Literature & Linguistics


Newman Collections

A virtually complete run of first editions of the works of Cardinal Newman (gift of Martin S. Quigley), including such rarities as the first edition of the Apologia pro vita sua in the original parts, balances two important groups of Newman's letters: more than 350 written over many years to the author's lifelong friend, Henry William Wilberforce, touching on a great variety of topics (gift of the Most Rev. Jeremiah F. Minihan), and a series of 33, written between 1855 and 1865, to Dr. Thomas Hayden, largely relating to the affairs of the Catholic University of Ireland.

Rev. John Bannister Tabb Collection

The Tabb Collection includes more than 40 letters, cards, and manuscripts sent by Tabb to Dr. Thomas R. Price and members of his family. It is supplemented by Tabb letters and manuscripts in a number of other manuscript collections.
Gift of Fordham University Library
1882-1909 * 0.25 linear foot

Thomas F. Meehan Papers

The papers of Thomas F. Meehan, editor of the Irish-American, consist of letters from noted politicians of both Ireland and the United States as well as leading figures in the Catholic Church. Major correspondents include Archbishop Michael A. Corrigan, Samuel S. Cox, Charles A. Dana, Michael Davitt, Charles G. Herbermann, Bishop Charles E. McDonnell, John Boyle O'Reilly, and T.D. Sullivan.
Gift of Mr. Meehan
1859-1920 * 0.50 linear foot

Riedel Collection

Among the nearly 2,000 volumes in the collection formed by Carroll Riedel, O.S.V., are virtually complete runs of first editions of the works of G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, as well as substantial holdings of works by Eric Gill, Msgr. Ronald Knox, and Bruce Marshall. The Belloc firsts are supplemented by two lengthy runs of first editions and presentation copies (gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. and of the estate of Mrs. Leo Codd), and the Knox materials are amply supplemented by the gift of Maurice Adelman, Jr. To the collection's limited number of letters and manuscripts by Chesterton, Belloc, and Gill can be added substantial materials found elsewhere, such as Belloc's letters to his daughter Elizabeth, his friend Archibald Marshall, and his publisher James Murray Allison, as well as his extensive correspondences with Douglas Woodruff and Arnold Lunn.

Gallery of Living Catholic Authors

The collection formed by the Gallery, founded in 1932 by Sister Mary Joseph, S.L., was transferred in 1980 from its original home at Webster College in St. Louis to Georgetown. It consists of manuscripts, letters, and photographs by and about more than 600 British, American, European, and Asian Catholic authors of the twentieth century, including such writers as Hugh de Blacam, Roy Campbell, Wilfrid Rowland Childe, August Derleth, Julian Green, Mary Lavin, Claude McKay, Alfred Noyes, Daniel Sargent, and Frank H. Spearman. The strength of the collection is as an indicator of the breadth and depth of the Catholic literary movement, although it also contains a number of highly important and attractive individual items, from a leaf of the holograph manuscript of John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage (1956) to the corrected typescript of Hilaire Belloc's The Crisis of Civilization (1937) to the manuscript of Josephine Ward's last novel, Tudor Sunset (1932). Appended to the main portion of the collection are extensive files of Daniel Lord, S.J., and a series of architectural sketches by Ralph Adams Cram for a proposed Gallery building.
Gift of Webster College
ca. 1920-1960 * ca. 150.00 linear feet

Kilmer Family Papers

The papers contain much of the slender surviving correspondence of poet Joyce Kilmer, including his final letters home from France in World War I and letters written to his wife during their courtship. These are joined by a number of his manuscripts, together with other family material, particularly correspondence to his wife, poet Aline Kilmer, from James J. Daly, S.J., and Charles L. O'Donnell, C.S.C.
Gift of Kenton Kilmer
ca. 1907-1980 * 2.00 linear feet

Theodore Maynard Papers

The papers include Maynard's manuscripts, diaries, and correspondence with numerous literary figures, including Van Wyck Brooks, Mary and Padraic Colum, Ruth Pitter, Ridgeley Torrence, and Louis Eilshemius. In addition, substantial segments of journals kept by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, are present, as are manuscripts and original drawings pertaining to a children's magazine projected by Maynard's first wife, Sara Casey Maynard. From Maynard's library come not only runs of his own works, but also inscribed volumes from Van Wyck Brooks and Edwin Arlington Robinson and an extensive range of literary firsts ranging from Coventry Patmore and the Meynells to Charles Williams. Supplementing the collection are letters from Theodore and Kathleen Maynard to Rev. Robert McNamara (gift of Father McNamara).
Gift (papers) of the estate of Kathleen Maynard, through the auspices of Rosemary Sheehan
ca. 1903-1956 * 18.00 linear feet

Papers of Sister Miriam, R.S.M.

Primarily letters received by this well-known Catholic poet from other Catholic authors, including Theodore Maynard and John G. Brunini. Of particular note, however, are long series of letters from H. L. Mencken (64 letters, dating from 1937 to 1943) and Odell Shepard (47 letters, dating from 1933 to 1945).
Gift of Sister Miriam, R.S.M.
1933-1945 * 0.25 linear foot

Julie Kernan Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs make up the papers of this American Catholic editor. Besides extensive correspondence from the French philosopher Jacques Maritain (much of it used in her book, Our Friend Jacques Maritain), there are letters from André Maurois, Emmett Lavery, and a lengthy series from her brother, the journalist Thomas D. Kernan, whose papers are also included in the collection.
Gift of Miss Kernan, through the auspices of Margaret Sullivan
1923-1987 * 4.50 linear feet

Harry Sylvester Papers

The papers of this novelist and short story writer include numerous manuscripts, ranging from the original of his noted 1947 novel Moon Gaffney to drafts of the unpublished A Watch in the Night. There is also voluminous correspondence with a variety of writers, editors, and publishers, including Waldo Frank, Brendan Gill, J.G.E. Hopkins, Denver Lindley, Haniel Long, T.S. Matthews, Eugene and Abigail McCarthy, John Pick, and J.F. Power.
Gift of John Sylvester, Anne Sylvester, Joan Sylvester Wise, and Clare Sylvester Strickler
ca. 1935-1985 * 15.00 linear feet

Joseph G. E. Hopkins Papers

Although he was for many years an editor at Scribner's, Joseph Hopkins' papers primarily concern his own writings, and in particular his novels on the American Revolution: Patriot's Progress (1961), Retreat and Recall (1966), and The Price of Liberty (1976). Besides the manuscripts of these, there is correspondence from historians, publishers, and friends, among them Wayne Andrews, Dee Brown, Michael Glazier, Dumas Malone, Howard Mott, Allan Nevins, Charles Scribner, and Walter Muir Whitehill. A run of Hopkins' own works and a large group of books presented to him complement the papers.
Gift of Mr. Hopkins in memory of Vincent Hopkins, S.J.
ca. 1928-1992 * 6.00 linear feet

Anna M. Brady Papers

Correspondence, manuscripts, diaries and photographs fully document the career of Anna Brady, a Catholic journalist who for many years was the dean of the Vatican press corps, covering synods, papal conclaves, and the Second Vatican Council. There is much about those events as well as about the American Center Pro Deo, which she founded, and the related Catholic International Press. Frequent correspondents include John Cardinal Wright and Felix A. Morlion, O.P. Portions of the archive are restricted.
Gift of Mrs. Brady and Sister Mary Brady, R.S.C.J.
ca. 1940-1982 * 22.00 linear feet

Edward Rice Papers

Rice's career as author, photographer, and traveller is well chronicled in this archive; it also covers his role as founder, publisher, and editor of Jubilee, the influential Catholic magazine. Besides photo and editorial files, the papers contain research materials for many of Rice's books, in particular for The Man in the Sycamore Tree: The Good Times and Hard Life of Thomas Merton (1970). Merton's superb letters to Rice, his godfather (acquired through the generosity of James V. Kimsey), begin in 1940 and continue until his death in 1968. This material is supplemented by letters from Merton to A. Reza Arasteh (gift of Dr. Arasteh) and to John Pauker.
Gift (in part) of Mr. Rice
1940-1991 * 30.00 linear feet

Frederick and Maria Shrady Papers

The archives of author Maria Shrady and her husband, sculptor Frederick Shrady, contain correspondence from leading Catholic writers and theologians, including A.J. Cronin, Robert Fitzgerald, Anne Fremantle, Paul Horgan, Bernard Lonergan, S.J., John Courtney Murray, S.J., and John Cardinal Wright. Central to the collection are 400 letters from their close friend, Martin C. D'Arcy, S.J., which document the last 20 years of his life.
Gift of Mrs. Shrady
1951-1992 * 2.50 linear feet

Ned O'Gorman Papers

The archives of this American poet and educator consist for the most part of manuscripts and letters, with significant correspondence from a wide range of literary figures, including Anne Fremantle, Freya Stark, Mark Van Doren, and Robert Penn Warren. In addition to his poetry, the papers deal with his lifelong educational venture, The Children's Storefront school in Harlem, and his work for Jubilee magazine.
ca. 1950-1982 * 4.50 linear feet

Russell Shaw Papers

The papers of Russell Shaw, Catholic journalist and author, contain the manuscripts of many of his works, including Beyond the New Morality (1974), Church and State (1979), and Signs of the Times (1986). Especially important is the extensive correspondence to him as director of public information for the Knights of Columbus regarding a host of contemporary Catholic issues.
Gift of Mr. Shaw
ca. 1959-1995 * 10.50 linear feet

Douglas Woodruff Papers

The extensive papers of Douglas Woodruff, longtime editor of The Tablet, include correspondence with most of the major English Catholic writers of his generation as well as other prominent public and ecclesiastical figures. Of particular significance are long series of letters from Evelyn Waugh, Hilaire Belloc, Christopher Hollis, Msgr. Ronald Knox, and Arnold Lunn. The collection also includes substantial manuscript materials by Arnold Toynbee, Christopher Dawson, Alick Dru, Robert Speaight, and Rebecca West, among others. One also finds many of the editorial files of The Tablet for the period of Woodruff's editorship, together with Woodruff's research files on the state of Catholicism in Europe and on the Tichborne trial, the latter resulting in his book The Tichborne Claimant (1957). Supplementing the collection are two important series of Woodruff letters: one to his sister, Mildred Tschoeberle, and the other to his lifetime friend, economist Roy Harrod.
ca. 1850-1982 * 25.75 linear feet

Michael de la Bedoyere Papers

A portion of the papers of English journalist and author, Count Michael de la Bedoyere, mostly about his editorship of the Catholic Herald. Bernard Bassett, S.J., Douglas Hyde, Bede Griffiths, O.S.B., and Edward I. Watkin are a few of the correspondents.
1929-1960 * 0.50 linear foot

Sir Shane Leslie Papers

The Leslie Papers provide a detailed look at all aspects of this author's life and literary career. Besides his own manuscripts and corrected galleys, there is a very large correspondence between Leslie, his family and friends. Frequent correspondents include John Quinn, Vyvyan Holland, Claire Sheridan, and Wilfrid Meynell; among others are Lord Alfred Douglas, Winston Churchill, and George Bernard Shaw. The collection also contains substantial runs of the author's diaries, small groups of historical documents (especially concerning the era of George IV), and a multitude of research notes covering a wide range of subjects from ghosts to Cardinal Gasquet, with some special emphasis on "The Irish Question."
ca. 1820-1971 * 40.25 linear feet

Sir Arnold Lunn Papers

Lunn's triple career as author, ski pioneer, and controversialist is well documented in this extensive archive of diaries, manuscripts, and correspondence. There is considerable material on skiing and mountaineering, Switzerland, Catholic apologetics, Lunn's school (Harrow), and internment camps in World War I. Among the correspondents are J. R. Ackerley, Daphne Acton, Hilaire Belloc, Christopher Buckley, William F. Buckley, Jr., Brevoort Coolidge, C. E. M. Joad, Hugh Kingsmill, Msgr. Ronald Knox, Alec Waugh, Mia Woodruff, and Geoffrey Winthrop Young, as well as various European royalties. A small portion of the papers of Lunn's father, Sir Henry Lunn, is also included in the collection.
ca. 1896-1974 * 21.00 linear feet

Iddesleigh-Marques Papers

Correspondence to Elizabeth Iddesleigh and Susan Lowndes Marques, daughters of writer Marie Belloc Lowndes, from various English Catholic writers, including Martin C. D'Arcy, S.J., Isabel Clarke, Arnold Lunn, and Archbishop David Mathew. Of special importance are the more than 130 letters by C. C. Martindale, S.J., many written while he was interned in Denmark during World War II.
ca. 1928-1973 * 0.75 linear foot

Bruce Marshall Papers

Manuscripts, correspondence, and press cutting albums comprise the papers of this prolific British novelist. Among the manuscripts are those of Father Malachy's Miracle (1931) and The White Rabbit (1952), the latter a biography of World War II British resistance fighter F. F. E. Yeo-Thomas. Among the major correspondents are H. E. Bates, Tom Burns, A. J. Cronin, Madelaine Duke, John Howard Griffin, Paul Scott, Evelyn Waugh, and René Raymond (who wrote as James Hadley Chase). A convert to Catholicism, Marshall was actively involved in Catholic issues and organizations such as the Latin Mass Society, all of which are reflected in his extensive correspondence with Church members.
Gift of Mr. Marshall, through the auspices of Sheila Ferrar
ca. 1925-1987 * 21.00 linear feet

Barbara Ward Papers

Through her many books and lectures, and as an adviser to statesmen, British economist Barbara Ward (later Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth) influenced the thinking of a generation in such matters as aid to underdeveloped countries, the global environment, and the plight of the world's poor. Her papers deal with these and similar concerns, and consist of correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts, including those of Only One Earth (1972) and Progress for a Small Planet (1979). Besides letters by Willy Brandt, Indira Gandhi, Philip Noel-Baker, and Malcolm Muggeridge, the most significant ones are by Ward herself, consisting of some 700 written to her mother over a 40-year period. The collection also contains numerous letters to her from her husband, Comdr. Sir Robert Jackson.
Gift of the Hon. Robert Jackson
ca. 1929-1981 * 20.25 linear feet

Harman Grisewood Papers

The papers of Harman Grisewood, author and BBC broadcaster, consist of lengthy correspondences with three close friends: René Hague, David Jones, and Christopher Sykes (his papers described elsewhere). It also includes an important David Jones research archive with letters from Kenneth Clark, Douglas Cleverdon, H.S. Ede, T.S. Eliot, Nicolete Gray, Philip Hagreen, and Saunders Lewis, among others.
1928-1989 * 6.00 linear feet

Michael Richey Papers

Sailor and navigator Michael Richey spent three years with Eric Gill's community at Pigotts learning lettering and stone carving. His papers include letters from various members of the Gill circle: Tom Burns, Harman Grisewood, René Hague (a long series), David Jones, Prudence Pelham, Walter Shewring, Denis Tegetmeier, and Bernard Wall. Graham Greene and Shirley Hazzard are other correspondents.
1936-1992 * 0.50 linear foot

Walter Shewring Papers

Manuscripts and correspondence constitute the papers of this British poet, classicist, and educator, who has long been associated with Ampleforth College. Besides letters from Eric Gill, David Jones (an important series), and Vincent McNabb, O.P., there are a variety of manuscripts, including that of his acclaimed translation of the Odyssey (1980), and the corrected proofs of his recent book of poetry, Late Verses and Earlier (1988).
ca. 1935-1988 * 1.00 linear foot

Colby - Shewring Collection

The Colby-Shewring Collection consists of 15 letters, 13 of which were written by Walter Shewring, sent to Gina Thompson (Colby) between 1986 and 1990. As an American student studying at Oxford University, Gina Thompson met and befriended the classics scholar Shewring in 1986.
Gift of Gina (Thompson) Colby, February 19, 1998.
1986-1990 * 0.25 linear foot

David Jones Collections

The library is especially interested in the work of British poet and artist David Jones, and letters and manuscripts by him are found in the papers of Harman Grisewood, Michael Richey, and Walter Shewring. There are two other collections containing material of interest to the researcher:

Bernard and Barbara Wall Papers

These papers primarily consist of manuscripts and correspondence, some relating to her novels, others about his editorship of The Colosseum and The Changing World. There are letters from Tom Burns, Thomas Derrick, Vivien Greene, Harman Grisewood, Manya Harari, René Hague, Kathleen Raine, Michael Richey, Brocard Sewell, Robert Speaight, Philip Toynbee, Edward I. Watkin, and a touching series from her grandfather, Wilfrid Meynell. Of great interest is Bernard Wall's unpublished English translation of Teilhard de Chardin's World War I journal.
ca. 1929-1991 * 1.75 linear feet

Bernard Bergonzi Papers

The papers of this professor of English literature include typescripts of his several books of criticism as well as drafts and galley proofs of his first novel, The Roman Persuasion (1981). In addition, there is correspondence from publishers and fellow authors, among them Malcolm Bradbury, Malcolm Cowley, Donald Davie, and John Fuller.
ca. 1963-1981 * 1.50 linear feet

Elizabeth Jennings Papers

The archives of this English Catholic poet, closely associated with The Movement poets, include a large group of poetry notebooks together with a smaller amount of correspondence. There are letters from Cecil Day-Lewis, Roy Fuller, Stephen Spender, John Wain, and C. V. Wedgewood, as well as from John Gielgud and Alec Guinness. Of particular interest is the unpublished manuscript of Jennings' autobiography, As I Am.
(Second section of the finding aid) ca. 1957-1993 * 17.50 linear feet

Evelyn Waugh Collections

In addition to the extensive correspondence and short manuscripts found in, among others, the papers of Graham Greene, Douglas Woodruff, and Christopher Sykes, the library has two smaller collections that focus entirely on Waugh:

Altogether, the library holds more than 400 original Waugh letters. These are complemented by a very extensive and growing collection of first and other significant editions of Waugh's published works.

Christopher Sykes Papers

The archives of the English novelist Christopher Sykes, friend and official biographer of Evelyn Waugh, include a large group of Waugh letters and comprehensive research files about him. In addition to the extensive family correspondence, with a charming series of rebus letters from his sister Angela Antrim, there are letters from a multitude of literary friends and acquaintances, including John Betjeman, Max Beerbohm, Ivy Compton-Burnett, T. S. Eliot, Graham Greene, Harman Grisewood, Nancy Mitford, Harold Nicolson, Anthony Powell, Osbert Sitwell, and Stephen Spender. The collection also includes considerable research material about Nancy Astor, Robert Byron, and Adam von Trott, subjects of other books by Sykes.
ca. 1945-1981 * 18.00 linear feet

Graham Greene Papers

This collection includes the manuscripts and corrected typescripts of several later works by Greene: Monsignor Quixote (1982), For Whom the Bell Chimes (1983), Getting to Know the General (1984), and The Captain and the Enemy (1988), and of numerous shorter pieces, such as "Waiting for a War" (gift of the author). Various drafts of The Tenth Man (1985) are also present, even the rare mimeograph version (gift of Samuel Marx). The papers also include appointment books; "travel diaries" kept for over 30 years, recording Greene's impressions of places throughout the world; and letters from John Hayward, Violet Hunt, Edith Sitwell, Antonia White, and Evelyn Waugh, the latter an extremely important series. The papers are further supplemented by letters from Greene to various recipients, including Anthony Bertram, Nicholas Dennys, James Greene, Vivien Greene (gift of Mrs. Greene), B. H. Huebsch, Sam Lawrence, and Sir James Marchibanks. Most important are the more than 250 letters to his brother, Sir Hugh Greene, and a series of more than 50 to Joseph and Jeannine Jeffs. Portions of the collection are restricted at the present time.
ca. 1935-1990 * 9.75 linear feet

Catherine Walston Papers

This extraordinary collection is crucial for any study of Graham Greene's creative middle years. Not only does it contain 1,200 letters to Catherine Walston, some of the most powerful he ever wrote, but also the original manuscripts of the two great novels she helped inspire: The Heart of the Matter (1948) and The End of the Affair (1951). The autograph manuscripts of The Third Man (1949), Loser Takes All (1955) and The Complaisant Lover (1959) are present, as well as heavily corrected typescripts of The Living Room (1953), The Quiet American (1955) and A Burnt-Out Case (1961). There is a vast assortment of other Greene material: manuscripts of poems and short stories; corrected proofs of novels; his Mexican diary for 1938; and a rich array of photographs and ephemera, such as his 1925 Communist Party membership card.
1925-1978 * 21.75 linear feet

Walston Collection of Graham Greene

As one might imagine from the above, the collection of Graham Greene's works formerly owned by Catherine Walston is one of the finest extant. It consists of over 1,000 volumes: a nearly complete run of English first editions before 1979, including such rarities as After Two Years (1949) and For Christmas (1951); a voluminous assemblage of Greene in translation; numerous association volumes; and a large group of books from Greene's own library. What sets this collection apart is that Greene himself helped in its formation: the bulk of the first editions are presentation copies to Lady Walston, often with intimate inscriptions and lengthy annotations.
1925-1978 * ca. 1,100 items

Jeffs Collection of Graham Greene

An important collection of English and American first editions, many with presentation inscriptions from the author to his American friends, Joseph and Jeannine Jeffs. Besides containing such rarities as his first book, Babbling April (1925), the collection includes numerous annotated volumes from Greene's own library. The books are supplemented by the series of over 50 letters to Mr. and Mrs. Jeffs mentioned previously. This collection, together with the Walston and the library's other Greene holdings, helps make up a remarkably complete collection of the novelist's published work.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffs
1925-1988 * ca. 250 items

Alan Redway Papers

The research files of Graham Greene's bibliographer, Alan Redway, consist of drafts of his work and includes some 25 letters by Greene as well as numerous letters about Greene from other bibliographers, writers, and scholars such as Neil Brennan, Rupert Hart-Davis, John Hayward, Norman Sherry, and Stephen Spender.
(Finding aid for addendum to the original gift) ca. 1949-1983 * 2.00 linear feet

Shusaku Endo Collection

Part of the collection relates to English translations of The Samurai (1980) and Stained Glass Elegies (1985), both by the Japanese Catholic novelist, Shusaku Endo, with extensive correspondence between the translator, Van Gessel, and the British publishing house of Peter Owen Limited. It complements the library's other important Endo holdings: the original manuscript (in Japanese) of The Samurai as well as the autograph manuscripts and drafts of Scandal (1988) and of Deep River (the last two the gift of Dr. Endo).
1980-1993 * 2.25 linear feet

Other Catholic Literary Holdings

Besides the major collections noted above, the library holds extensive smaller groups of material that include significant Catholic literary resources. Among those are such obvious items as manuscript poems by Rev. Abram J. Ryan (gift of Thomas F. O'Rourke); the autograph manuscript of Katherine Tynan's Fraulein; a manuscript notebook by Rev. H. E. G. Rope (gift of John C. Hirsh); the incomplete holograph manuscript of the autobiographical novel Fernando (1919) by "John Ayscough" (Msgr. Francis Bickerstaffe-Drew) together with his genealogical notebook (gift of Frederick B. Scheetz); the autograph manuscript of Rumer Godden's Holly and Ivy (1958); manuscript poems by Neville Braybrooke; and a remarkable scrapbook kept by Madeline Vinton Dahlgren. But important materials also may be found in each of the following:


The Brady Gift

Georgetown's special collections in English literature began with the donation by Mrs. Nicholas F. Brady in 1934 of the literary manuscripts and first editions collected by her late husband. Among those gifts were numbered two extraordinary literary manuscripts: the "Crewe" manuscript, textually the most important extant, of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal, and the holograph manuscript of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among the most important surviving manuscripts in the field of nineteenth century American letters. These were buttressed by an imposing group of printed books: first editions and association copies of works by Johnson, Boswell, and their circle, and extensive runs of first editions of the works of Keats and Shelley.
Gift of Mrs. Brady

The English Romantics

To Mrs. Brady's benefactions the library has added almost all of the first editions of Sir Walter Scott (largely the gift of Matthew Baird III) and many of those of Byron (in large part the gifts of Edith S. Mayfield and Jerry Wnuck), Coleridge, Lamb, Wordsworth, and Godwin (in part the gift of Patrick J. Sheehy). Manuscript holdings include fragmentary manuscripts on literary topics by De Quincey; more than a dozen unpublished letters by Wordsworth; and a number of letters by his nephew Christopher Wordsworth (gift of Paul F. Betz). Efforts have been made to secure American and Continental, as well as English, editions of works by all of the major Romantic authors.

Ziegler Dickens Collection

The product of more than two decades of dedicated effort by a private collector, Arnold U. Ziegler, the Dickens Collection counts among its more than 2,000 items virtually all of Dickens' first editions; very nearly all pre-1970 biographical or critical monographic studies devoted to Dickens; more than a shelf of volumes from Dickens' library; autograph letters by Dickens and members of his circle; original illustrations of Dickens' works by Cruikshank, Charles Green, "Kyd," and others; and a wealth of supporting material in many different formats. Later acquisitions have included many of the first American editions of Dickens' works, as well as an important manuscript by Mark Lemon for a play on which he collaborated with Dickens, Mr. Nightingale's Diary.
Gift of Mary Ziegler Fockler

Mayfield Collection of A. C. Swinburne

Over a 40-year period, John S. and Edith S. Mayfield formed an extensive and textually important collection of works by and about the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. Of particular interest are numerous autograph manuscripts, including a notebook from the poet's youth with original poems and dramatic scenes. In addition, there is an extensive series of Swinburne correspondence with such figures as Edmund Gosse, Victor Hugo, John Ruskin, and Theodore Watts- Dunton. To complement the collection the library has acquired additional Swinburne printed and manuscript materials, ranging from the short autograph poem "Babyhood" (gift of Joseph E. and Jeannine Jeffs), to the complete manuscript of "The Murder of Rizzio," to, most recently, Swinburne's copy of the first English edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Poems.
Gift of Edith S. Mayfield
ca. 1856-1909 * 7.50 linear feet (papers only)

Grant Richards Papers

A portion of the papers of the English author and publisher containing correspondence from a wide range of literary figures, including his cousin Grant Allen, Frank Harris, David Low, T. Sturge Moore, and Lady Gregory, with whom Richards was associated in handling the estate and proposed biographies of the Irish philanthropist and collector Sir Hugh Lane. The Frank Harris material is supplemented by holdings in a number of other collections.
1889-1962 * 2.50 linear feet

Frank Kurt Cylke Collection of Arthur Ransome

Again the product of the dedication of a private collector, the Arthur Ransome collection boasts a nearly complete run of first editions (many present in variant forms) of works by the English critic, traveler, and children's author (Swallows and Amazons and many others) among its nearly 200 volumes, together with a wealth of additional manuscript material, recordings, and films.
Gift of Mr. Cylke
1904- * ca. 200 items

C. S. Forester Collection

The Forester Collection is one of the most complete assemblages of books, periodical appearances, and other items by and relating to the literary career of the author of The African Queen and creator of the legendary "Horatio Hornblower." All first English and American editions are present in the collection, as are numerous Canadian and Continental editions in English; a large number of signed and presentation copies of individual books; movie posters and lobby cards; and tape recordings and radio scripts. A recent acquisition has been the autograph manuscript of the short story "The Eleven Deckchairs" (1944). see the online exhibition: C. S. Forester & Horatio Hornblower - A Centenary Exhibit.
Gift of George M. and Penelope C. Barringer
1924- * ca. 1,000 items

Dame Edith Sitwell Collection

Besides the long correspondence to Graham Greene (described elsewhere), there are two other significant groups of Sitwell letters: 30 letters to composer Humphrey Searle, including autograph drafts of her poem "The Road to Thebes," and 17 letters to broadcaster John M. Cohen. Letters by her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, are also found in these and other collections.
ca. 1923-1964 * 1.00 linear foot

James Laver Papers

The papers consist largely of correspondence received by Laver, the author and curator, and his actress wife Veronica from a broad cross-section of English and Irish literary figures. Among frequent correspondents are Nicolas Bentley, Violet Clifton, Desmond MacCarthy, Francis Meynell, Kate O'Brien, Dorothy Sayers, A. J. A. Symons, Enid Starkie, and Alec Waugh.
1918-1977 * 1.50 linear feet

Anthony Powell Collection

An extensive run of English and American first editions by this noted British author, including a fine set of his famous sequenceof 12 novels, A Dance to the Music of Time, with presentation inscriptions to bookseller Handasyde Buchanan. The collection also consists of Powell magazine appearances, contributions to books, proof copies, and important reprints as well as Powell's letters to Buchanan. These are supported by a large correspondence found in the papers of Christopher Sykes and a remarkable series of more than 100 letters from Powell to his American friend, John S. Monagan, written over a 30-year period (gift of Representative Monagan).
see also the gift of Todd Haines
1930- * ca. 400 items

Patrick White Collection

Australian novelist Patrick White, author of Voss (1957) and Riders in the Chariot (1961), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973. This is a virtually complete collection of his first editions, including his rare book of college verse The Ploughman and Other Poems (1935). In addition, the collection contains a comprehensive run of White magazine appearances as well as numerous biographical studies about him. Printed materials are supplemented by a series of letters to Elizabeth Forbes of Heywood Hill bookshop.
Gift of Henry I. Nowik
1935- * ca. 300 items

P. E. N. Archives

A segment of the archives of this international association of writers, based in London, composed primarily of correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs. There are diplomatic files regarding contacts with some 40 London embassies as well as material about the annual P. E. N. Congress which failed to take place in Iran in 1963. Among the correspondents are Cleanth Brooks, David Carver, Edgar Johnson, Arthur Miller, Leonard Mosley, Herman Ould, and Alec Waugh.
Gift of Frederick B. Scheetz and Nicholas B. Scheetz
1939-1967 * 3.00 linear feet

Other English Literature Holdings

The library holds a large number of significant literary first editions; on occasion these encompass so large a percentage of the work of any given author as to constitute the beginnings of a strong collection, as is the case with D. H. Lawrence and Robert Louis Stevenson (gifts of Gerard Previn Meyer, Eugene Meyer, and Deborah Meyer DeWan). A number of these holdings derive from the collections donated by Ruth Baer in memory of David A. Baer and by Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Simmons. Among the authors best represented are W. B. Yeats, W. H. Auden, Max Beerbohm, Joseph Conrad, John Galsworthy, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas, Kingsley Amis, Rose Macaulay (gift of Todd Haines), George Bernard Shaw, John Sparrow (gift of John C. Hirsh) and Thomas J. Wise (gift of Paul F. Betz). The library has also a variety of single or small groups of individual letters and manuscripts by an almost equally great range of authors, including Robert Browning, Samuel Butler, W.E. Henley, D. H. Lawrence (gift of Virginia Moore), Haldane MacFall, and Alfred Tennyson. Pertinent smaller manuscript collections, each generally containing some correspondence of potential value for research, include:


Irving Levy Collection

The Levy Collection brings together strong to comprehensive collections of first editions of 14 distinguished nineteenth century American authors. The works of William Cullen Bryant, Samuel L. Clemens, James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Washington Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and John Greenleaf Whittier are held in great strength; of lesser extent are collections of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, and Henry David Thoreau; holdings of Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman, while significant, are not yet at a research level. The nearly 1,000 titles in the collection include a significant number of variant issues and English and Continental first editions.

Edwin H. Cady Collection

The scholarly library of Professor Cady, a specialist in American literature, complements the Levy Collection with a wide array of important critical and bibliographical works as well as numerous first editions and a significant number of critical editions of American authors. The collection is divided between the Special Collections Division and the main stacks.
Gift of Mr. Cady
ca. 1790-1988 * ca. 4,600 volumes

Hawthorne-Bennoch Collection

The journals of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop in the Maynard papers (described elsewhere) are strengthened by the presence at Georgetown of the long series of letters written by her brother, the writer Julian Hawthorne, to his early English patron, Francis Bennoch. The letters outline in sad detail the young novelist's continual financial miseries, not alleviated by his prolific publishing.
1872-1890 * 0.25 linear foot

Franklin B. Sanborn Papers

This is a collection of some 250 letters written to Franklin B. Sanborn from friends and relatives during his years as a student first at the Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hamshire and then at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts (circa 1852-55). Includes discussion of the politics of the day, such as the slavery issue with letters referring to affairs of the Kansas Free State and to the Kansas-Nebraska Bill of 1854, as well as to prominent abolitionists and reformers such as William H. Furness, William Lloyd Garrison, Amos A. Lawrence, Rev. Theodore Parker, Mary Ashton Rice Livermore, and Lucy Stone. Letters from Stephen Barker discuss at length popular beliefs in spiritualism and mesmerism. Many of Sanborn's friends and cousins mention reading the works of or attending local appearances and lectures by luminaries of Concord, New Hampshire, including Transcendentalist writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthone, and Henry David Thoreau. Finally, the correspondence affords insight into the lives of young, educated men and women of nineteenth-century New England.
1850-1856 * 1.5 linear feet

George Santayana Collection

In 1980 Georgetown received as a gift the 2,800-volume library of the late Dr. Charles Augustus Strong. These books were housed at the Villa le Balze, Fiesole, which had itself been donated to the university in the previous year. Among the volumes at Villa le Balze were a group of more than 120 titles from the library of George Santayana. These volumes, many of them very heavily annotated, have been transferred from Fiesole to the Special Collections Division, where they are augmented by a number of his first editions, by Santayana's own copies of several of his works, and by a small but distinguished group of Santayana manuscript materials.
Gift of the Marquesa Margaret Strong de Cuevas de Larrain

Ames W. Williams Papers

This collection primarily deals with the life of novelist Stephen Crane whose bibliography Williams, along with Vincent Starrett, compiled in 1948. Besides correspondence with Starrett, the papers consist of letters from collectors, scholars, and friends of Crane, including John Berryman, Edwin Emerson (whose papers are described elsewhere), Lillian B. Gilkes, Henry P. Taber, and Louis Zara. Portions of the papers also relate to American military fortifications and local Washington railroads.
Gift of Mr. Williams
ca. 1943-1982 * 1.50 linear feet

Flaccus-Masters Archive

The archive consists of the extensive correspondence and research files developed by poet Kimball Flaccus in the course of writing a biography (as yet unpublished) of Edgar Lee Masters. Besides letters from Masters himself and from virtually everyone who knew Masters, the collection includes letters by a number of writers distinguished in their own right, including Witter Bynner, John Crowe Ransom, Upton Sinclair, August Derleth, John Dos Passos, and the widows of Vachel Lindsay and Sherwood Anderson. The collection is complemented by both strong holdings of books by and about Masters and a number of his letters in other collections, as, for example, his correspondence with Milton Cushing (gift of Mrs. Bigelow Crocker). The collection also contains a smaller group of research materials about the novelist Thomas Wolfe.
ca. 1938-1975 * 8.75 linear feet

Fulton Oursler Memorial Collection

The Oursler collection includes a large number of drafts of many of Oursler's writings, particularly mystery stories published under the pseudonym "Anthony Abbot," editorial drafts from his tenure (1944-1952) as senior editor of Reader's Digest, and various manuscript drafts of his The Greatest Story Ever Told. Besides these, however, there are lengthy and important series of letters to Oursler from H. L. Mencken, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Upton Sinclair, and these are supplemented by letters from numerous other authors, many of whom Oursler knew through his editorship of Liberty (1933-1942). Among these are Margery Allingham, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Theodore Dreiser, Richard Le Gallienne, Eugene O'Neill, George Bernard Shaw, Immanuel Velikovsky, George Sylvester Viereck, H. G. Wells, and Thomas J. Wise. The collection also includes papers of Oursler's wife, Grace Perkins Oursler, among which is an extensive correspondence with her colleague, Rev. Norman Vincent Peale. Oursler converted to Catholicism in 1944.
Gift of Fulton Oursler, Jr.
1922-1955 * 39.50 linear feet

H. L. Mencken Collection

The library holds well over 100 letters from Mencken to Fulton Oursler and to Sister Miriam, R.S.M.; in addition, there are a good series to Ernest and Madeline Boyd, single letters or small groups of letters to a variety of other recipients, and a growing collection of his printed works.

Murray Marshall Collection

The Marshall Collection has two major components. Marshall's papers proper include the editorial files, business records, manuscripts received for publication, and a complete file of the 30-year run of his poetry magazine, Sonnet Sequences (1928-1958). Related to these, and dating from the same time span as Sonnet Sequences, are a large number of works by minor poets, including a presentation copy of Jesse Stuart's virtually unobtainable first book, Harvest of Youth (1930), and the more than 3,500 issues of other American literary "little magazines," many of them of the most ephemeral nature, which Mr. Marshall assembled by means of purchase or exchange.
Gift of Hazel Marshall Seebode
ca. 1920-1958 * 28.50 linear feet (papers only)

Marguerite Tjader Harris Papers

With the backing of Theodore Dreiser, Mrs. Harris founded and edited Direction (1937-1945), a magazine devoted to new and significant writers and artists. Among the editorial files and correspondence are typescripts by Erskine Caldwell, John Dos Passos, Langston Hughes, Sherwood Anderson, and others. The papers also include the manuscripts of Mrs. Harris's own books and related correspondence.
ca. 1930-1968 * 2.50 linear feet

Philip Barry Papers

The archive of this noted American playwright, author of The Philadelphia Story, consists primarily of correspondence and manuscripts. In the former category are letters by Stephen Vincent Benet, John O'Hara, Katherine Hepburn, and Gerald Murphy; in the latter, drafts of Here Come the Clowns, Second Threshold, and Hotel Universe, as well as the holograph manuscript of his early play, A Man of Taste.
Gift of Ellen Barry
1930-1949 * 6.00 linear feet

Biddle Collection

The library's holdings in twentieth century American poetry were greatly strengthened by the addition of the noted book collection of poet Katherine Garrison Chapin Biddle and her husband, former U. S. attorney general Francis Biddle. Among the more than 700 volumes added to the rare book collections were numerous association and presentation copies from such authors as W. H. Auden, Max Eastman, Allen Tate, and St.-John Perse, as well as important first editions of such black writers as Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Complementing the collection are the extensive personal papers of the Biddles, with scores of letters from a wide variety of literary and musical figures, including Bernard Berenson, Conrad Aiken, Isabella Gardner, Alain Locke, Archibald MacLeish, William Grant Still, and more than 140 from Allen Tate. The collection is supplemented by a group of letters from Mrs. Biddle to Frederick R. Goff (gift of Mr. Goff).
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Edmund Randolph Biddle
ca. 1916-1980 * ca. 40 linear feet (papers only)

John L. Brown Papers

The archives of this author, editor, translator, educator, and diplomat contain a rich trove of letters from a variety of American and European artists, writers, and friends, including Josephine Baker, Sylvia Beach, Brassaï, David Bruce, Marguerite Caetani, Albert Camus, Gilbert Cesbron, Marc Chagall, H.S. Commager, John Dos Passos, Claire Goll, Julian Green, Paul Horgan, Baladine Klossowska, Blanche Knopf, Loren MacIver, Jacques Maritain, Carson McCullers, Marianne Moore, Walter J. Ong, S.J., Katherine Anne Porter, Ezra Pound, James Purdy, Virgil Thomson, Giuseppe Ungaretti, and Alice B. Toklas, the latter an especially important correspondence vividly documenting the last decade of her life.
see also the second accession. Gift of Mr. Brown
1933-1991 * 2.25 linear feet

Nicholas Joost Papers

This archive of manuscripts, letters, and research notes well documents Dr. Joost's career as author, editor, and educator. There are considerable files regarding the journals Poetry and The Dial (the latter used in his several books on the subject), as well as extensive correspondence from a variety of writers and friends, among them John Deedy, Wallace Fowlie, George Dillon, John Gardner, Alyse Gregory, Laura Riding Jackson, Marianne Moore, Russell Kirk, Gilbert Seldes, and Karl Shapiro.
Gift of Laura Joost
ca. 1950-1980 * 15.00 linear feet

Mary O'Hara Papers

Best known as the author of My Friend Flicka (1941) and Green Grass of Wyoming (1946), this collection primarily contains the manuscripts of later works by Mary O'Hara: The Son of Adam Wyngate (1952), musical and novella versions of The Catch Colt (1964), and the autobiographical Flicka's Friend (1982). Complementing the collection is a good assemblage of O'Hara's works in translation.
Gift of Col. and Mrs. Kent K. Parrot
1943-1985 * 6.50 linear feet

William Peter Blatty Papers

The papers contain manuscript and typescript drafts of novels and screenplays written by Blatty, a Georgetown alumnus and writer best known for his novel The Exorcist. The papers are supplemented by a group of Blatty's undergraduate literature examination papers preserved by one of his English professors at Georgetown (gift of Bernard M. Wagner).
Gift of Mr. Blatty
ca. 1949-1970 * 3.00 linear feet

Fulton Oursler, Jr. Papers

This archive reveals much about the affairs of Reader's Digest where Fulton Oursler, Jr., was the book editor for many years. There are letters and manuscripts by a variety of noted writers, including Ray Bradbury, John Hersey, Eric Hoffer, Cornelius Ryan, Leon Uris, Barbara Ward, and Theodore H. White. James A. Michener is a major correspondent as well as Alex Haley, about whose Roots (1976) there is a good deal of important material.
Gift of Mr. Oursler
ca. 1950-1990 * 7.50 linear feet

Sophy Burnham Papers

The papers of writer Sophy Burnham consist of manuscripts, correspondence, research files, and production materials relating to her recent books: A Book of Angels, Angel Letters, Revelations, and A President's Angel. A unique aspect of the collection are the many letters received from people who have read her books; almost all contain accounts of personal experiences with angels or other paranormal phenomena. (Restricted.)
Gift of Ms. Burnham
1980-1994 * 16.50 linear feet

Kenneth Aguillard Atchity Collection

Letters, manuscripts, scripts, scrapbooks, and video tapes comprise the extensive papers of this author, editor, educator, and film producer. There is considerable personal and professional correspondence with poets, writers, and academics such as Thomas Bergin, Malcolm Boyd, Norman Cousins, Umberto Eco, John Gardner, Laurence Ferlinghetti, Ursula K. LeGuin, Denise Levertov, Lowry Nelson, and Camille Paglia. Much of the collection concerns Atchity's film development and production company, L/A House, and his editorship of various journals such as Dreamworks. A portion of the collection is restricted.
Gift of Mr. Atchity
ca. 1962-1994 * ca. 60.00 linear feet

Gerard Previn Meyer Collection

This gift of more than 20,000 volumes, now divided between the main stacks and the rare books section, is rich in nineteenth and twentieth century American and English literature of all genres, and especially strong in first editions of such American writers as Erskine Caldwell, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Madox Ford, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, John O'Hara, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofsky. Presentation and association volumes are numerous, including items from Richard Eberhart, Anthony Hecht, and Kenneth Patchen, among others.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, Eugene Meyer, and Deborah Meyer DeWan

Other American Literature Holdings

The library's holdings in American literary firsts range from a copy of the very rare anonymous novel The Cavern of Strozzi (New York, 1801) to strong representations of Theodore Dreiser (in large part the gift of Michael Mooney), Paul Engle, William Everson (Brother Antoninus), Robert Frost, Robinson Jeffers (to a great extent the gift of Edith S. Mayfield), Larry McMurtry (gifts of Patricia G. England and John C. Hirsh), Marianne Moore, Eugene O'Neill, Edwin Arlington Robinson, William Jay Smith (gift of Joseph E. and Jeannine Jeffs), John Steinbeck, and Edith Wharton (gift of John C. Hirsh). Scattered through a number of collections are letters and fragmentary manuscripts by such authors as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry James, Walter Van Tilburg Clark (gift of Mrs. Ralph Stimson), Hart Crane (gift of Bernard M. Wagner), Archibald Rutledge (gift of Mr. Rutledge), and Denise Levertov. Additional material of American literary interest may also be found in the following smaller collections:


Baron Robert Silvercruys Collection

The library of Robert Silvercruys, poet and former Belgian ambassador to the United States, is rich in the fields of Belgian history, law, and literature, with important holdings of the works of Edmond Picard, Thomas Braun, and Marcel Thiry. Silvercruys' literary papers, consisting of manuscripts and correspondence, are also part of the collection as is a small portion of the archives of his father, Baron Franz Silvercruys, President of the Belgian Cour de cassation. Of particular interest is the original manuscript of Robert Silvercruys' Suite Nocturne and a remarkable diary kept by his father while visiting America in 1926. Oliver Wendell Holmes and William Howard Taft, as well as Picard, Braun, and Thiry number among the significant correspondents.
Gift of Patricia McMahon Fox
ca. 1885-1976 * 3.00 linear feet (papers only)

St.-John Perse Collection

The library holds an extensive collection of first and other important editions of the works of the French scholar-diplomat. Printed books are supplemented by autograph manuscript materials, letters, and related files in the Biddle Collection (described above).

Other Continental Literary Holdings

While the library historically has not placed great emphasis on developing research collections in the various continental literatures, it has acquired, over time, a number of collections and individual items of importance, including:


Roscoe Drummond Papers

Correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, and other materials comprise the papers of this famous syndicated Washington columnist for (at various times) Christian Science Monitor, New York Herald Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. The collection includes, in the form of clippings, a substantial number of Drummond's columns, together with correspondence from W. Averell Harriman, J. Edgar Hoover, Lyndon Johnson, Alf Landon, Dean Rusk, and Wendell Willkie, among others.
Gift of Carol Cramer Drummond
1909-1983 * 11.00 linear feet

Michael Amrine Papers

The Amrine papers contain a wealth of material about his work on the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in the early days of the atomic era, together with extensive supplemental files relating to his interest in urban affairs and mental health, and additional material about his own writings, in particular his book on Lyndon Johnson, This Awesome Challenge. The papers are supported by a group of 40 tape recordings of historic events and interviews.
Gift of Renée Amrine
1933-1974 * 45.00 linear feet

Frank Reynolds Papers

All aspects of the career of this noted broadcast journalist are documented in these papers. They consist of television and radio scripts, research files, photographs, and extensive correspondence, much of it viewer response to his television commentaries on ABC. Subjects covered include elections, the American space effort, the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, and many aspects of contemporary problems in the Middle East.
Gift of Mrs. Frank Reynolds
1965-1983 * 24.00 linear feet

André Visson Papers

Visson's career as an international correspondent for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including Reader's Digest, is well detailed in this large collection of manuscripts and correspondence. The San Francisco meetings that produced the United Nations are among the many subjects covered. Background material for Visson's two significant books, The Coming Struggle for Peace (1944) and As Others See Us (1948), is included, as are letters from such correspondents as Sumner Welles, Brien McMahon, Michel Junot, Paul Mellon, Paul-Henri Spaak, and Vladimir Dukelsky ("Vernon Duke").
Gift of Assia Visson
1936-1964 * 30.00 linear feet

Lisa Sergio Papers

A family friend, Count Guglielmo Marconi, invited Lisa Sergio to be the first woman broadcaster in Europe, where she became known as the "Golden Voice of Rome." This collection of correspondence, manuscripts, and research files documents her eventful career as author, translator, and broadcaster both in Italy and America. Included are letters by Ernest Dimnet, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Coretta Scott King, Guglielmo Marconi, Lise Meitner, Victoria Ocampo, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Dorothy Thompson, among many others.
Bequest of Miss Sergio
1937-1988 * 28.50 linear feet

Other Journalism Holdings

Besides the papers of Anna M. Brady, Fulton Oursler, Edwin Emerson, Richard Billings, Thomas Kernan, Russell Shaw and others mentioned elsewhere, papers of the following individuals have particular importance in this field:


American Indian Languages

Among the library's collections are a variety of historical manuscripts and printed books important to the study of American Indian languages. Manuscripts range from a few prayers written in Piscataway (Conoy) by Andrew White, S.J., about 1640--the only known manuscript in that language--to a broad range of seventeenth to nineteenth century items in the papers of John Gilmary Shea. The library's earliest book printed in America (Molina's Vocabulario, Mexico, 1571) is embellished with manuscript translations into an as yet unidentified Indian language, and among Shea's library are more than 200 volumes (many, of course, portions of Scripture) in several dozen Native American languages and a wealth of nineteenth century printed material concerning Native American languages and linguistics.

Arabic Script Manuscript Collection

The earliest Arabic script manuscript to have come to Georgetown is a small Koran (in a local Joseph Milligan binding), a gift of Susan Wheeler Decatur, said to have been acquired by her husband, Stephen Decatur, while fighting in Tripoli. Among the more than a dozen other manuscripts, in both Arabic and Persian, are several nineteenth century Korans (in part the gifts of Charles Jackson Friedlander and of August Velletri); a nineteenth century manuscript of Muhammad al-Gharnati's Kitab Tuhfat al-Albab wa-Tahiyyat al-A'jab wa-'Aja'ib al-Dunya (gift of Edward M. Walsh and Lorna Gill Walsh); a manuscript of Jalal Al-Din Rumi's Masnavi (gift of A. Reza Arasteh); a manuscript of Nizami's Khamsa (gift of Roderick M. Engert); and a fine manuscript of the eighteenth century, illustrated with miniatures: the Jami' al-tavarikh of historian Rashid al-Din Tabib, the gift of Archibald Roosevelt, Jr. Additional Arabic script manuscripts, including several of naval interest, are found in the Nicholas Cleary Collection (gift of Mr. Cleary).
ca. 1544-1900 * 0.75 linear foot

Zalles Celtic Collection

The main thrust of this collection housed in the library's general stacks, consisting of over 1,000 books and journals and incorporating the distinguished Celtic library of Robert T. Meyer, is Irish language, history, and culture. But important subsets of the collection relate to other Celtic languages such as Breton, Cornish, Scots Gaelic, and Welsh. The collection has some special strength in the publications of a number of the learned societies which have specialized in Celtic culture and linguistics.
Gift of Rose Maguire Willoughby Saul Zalles

Oriental Language Manuscripts

The library's holdings include a number of manuscripts in various Oriental and Asian languages, ranging from a Batak text on tree bark (gift of Ernest L. Prior) to a nineteenth century Japanese script for the Noh narrative Yôkyohu (gift of Edward T. Jemison), to a Burmese palm leaf manuscript of the Ava period (gift of Ralph Katrosh). Among others are three nineteenth century Thai manuscripts, including a text of the epic Phra 'Aphai Mani (gift of Anne Lee Stewart), and a seventeenth century scroll in Japanese of the Amidakyo, a Buddhist sutra of the Pure Land School. Japanese script manuscripts by the novelist Shusaku Endo are noted elsewhere.
ca. 1688-1900 * 1.50 linear feet

Albert Marckwardt Papers

The papers consist primarily of Marckwardt's research notes, drafts of his various writings and speeches on linguistics and linguistic education, and professional correspondence. Professor Marckwardt's private library, added to the general collections, included such important items as a complete set of The Linguistic Atlas of New England.
Gift of Maybelle Marckwardt
ca. 1948-1975 * 22.50 linear feet

Other Linguistics Holdings

The major collections enumerated above are supplemented by a variety of others, including extensive documentation of Georgetown's own "Machine Translation Project," a pioneering effort in its field; records of the Center for Applied Linguistics' LINCS projects, of an urban language study, and of work done on contract for the Defense Language Institute, all three gifts of the Center; research materials concerning a Syrian Arabic grammar (gift of Wallace M. Erwin); the Easby-Smith Collection of Greek lyric poetry (gift of James S. Easby-Smith); and papers of Robert Stein, chiefly questionnaires (ca. 1910) regarding possibilities for a "universal language."

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