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MS Am 1083.1

Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). Nation papers, 1865-1893: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1083.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865).
Title: Nation papers,
Date(s): 1865-1893.
Quantity: 1 collection (1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: Early editorial and business papers of the review, the Nation Includes correspondence of founder and first editor, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, as well as additional materials related to the journal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Manuscripts purchased from Mrs. Lawrence Godkin, (care of) Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1936Nov. Purchased with funds provided by The Friends of the Library: Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, Mrs. Charles Dyer Norton, and Mr. James Byrne.

Processing Information:

Recataloged from: MS Am 9012.5

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Nation Papers, 1865-1893 (MS Am 1083.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

See also HOLLIS catalog for additional materials held by the Houghton Library relating to The Nation and to Edwin Lawrence Godkin.

Separated Materials

See also separately cataloged collection: Edwin Lawrence Godkin Papers, 1845-1927 (bMS Am 1083) that was originally part of this accession.

Biographical / Historical

The political and cultural review, the Nation , was founded in 1865 by Edwin Lawrence Godkin who also served as the first editor. In 1881 Godkin sold the magazine to the New York Evening Post, where he became editor of the Post and Wendell Phillips Garrison became editor of the Nation. It became a weekly edition of the Post until 1914.
Originally it was self-described as "A weekly journal of politics, literature, science and art." Under Godkin, the Nation railed against Reconstruction excesses, abuses of the civil service and corruption in the goverment. It is America's oldest such continuously published periodical still extant.


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Scope and Contents

This group of Nation papers includes: correspondence of the founder and first editor Edwin Lawrence Godkin; correspondence of James Miller McKim; and contracts, statements, receipts, and clippings.

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