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Fred Lewis Pattee Collection on The Poems of Philip Freneau


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Pattee, Fred Lewis, 1863-1950

Fred Lewis Pattee was an American author, poet, teacher, scholar, and a leading authority on American literature. He was a professor of English and rhetoric at Pennsylvania State College, and later became a professor of American literature. In his editorial work, his most scholarly project was the three-volume set of The Poems of Philip Freneau (Princeton, N.J.: The University Library, 1902-1907). Philip Freneau (1752-1832) was a notable eighteenth-century American poet, nationalist, polemicist, sea captain, and newspaper editor--regarded as the "poet of the American Revolution."

The collection consists of correspondence of Fred Lewis Pattee, John Rogers Williams, and others relating to the publishing of The Poems of Philip Freneau, which resulted in three volumes for the Princeton Historical Association in 1902, 1903, and 1907. Correspondents include William F. Dix of Town and Country, A. Howry Espenshade, Andrew H. Hershey of the New Era Printing Company, the book binders Haddon & Company, Charles W. Mcalpin, Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin of The American Historical Review, New York historian Victor Hugo Paltsits, Moses Taylor Pyne (Princeton Class of 1877), Princeton University librarian Dr. Ernest C. Richardson, John Rogers William (general editor of the Princeton Historical Association), Howard Solberg of the Library of Congress, Henry Romeike's Press Cuttings, the Brandt Press, Bliss Perry (editor of The Atlantic Monthly), and Robert Sterling Yard of The Lamp, printers for the third volume. Included are several letters (1900) from Eleanor F. Noel, a descendant of Freneau, providing information about the history of the Freneau family and a pencil drawing of the Freneau coat-of-arms, as well as a handwritten list (8 pp.) of newspapers, historical societies, and other institutions or individuals that were to receive the Freneau circular. There is also a two-page list of "Freneau Descendants." In addition, the collection includes copyright information from the Library of Congress and a copy of the Freneau promotional circular for the first volume.

Gift of Halsey Thomas in April 1964.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Correspondence of Pattee, J. R. Williams and Others Relating to the Poems of Philip Freneau, 1900-1903. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Correspondence of Pattee, J. R. Williams and Others Relating to the Poems of Philip Freneau, 1903-1905. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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