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Collection Number: 03384

Collection Title: James Saxon Childers Papers, 1789-1941

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract James Saxon Childers (1899-1965) of Alabama was a writer and editor. The collection contains autographed letters from American and European literary figures. Many of the letters were written to Childers, others were collected by him. Authors of letters include Countee Cullen (three letters), John Galsworthy (one), John Masefield (one), Matthew Arnold (one), Bret Harte (one), James Weldon Johnson (three), James Russell Lowell (one), John Stuart Mill (one), Christina Rossetti (one), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (one), Robert Southey (fourteen), and Hugh Walpole (one). The Southey letters, 1822-1837 and undated, are addressed to John Rickman and Rickman's wife, Susannah Postlethwaite Rickman. The majority of the letters are arranged alphabetically by last name of the author. There are also eight letters and notes by various authors from 1789-circa 1910 filed in folder 8. Please note, the Allan Roy Dafoe and Victor Hugo letters are missing.
Creator Childers, James Saxon, 1899-1965.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the James Saxon Childers Papers, #3384, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired as a purchase in 1949
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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James Saxon Childers (1899-1965) of Alabama was a writer and editor.

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The collection contains autographed letters from American and European literary figures. Many of the letters were written to James Saxon Childers (1899-1965), others were collected by him. Authors of letters include Countee Cullen (three letters), John Galsworthy (one), John Masefield (one), Matthew Arnold (one), Bret Harte (one), James Weldon Johnson (three), James Russell Lowell (one), John Stuart Mill (one), Christina Rossetti (one), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (one), Robert Southey (fourteen), and Hugh Walpole (one). The Southey letters, 1822-1837 and undated, are addressed to John Rickman and Rickman's wife, Susannah Postlethwaite Rickman.

The majority of the letters are arranged alphabetically by last name of the author. There are also eight letters and notes by various authors from 1789-circa 1910 filed in folder 8. Please note, the Allan Roy Dafoe and Victor Hugo letters are missing.

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Contents list

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Arrangement: alphabetical.

Folder 1

Original finding aid #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

A-C #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 2

Matthew Arnold, Joseph Auslander, Philip Bliss, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Richard Burton, W. S. Campbell, Countee Cullen.

Folder 3

D-G #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 3

Allan Roy Dafoe, Austin Dobson, John Drinkwater, Mary Evans Lewes [George Eliot], John Galsworthy, William Alexander Gerhardi, Sir William Gilbert. Please note, the Allan Roy Dafoe letter is missing.

Folder 4

H-J #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 4

Wolfgang von Hagen, William S. Hart, Bret Harte, Sally [Sara H.] Hay, Oliver Wendell Holmes [Jr.?], Victor Hugo, Jean Ingelow, James Weldon Johnson. Please note, the Victor Hugo letter is missing.

Folder 5

L-M #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 5

William LaVarre, James Russell Lowell, E. V. Lucas, Haldane Macfall, O. O. McIntyre, Charles MacKay, John Masefield, John Stuart Mill.

Folder 6

P-W #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 6

Coventry K. D. Patmore, Arthur Wing Pinero, Christina Rossetti, Dante Rossetti, John Ruskin, Percy Simpson, Robert Southey, James Still, Harold Vines, Hugh Walpole.

Folder 7

Miscellaneous papers, 1789-circa 1910 #03384, Series: "Papers, 1789-1941 and undated." Folder 7

Unrelated collection of letters. All letters are undated except for a 26 March 1789 letter from Elizabeth Burnaby of Lille, France to Heaghry, regarding whether or not a Mr. Ducarel is still alive. The topics of the other notes include music, religion, and London sanitation.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010; Adam Fielding and Jodi Berkowitz, December 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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