Guide to the H.L. Mencken Collection, 1902 - 1956Manuscript MS-693

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Title:

Guide to the H.L. Mencken Collection, 1902 - 1956

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-693

Collection Dates:

1902 - 1956

Size of Collection:

14 boxes (9.5 linear feet)

Abstract:

The H.L. Mencken Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, annotated typescript carbon copies, and note cards documenting the life and work of H.L. Mencken.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The H.L. Mencken Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, annotated typescript carbon copies, and note cards documenting the life and work of H.L. Mencken. Of note is correspondence between American Mercury editor Paul Palmer and the American Civil Liberties Union concerning Mencken's contested essay about the group. Additionally, there are carbons, holographs, and typescripts for essays that appeared in the Baltimore Sun and the American Mercury as well as books that Mencken authored, including Notes on Democracy, Treatise on Right and Wrong, Newspaper Days, Happy Days, Heathen Days, The American Language, The New Dictionary of Quotations, My Life as Author and Editor, and Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work.

Mencken placed use restrictions on the annotated carbons for My life as Author and Editor, and Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work. Permission from the Librarian of the College will be needed to access boxes 12, 13 and 14.

Biography

H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) journalist, author and editor.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Correspondence, 1909-1956

Letters to and from Mencken including a group of letters between Paul Palmer and the ACLU over the lawsuit related to the publication of Mencken's article on the ACLU in the American Mercury.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1909-1956

Contains correspondence 1909-1956 arranged by year, also includes typescripts and galley proofs of "Notes on Democracy," "Treatise on Right and Wrong," "Newspaper Days," and "New Dictionary of Quotations."

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 2, Manuscripts and Proofs, 1902-1956

Holographs, typescripts and carbon copies of drafts of Mencken's essays and books.

Access Restrictions

Access Restricted. Prior permission from Librarian of the College needed for access.

Box: 1, Dates: 1909-1956

Contains correspondence 1909-1956 arranged by year, also includes typescripts and galley proofs of "Notes on Democracy," "Treatise on Right and Wrong," "Newspaper Days," and "New Dictionary of Quotations."

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1919-1945

Contains galleys for "New Dictionary of Quotations," and American Language," annotated typescripts for "Happy Days" and "Heathen Days" as well as fair copy carbons of "American Language," Supplement I.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 3, Dates: 1902-1956

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, American Language: Supplement I - proof, undated
  • Folder: 2, American Language: Supplement I - proof, undated
  • Folder: 3, American Language: Supplement I - proof, undated
  • Folder: 4, American Language: Supplement I - proof, undated
  • Folder: 5, American Language: Supplement I - proof, undated
  • Folder: 6, Articles and Essays: "Literary Geography", 1924
  • Folder: 7, Articles and Essays: "Forward", 1923
  • Folder: 8, Articles and Essays: "More Abundant Life for Judges", 1937
  • Folder: 9, Articles and Essays: "Triumph of the Have-Not", 1937
  • Folder: 10, Articles and Essays: "The American Civil Liberties Union", 1938
  • Folder: 11, Articles and Essays: "Mercy for the Merciless", 1938
  • Folder: 12, Articles and Essays: "Bringing Roosevelt up to date", 1939
  • Folder: 13, Articles and Essays: "The Gong Sounds", 1940
  • Folder: 14, Articles and Essays: "Notes on Conscription", 1940
  • Folder: 15, Articles and Essays: "The French Have an Idea", 1940
  • Folder: 16, Articles and Essays: "The Days Ahead", 1940
  • Folder: 17, Articles and Essays: "Mid-Channel", 1940
  • Folder: 18, Articles and Essays: "There He Is", 1940
  • Folder: 19, Articles and Essays: "Heil Roosevelt", 1940
  • Folder: 20, Articles and Essays: "The Primrose Path", 1940
  • Folder: 21, Articles and Essays: War and No War", 1940
  • Folder: 22, Articles and Essays: "Notes on the Campaign", 1940
  • Folder: 23, Articles and Essays: "The Old Order Changeth", 1940
  • Folder: 24, Articles and Essays: "Coroner's Inquest", 1940
  • Folder: 25, Articles and Essays: "The Call to Lovey-Dovey", 1940
  • Folder: 26, Articles and Essays: "Raymond Pearl", 1940
  • Folder: 27, Articles and Essays: "The Pattern of Revolution", 1940
  • Folder: 28, Articles and Essays: "Nuisance Value", 1940
  • Folder: 29, Articles and Essays: "Christmas Cheer", 1940
  • Folder: 30, Articles and Essays: "Taxes", 1940
  • Folder: 31, Articles and Essays: "Beer" (script), 1956
  • Folder: 32, Articles and Essays: "Max Brodal as a Pianist", 1938
  • Folder: 33, Speech: "Future of American Medicine", 1938
  • Folder: 34, Articles and Essays: Stevedores Club, 1902
  • Folder: 35, Articles and Essays: "Future of the United States", undated
  • Folder: 36, Draft of Press Release, undated

Box: 4, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: A-Dea (6 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: Deb-Han (6 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: Hap-Man (6 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: Man-Pup (6 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: Pur-V (6 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, note cards: W-Z (3 boxes)

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 10, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, carbon

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 11, Dates: 1941

New Dictionary of Quotations, carbon

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 12, Dates: 1956

Corrected carbons of My Life As Author and Editor and Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work.

Access Restrictions

Access Restricted. Prior permission from Librarian of the College needed for access.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 13, Dates: 1956

Corrected carbons of Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work.

Access Restrictions

Access Restricted. Prior permission from Librarian of the College needed for access.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 14, Dates: 1956

Corrected carbons of Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work.

Access Restrictions

Access Restricted. Prior permission from Librarian of the College needed for access.

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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