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H. L. Mencken Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Mencken, H.L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

H. L. (Henry Louis) Mencken (1880-1956) was an American journalist, magazine editor, critic, satirist and essayist. He was born in Baltimore and lived there all his life, and was known as the "Sage of Baltimore." He started his writing career as a journalist at the Baltimore Morning Herald , from 1899 to 1905, and then moved to The Baltimore Sun , where he contributed full-time until he suffered a stroke in 1948. In 1908, he became a literary critic for the magazine The Smart Set , and in 1924, he and George Jean Nathan founded The American Mercury . Dent Smith was founder and editor of the Hoboken-based literary magazine ENCORE between 1942 and 1944.

The collection consists primarily of materials gathered by Princeton University librarian Julian Boyd for a proposed book of H. L. Mencken's letters. Transcripts, made for Boyd by Mencken's secretary from her original shorthand notebooks, and microfilm copies of letters from Mencken to others, including Theodore Dreiser and Upton Sinclair, comprise the bulk of the collection. The collection also includes Boyd's correspondence with other people possessing letters from Mencken, as well as Boyd's initial selection of letters for his book. Much relates also to Ernest Boyd's published work Mencken (1925). In addition, the collection contains a number of original letters from Mencken to others, including an undated letter to F. Scott Fitzgerald; the corrected galley proofs of A New Dictionary of Quotations (1942); typescripts of a poem, "Elegy in C Minor," and a speech given at the annual dinner of the American Philosophical Society; guides to book reviews in The American Mercury (Vols. 1-30, 1924-1933) and The Smart Set (Vols. 28-72, 1908-1923); and photographs.

The H. L. Mencken Collection began in 1944 with a gift from George Stewart of six TLsS to the Princeton Library. In the same year, the Library purchased 288 Mencken letters to Ernest Boyd and numerous others to Madeline Boyd. The bulk of the collection, including the typed transcripts of Mencken's correspondence, were acquired for the Library by Julian Boyd and added to by him over several decades. August Mencken, Edward Naumberg, Elbridge Colby, Nat Weiner, and others also contributed many Mencken letters.

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This collection was processed October 2, 1995.

During 2022, restrictions on galley proofs and card files were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2002
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

No reproduction or digital photography of Boyd's copies (paper or microfilm) of Mencken letters is permitted. Otherwise, single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of copies (typed transcripts, photostats) of the correspondence of H. L. Mencken from 1908 to 1942 gathered by Princeton Librarian Julian Boyd for his proposed book of Mencken's letters. The letters are arranged in two sub-series: first alphabetically by correspondent's name and then chronologically. The following pages identify whether the collection contains transcripts of letters, microfilm copies, or both; these two holdings do not completely overlap. It should be noted that the transcripts of Mencken's correspondence do not completely coincide with the letters on microfilm. There are no transcripts for those entries which have "n.a." for the Box and Folder; likewise, those entries which have "n.a." under the "Reel" header do not exist on microfilm. The other sub-series contain correspondence of Mencken and Boyd from 1927-1952, a number of original letters from Mencken, galley proofs for A New Dictionary of Quotations, an album of newspaper articles re Mencken, and miscellaneous photographs and manuscripts.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into five subseries: Letters by Mencken, Letters by Mencken, Boyd-Mencken (Chronological), Other Mencken Material: Letters, Manuscripts, Photographs, and Miscellaneous and Printed Material.

Physical Description

17 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters written by Mencken to individuals such as Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, Roscoe Peacock, and Edmund Wilson, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Abramson, Sargent, 1944 December-1945 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Adamic, Louis, 1927 July-1942 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

American Language, specimen page, dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Ames, Winslow, 1936 July-1942 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Arnold, Thurman, 1938 March-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Anderson, Sherwood, 1925 August and 1938 August, 1925 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Baker, Frederick A, 1932 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Barnes, Harry Elmer, 1923 September-1941 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Beamish, Richard J, 1932 June-1943 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Becker, ?, 1933 April. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Bernheim, Bertram M, 1936 September-1941 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Bernheim, Mrs. B. M, 1942 July. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Birkhead, Rev. M, 1942 October-November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Birkhead, Rev. M, 1940 December-1942 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Black, Harry C, 1921 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Booth, Ernest, 1927 May-1943 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1916-1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1919-1925. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1925-1936. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Madeleine, 1929 March-1937 November. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Bradford, Gamaliel, 1924 February-1930 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Broedel, Mrs. Max, 1940 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Broedel, Max, 1916 November-1941 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Broedel, Max, 1913 February-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Brooks, Van Wyck, 1933 April-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Bucholz, H. E, 1940 September-1941 April. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Butcher, Fanny, 1919 December-1941 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Byrne, ?, 1936 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Cahill, Holger, 1926 October-1936 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cain, James M, 1934 May-1941 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Cairns, Huntington, 1943 January. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cairns, Huntington, 1932 October-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Campbell, Dr. W, 1925 March-1925 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Canby, Henry S, 1926 May-1933 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Chambers, Benjamin F, 1925 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Cheslock, Louis, 1929 April-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Childs, Marquis, dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Clark, Barrett H, 1916 January - 1930 September. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Clending, Logan, 1937 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cochran, Louis, 1942 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cochran, Louis, 1942 May-August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Colby, Elridge, 1934 November-1941 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Combs, Josiah W, 1936 March-1941 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Combs, Mrs. Josiah W, 1935 November-1941 November. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Coplan, Kate, 1938 February-1947 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cougham, ?, 1935 December-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Craven, Thomas, 1926 January-1942 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Crawford, N. A, 1932 July-1936 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Croesseman, H. K, 1924 November-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Cunningham, Vincent, 1935 December-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Darrow, Clarence, 1926 March-1931 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Darrow, Clarence Mrs, 1928 March-1937 April. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Davidson, Eugene, 1933 September-1935 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Davis, H. L, 1933 June-1942 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Davis, H. L, 1933 June-1942 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Davis, Robert H, 1941 December-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

DeCasseres, Ben, 1933 December-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Dreiser, Theodore, 1909-1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Dreiser, Theodore, 1915-1920. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Dreiser, Theodore, 1920-1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Dreiser, Theodore, 1909-1941. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Du Pont, Marcella, 1936-1940. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Du Pont, Marcella, 1937-1942. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Eden, May, 1941 November-1943 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Eitzen, Conrad Kresner, 1934 January. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Farrell, James T, 1931 June-1942 May. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Feather, William, 1941 March-1942 May. 2 Reels.
Physical Description

2 Reels

Ficke, Arthur Davison, 1927 October-1933 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, 1921 January. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Footner, Hulbert, 1939 October-1942 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gaines, William, 1931 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gibbs, Wolcott, 1934 July-1936 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Gilkyson, Walter, 1940 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gilksyon, Mrs. Walter, 1934 January-1935 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gillian, Stickland, 1935 March-April. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gipson, J.H., 1936 May-1942 September. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Gish, Lillian, 1927 December-1943 January. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Goodman, Philip, 1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Goodman, Philip, 1919-1921. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Goodman, Philip, 1922-1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Goodman, Philip, 1918-1923. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Graves, John Temple, 1941 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Grove, Charles, 1927 March-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Gunther, John, 1939 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Haardt, Sarah Powell, 1923 June-1932 May. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Harris, Frank, 1925 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Harris, Mrs. Julian LaR, 1925 July-1942 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Harriss, Mrs. R. P, 1941 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Harriss, R. P, 1940 October-1941 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Harrison, Henry S., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

See November 25, 1916 and November 13, 1925 in section B.

Physical Description

1 folder

Hays, Arthur Garfield, 1926 April-1938 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hergesheimer, Dorothy, 1922 January-1942 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1917 March-1942 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1917 March-1942 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Hogan, Frank J, 1930 December-1942 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Holbrook, Stewart, 1943 May. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Honce, Charles, 1931 May-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Hopper, ?, 1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

House, C., dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Howe, E. W, 1935 April-August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Huebsch, B. W, 1934 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Huebsch, G. W, 1916 June-1940 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Hyde, Henry M, 1930 August-1942 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Jeter, Maurice, 1930 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Johns, Orrick, 1915 April-1942 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Johns, Orrick, 1916 April-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Johnson, James Weldon, 1919 July-1929 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Keller, A. G, 1932 January-1942 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Kelly, Fred C, 1928 August-1940 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Kelly, Fred C, 1928 August-1940 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Lankes, J. J, 1927 May-1932 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1927 May-1932 March, 1927 May-1932 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Leeds, Stanton B, 1924 September. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Leighton, Clare, 1939 January-1940 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lobrano, G. S, 1940 July-1942 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Loos, Anita, 1935 August-1941 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Lowie, Robert H, 1927 July-1931 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Lydenberg, Harry M, 1935 September-1941 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

McCardell, Roy M, 1928 October-1942 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McDannald [?], A.H., 1919 November-1942 September. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McDannald [?], A.H., 1919 November-1943 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

McFee, William, 1926 June-1926 September. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Marks, Percy, 1922 February-1938 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Martin, Anna Maria, 1930 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Mason, Gregory, 1925 May-1936 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Masters, Edgar Lee, 1924 October-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Milburn, George, 1929 August-1933 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McKelway, St. Clair, 1937 April-1941 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Metcalfe, ?, 1936 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Michel, Mrs. Louis, 1935 June-1937 November. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Michel, Louis, 1928 August-1935 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Milliken, Miss, 1928 March-1929 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Molstad, Perry, 1935 March-1942 May. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Mullen, Mary R, 1935 December-1936 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Mumford, Lewis, [?], 1926 May-1930 November. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Nickerson, Hoffman, 1928 May-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Nock, Samuel J, 1928 March-1942 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Odum, Howard, 1922 November-1934 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

O'Sullivan, Vincent, 1917 June-1941 January. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Oursler, Fulton, 1929 December-1940 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Parrish, Dr. Herbert, 1925 February-1938 January. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Parshley, H. M, 1923 September-1941 November. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Paterson, Elmer T., dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Peacock, Roscoe, 1934 August-1936 May. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Peacock, Roscoe, 1930 January-1946 June. 2 Reels.
Physical Description

2 Reels

Pearl, Dr. Raymond, 1923 August-1940 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Phelps, William Lyon, 1925 November-1943 May. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Phelps, William Lyon, 1930 August-1942 September. 2 Reels.
Physical Description

2 Reels

Pollock, Channing, 1927 February-1943 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pooley, Robert C, 1933 September-1941 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pound, Dr. Louise, 1920 September-1942 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Pound, Dr. Louise, 1920 September-1955 September. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Prescott, Joseph, 1933 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Reno, Victor T., dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Revyuk, Emil, 1936 April and 1935 May, 1936 April. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Rickel, Harry, 1918 September-1942 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Rifkind, Mrs. E. M, 1942 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Rifkind, Mrs. E. M, 1935 June-1941 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Ross, Harold and others of The New Yorker, 1940 January-1942 September. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Sanders, Clinton A, 1939 February-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Sargent, Porter, 1942 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sargent, Porter, 1939 May-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Saxton, Eugene F, 1927 January-1942 December. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Schuyler, George (to Mencken), dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Schuyler, Geroge H, 1927 June-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Sedgwick, Ellery, 1915 January-1941 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sedgwick, Ellery, 1914 July-1942 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Seitz, Mildred, 1940 March and 1942 May, 1940 March. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Shaw, Charles G, 1927 May-1935 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Shuman, I.K., 1940 January-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Sinclair, Upton, 1923 August-1939 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Smith, Dent, 1938 December-1942 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Starrett, Vincent, 1917 June-1941 January. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Stefansson, Vilhjalmus, 1924 April-1942 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Stefansson, Vilhjalmus, 1924 April-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Sterling, George, 1922 August-1925 October. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Stevens, James, 1923 November-1925 November. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Stuart, Leary Co, 1932 October-1942 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Swan, Bradford F., dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Thaddeus, Victor, 1935 December-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Thurlow, ?, 1940 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Thurman, Arnold, 1938 March-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Tobey, James A, 1931 October-1942 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Tully, Jim, 1923 January-1942 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Tully, Jim, 1923 January-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Untermeyer, Louis, 1912 January-1942 June. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Van Doren, Carl, 1920 September-1942 April. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Van Doren, Irita, 1926 September-1942 May. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Villard, Oswald G, 1925 January-1939 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Walsh, 1928 July. 1 reel.
Scope and Contents

(see also H. W. Wright)

Physical Description

1 reel

Warfel, Harry R, 1941 July. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Warfel, Harry R, 1939 March-1942 October. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Warner, P.W., 1930 June-1942 June. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Warner, P.W., 1930 June-1946 April. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Weiseberger, S., dates not examined. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Wentworth, Harrold, 1934 January-April. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wentworth, Harrold, 1936 February-1941 April. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

West, Herbert F, 1930 March-1942 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

White, Mrs. K. S, 1935 June-1938 March. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

White, Owen P, 1928 December-1942 July. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Whiting, Leon F, 1930 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Widney, Harold, 1935 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Wilkie, Wendell (campaign clippings), dates not examined. 2 Reels.
Physical Description

2 Reels

Wilson, Edmund, 1919 December-1942 September. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Wilson, Harry Leon, 1915 February-1935 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Woltman, Frederick, 1928 August-1929 May. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wright, Willard Huntington, 1912 January-1928 February (with two letters of Miss Walsh), 1912 January-1928 February. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Wright, Willard Huntington, 1909 October-1928 February. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Wylie, Miss Lou (Mrs. L. W. Van Sicklen), 1928 September-1941 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Yorke, Dane, 1926 May-1934 August. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Yorke, Dane, 1930 June-1934 August. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Youell, Major, 1939 December. 1 reel.
Physical Description

1 reel

Scope and Contents

Consists of letters written by Mencken to individuals such as Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, Roscoe Peacock, and Edmund Wilson, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Physical Description

5 boxes

1908-1911, 1908-1911. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1912-1913, 1912-1913. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1914, 1914. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1915, 1915. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1916, 1916. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1917, 1917. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1918, 1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1919, 1919. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1920, 1920. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1921, 1921. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1922, 1922. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1923, 1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1924, 1924. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1925, 1925. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1926, 1926. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1927, 1927. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1928, 1928. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1929, 1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1930, 1930. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1931, 1931. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1932, 1932. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1933, 1933. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1934, 1934. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1935, 1935. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1936, 1936. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1937, 1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1938, 1938. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1939, 1939. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1940, 1940. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1941, 1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1942, 1942. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

undated, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence between Boyd and Mencken for the years 1927-1952.

Arrangement

Arranged by author.

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

1927-1942, 1927-1942. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1943-1945, 1943-1945. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

1945-1952, 1945-1952. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

undated, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

1941-1950, 1941-1950. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of materials related to individuals such as Ernest boyd, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and George Stewart, as well as others.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by subject of material.

Physical Description

6 boxes

The American Mercury: letters and telegrams re lawsuit following the barring of The American Mercury from the mails, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

American Philosophical Society: speech, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Black, Harry C.: 1919-1921 (20 TLsS), 1919-1921. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Blanck, Jacob: 1943-1949 (14 letters and 2 related pieces), 1943-1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1916-1918. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1919-1923. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1924-1927. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1928-1934. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Ernest, 1935-1937. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Boyd, Madeleine, 1924-1929. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cabell, James B. (photocopies), 1920-1951. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Colby, Elbridge (21), 1933-1943. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Elegy in C Minor" (typescript) by H. L. Mencken, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Goldberg, Isaac: "Mencken on Music" and copies of other papers, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Harrison, H.S., 1916 November 25. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Huebsch, B.W.: 1916-1955 (52 letters in photostat), 1916-1955. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miezychowski, Alfred: 1926-1947 (in photostat), 1926-1947. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miezychowski, Nanine: 1934 April 12 and 1936 February 22, 1934 April 12. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

A New Dictionary of Quotations, Volume 1: galley proofs, 1941. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

A New Dictionary of Quotations, Volume 2: galley proofs, 1941. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

A New Dictionary of Quotations, Volume 3: galley proofs, 1941. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

A New Dictionary of Quotations, Volume 4: galley proofs, 1941. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Stewart, George, 1936-1941. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Teasdale, Sara (photocopies and related papers), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Thorp, Willard (10), 1943. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Weiner, Nat: 1947 September 1 and 1948 October 4 (in photostat), 1947 September 1. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Weisberger, Siegfried (envelopes), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous letters (originals, copies, and photocopies), dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photographs of Mencken, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists largely of articles regarding Mencken.

Arrangement

Arranged by genre of material.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Articles re Mencken, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Card Guide, Book Reviews in The American Mercury (Vols. 1-30, 1924-1933), circa 1933. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Also on microfilm: Reels 22, 23

Physical Description

1 box

Card Guide, Book Reviews in The Smart Set (Vols. 28-72, 1908-1923), circa 1923. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Also on microfilm: Reels 22, 23

Physical Description

1 box

Checklist of Mencken's letters in the University of Virginia library, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Requests from scholars to quote H. L. M., dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Album of articles re Mencken and Mencken's reflections on the Algonquin, dates not examined. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Scope and Contents

This section is composed primarily of Julian Boyd's correspondence with those people possessing letters from Mencken. Boyd gathered and photocopied approximately 10,000 of Mencken's letters for his proposed work The Letters of H. L. Mencken. A second sub-series includes Boyd's notes on the various letters and the initial selection for his book; a third subsection contains several miscellaneous letters and original letters from George Jean Nathan, August Mencken, and Charles Odegaard to others.

Arrangement

This series is arranged into three subseries: Correspondence, Notes and Outlines for Boyd's Book, and Miscellaneous.

Physical Description

4 boxes

Scope and Contents

Consists of the correspondence of Julian Boyd.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Abramson - Ayd, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Babb - Butcher, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cabell - Cunz, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Darrow - Du Pont, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Eaton - Engle, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Fante - Frederick, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Gaines - Guerard, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Hacker - Hyde, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Jackson - Jones, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Katz - Kummer, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

LaBarre - Lydenburg, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

McAfee - McWilliams, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Malone - Mumford, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Naiman - Nuhn, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

O'Donnell - Owens, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Parrish - Quinn, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Read - Rugg, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Samuels - Swope, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Thaddeus - Tully, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Untermeyer - Rathscmidt, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Walker - Wygant, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Yorke - Zuckor, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of notes, outlines, and transcripts for Boyd's book.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

2 boxes

Notes: I, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notes: II, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Notes: III, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Transcripts of H. L. M.'s letters to various correspondents: initial selection for Boyd's book, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Outline for Boyd's book, inculding a list of H.L.M.'s correspondents: part I, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Outline for Boyd's book: part II, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Transcripts of letters from Mencken which constitute the initial selection for Boyd's book: part I, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Transcripts of letters from Mencken which constitute the initial selection for Boyd's book: part II, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of miscellaneous letters.

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Letter from August Mencken to Madeleine Boyd, 1956 February 8. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Marion Bloom to Julian Boyd, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from George Jean Nathan to E. A. Boyd, 1918 March 17. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Charles E. Odegaard to the American Council of Learned Societies, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence and Documents, dates not examined. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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