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Horace Scudder Papers, 1723-1923 | MS Manuscripts

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Title: Horace Scudder Papers, 1723-1923Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1723-1923

ID: MS/MS/ms100

Primary Creator: Scudder, Horace Elisha (1838-1902)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Date Acquired: 12/14/1972

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Horace Scudder Papers consists of correspondence addressed to Scudder and/or his wife. The miscellaneous documents, clippings, autographs, appear to have been collected by Scudder, although no particular pattern is discernible. Subjects are primarily concerned with social matters and his editing work, in particular the preparation of his biography of James Russell Lowell. Items are arranged alphabetically by name of principal person. Of particular note in the collection are the Rev. Timothy Edward notebooks (1723), the Rev. Samuel Buell sermons (1746-1747), the single page of James Fenimore Cooper’s The Oak Openings, the draft of the James Monroe letter to the Committee of Publick Safety respecting Jay’s Treaty (1794), and the John Greenleaf Whittier letters to Scudder concerning the preparation of the Riverside edition of his writings.

Collection Historical Note

Horace Elisha Scudder (October 16, 1838 – January 11, 1902) was an American author and editor. He graduated from Boston Latin School in 1854 and from Williams College in 1858, taught school in New York City, and subsequently, returned to Boston and devoted himself to literary work.

Scudder is now best known for his children's books. Perhaps his most popular work is The Children's Book, a collection of literature, The Book of Fables, The Book of Folk Stories, Fables and Folk Stories, and The Book of Legends, suitable for the first four grades. He was the leading advocate of introducing litera­ture into the schools at a time when such advocacy was uphill work, and he edited a great number of literary classics for school use.  Scudder was the author of Dream Children (1864), The Dwellers in Five-Sisters Court (1876), and biographies of Noah Webster (1882), Bayard Taylor (1884), George Washington (1890), and James Russell Lowell (1901). He also edited Atlantic Monthly (1890-1902) and the Riverside Magazine for Young People (1867-1870).

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Repository: MS Manuscripts

Access Restrictions: Open

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Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Source: Purchase from James Bowditch

Acquisition Method: Accession number 1379

Preferred Citation: Name of the Collection, Washington University Libraries, Department of Special Collections

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[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Signatures],
[Series 3: Ephemera],

Series 2: SignaturesAdd to your cart.
Folder 121Add to your cart.
Item 1: Adams, John QuincyAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Agassiz, Alexander, 1880: JuneAdd to your cart.
Written on document announcing the 29th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston
Item 3: Bancroft, GeorgeAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Bell, Alexander GrahamAdd to your cart.
Also signed by Mabel G. Bell
Item 5: Blaine, James GillespieAdd to your cart.
Also includes signature of Horace E. Scudder
Item 6: Copway, George, 1849: April 27Add to your cart.
Written at the rooms of the American Education Society, Boston
Item 7: Davis, JeffersonAdd to your cart.
A proxy, executed by Varina Davis, his wife
Item 8: Douglas, Stephen ArnoldAdd to your cart.
Item 9: Ellis, George E., 1886: April 29Add to your cart.
Item 10: Everett, EdwardAdd to your cart.
Item 11: McLain, William, 1847: February 1Add to your cart.
Written on document certifying Rev. William Riddell as a lifetime member of the American Colonization Society
Item 12: McMaster, John Bach, 1886: April 22Add to your cart.
Item 13: McMaster, Mary B.Add to your cart.
Item 14: Pickering, Edward Charles, 1880: JuneAdd to your cart.
Written on document announcing the 29th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston
Item 15: Rogers, William Barton, 1880: JuneAdd to your cart.
Written on document announcing the 29th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston
Item 16: Stockton, Francis Richard, 1886: March 25Add to your cart.
Item 17: Stockton, Marion E.Add to your cart.
Item 18: Webster, DanielAdd to your cart.
Item 19: Wentworth, Bessie L., 1875: December 16Add to your cart.
Item 20: Wingate, Terry F.Add to your cart.

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