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   Lincoln Steffens Papers 1863-1936.

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

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Summary Information

Abstract

Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) was an American journalist - a leading writer among the "muckrakers" of early 20th century - as well as a lecturer, political philosopher, and reformer. The collection contains correspondence, clippings, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials.

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079365 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Steffens, Lincoln, 1866-1936.
Title:Lincoln Steffens Papers 1863-1936.
Physical description:ca. 37,186 items (78 boxes, 1 flat box, 1 bundle)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. The manuscript materials are located on-site.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series by accession.

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, clippings, diaries, date books, address books, and printed material of Steffens.

Series I

The original collection (Series I) contains letters to Steffens and Ella Winter from friends, family , and associates in political, literary, and journalistic fields; edited typescript copies of Steffens' outgoing correspondence, used in the publication of THE LETTERS OF LINCOLN STEFFENS; and manuscripts of many of Steffens' articles and essays (all of the preceding are available on microfilm). Also, newspaper clippings about and by Steffens; files of periodicals such as THE CARMELITE to which Steffens contributed, manuscripts of Josephine Bontecou Steffens, first wife of Lincoln Steffens, and a small group of letters from Ben B. Lindsay and Lincoln Steffens. Additional Steffens material includes cataloged and uncataloged letters to Steffens and Ella Winter; duplicate copies of Steffens' edited letters; manuscripts of articles, essays, and book drafts by Steffens and others; diaries, datebooks, and address books of Steffens and others; miscellaneous manuscripts and documents relating to Steffens; photographs, including several by Edward Weston; miscellaneous printed material; and original outgoing letters of Steffens, 1888-1936. Correspondents include Clarence Darrow, Jo Davidson, Robinson Jeffers, Emma Goldman, Ezra Pound, Theodore Roosevelt, and Upton Sinclair.

Subseries I.1. Correspondence--A-Z

Includes copies of Steffens’ outgoing letters, arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Subseries I.4. Typescripts--A-Z

Correspondence copies

Series II.

Series II, added in 1978, contains catalogued and uncatalogued letters to Steffens and Ella Winter; duplicate copies of Steffens' edited letters; manuscripts of articles, essays and book drafts by Steffens and others; diaries, datebooks and address books of Steffens and others; miscellaneous manuscripts and documents relatidg to Steffens; photographs, including several by Edward Weston; and miscellaneous printed material. Among the many prominent correspondents are Clarence Darrow, Jo Davidson, Robinson Jeffers, Emma Goldman, Ezra Pound, Theodore Roosevelt and Upton Sinclair.

Series III. Letters of Lincoln Steffens

Series III consists of the original outgoing letters of Lincoln Steffens,1888- 1936, along with several miscellaneous letters and related items. (12 boxes, 1686 pieces).

Series IV. Additional Correspondence and Manuscripts

Series IV consists of drafts of letters from Steffens to Bennett Cerf, George Creel, Sam Darcy and Frank Khox, 1 letter to him from Alan Suggett and 1 from Charles Erskine Scott Wood; drafts of manuscripts by Steffens of his Autobiography, parts I-IV; of speeches and magazine articles; columns for local California newspapers, 1928-1934, commentaries on the San Francisco strike of 1934; on current events and the state of American cities; and articles about children, (4 boxes)

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

The manuscript materials are located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

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

Finding aid in repository.

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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

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2012-03-12 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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Diaries.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photoprints.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Davidson, Jo, 1883-1952.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Goldman, Emma, 1869-1940.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Jeffers, Robinson, 1887-1962.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journalism.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Journalists.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lindsey, Ben B. (Ben Barr), 1869-1943.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Literature.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Steffens, Josephine Bontecou.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
United States--Politics and government.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Winter, Ella, 1898-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

History

Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936) was an American journalist - a leading writer among the "muckrakers" of early 20th century - as well as a lecturer, political philosopher, and reformer.

Steffens, the son of a wealthy businessman, was born in San Francisco, and grew up primarily in Sacramento, California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1889, and continued his studies in Europe afterwards.

Upon retuning to the United States in 1892, Steffens began working in the newspaper industry in New York City. in 1903, he became editor of McClure's Magazine , where he published a series of articles on corruption in American cities, later published as as a collection in the The Shame of Cities in 1904. This was followed by an investigation into state politicians in The Struggle for Self-Government in 1906.

Steffens continued in journalism until approximately 1910, when he became interested in the revolution in Mexico. He traveled to Mexico to report on the revolution, and later also traveled to Russia shortly after its revolution. In the 1920s, he moved to Europe, and began working on his autobiography, which was highly successful upon its publication in 1931.

Steffens died in Carmel, California, in 1936.

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