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   Henry Scholey Saunders papers, 1884-1951 [Bulk Dates: 1911-1947]

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Henry Scholey Saunders papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

Henry Scholey Saunders’ collection is comprised of letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, and hand painted watercolor greeting cards. In addition, the collection contains family files, bibliographies of Walt Whitman’s works, and typewritten excerpts of Walt Whitman’s published poems.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#1111
Bib ID:4079300 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Saunders, Henry Scholey, 1864-1951.
Title:Henry Scholey Saunders papers, 1884-1951 [Bulk Dates: 1911-1947]
Physical description:.21 linear ft. (1/2 document box)
Language(s): Material is in English.
Access: This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. This collection has no restrictions.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series:

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Description

Scope and Content

The Saunders collection consists primarily of correspondence (letters and greeting cards) to friends and business clients, and materials related to Whitman - handwritten bibliographies, reprints of poems on greeting cards, notes, articles, photographs and programs.

There are also family files consisting of newspaper clippings and personal papers.

Series I: Correspondence, 1921 - 1947

This series consists primarily of letters written to Mrs. Frank J. Sprague, a close friend of Saunders and to whom he gave copies of his Whitman books. Other letters were to business clients.

Series II: Family Files, 1923-1951

Materials in this series include newspaper clippings such as an obituary written by Mrs. Frank J. Sprague in the Long-Islander newspaper in 1951, a typed document about the Saunders’ Reunion Fund and family photographs.

Series III: Collection on Walt Whitman, 1884-1951

Much of the items in this series are typed Whitman’s poems (excerpts and complete) by other people, bibliographies, notes and articles about Whitman. There are also photographs of Whitman, his home, and Saunders’ personal bound book collection.

Series IV: Greeting Cards, 1940-1947

This series contains hand painted watercolor greeting cards from Saunders to Mrs. Frank J. Sprague.

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Using the Collection

Offsite

Access Restrictions

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least twenty-four (24) hours in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

      offsite requestMore information and link to off-site request form

This collection has no restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts & University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Henry Scholey Saunders papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Finding aid in repository; folder level control.

Selected Related Material-- Other Repositories

Henry Scholey Saunders' Collection of Walt Whitman, 1877-1950, John Hay Library, Brown University.

Henry Scholey Saunders' Collection of Walt Whitman Papers, 1887-1923, Library of Congress.

Henry Scholey Saunders Vertical File Manuscript, 1945-, Morris Library, Southern Illinois University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Cataloged 09/--/89 Christina Hilton Fenn

Papers processed by Marilyn Chin (Queens College, 2011)

Finding aid written by Marilyn Chin (Queens College, 2011) March 2011

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion March 11, 2011 Finding aid written in English.
    2011-03-11 File created.
    2011-03-17 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Drawings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Greeting cards.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Brown University--Library--Manuscript CollectionsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Brown University--Library--Special CollectionsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Saunders, Henry Scholey, 1864-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--AppreciationPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Appreciation--United StatesPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--BibliographyPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Bibliography--CatalogPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Henry Scholey Saunders was born in 1864 in London, Canada. He married Georgina Helen Taylor on October 10, 1887 and they settled in Toronto for the rest of their lives. They had two children, a son, Harry Ernest, and a daughter, Ruth Mercer, who died at the age of two.

Saunders was a Toronto cellist, collector, bibliographer, and independent Walt Whitman enthusiast. He was a self-taught bookbinder, painter and typesetter, skills he used to write and produce his own books on Whitman's poems in limited quantities, which he gave to friends and kept for his own Whitman collection. His method of publishing was unique: he typed, bound, and carefully catalogued these books by hand. He ultimately sold his collection to Brown University in 1932. His only published work was Parodies on Whitman (1923).

Saunders died on October 25, 1951 at the age of eighty-eight.

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