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Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers, 1891-1942
1.5 Linear feet : 1 records carton, 1 archives box
Collection number: MA.01019

Abstract:
Short story writer, playwright, and novelist, wife of Amherst professor Arthur John Hopkins (for his papers, see separate finding aid). Collection includes copies of published short stories, correspondence, and manuscript writings, including Briscoe's unfinished memoirs.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical Note

Margaret Sutton Briscoe, daughter of Dr. Samuel W. Briscoe and Cornelia Dushane Blacklock Briscoe, was born in 1864 in Baltimore, MD. She began publishing her short fiction at a young age and continued to publish under her maiden name after she married Arthur Hopkins (AC 1885) in 1895. She moved with her husband to Amherst, MA, where he taught at Amherst College in the Chemistry department. In 1896, she gave birth to a daughter, Cornelia Dushane Hopkins.

Briscoe published numerous short stories and serialized fiction in late 19th and early 20th century periodicals. She also published six books, some of which were compilations of previously published short stories. These include: Perchance to dream, and other stories (1892), Links in a chain (1893), Jimty, and others (1898), The sixth sense, and other stories (1899), The change of heart: six love stories (1903), and The image of Eve: a romance with alleviations (1909). She seems to have stopped publishing by the early 1910s in favor of civic pursuits.

Briscoe was a member of the Ladies of Amherst Club and may have been active in the Amherst School Alliance and Amherst Civic League. Several sources mention her as an unofficial counselor of Amherst College students, to whom deans would send troubled young men in lieu of more formal psychiatric treatment. She also acted as a patron or sponsor of young writers including poet Robert Francis, who wrote a short book about his two years living with her, Gusto, Thy Name Was Mrs. Hopkins: A prose rhapsody. She and her husband lived for many years at 58 Woodside Avenue (a home which had previously stood on the site of what is now Amherst College's Kirby Theater), and she ran an antique shop from the house. Margaret Sutton Briscoe Hopkins died on December 16, 1941.

Scope and Contents

The Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers are 1.5 linear feet of material focusing primarily on her early writing career.

The largest single component of the collection is printed copies of her writings, taken from the magazines or other periodicals in which they were published.

Another significant portion of the material are handwritten and typewritten manuscripts. These include several unpublished short works and novels, along with handwritten draft chapters of her memoirs, which she entitled, I Remember! I Remember! Some of these chapters contain enclosures, such as news clippings, poetry, and correspondence. One enclosed piece of correspondence dates from 1941, indicating that she may have been working on this book when she died. This unpublished manuscript shows that Briscoe did not stop writing after she stopped publishing in the early 1910s. Whereas her published works were primarily fiction, the chapters of this manuscript give an insight into Briscoe's thoughts on her childhood, professional life as a young woman in New York City, and her life in Amherst.

A smaller component of the material is incoming personal correspondence and incoming correspondence and contracts from publishers.

The papers are organized into 3 series:

1. MANUSCRIPTS [ca. 1895-1941]

2. PRINTED MATERIAL [1890-1907]

3. CORRESPONDENCE, CONTRACTS, and IMAGES [1891-1942, n.d.]

Series 1, MANUSCRIPTS [ca. 1895-1941], consists of novel, play, short story, and memoir manuscripts, along with manuscript notes and annotations.

Series 2, PRINTED MATERIAL [1890-1907], includes copies of Briscoe's printed stories from periodicals, as well as news clippings about her.

Series 3, CORRESPONDENCE, CONTRACTS, and IMAGES [1891-1942, n.d.], consists of personal correspondence to and about Briscoe (notable correspondents include Lord Jeffery Amherst, 5th Earl Amherst; Ramses Chaffey; and fans of Briscoe’s work), and correspondence and contracts from publishers, including letters about a story of Briscoe's that was plagiarized by another woman. Also included in this series is a small number of images, including postcards, a silouette, and several copies of what appear to be passport photos of Margaret Sutton Briscoe Hopkins and Arthur Hopkins.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers [Box #, Folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection
Custodial history:

The Margaret Sutton Briscoe Papers came to Amherst College in two accessions. The first batch of papers was purchased by the Archives & Special Collections in 1994 from a manuscripts dealer. These were previously described by themselves in a finding aid. The second batch of papers was donated in 2006 by grandsons of Margaret Sutton Briscoe.


Additional Information
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Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
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Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
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Language
English
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Buildings and Grounds Collection. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. See Faculty Housing - Boyden House, 58 Woodside Ave.

Dodd, Mead mss., 1855-1992. LMC 2415. Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Dramatic Activities Collection. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. See Dramatic Productions - An I.O.U., Feb 1915.

Arthur John Hopkins (1864-1939) Papers. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

Arthur John Hopkins (AC 1885) in Alumni Biographical Files. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

Margaret Sutton Briscoe in Non-Alumni Biographical Files. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections.

Gusto, thy name was Mrs. Hopkins : a prose rhapsody by Robert Francis. Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. Call number: File PS3511.R237 G8

Sponsor
This work was funded by a grant from the Hellen Ingram Plummer Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Contents List
Series 1, MANUSCRIPTS [ca. 1895-1941]
ca. 1895-1941


Arrangement:

Series 1, MANUSCRIPTS, is arranged in chronological order.

The Garden Wall: a farce in one act - handwritten play script
ca. 1895

Box 1: folder 1
Cosmopolitans - typewritten serialized story
ca. 1899

Box 1: folder 2
"The Little Still," "His Prerogative," etc. - short story typescripts with handwritten notes
ca. 1903-1904

Box 1: folder 3
"His Bad Half-Hour" - typewritten short story
ca. 1904

Box 1: folder 4
"Inauguration" - handwritten book chapter or short story
1904

Box 1: folder 5
"Apple" - typewritten short story
1907

Box 1: folder 6
"The Walk that Had No Ending" - typewritten short story
1911

Box 1: folder 7
"Why Not?" - typewritten short story and related letter
1911

Box 1: folder 8
The Rival - draft of a novel
ca. 1911

Box 1: folder 9
"Fresh Fields" - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
"The Gentle Cook-stove" - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
"Philanderings" [?] - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
"The Return of the Laity" - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
"Rosalie" - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
Versus his excellency - typewritten unpublished novel
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
"A Wasted Day" - typewritten short story
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
The Woodpecker's Hole - typewritten draft, possibly a serialized novel
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
The Woodpecker's Hole - notes and annotations
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
I Remember! I Remember! - notes, book plan, and introduction to memoir
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 3
I Remember! I Remember! - memoir section 1 chapters, Childhood
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 4
I Remember! I Remember! - memoir section 2 chapters, Youth - Baltimore City
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 5
I Remember! I Remember! - memoir section 3 chapters, Professional Life - New York City
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 6
I Remember! I Remember! - memoir section 4 chapters, New England College Town - Amherst
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 7
I Remember! I Remember! - memoir chapters, section unclear
ca. 1941

Box 2: folder 8
Manuscript - author unknown
n.d.

Box 2: folder 9
Series 2, PRINTED MATERIAL [1890-1907]
1890-1907


Arrangement:

Series 2, PRINTED MATERIAL, is arranged in chronological order.

"A Tea Leaf" - Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
1890 Sept 20

Box 2: folder 10
"Ned" - The Overland Monthly; Romance; and New York Evening Post
1891

Box 2: folder 11
"Through a Glass, Darkly" - Belford's Magazine
1891 Jun

Box 2: folder 12
"How the Spirit Moved Cynthia" - The Christian Union
1891 Jul 11

Box 2: folder 13
"Situations" - Godey's Lady's Book
1891 Jul-Sep

Box 2: folder 14
"A Chip" - Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly
1891 Aug 15

Box 2: folder 15
"An Extravagant Beggar" - The Christian Union
1891 Oct

Box 2: folder 16
"A Floating Cork" - Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
ca. 1892

Box 2: folder 17
Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, empty cover
1892

Box 2: folder 18
"The Gentleman in Plush, Part 2" - The Christian Union
1892 Jan 2

Box 2: folder 19
"At the Door of the Pew" - Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly
1892 Mar 3

Box 2: folder 20
"Miss Chesilia McCarthy" - The Christian Union
1892 Apr

Box 2: folder 21
"An Open Question" - Harper's Weekly
1892 Apr 16

Box 2: folder 22
"From Bed to Bed: An afternoon in a hospital" - The Christian Union
1892 May 14

Box 2: folder 23
"The Tramp Problem in Baltimore" - essay, The Christian Union
1892 Aug 27

Box 2: folder 24
"Apples of Gold" - Scribner's Magazine
1892 Dec

Box 2: folder 25
"How Many Crimes are Committed in Thy Name!" - The Christian Union
1892 Dec 17

Box 2: folder 26
"A Victim" - The Christian Union
1892 Dec 24

Box 2: folder 27
"A Woman's Privilege, Parts 2-5" - The Christian Union
1893

Box 2: folder 28
"An I.O.U." - Scribner's
1893 Sept

Box 2: folder 29
Review of The Life of Marie Antoinette - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1893 Nov 25

Box 2: folder 30
"John Harvey" - Leslie's Weekly
1894 Mar 22

Box 2: folder 31
"Amateur Dramatics" - Harper's Bazar
1894 April 23

Box 2: folder 32
"Pore Little Pinkey: A Pencil Sketch" - Harper's Bazar
1894 Jun 2

Box 2: folder 33
"Amateur Dramatics: Charades" - Harper's Bazar
1894 Jun 30

Box 2: folder 34
"A Chalk Line" - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1894 Jul 14

Box 2: folder 35
"The Garrett" - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1894 Sep 29

Box 2: folder 36
"The Cellar" - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1894 Oct 13

Box 2: folder 37
"The Kitchen" - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1894 Nov 10

Box 2: folder 38
"A Confidence" - Harper's Bazar
1894 Dec 8

Box 2: folder 39
"An Unrecorded Miracle" - Leslie's Illustrated Weekly
1894 Dec 25

Box 2: folder 40
"Papa's Rod" - Harper's Young People
1894 Dec 25

Box 2: folder 41
"Jimty" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1895 Aug

Box 2: folder 42
"A Dinner Engagement: A closet play in two acts" - Leslie's Weekly
1895 Apr 18

Box 2: folder 43
"Aunt Caulfield's Wedding Gown" - Harper's Bazar
1895 Nov 23

Box 2: folder 44
"Between Two Years" - Harper's Round Table
1896 Jul 4

Box 2: folder 45
"The Violin Case" - Harper's Bazar
1896 Aug 1

Box 2: folder 46
"From Line to Kettle" - Harper's Bazar
1896 Dec 5

Box 2: folder 47
"Concealed Weapons" - The Century Magazine
1897

Box 2: folder 48
"The Quarter Loaf" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1897

Box 2: folder 49
"Princess I-Would-I-Wot-Not" - Harper's Weekly
1897 Feb

Box 2: folder 50
"How Sarah Paid for Peace" - The Century Magazine
1897 Jun

Box 2: folder 51
"Masques" - Harper's Bazar
1897 Aug

Box 2: folder 52
"A Southern Market" - Harper's Bazar
1897 Sep 25

Box 2: folder 53
"Amateur Dramatics: Manager" - Harper's Bazar
1897 Sep 25

Box 2: folder 54
"Amateur Dramatics: A Portable Theatre" - Harper's Bazar
1897 Oct 23

Box 2: folder 55
"A Petitioner" - Harper's Monthly
1898

Box 2: folder 56
"Thedmore" - Leslie's Illustrated Weekly
1898 Jan 6

Box 2: folder 57
"The Sixth Sense" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1898 Jan

Box 2: folder 58
"A Will and a Way" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1898 May

Box 2: folder 59
"His Nomination" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1899

Box 2: folder 60
"Cosmopolitans, No. 1: Which Way?" - Harper's Bazar
1899 Jul 29

Box 2: folder 61
"Cosmopolitans, No. 2: Without Money and Without Price" - Harper's Bazar
1899 Aug 5

Box 2: folder 62
"The Midway" - Harper's Bazar
1899 Nov 25

Box 2: folder 63
"The Animation of Beck Ann" - Harper's Bazar
1899 Dec 9

Box 2: folder 64
"The Cuban Cactus" - Harper's New Monthly Magazine
1900

Box 2: folder 65
"His Old Love" - Harper's Monthly
1900

Box 2: folder 66
"The Chip and the Block" - The Delineator
1901 Mar

Box 2: folder 67
"His Prerogative" - Harper's Monthly Magazine
1903

Box 2: folder 68
"His Price" - Harper's Monthly Magazine
1903

Box 2: folder 69
"Red Tassels" - The Century Magazine
1903

Box 2: folder 70
"The Little Still" - The Outlook: A Family Paper
1904 Apr 1

Box 2: folder 71
"To Arms" - Good Housekeeping
1904 Apr

Box 2: folder 72
"In Loco Parentis" - Harper's Monthly Magazine
1904

Box 2: folder 73
"The Matriculation of Courtney" - Harper's Monthly Magazine
1904

Box 2: folder 74
"Philanderings" - Ainslee's
1904

Box 2: folder 75
"Mademoiselle Crapaud" - Ainslee's
1905

Box 2: folder 76
"Mademoiselle Crapaud" galleys
ca. 1905

Box 2: folder 77
"His Bad Half-Hour" - Harper's Weekly
1904 Nov 5

Box 2: folder 78
"The Debt of Honor" - Everybody's Magazine
1907 Jan

Box 2: folder 79
"Die, Which I Won't!: A Memory" - unknown publication
n.d.

Box 2: folder 80
"The Philanderer" - Good Housekeeping
n.d.

Box 2: folder 81
"The Book of Margaret" - collection of news clippings about M.S.B. and loose clippings about her
1893-1904

Box 2: folder 82
News clippings gathered for stories
1904, n.d.

Box 2: folder 83
News clippings about M.S.B.
1937, 1941, n.d.

Box 2: folder 84
Published articles by Arthur John Hopkins
1911-1938

Box 2: folder 85
Series 3, CORRESPONDENCE, CONTRACTS, and IMAGES [1891-1942, n.d.]
1891-1942, n.d.


Correspondence from publishers
1891-1899, n.d.

Box 2: folder 86
Correspondence from publishers
1901-1915

Box 2: folder 87
Contracts: copyright agreements and payments
1892-1903

Box 2: folder 88
Correspondence regarding story stolen by Grace Stuart Reid
1897

Box 2: folder 89
Personal correspondence to M.S.B.
1892-1944, n.d.

Box 2: folder 90
Correspondence about M.S.B.
1898-1942, 1979, n.d.

Box 2: folder 91
Personal correspondence: Betty Brainerd to M.S.B.
1925-1926, n.d.

Box 2: folder 92
"The Star of the Incarnation" - handwritten letter or essay signed "A.W.P."
n.d.

Box 2: folder 93
Images
n.d.

Box 2: folder 94

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Subjects
  • Autobiography.
  • Short stories -- 19th century -- Periodicals.
  • Short stories -- 20th century -- Periodicals.

Contributors
  • Allen, David Lougheed
  • Allen, John Robin
  • Amherst, Jeffery John Archer, 5th Earl Amherst, 1896 – 1993
  • Briscoe, Margaret Sutton
  • Briscoe, Margaret Sutton
  • Hopkins, Arthur John, 1864- (AC 1885)

Genre terms
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts


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