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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1863

Edward Sandford Martin correspondence and compositions


Correspondence and compositions of the American writer Edward Sandford Martin, documenting his socio-political interests and his interest in spiritualism.


  • Creation: 1882-1939
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1900-1938

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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6.5 linear feet (13 boxes)

Chiefly correspondence with Charles William Eliot, Edward Mandell House, and Theodore Roosevelt, among others. Letters by Martin are mostly retained carbon copies. Also contains essays, editorials, poems, notes, and drafts of compositions, printed copies of his articles, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, and ephemera. Materials pertain to both his writing career and his interest in spiritualism, as well as the subjects of his editorials and contemporary socio-political issues. Also includes correspondence with psychic mediums, many of whom he apparently supported financially.

Biographical / Historical

Martin, an essayist and poet, was a founder and editor of Life (1887-1933). He also wrote an editorial column for Scribner's Magazine, Harper's Weekly (1893-1913), and for Harper's Monthly (1920-1935).


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Edward Sandford Martin
  2. II. Letters by Edward Sandford Martin
  3. III. Other correspondence
  4. IV. Compositions by Edward Sandford Martin
  5. V. Other compositions
  6. VI. Miscellaneous

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*70M-64. Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Blagden, 125 E. 63rd St., New York NY 10021; received: 1971 April.

Processing Information

Enhanced with digital content by Alison Harris.

Martin, Edward Sandford, 1856-1939. Edward Sandford Martin correspondence and compositions: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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