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MS Am 1863

Martin, Edward Sandford, 1856-1939. Edward Sandford Martin correspondence and compositions: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1863
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Martin, Edward Sandford, 1856-1939.
Title: Edward Sandford Martin correspondence and compositions,
Date(s): 1882-1939 (inclusive), 1900-1938 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and compositions of the American writer Edward Sandford Martin, documenting his socio-political interests and his interest in spiritualism.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*70M-64. Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Blagden, 125 E. 63rd St., New York NY 10021; received: 1971 April.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Edward Sanford Martin Correspondence and Compositions (MS Am 1863). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Martin, an essayist and poet, was a founder and editor of Life (1887-1933). He also wrote an editorial column for Scribner's Magazine, Harper's Weekly (1893-1913), and for Harper's Monthly (1920-1935).


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Scope and Contents

Chiefly correspondence with Charles William Eliot, Edward Mandell House, and Theodore Roosevelt, among others. Letters by Martin are mostly retained carbon copies. Also contains essays, editorials, poems, notes, and drafts of compositions, printed copies of his articles, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. Materials pertain to both his writing career and his interest in spiritualism, as well as the subjects of his editorials and contemporary socio-political issues. Also includes correspondence with psychic mediums, many of whom he apparently supported financially.

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