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Vance Thompson Papers

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Thompson, Vance, 1863-1925

Vance Thompson was an author and playwright best known for penning one of the first low-carbohydrate diet books, Eat and Grow Thin. Born in 1863, Thompson graduated from Princeton University in 1883 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Jena in Sachsen-Weimar, Germany. He wrote several dramas and books, and he served as editor-in-chief of M'lle New York and The Outline of Christianity. Thompson died in 1925.

Consists of selected papers of Thompson (Princeton Class of 1883). Included are diaries (1913, 1918); musical scores; two plays, The Peace Girl and Jane Shore; various short stories and scenarios, such as "The Blue Lotus," "In Old Japan," and "Killing the Mandarin"; a group of carbons, typescripts, and tearsheets of The Poetical Works of Vance Thompson, compiled posthumously by his wife, Lilian Spencer Thompson, an actress who used the stage name of Mlle. Severin; and a section of writings for the press containing articles, book and theater reviews, publication contracts, and clippings. Correspondence includes letters (1897-1906) to Dr. William J. O'Sullivan, a friend and lawyer, letters (1918-1925) to his wife, letters from his father, Rev. Charles L. Thompson, and diplomatic correspondence (1918-1919) while he was political adviser to the U.S. embassy at Rome. Also present are diplomatic documents, a scrapbook of clippings concerning his wife's acting career and dramatic productions of his works, bookplates, clippings, tearsheets, and photographs of Thompson, his family, and Belgium in 1918.

The following sources were consulted during preparation of biographical note: Marquis Who's Who on the Web.

Gift of E.P. Dutton and Company, Inc.

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This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Biography written by Jessica Marati, '08.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
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Collection Inventory

Diaries, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poetical Works: Book 1, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poetical Works: Book 2, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poetical Works: Book 3, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Peace Girl: Acts I and II, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Peace Girl: Acts III and IV, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Jane Shore by Vance Thompson, Eugene Morand, and Marcel Schwob, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous manuscripts, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous manuscripts, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Jensen Boy, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sheet music, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Writings for the Press, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Writings for the Press, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Letters written to Dr. William J. O'Sullivan, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters from C. Thompson, C. E. Whitmore, Merchant's Association, Leon Koch, Peter Jay, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Diplomatic correspondence, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous letters to Vance Thompson, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous letters and calling cards, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

1918 February-May, 1918 February-May. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918 June-July, 1918 June-July. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918, 1922, 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918 July, 1923, 1918 July. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1918, 1923, 1924, 1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

1923, 1925, 1923. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Documents, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Biographical material, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Photographs, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scrapbook, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Clippings: unsorted, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Bookplates, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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