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Dwight Papers, 1890-1959
16 archives boxes (8 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Correspondence, printed articles, manuscripts, notebooks, diaries, family photographs, and notes covering the life of Harrison Griswold Dwight, author and Amherst graduate. The bulk of the collection is made up of letters to Dwight from friends and publishers covering a period from 1897 to 1959. These include a number of letters from well-know persons ranging from Willa Cather to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Harrison Griswold Dwight Papers for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish should be directed to the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.

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Biographical Note

Harrison Griswold Dwight, author, was born in Constantinople, Turkey in 1875. He prepared for Amherst College at the preparatory school of Robert College, Constantinople, with which his father was connected, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont Academy. After graduation from Amherst, he entered the consular service. In 1918 he was translator with the American Section of the Supreme War Council at Versailles. In 1919 he was secretary to General Tasker Bliss at the peace Conference in Paris.

For several years he was assistant drafting officer in the State Department, Washington, DC. Later he joined the protocol division. He was assistant director of the Frick Collection in New York from 1935 to 1947.

His published works include four volumes of short stories: Constantinople, Old and New, 1913; Stamboul Nights, 1916; Persian Miniatures, 1917; The Emperor of Elam and Other Stories, 1930; and numerous magazine articles in Harper's Monthly, The Atlantic Monthly, and National Geographic. One of his stories, "In the Pasha's Garden," was the subject of an opera produced by the Metropolitan Opera Company in 1934. His reviews of books and poems appeared regularly in magazines and newspapers.

Dwight died in Holyoke, Mass., on March 24, 1959.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection contains a sizable body of letters to Dwight from friends and publishers, as well as a group of letters from Dwight to several other friends. Also there are manuscripts of some of the articles he wrote for magazines and one of the projected books he worked on about L'Enfant, the planner of the city of Washington, DC. There is a miscellaneous section that contains various items of interest, such as family photographs, notes, etc.

Well known persons included in the correspondence (letters to Dwight) include John Dos Passos (4 letters), Gilbert Grosvenor, Willa Cather (13), Stark Young, Arnold Toynbee (5), Alice B. Toklas (3), Otis Skinner, Harold J. Laski (1), Archibald MacLeish (1), Edith Wharton (3), William Dean Howells (2), President Calvin Coolidge (1), President Herbert Hoover (1), Eleanor Roosevelt (1), Wendell Wilkie (1), Hugh Wiley (5), Talcott Williams (4), and Willa Cather to Mary Willard (2) (December 25, 1941 and Jan. 10, 1942, in letters to Dwight). Other correspondents are much more prolific, having as many as twenty to thirty letters in some cases.


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

In general, there is no restriction on access to the Harrison Griswold Dwight Papers for research use.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish should be directed to the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

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

[Identification of item], in Harrison Griswold Dwight (AC 1898) Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid:1997
Prepared by:Carol Trabulsi, Senior Archives Associate


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

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1 - Correspondence



Subseries a: Letters to Dwight



Letters with illegible or unidentified signatures
1919-58

Box 1: folder 1
Letters with illegible or unidentified signatures
1934-42

Box 1: folder 2
Letters with illegible or unidentified signatures
1917-41

Box 1: folder 3
Adams - Ahearn
1918-33

Box 1: folder 4
Ainslee's Magazine
1904-06

Box 1: folder 5
Allen, F. Mansfield
1897-1901

Box 1: folder 6
D. Appleton & Co. - Amherst
1904-1957

Box 1: folder 7
Associated Sunday Magazine
1904

Box 1: folder 8
Atlantic Monthly Magazine
1911-46

Box 1: folder 9
Bacon, Leonard
1933-53

Box 1: folder 10
Baker - Beeley
1926-50

Box 1: folder 11
Belin, F. Lammot ("Mott")
1926-54

Box 1: folder 12
Belin, F. Lammot; Belin, Peter
1938-57

Box 1: folder 13
Benson
1903-07

Box 2: folder 1
Bibb - Bullard
1917-51

Box 2: folder 2
C - Carter, Morris
1925-43

Box 2: folder 3
Carter, Morris
1944-58

Box 2: folder 4
Cather, Willa
1906-c. 1920

Box 2: folder 5
Cenn - Century Magazine
1905-17

Box 2: folder 6
Chapman - Churchill
1903-57

Box 2: folder 7
Clapp, F.M.
1904-06

Box 2: folder 8
Clapp, F.M.
1911-35

Box 2: folder 9
Ede, Maud (married F.M. Clapp in 1908)
1902-1903

Box 3: folder 1
Ede, Maud
1904

Box 3: folder 2
Ede, Maud
1905

Box 3: folder 3
Ede, Maud
1906

Box 3: folder 4
Clapp, Maud
1911

Box 3: folder 5
Clapp, Maud
1915

Box 3: folder 6
Clapp, Maud
1916

Box 3: folder 7
Clapp, Maud
1917

Box 3: folder 8
Clark - Cross
1902-51

Box 4: folder 1
D - George H. Doran Co.
1920-53

Box 4: folder 2
Dos Passos, John
1921-41

Box 4: folder 3
Doubleday, Page & Co. (Eugene F. Saxton, editor)
1915-31

Box 4: folder 4
Dommar - Dyer
1916-57

Box 4: folder 5
E - Edwards, Cecil
1926-31

Box 4: folder 6


Box 4: folder 6
Edwards, Cecil
1932-51

Box 4: folder 7
Edwards, G.W. - Evans
1910-50

Box 4: folder 8
Farley, James A.
1940

Box 5: folder 1
Farwell - Frick
1917-57

Box 5: folder 2
G
1916-57

Box 5: folder 3
H - Harper & Brothers, (Fred L. Allen, publisher)
1911-27

Box 5: folder 4
Harper & Brothers
1928-49

Box 5: folder 5
Harrison - Howe
1920-58

Box 5: folder 6
Howells, W.D.
1906

Box 5: folder 7
Howland
1928

Box 5: folder 8
Hughes. C.E.
1917-37

Box 5: folder 9
Humphries - Huntington
1926-57

Box 5: folder 10
Ingersoll, Ralph McA.
1929

Box 5: folder 11
J
1916-23

Box 5: folder 12
K
1917-54

Box 5: folder 13
L - Leslie's Monthly Magazine (Ellery Sedgwick, ed.)
1904-41

Box 5: folder 14
Lewis - Luce
1930-52

Box 5: folder 15
M - McClure's Magazine
1905-55

Box 6: folder 1
McCullaugh - Mears
1927-58

Box 6: folder 2
Mencken, H.L.
1916-23

Box 6: folder 3
Merrill - Moore
1930-57

Box 6: folder 4
Morgenthau, Henry
1922-26

Box 6: folder 5
Morley, Christopher
1917

Box 6: folder 6
Mott - Museum of Modern Art
1932-39

Box 6: folder 7
National Geographic Magazine - New International Encyclopedia
1903-28

Box 6: folder 8
O - O'Brien
1916-17

Box 6: folder 9
O'Keefe, Georgia (Christmas card)
1950

Box 6: folder 10
Olds - Outlook Magazine
1906-55

Box 6: folder 11
P - Phenix, Evelyn and Spencer
1927-54

Box 6: folder 12
Philip, Hoffman - G.P. Putnam's Sons
1906-54

Box 6: folder 13
Q
1934-50

Box 6: folder 14
R - Ritter
1903-57

Box 6: folder 15
Rockefeller, John D. Jr.
1935-59

Box 6: folder 16
Rockhill, E.
1917

Box 6: folder 17
Roosevelt, Theodore to E. Rockhill
Feb. 1917

Box 6: folder 18
Roosevelt, Eleanor
Dec 6, 1943

Box 6: folder 19
Ross - Ruhl
1910-48

Box 6: folder 20
S - Saxton, Eugene, Sandy and Mark
1923-51

Box 7: folder 1
Saxton, Martha
1933-52

Box 7: folder 2
Saxton, Martha
1953-58

Box 7: folder 3
Scott, Evelina and Harold
1933-58

Box 7: folder 4
Charles Scribner's Sons
1903-16

Box 7: folder 5
Seymour - Sullivan
1903-55

Box 7: folder 6
T - Thomnatoff
1915-29

Box 8: folder 1
Toklas, Alice B.
1933-55

Box 8: folder 2
Tompkins
1924

Box 8: folder 3
Toynbee, Arnold J.
1925-33

Box 8: folder 4
Tracy - Turlington
1908-58

Box 8: folder 5
Unpopular Review - Utley
1916-36

Box 8: folder 6
V
1930-55

Box 8: folder 7
W - Westermann
1920-57

Box 8: folder 8
Wharton, Edith
1904-05

Box 8: folder 9
Wickwane - The World Today Magazine
1902-36

Box 8: folder 10
The World's Week Magazine - Wright
1915-28

Box 8: folder 11
The Yale Review
1926-32

Box 8: folder 12
Young, Stark
1921-36

Box 8: folder 13
Subseries b: Letters from Dwight



Carter, Morris
1922-45

Box 9: folder 1
Carter, Morris
1946-58

Box 9: folder 2
Guest, Grace
1929-34

Box 9: folder 3
Hartman, Lee
1936

Box 9: folder 4
Hughes, Charles Evans
n.d.

Box 9: folder 5
Saxton, Eugene F.
1918-23

Box 9: folder 6
Saxton, Eugene F.
1924-31

Box 9: folder 7
Saxton, Eugene F.
1932-43

Box 9: folder 8
Willard, Elise and Mary
1904-31

Box 10: folder 1
Willard, Elise and Mary
1932-36

Box 10: folder 2
Willard, Elise and Mary
1937-39

Box 10: folder 3
Willard, Elise and Mary
1940-44

Box 10: folder 4
Miscellaneous letters from Dwight: F. Lamont Belin, Roscoe Drummond, Col. Frederick Palmer, Ellery Sedgwick, Mary Sullivan, Miss Wilson, Eugene S. Wilson
1935-45

Box 10: folder 5
Other correspondence



to the Authors' Club from various people (some letters to HGD)
1905-06

Box 10: folder 6
to Mr. Hudson from Mrs. Edward McDowell
1928

Box 10: folder 7
Transcript of Harrison Gray Otis Dwight's (father of H.G. Dwight) letters of 1830 to William I. Buck
1953

Box 10: folder 8
Letters from HGO Dwight from Constantinople concerning uprisings there
1893-96

Box 10: folder 9
Series 2 - Printed Articles



Articles, (bulk printed in Harper's Monthly Magazine)
1925-40

Box 11: folder 1
"Under the Cast-Iron Dome"


Box 11: folder 1
"Shoulder Straps"


Box 11: folder 1
"The Mason-Dixon Line"


Box 11: folder 1
Book reviews by Dwight on Arabia Felix by Bertram Thomas and A Persian Journey by Fred Richards in the Yale Review ;
1925-[40]

Box 11: folder 2
"South of the Potomac"


Box 11: folder 2
"The Horrors of Washington"


Box 11: folder 2
"The Cut of the Job"


Box 11: folder 2
"Jeffersonian Simplicity"


Box 11: folder 2
"The Official Returns"


Box 11: folder 2
"The Campaign in Western Asia"


Box 11: folder 2
Book reviews from the Saturday Review and the Yale Review


Box 11: folder 2
Series 3 - Manuscripts



Two notebooks and one typewritten copy of poems
1890-1915

Box 11: folder 3
Typewritten manuscripts:
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
a. "The Synthetic Gentleman"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
b. "The American Calendar"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
c. "Floral Turpitude"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
d. "Impatience on a Monument"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
e. "Extension of Remarks"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
f. miscellaneous notes
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
g. "Potomac Packet I. Floral Turpitude" (revision of c.)
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
h. "The Literary Remains of a Prig"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
i. "Pulling Radishes"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
j. "Contessa"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 4
k. "Remarks at the Opening of the George Washington Bridge"
[?] Oct 31

Box 11: folder 4
l. "Report on the Activities of the Dept. of State in connection with the Yorktown Sesquicentennial, October 16-19, 1931"
[?] Oct 31

Box 11: folder 5
m."After Reading John Barleycorn"
[?] Apr 20

Box 11: folder 5
n. "The Lion's Club"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5
o. "Concerning Servants"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5
p. "The Lake"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5
q. "Shoulder Straps"
1926

Box 11: folder 5
r. "The Horrors of Washington"
1926

Box 11: folder 5
s. "Jeffersonian Simplicity"
n.d.

Box 11: folder 5
t. "The Secretary of Peace"
[?] Sep 25

Box 11: folder 5
u. "The Washington Express"
[?] Feb 25

Box 11: folder 5
v. "The Frick Collection" - article for 40th anniversary of Art News
[1942]

Box 11: folder 5
Series 4 - Notebooks and Diaries



Three notebooks:
1929-1930

Box 11: folder 6
Seven notebooks about L'Enfant
[1920-1950]

Box 12
Miscellaneous notes on L'Enfant
n.d.

Box 12: folder 1
Letters from Dwight to William Hindley in reference to life of L'Enfant
1933

Box 12: folder 2
small notebooks and diaries
1897-1959

Box 13
"Notebook of a Nobody," vols. 2 and 3
[1930-1950]

Box 13A
Series 5 - Miscellaneous



Background for "Potomac Packet"
1943-46

Box 14: folder 1
Chapters of a story, "Shadow Play" by Halide Edib, and related correspondence to Dwight
1902-32

Box 14: folder 2
Catalogue Raisonné - background for article on 40th anniversary of Art News
1937-43

Box 14: folder 3
Dictionary of American Biography - correspondence
1926-30

Box 14: folder 4
State Department - notes and correspondence (official)
1917-32

Box 14: folder 5
Notes on death of father of Charles Harrison Dwight (HGD's cousin)
1948-56

Box 14: folder 6
Cambridge Historical Society printed article by Mrs. A. Kingsley Porter on Elmwood
[1950]

Box 14: folder 7
New York Herald Tribune - issue devoted to Franklin D. Roosevelt
1945 Apr 13

Box 14: folder 8
Notes on "Notebook of a Nobody"
1934

Box 14: folder 9
Note:

See box 13A for the notebooks.

Notes on Williamsburg, VA; on Redhouse Turkish-English dictionary (1st edition edited by Dr. Henry O. Dwight, father of HGD)
n.d.

Box 14: folder 10
Family photographs
[1890-1950]

Box 15: folder 1
Notes and correspondence re controvery over Theodore Roosevelt memorial
1925-26

Box 15: folder 2
Notes and correspondence re opera of "In the Pasha's Garden"
1926-35

Box 15: folder 3
L'Enfant notes and miscellaneous (from desk)
n.d.

Box 15: folder 4
L'Enfant notes and miscellaneous (from desk)
1931-42

Box 15: folder 5
Miscellaneous notes
n.d.

Box 16: folder 1
Edward Juknavorian papers
1921-34

Box 16: folder 2
"The Automaton Theory" by F. Mansfield Allan
1898-1903

Box 16: folder 3
Miscellaneous small notes
n.d.

Box 16: folder 4
Letters to an editor (newspaper clippings) and Dwight's 1958 passport
1958

Box 16: folder 5
Contract for Henry O. Dwight's book, A Muslim Sir Galahad
1913

Box 16: folder 6
Miscellaneous items of special interest and memorabilia
various

Box 16: folder 7

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Subjects
  • Authors, American--20th century.
  • Dwight, Harrison Griswold, 1875-
  • World War, 1914-1918--Peace.

Contributors
  • Amherst College. Class of 1989. Dwight.
  • Bacon, Leonard, 1887-1954.
  • Carter, Morris, 1877-
  • Cather, Willa, 1873-1947.
  • Clapp, Frederick Mortimer, b. 1879.
  • Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970.
  • Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
  • Morgenthau, Henry, 1856-1946.
  • Rockefeller, John D. (John Davison), 1874-1960.
  • Saxton, Martha.
  • Toynbee, Arnold Joseph, 1889-1975.
  • Young, Stark, 1881-1963.

Genre terms
  • Diaries.
  • Notebooks.


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