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MS Am 1323

Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949. Oswald Garrison Villard papers, 1872-1949: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1323
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949.
Title: Oswald Garrison Villard papers
Date(s): 1872-1949
Quantity: 37 linear feet (163 boxes and 6 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Papers of American author, journalist, editor, and social reformer Oswald Garrison Villard. Includes materials that are unsorted and uncataloged.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

52M-228. Bequest of Oswald Garrison Villard; received: 1949.
76M-41. Gift of Henry S. Villard ; received: 1976.

Conditions Governing Access:

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Oswald Garrison Villard Papers, 1872-1949 (MS Am 1323). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Villard, a journalist and author, was president of the New York Evening Post (1897-1918), editor and owner of The Nation (1918-1932), publisher and contributing editor of The Nation (1932-1935), a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and of Yachting Magazine, and owner of the Nautical Gazette. His father was Henry Villard, railroad promoter and financier; his mother was Fanny Garrison Villard, social reformer, suffragist, and philanthropist; and his grandfather was the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison.


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Scope and Contents

Over half the collection consists of professional correspondence concerning The Nation, The New York Evening Post, and the progressive political issues with which Villard was involved. Also contains correspondence with family members, much of it pertaining to his work or business affairs; minutes, ledgers, financial reports, and stockbooks of The Evening Post and some business records of The Nation; diaries, 1884-1941, and datebooks; 15 boxes of speeches; scrapbooks of Villard's articles; and notes and manuscripts for his various writing projects in history and biography. Includes material on various peace societies, civil liberties, blacks in Harlem, the NAACP, the blockade during the Civil War, Puerto Rico, and The New York Philharmonic. Also contains drafts and manuscripts of his father's memoirs, tributes to his mother and grandfather, family records, photographs, medals, memorabilia, clippings, and printed material. Much of this collection is still unsorted.

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