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MS Am 1083

Godkin, Edwin Lawrence, 1831-1902. Edwin Lawrence Godkin papers, 1845-1927: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1083
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Godkin, Edwin Lawrence, 1831-1902.
Title: Edwin Lawrence Godkin papers,
Date(s): 1845-1927.
Quantity: 1 collection (3.6 linear feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of E.L. Godkin, political writer, editor, and founder of the journal "The Nation". Also includes Godkin family letters, letters to Charles Eliot Norton, and letters to Wendell Phillips Garrison.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Purchased from Mrs. Lawrence Godkin, (care of) Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1936 Nov. 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

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edwin Lawrence Godkin Papers, 1845-1927 (MS Am 1083). 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 separately cataloged collection: Nation Papers, 1865-1877 (bMS Am 1083.1) that was originally part of this accession.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Lawrence Godkin was born and educated in Ireland and came to the United States in late 1856. He founded the politcal review The Nation in 1865, becoming its first editor. In 1881 he sold The Nation to Henry Villard, owner of the New York Evening Post. The Nation then became a weekly edition of the Post. Wendell Phillips Garrison then became the editor of The Nation. He was a powerful political writer who frequently attacked Tammany Hall and advocated civil service and currency reform.


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Scope and Contents

Papers chiefly include the correspondence of Edwin Lawrence Godkin, but also include: letters to his second wife Katherine Sands Godkin, his son Lawrence Godkin, Nation editor Wendell Phillips Garrison; letters to Charles Eliot Norton concerning the founding and early years of The Nation; and a few compositions, printed material, and photographs.

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