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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1854.2

John Jay Chapman correspondence and compositions


Correspondence of American poet and reformer John Jay Chapman with literary and political associates as well as compositions relating to Chapman's book Lucian, Plato and Greek mortals.


  • Creation: 1841-1940

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 linear feet (2 boxes)

Contains letters from various friends to Chapman, mostly praising his books and translations, in particular his Dante translation. Letters also discuss book reviews by Chapman, a London Times article about his work, poets, religion, and finances. Collection also contains a letter Chapman wrote to the editor of the New York Times, and a sermon about Chapman. Also includes compositions by Chapman, including translations of Sophocles' Antigone, and Lucian's the Free Lance and Death, Lucian Attacks Pederasty, and Lucian and Plato. Collection also includes poems, clippings, translations, lectures, and notes.

Biographical / Historical

Chapman was an American essayist, poet, and reformer.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*48M-191. Gift of Mr. W. Stephen Thomas, Rochester Museum of Arts & Sciences, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, New York; received: 1948 December 16.

In memory of William Sturgis Thomas, M.D.

Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933. John Jay Chapman correspondence and compositions, 1841-1940: Guide.
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