-1944 person
associatedWith Washington, George, 1732-1799 person
associatedWith Webster, Noah, 1758-1843 person
associatedWith Whiting, Mary Elizabeth Flint, b. 1823 person
associatedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 person
associatedWith Wiese, Kurt, 1887-1974 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Alaska
Subject
Pressed flower pictures
Illustrators
Children--Conduct of life
Art--Collectors and collecting
Wild flowers--Palestine
Indians of North America--Missions
Picture books for children
Children's literature, American
Santa Claus
Children's art
Illustration of books--20th century
Illustration of books--19th century
Children's writings
Books--Pirated editions
Occupation
Collector
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Active 1692

Active 1988

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