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Cyrus Lawrence Day (1900-1968) Papers

Cyrus Lawrence Day (1900-1968) Papers

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CYRUS LAWRENCE DAY (1900-1968) PAPERS, 1912, 1928, 1957-1968





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Day, Cyrus Lawrence, 1900-1968
Title:Cyrus Lawrence Day (1900-1968) Papers
Dates:1912, 1928, 1957/1968
Quantity:1.5 linear feet (3 boxes, 1 flat file)
Abstract:The Cyrus Lawrence Day papers contain Day's research, notes, correspondence on topics of interest, and a draft of his book, Quipus and Witches' Knots: the Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures.
Collection Number:MH 75

Series List


SERIES I. Research
A. Articles, Notes, and Related Correspondence
B. Illustrations and Photostats
SERIES II. Original Work

Scope and Content Note

The Cyrus Lawrence Day papers contain Day's research, notes, correspondence on topics of interest, and a draft of his book, Quipus and Witches' Knots: the Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures. Within some folders, when applicable, photocopies of the original folder have been provided to preserve any notes that Day had made on the front of his original folders. The original folder names have been used when available. This collection has been divided into two series.


Series I. Research contains material gathered by Day relating to his research interests in knots. This series contains two subseries. Subseries A. Articles, Notes, and Related Correspondence contains research materials collected by Day. The folders, organized by topic, consist of a variety of journal articles, notes about his research, or on particular articles, photographs, sketches, and correspondence. The material has been kept in the original order imposed by Day. Not all of the material is in English. Subseries B. Illustrations and Photostats contains a folder that Day labeled "Illustrations" which contains illustrations, photographs, notes about images, articles, and research notes. This series also contains photostats of images, some of which appear in the book Quipus and Witches' Knots: the Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures. There are also page proofs of the photostats.


Series II. Original Work contains typescripts and handwritten versions of Day's original work. This series includes early versions of the first three chapters of the book Quipus and Witches' Knots: the Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures contains, in addition to the completed manuscript with Day's edits and illustration. This series also contains handwritten and typed appendices of another of Day's works, Quipus Magic Knots and Surgeon's Slings. It is unclear if this was the start of another work, or if this was originally the name of some other work of Day's.


Biographical Sketch

Cyrus Lawrence Day was born December 2, 1900. He was an English professor in 1940 at the University of Delaware. He studied and wrote about ancient knots and their meanings. Day's books include: Sailors' Knots (1937), Knots and Splices: a Pocket Manual (1962), Knots and Knot Lore: a Study in Primitive Beliefs and Superstition (1950), The Art of Knotting and Splicing (1955), and Quipus and Witches' Knots: the Role of the Knot in Primitive and Ancient Cultures (1967).


Day was married to Camilla (?), and they had a son named Ben who was born circa 1937. Day died in Bermuda on July 5, 1968.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Authors
Knots and splices

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Cyrus Lawrence Day (1900-1968) Papers, MH 75, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Mrs. Cyrus Lawrence Day (accession #18,053).

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, March 2015.


Related Material


Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.


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