Early editorial and business papers of the review, the Nation Includes correspondence of founder and first editor, Edwin Lawrence Godkin, as well as additional materials related to the journal.
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Extent1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
This group of Nation papers includes: correspondence of the founder and first editor Edwin Lawrence Godkin; correspondence of James Miller McKim; and contracts, statements, receipts, and clippings.
Biographical / Historical
The political and cultural review, the Nation , was founded in 1865 by Edwin Lawrence Godkin who also served as the first editor. In 1881 Godkin sold the magazine to the New York Evening Post, where he became editor of the Post and Wendell Phillips Garrison became editor of the Nation. It became a weekly edition of the Post until 1914.
Originally it was self-described as "A weekly journal of politics, literature, science and art." Under Godkin, the Nation railed against Reconstruction excesses, abuses of the civil service and corruption in the goverment. It is America's oldest such continuously published periodical still extant.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Letters to Edwin Lawrence Godkin
- II. Letters from Edwin Lawrence Godkin
- III. Letters to James Miller McKim
- IV. Other letters
- V. Nation business papers
- VI. Miscellaneous
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Manuscripts purchased from Mrs. Lawrence Godkin, (care of) Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, 20 Vesey Street, New York, N.Y.; received: 1936Nov. Purchased with funds provided by The Friends of the Library: Mr. Oswald Garrison Villard, Mrs. Charles Dyer Norton, and Mr. James Byrne.
See also separately cataloged collection: Edwin Lawrence Godkin Papers, 1845-1927 (bMS Am 1083) that was originally part of this accession.
Recataloged from: MS Am 9012.5
This collection is boxes 12, 13, and 14 of MS Am 1083. Box 14 is shared with MS Am 1083.2.
- Nation (New York, N.Y. : 1865). Nation papers, 1865-1893: Guide.
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