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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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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],
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Series 3: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
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Folder 122: Horace E. Scudder place card signed by Gustav Kobbé, James Bayliss, Charles Stebbins Fairchild, W.C. Baird, William Dean Howells, William Mcaky Laffan, James R. Osgood, Charles S. Einhart, Francis Hopkinson Smith, Francis David Millet, Robert Swain Gifford, L.Y. Ipsen, W.O. Longfellow, Earl Shinn, Walter Shirlaw, and Thomas Bailey Aldrich.Add to your cart.
Folder 123: "The Literary Prestige of Boston", 1896: July 24Add to your cart.
Clippings from the Boston Herald concerning Houghton, Mifflin Co.
Folder 124: Fragments of envelope sent by Lafcadio Hearn from Kobe, JapanAdd to your cart.
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Folder 125: Fragment of unidentified letter to Grace Owen (Mrs. Horace E. Scudder), No dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 126: Unidentified sermon. Bears notes: "Camp Lines at Harlem October 16 1776, Text 707 Number 1258;" "Delivered at North Haven, on the public fast Sept. 3, 1777;" "At North Haven March 30 1801"Add to your cart.
6 1/4 x 3 3/4" Leaves nicely sewn, with one smaller sheet bound in. 30 pages

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