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MS Am 2530

Holbrook, Stewart Hall, 1893-1964. Stewart Hall Holbrook papers for Holy old Mackinaw, 1937: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2530
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Holbrook, Stewart Hall, 1893-1964.
Title: Stewart Hall Holbrook papers for Holy old Mackinaw,
Date(s): 1937.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Research papers and correspondence assembled by American author, Stewart H. Holbrook for his book Holy Old Mackinaw along with some additional notes and compositions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

45M-656. Deposited by Stewart H. Holbrook, Esq.; received: 1939 August 25.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Stewart Hall Holbrook Papers for Holy Old Mackinaw, 1937 (MS Am 2530). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

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Papers also held by the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Biographical / Historical

Holbrook (1893-1964) was a lumberjack, journalist, and popular historian. He was born in Newport, Vermont, but spent much of his adult life living in Portland, Oregon. Holbrook's first book, Holy old Mackinaw: A natural history of the American lumberjack, was one of his most successful works. Published by Macmillan Company in 1938, the book focused on the lives of lumbermen, their work methods, and their culture and folklore. This book spent over five months on the national bestseller list and this success convinced Holbrook to move to Cambridge, Massachusetts in July of 1938, a place he felt was "more fitting for such a prominent literary figure as himself." While back East, he wrote five more books he would call "low-brow history," but he returned to Portland in 1943. He went on to write dozens of books, including the topics of Ethan Allen, the railroads, the timber industry, the Wobblies, eccentrics of the Pacific Northwest, and for over thirty years he wrote for the Oregonian.
Source: American National Biography Online, 2007.


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Scope and Contents

Includes Holbrook's 1937 correspondence written to gather research information on logging and lumbermen for his book Holy old Mackinaw. Also includes autograph manuscript notes and printed materials on lumbering, as well as drafts of this book and a few other writings.


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