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Collection Number: 03376

Collection Title: H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the FAQ section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 535 items)
Abstract H. L. Mencken of Baltimore, Md., was a journalist, author, and critic. The collection contains about 500 letters from Mencken to Elizabeth Peck Hanes and Frederic Moir Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C., and some other items. Mencken's letters concern mutual friends, travels, Mencken's visits to the Haneses' house, politics and public figures, Mencken's writing, food and drink, the health of Mencken and his wife Sara Haardt Mencken, and other matters. Other items include 27 letters from Sara Haardt Mencken.
Creator Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 H. L. Mencken papers #3376, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Frederic Moir of Winston-Salem, N.C., in 1958.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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H. L. Mencken of Baltimore, Md., was a journalist, author, and critic.

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The collection contains about 500 letters from Mencken to Elizabeth Peck Hanes and Frederic Moir Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C., and some other items. Mencken's letters concern mutual friends, travels, Mencken's visits to the Haneses' house, politics and public figures, Mencken's writing, food and drink, the health of Mencken and his wife Sara Haardt Mencken, and other matters. Other items include 27 letters from Sara Haardt Mencken. Later letters pertain to Elizabeth Peck Hanes's wishes for the material and the disposition of some correspondence between H. L. Mencken and the artist Walt Kuhn.

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Contents list

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About 535 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid material #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1927 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 1

Folder 2

1928 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 2

Folder 3

1929 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 3

Folder 4

1930 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 4

Folder 5

1931 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 5

Folder 6

1932 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 6

Folder 7

1933 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 7

Folder 8

1934 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 8

Folder 9

1935 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 9

Folder 10

1936 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 10

Folder 11

1937 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 11

Folder 12

1938 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 12

Folder 13

1939 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 13

Folder 14

1940 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 14

Folder 15

1941 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 15

Folder 16

1942 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 16

Folder 17

1943 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 17

Folder 18

1944 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 18

Folder 19

1945 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 19

Folder 20

1946 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 20

Folder 21

1947-1948 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 21

Folder 22

1949-1952, 1958, 1959, 1968-1970 #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 22

Folder 23

Letter and ribbons, undated #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 23

Folder 24

Clippings, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1944-1945, and undated #03376, Series: "H. L. Mencken Papers, 1927-1970." Folder 24

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

Updated by: Kate Jordan, April 2011

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