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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 950

A. C. Wheeler letters from others


Approximately 150 letters to A.C. Wheeler, a theater critic for the New York World, who wrote under the name Nym Crinkle.


  • Creation: 1868-1960

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Includes approximately 150 letters from actors, drama critics and newspaper editors to the New York theater critic, Andrew Carpenter Wheeler. Correspondents include Dion Boucicault, Lillie Langtry, Richard Mansfield, Edward Askew Sothern, Dame Ellen Terry, William Winter, and many others. The majority of the letters are from the latter half of the 19th-century.

Biographical / Historical

Andrew Carpenter Wheeler (1835-1903) began his newspaper career on the staff of the New York Times, but turned briefly to playwriting when he lived for a time in Kansas and Iowa. After serving with papers in Milwaukee and Chicago he returned to New York shortly after the Civil War and under the name “Trinculo” became drama critic for the New York Leader. Under the byline “Nym Crinkle,” Wheeler wrote play reviews for the World (New York, N.Y. : 1860-1931) and the New York Sun. He also wrote as “Nym Crinkle” for numerous magazines but used other names as well.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2006MT-268r. Purchased from Goodspeed's Book Shop with F. E. Chase bequest; received 1960.

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Emma Clement

Wheeler, A. C. (Andrew Carpenter), 1835-1903, recipient. A.C. Wheeler letters from others, 1868-1960: Guide.
Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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