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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 324

Edward Webster McGlenen papers


Correspondence and compositions by Boston historian Edward W. McGlenen as well as compositions by American actor John Edmund Owens.


  • 1857-1937
  • Majority of material found within 1857-1890

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Includes manuscript in an unidentified hand of versions of McGlenen's Selwood, The Parson o'Dumford, and Ysidora, as well as copyright documents for each. Also includes the copyright documents for Pain's Great Fire of London, 1666. Includes a typescript version of The Parson of Dumford (A Tale) by George Manville Fenn. Contains a manuscript of Live Indian by John Edmund Owens as well as manuscripts of several of the character's parts in the play. Includes several compositions by unidentified authors and correspondence of McGlenen primarily with his father Harry A. McGlenen, which is related to personal matters and discusses the successes, failures, and foibles of myriad productions. The letters to Harry A. McGlenen from many correspondents also primarily discuss business matters relating to myriad, productions though some are personal in nature. Also includes financial and business papers, among other items.

Biographical / Historical

McGlenen was an author and historian of Boston. John Edmund Owens was an American actor and manager.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Compositions by Edward Webster McGlenen
  2. II. Other papers
  3. III. Letters from Edward Webster McGlenen
  4. IV. Letters to Edward Webster McGlenen
  5. V. Correspondence of Harry A. McGlenen
  6. VI. Other compositions and letters
  7. VII. Other letters

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*77M-26. Manuscripts purchased with Billy Rose fund from Carr Books, 51 North Spring Street, Concord, New Hampshire; received: 1977 Sept. 26.

McGlenen, Edward W. (Edward Webster). Edward Webster McGlenen papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

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