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Towne, Charles Wayland, 1875-1965. Papers, 1819-1965 inclusive : A Finding Aid

Peabody Museum Archives
Harvard University
February 2000

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Peabody Museum Archives, Harvard University
Call No.: 970-22, 2001.7
Location: Peabody Museum Archives
Title: Towne, Charles Wayland, 1875-1965. Papers,
Date(s): 1819-1965 (inclusive)
Creator: Charles W. Towne
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Abstract: These papers relate to Towne's unpublished biography of George Peabody and include some Peabody family papers given to Towne for the preparation of his book.

Processed by:

Sarah R. Demb, Archivist; February 2000 ; edited by Patricia H. Kervick, Associate Archivist; August 2009

Acquisition Information:

970-22, 2001.7
These papers are a gift of Richard Towne , under the auspices of Watson Smith, 1970

Access Restrictions:

Restrictions on access: None

Use Restrictions:

Restrictions on use: None

Biographical Sketch

Charles Wayland Towne was born in Dover, N.H. November 14, 1875. He graduated from Brown University in 1897 and joined the staff of the New York Times . He also covered the Spanish-American War for the Boston Herald in 1898. In 1902 Towne met Buffalo Bill Cody and traveled with Cody for several years. During World War I, Towne handled entertainment for troops in France and after the war he accepted a position as publicity director for Anaconda Copper and the Montana Power Co. He retired in 1941.
After retirement, Towne moved to Tucson, and building on his earlier newspaper career, Towne wrote for national magazines. Often writing under the pen name of Gideon Wurdz, he also wrote both humorous and serious books, including George Peabody--American Philanthropist.
Towne passed away at his home in Tucson at the age of 89 on April 3, 1965.

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Scope and Content Note:

The Charles Towne Papers were donated to the museum in 1970 by his son, Richard Towne under the auspices of Watson Smith. The papers primarily relate to Towne's unpublished biography of George Peabody, Beneficent bachelor; the life and times of George Peabody, philanthropist to two worlds, 1795-1869 completed in 1963. Materials include some Peabody family papers given to Towne for the preparation of his book. The collection contains notes, clippings, notebooks, correspondence, ephemera, and manuscript material.

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