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H.L. Mencken papers

Title
H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956.
Author
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
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r. 1Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 1Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 2Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 2Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 3Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 3Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 4Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 4Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 5Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 5Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 6Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 6Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 8Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 8Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 9Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 9Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 10Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 10Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 11Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 11Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 12Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 12Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 13Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 13Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 14Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 14Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 15Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 15Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 16Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 16Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 17Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 17Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 18Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 18Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 19Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 19Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
r. 20Mixed materialPermit needed *ZL-283 r. 20Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328
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Description
  • 48 linear feet (120 boxes and 7 slipcases).
  • 69 microfilm reels.
Uniform Title
  • Baltimore Evening Sun.
  • Musical smart set.
  • American Mercury.
Subjects
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Additional Formats (note)
  • Collection available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
  • available on microfilm;
Terms of Use (note)
  • Literary rights belong to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland.
Source (note)
  • Mencken, H.L.
Biography (note)
  • H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), journalist, author and critic, worked as a reporter and drama critic for the Baltimore Morning Herald from 1899 to 1906. From 1906 to the end of his working career he was at the Baltimore Evening Sun where he wrote the column "Free Lance" in which he expressed his views on literature, politics and society. He was book review editor for the magazine Smart Set from 1908 to 1924 when he started a new magazine, American Mercury, a journal of sociology and politics. He retired from American Mercury in 1933 and concentrated on writing for the Baltimore Sun and encouraging young literary talent. He also wrote books and articles including his classic, The American Language, which he first published in 1918 and continued revising until 1948.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Finding aid available in repository.
Processing Action (note)
  • Cataloged
Call Number
MssCol 1962
Author
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Title
H.L. Mencken papers, 1905-1956.
Additional Formats
Collection available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Selected correspondence available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
J.B. Dudek correspondence, 1923-1956, available on microfilm; New York Public Library.
Summary
The bulk of the collection is Mencken's correspondence with a wide range of prominent people in the literary, artistic and political world of his time. Remaining papers are literary manuscripts by Mencken and others. Correspondence consists of about 30,000 letters, notes, postcards, and memoranda to and from Mencken. His correspondents include authors, journalists, editors, publishers, politicians, critics, and educators, as well as contributors to The American Language, Smart Set and American Mercury. He also exchanged letters with acquaintances, readers and members of his family. Manuscripts consist of poems and stories written by contemporary authors and two of Mencken's autobiographical works: My Life As Author and Editor, and Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper Work.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
Terms Of Use
Literary rights belong to the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland.
Biography
H.L. Mencken (1880-1956), journalist, author and critic, worked as a reporter and drama critic for the Baltimore Morning Herald from 1899 to 1906. From 1906 to the end of his working career he was at the Baltimore Evening Sun where he wrote the column "Free Lance" in which he expressed his views on literature, politics and society. He was book review editor for the magazine Smart Set from 1908 to 1924 when he started a new magazine, American Mercury, a journal of sociology and politics. He retired from American Mercury in 1933 and concentrated on writing for the Baltimore Sun and encouraging young literary talent. He also wrote books and articles including his classic, The American Language, which he first published in 1918 and continued revising until 1948.
Indexes
Finding aid available in repository.
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Occupation
Journalists.
Critics.
Authors.
Added Author
Boyd, Ernest Augustus, 1887-1946.
Bradish, C.R.
De Casseres, Benjamin, 1873-1945.
Dreiser, Theodore, 1871-1945.
Dudek, J.B., 1890-1963.
Hanes, Elizabeth Peck.
Hergesheimer, Joseph, 1880-1954.
Keller, Albert Galloway, 1874-1956.
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984.
Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951.
McClure, John.
Masters, Edgar Lee, 1868-1950.
Nathan, George Jean, 1882-1958.
Pearl, Raymond F.
Seamen, H.W.
Sterling, George, 1869-1926.
Added Title
Baltimore Evening Sun.
Musical smart set.
American Mercury.
Research Call Number
MssCol 1962
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