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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1888-1888.4

Lewis Gannett papers

Correspondence and family papers of journalist and author Lewis Gannett, along with compositions and diaries.

Dates

  • 1681-1966
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Extent

25.5 linear feet (51 boxes)

Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, journals, notebooks, legal and business papers, memorabilia, photos, and other papers, together with Gannett family papers. Includes correspondence of Gannett's grandfather and father, Unitarian clergymen Ezra Stiles Gannett of Boston and William Channing Gannett; 91 letters, 1796-1817, from Gannett's great-grandfather Caleb Gannett to John Mico Gannett, and journals of his grandmother Anna Tilden Gannett. Lewis Gannett's correspondence (including some carbon copies of outgoing letters) reflects his interests in current literature and in political activities such as the American Fund for Public Service. There are many letters from authors of volumes published in Doubleday's Mainstream of America Series, edited by Gannett. Manuscripts include juvenile compositions and early writings reflecting his initial desire to be a naturalist; essays and book reviews; Cream Hill, his book about country life; the Harper Book of Family Verse, which Gannett edited; and an incomplete autobiography.

Biographical / Historical

Gannett was a journalist and author. For many years he wrote the daily book review column for the New York Herald Tribune.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Letters to Lewis Stiles Gannett
  2. II. Letters from Lewis Stiles Gannett
  3. III. Other letters
  4. IV. Compositions
  5. V. Printed matter, clippings, and memorabilia
  6. VI. Other papers
  7. VII. Gannett family papers
  8. A. Letters to Ezra Stiles Gannett
  9. B. Letters from Ezra Stiles Gannett
  10. C. Letters to William Channing Gannett
  11. D. Other family letters
  12. E. Other family papers
Please note that item number 81 was inadvertently omitted from this finding aid.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*71M-111. Deposited by Mrs. Lewis Gannett, Cream Hill Road, West Cornwall, Connecticut 06796; received: 1972 April 10; gift: 1973 September 21 - 1975.
Title
Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966. Lewis Gannett papers: Guide.
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
EAD ID
hou00670

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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