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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1090.2-MS Am 1090.13

Walter Hines Page papers


Diaries, speeches, photographs, and other materials of American author, editor, publisher, and diplomat Walter Hines Page.


  • Creation: 1885-1918

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.


20 linear feet (31 boxes and 33 volumes)

Includes diaries (1905-1906, 1912-1918), speeches, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks covering Page's years in England, criticism of Page's works (including letters and clippings on his pseudonymous novel The Southerner), pamphlets on World War I, drafts and notes for Burton J. Hendrick's biographical work on Page titled The life and letters of Walter H. Page, memorials, obituaries, and other biographical material.

Biographical / Historical

Page was an American author, editor, publisher, and diplomat. He was an editor of the Atlantic Monthly (1895-1898) and a founder (with Frank N. Doubleday) of the publishing house of Doubleday, Page and Company (later Doubleday and Company). He also founded the magazine The World's Work which he edited until 1913.

He was a strong supporter of Woodrow Wilson for president and later became Wilson's ambassador to Great Britain (1913-1918). Page was an early supporter of the US entrance into WWI and he urged Wilson to forego neutrality and enter the war. His health declined rapidly in 1918 and he had to resign his duties, return home to North Carolina where he died on December 21, 1918.


Minimally processed. Organized into the following series:

  1. I . bMS Am 1090.2: Memorials and obituaries
  2. II. bMS Am 1090.3: Speeches, magazine articles, etc.
  3. III. bMS Am 1090.4: Diaries, clippings, etc., 1906-1913
  4. IV. bMS Am 1090.5: Diaries and embassy notebooks, 1913-1918
  5. V. bMS Am 1090.6: Burton Jesse Hendrick papers
  6. VI. bMS Am 1090.7: Invitations, programs, photographs, etc.
  7. VII. MS Am 1090.8: Page correspondence with Woodrow Wilson
  8. VII. fMS Am 1090.8.1: Woodrow Wilson letters to Page
  9. IX. MS Am 1090.9: Scrapbooks
  10. X. pfMS Am 1090.10: Scrapbooks
  11. XI. bMS Am 1090.11: The southerner, a novel: being the autobiography of Nicholas Worth
  12. XII. bMS Am 1090.12: Criticisms of Page's works
  13. XIII. bMS Am 1090.13: Biographical material

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Gift of Arthur Wilson Page,'05, 46 Cedar Street New York 5, N. Y. received: 1940.

55M-71. Gift of Arthur W. Page, Esq., received: 5 November 1955.

Processing Information

Most of this collection is unprocessed. For subject indexes to MS Am 1090.3, .4, and .5 see "Grey file" in Houghton Reading Room, or curatorial files.

Page, Walter Hines, 1855-1918. Walter Hines Page papers, 1885-1918: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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