William Warland Clapp correspondence
Letters to American journalist and author, William Warland Clapp Jr., from his friends, colleagues, and family. Also includes some other papers.
- Majority of material found in 1840-1891
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English, with some French.
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Extent4.5 linear feet (11 boxes)
Primarily letters to William Warland Clapp Jr., but also some letters by him to others, to and from others, and a few letters from others to his father, William Warland Clapp Sr. Also includes compositions, clippings and other printed items, mixed within this one alphabetical series.
Content of letters includes all aspects of Clapp's life, personal, family, professional, and political. Especially concerns Massachusetts state politics and the Civil War. Extensive list of correspondents includes: James Gillespie Blaine, Samuel Bowles, James Freeman Clarke, Henry Laurens Dawes, Edward Everett, James Thomas Fields, John Murray Forbes, Edward Everett Hale, George Frisbie Hoar, Henry Cabot Lodge, Alexander Hamilton Rice, Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber, and many others.
Biographical / Historical
William Warland Clapp Jr. (1826-1891) was a journalist, publisher, and author. He was editor of the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette (1847-1865) and the Boston Journal (1865-1891). Clapp had a special interest in the theatre and in 1853 he published his articles that had formerly appeared in the Gazette as, A Record of the Boston Stage. In 1857 he wrote several plays: La fiaminna, John Gilbert and his daughter, A dramatic trifle, and My husband's mirror, a domestic comedietta. He was an officer in the militia, a Massachusetts state senator, and was married to Caroline Dennie Clapp.
His father, William Warland Clapp Sr. (1783-1866), was also a journalist and publisher (Clapp & Son's Press), involved with the Boston Saturday Evening Gazette, Hampshire Gazette, Boston Daily Advertiser, and many others. Clapp Jr.'s mother was Hannah Williams Lane Clapp.
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
42M-2090. Bequest of Mrs. Mabel Delano Lord; received: 1942.
- Clapp, William Warland, 1826-1891. William Warland Clapp correspondence, 1790-1891: Guide.
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