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Eleanor H. Porter papers, 1889-1928

Rauner Manuscript MS-796

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Title:

Eleanor H. Porter papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-796

Collection Dates:

1889-1928

Size of Collection:

3.5 linear ft., 3 boxes

Abstract:

Eleanor H. Porter (1868-1920), author of "Pollyanna." The papers contain correspondence with her husband, with editors and publishers concerning her writing, and with other members of the family. Some photographs and ephemera are also included.

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Unrestricted.

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Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Eleanor H. Porter contain correspondence, photographs and ephemera. Correspondents include her husband John Lyman Porter, Llewella F.W. Hodgman as well as miscellaneous book and magazine editors. Of note are the letters received in response to the "Just David" prize competition offered by Houghton Mifflin Co.

Biography

Eleanor Hodgman (Porter) was born on December 19, 1868 in Littleton, NH. She was educated in local schools, and by private tutors, subsequently attending the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. She established a career singing in private homes, at public functions, and in church choirs. Hodgman married John Lyman Porter in 1892. By 1901, Porter had given up her musical career in favor of writing short stories. Her first novel, "Cross Currents," was published in 1907, and its sequel "Turn of the Tide," in 1908. In 1913, she published "Pollyanna," which became an immediate bestseller. Her other best seller "Just David," was published in 1916. The publisher, Houghton Mifflin Co. of Boston offered a prize for the best letter explaining how the book inspired its readers. Porter continued to write and publish at least one book a year until her death on May 21, 1920.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1889-1920

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Clippings, 1916-1920
  • Folder: 2, Eleanor H. Porter Room (Springfield, VT Hospital): Floor plans, undated
  • Folder: 3, Eleanor H. Porter Room (Springfield, VT Hospital): Miscellaneous, circa 1922
  • Folder: 4, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, A-H, 1916
  • Folder: 5, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, J-Q, 1916
  • Folder: 6, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, R-Z, 1916
  • Folder: 7, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, A-B, 1917
  • Folder: 8, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, C-E, 1917
  • Folder: 9, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, F-G, 1917
  • Folder: 10, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, H-J, 1917
  • Folder: 11, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, K-L, 1917
  • Folder: 12, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, M-O, 1917
  • Folder: 13, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, P-R, 1917
  • Folder: 14, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, S-U, 1917
  • Folder: 15, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, V-Z, 1917
  • Folder: 16, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters, unidentified, undated
  • Folder: 17, "Just David" Prize Competition: Pamhlet: "Eleanor H. Porter, Author of 'Just David', undated
  • Folder: 18, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters from book and magazine editors, 1899-1905
  • Folder: 19, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters from book and magazine editors, 1906-1908
  • Folder: 20, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters from book and magazine editors, 1909-1920
  • Folder: 21, "Just David" Prize Competition: Letters from book and magazine editors, unidentified, undated
  • Folder: 22, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to Lyman Porter, 1889-1982
  • Folder: 23, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1895-1899
  • Folder: 24, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1901-1903
  • Folder: 25, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1904-1906
  • Folder: 26, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1907
  • Folder: 27, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1908-1909
  • Folder: 28, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1911-1912
  • Folder: 29, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1913-1915
  • Folder: 30, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1916-1919
  • Folder: 31, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, undated
  • Folder: 32, Letters: Eleanor H. Porter to John Lyman Porter, 1909-1919
  • Folder: 33, Letters: Friends/Acquaintances, 1891-1920
  • Folder: 34, Letters: Friends/Acquaintances, unidentified, fragments, undated

Box: 2, 1885-1893

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1885-1888-04
  • Folder: 2, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1888-05-1888-12
  • Folder: 3, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-01-1889-02
  • Folder: 4, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-03
  • Folder: 5, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-04
  • Folder: 6, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-05
  • Folder: 7, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-06
  • Folder: 8, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1889-07-1889-12
  • Folder: 9, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-01-1890-06
  • Folder: 10, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-07-1890-08
  • Folder: 11, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-09
  • Folder: 12, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-10
  • Folder: 13, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-11
  • Folder: 14, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1890-12
  • Folder: 15, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-01
  • Folder: 16, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-02
  • Folder: 17, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-03
  • Folder: 18, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-04
  • Folder: 19, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-05
  • Folder: 20, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-06
  • Folder: 21, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-07-1891-08
  • Folder: 22, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-09-1891-10
  • Folder: 23, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-11
  • Folder: 24, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1891-12
  • Folder: 25, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-01
  • Folder: 26, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-02
  • Folder: 27, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-03
  • Folder: 28, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-04
  • Folder: 29, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-06-1892-12
  • Folder: 30, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1893

Box: 3, 1888-1930

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1896
  • Folder: 2, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1898
  • Folder: 3, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, 1899
  • Folder: 4, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, photocopies, 1899
  • Folder: 5, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Eleanor H. Porter, undated
  • Folder: 6, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Llewella F.W. Hodgman, 1889-1891
  • Folder: 7, Letters: John Lyman Porter to Lyman Porter, 1920
  • Folder: 8, Letters: Llewella F.W. Hodgman to Eleanor Hodgman, 1890
  • Folder: 9, Letters: Llewella F.W. Hodgman to John Lyman Porter, 1888-1906
  • Folder: 10, Letters: Miscellaneous to John Lyman Porter, 1891-1928
  • Folder: 11, Letters: Miscellaneous relatives of Eleanor H. Porter, 1892-1911
  • Folder: 12, Letters: Miscellaneous relatives of Eleanor H. Porter, unidentified, fragments, undated
  • Folder: 13, Letters: Posthumous fan mail to Eleanor H. Porter, 1928-1930
  • Folder: 14, Letters: John Lyman Porter re. memorials to Eleanor, 1920-1923
  • Folder: 15, Letters: Miscellaneous, 1890-1922
  • Folder: 16, Pamphlet: "A Bibliography of the Boston Authors Club," compiled by OFA, 1907-05
  • Folder: 17, Photographs: Buildings and scenery, unidentified, undated
  • Folder: 18, Photographs: Party of sightseers, possibly a the Flume in the White Mountains, undated
  • Folder: 19, Photographs: Wedding presents, undated
  • Folder: 20, Photographs: Young woman, probably Elenanor H. Porter, undated
  • Folder: 21, Receipts, 1894-1916
  • Folder: 22, Wedding invitations and list of wedding gifts, 1892