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William Henry Waldo Sabine papers, 1797-1994, bulk 1920-1994

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1097
Bib ID 4078403 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sabine, William H. W. (William Henry Waldo), 1903-1994
Title William Henry Waldo Sabine papers, 1797-1994, bulk 1920-1994
Physical Description 8 linear feet (17 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. Collection is arranged in 5 series. Box l, Literature; Box 2, Parapsychology; Box 3-4, History; Boxes 5-16, Diaries & Scrapbooks; Box 17, Commonplace book & books by Sabine.

Description

Summary

1992-1995 Additions: 138 volumes of his diaries, 1920-1994, have been added, as well as 12 letters from W.A. Craigie concerning new entries for the Oxford English Dictionary, 1 drawing in the style of John Leech, 2 19th century drawings, the manuscript of his "Young John of Gaunt; a poem in fourteen cantos", 22 engraved American portraits, 5 maps of the American Civil and Revolutionary Wars, 3 scrapbooks, World War I to 1976, his commonplace book, 1927-1990, several of his published books, and "The Sheriff's Prisoner", an autobiographical account of his 8 months in Brixton Prison for Obscene Libel on the publication of "Guido and the Girls", along with letters and documents re. this case.

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Restrictions on Access

This collection has no restrictions.

The following boxes are located off-site: 2-17. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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); William Henry Waldo Sabine papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of William H.W. Sabine, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994& of his estate, 1995.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

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Processing Information

Papers assigned BRC 04/17/1986.

addition Processed JL-W 06/--/1986.

Addition Entered JCA 09/09/1986.

Papers Processed HR 10/17/1991.

James Caulfield letter Cataloged HR 11/25/1991.

1 xeroxed article Processed HR 03/31/1992.

Diaries Processed BRC 06/11/1992.

"Young John of Gaunt", a.ms.s., 96p Processed HR 02/02/1993.

W.A.Craigie letters & misc. drawings & printed materials Cataloged HR 02/02/1993.

Scrapbooks Processed HR 04/28/1998.

Diaries Processed HR 04/28/1998.

Diaries Processed HR 04/28/1998.

Revision Description

June 2020 PDF replaced with full finding aid, YH

Subject Headings

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Boswell, James, 1740-1795 -- : Parodies, imitations, etc Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caulfield, James, 1764-1826 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Craigie, William A., Sir (William Alexander), 1867-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Decker, Peter, 1893-1988 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, Thomas E (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Extrasensory perception Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Flags -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Hood, Samuel Hood, Viscount, 1724-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Immortality Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
John, of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, 1340-1399 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Leech, John, 1817-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Love poetry, English -- 17th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
MacMaster, Richard K (Richard Kerwin), 1935- Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nash, Frederick, 1782-1856 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nelson, Horatio Nelson, Viscount, 1758-1805 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Nicolson, Harold, 1886-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Parapsychology -- Research Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
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Smith, William, 1728-1793 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Washington, George, 1732-1799 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Woodhull, Nathaniel, 1722-1776 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
World War, 1914-1918 -- England Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical sketch

William Sabine was born in England, educated at private schools and with tutors, and taught at the Middlesex County Council Institute before coming to the United States in 1947. His publications had begun with poetry in England in 1929. In America he developed an interest in early American history, publishing titles about the Revolutionary era, of which the most popular"The Historical Memoirs of William Smith, 1763-1783" was first published in 1956. He later became interested in the American flag and its history, followed by a rededication to a long-term interest in parapsychology. Sabine died in 1994.

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Series I: Cataloged correspondence and manuscripts



Box 1 Harold Nicolson


Box 1 Havelock Ellis


Box 1 James Caulfield


Box 1 John Leech(?)


Box 1 Thomas Dewey


Box 1 Viscount Hood


Box 1 W.A. Craigie


Box 1 Sabine, W.H.H., English love poems of the seventeenth century, 1951

Typed manuscript with annotation, 3 bound volumes. With additions and corrections by the author in manuscript.

Series II: Correspondence, manuscripts, notes



Box 2 Five folders each containing correspondence and/or other material of interest to parapsychology


Box 2 A Mystery of History


Box 2 Article published in Light, 1951 October


Box 2 Notes


Box 2 Correspondence


Box 2 The Identity of "Feda", Mrs. Gladys Osborne Leonard's Spirit Communicator

William H.W. Sabine's correspondence in an endeavor to throw light on this subject.


Box 2 The Ghosts of Versailles, by Lucille Iremonger

Correspondence of William H.W. Sabine with Mrs. Iremonger, with Mrs. Lydia W.Allison (editor of the Journal of the A.S.P.R., New York), and with the editor of the Journal of the S.P.R., London on the above subject.


Box 2 A Case of Unexplained Magnetism

William H.W. Sabine's notes and correspondence with the manufacturers of the game "Scrabble," and with Mrs. Laura A. Dale, Research Associate at the American Society for Psychical Research.


Box 2 Articles, reviews, and letters contributed by William H.W. Sabine to the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research


Box 2 Sabine, W.H.H., Second light in dally life, 1949

Typed manuscript, bound. Original edition, mounted on paper with revision and additions made by the author in type script and manuscript.


Box 2 Correspondence relating to the publication of William H.W. Sabine's Second sight in daily life, together with letters from readers, etc.


Box 2 Sabine, W.H.H. Evidence tending to indicate that Stella Lipinski Sabine survived physical death… As recorded by her husband, 1992

Typed manuscript, 28 pages, xerox copy in a binder



Box 3 Materials relating to the history of the Stars and Stripes


Box 3 Folder of loose sheets

Notes, photocopies, correspondence


Box 3 Book, East Indiamen: The East India Company's Maritime Service, by Sir Evan Cotton, Ed. by Sir Charles Fawcett


Box 3 Magazines (articles on the U.S. flag)


Box 3 National Geographic, 1917 October


Box 3 National Geographic, 1934 September


Box 3 Mariner's Mirror, 1937 October


Box 3 National Geographic, 1949 May

Pages 633-657 only


Box 3 National Geographic, 1959 July

Pages 85-121 only


Box 3 Correspondence between William H.W. Sabine and Richard K. MacMastsr, S.J., 1952 September 19-1960 April 25

Chiefly on their historical interests: in Sabine's case especially his publications on Woodhull, Fitch, and Smith; and in MacMaster's case his researches into the careers of Catholic priests and laymen of Scottish ancestry in North America in the colonial era.


Box 3 Correspondence between Peter Decker and William H.W. Sabine

On various matters including the inclusion of William Smith's Historical Memoirs and Jabez Fitch's Diary in the Arno Press's "Eyewitness Accounts of the American Revolution", ed. Peter Decker; also including reference to Sabine's Murder, 1776, and Letter About Distorted History.


Box 3 Correspondence between Sabine and the New York Public Library, Re: William Smith's Historical Memoirs, 1955-1972



Box 4 Correspondence, etc. relating to William H.W. Sabine's Murder, 1776, and Washington's Policy of Silence, 1973; also with some reference to A Letter about Distorted History, 1975, 1973, 1975


Box 4 Mary Gibbons: the only play about George Washington & the beautiful girl from New Jersey

Mimeograph copies of 2 versions of play script by Sabine


Box 4 Woodhull

A shortened version, in the form of a story, of the Secret History of General Woodhull. The latter work, restyled The Suppressed History of General Woodhull, was published in 1954. Typed manuscript, 119 pages, with 2 maps


Box 4 A Tragedy of 1776

Also includes correspondence about the Woodhull Monument.


Box 4 Young John of Gaunt; a poem in fourteen cantos.

Annotated, manuscript, signed, 96 pages


Box 4 2 19th century drawings


Box 4 22 engraved American portraits


Box 4 5 printed maps regarding the American Civil & Revolutionary Wars

Series III: Diaries



Box 5 Item 1 1920, 1923 May 06-1924 January 03


Box 5 Item 2 1924 January 04-1924 November 20


Box 5 Item 3 1924 November 21-1925 March 02


Box 5 Item 4 1925 March 03-June 21


Box 5 Item 5 1925 June 22-November 04


Box 5 Item 6 1925 November 05-1926 April 04


Box 5 Item 7 1926 April 05-August 10



Box 6 Item 8 1926 August 11-1927 February 06


Box 6 Item 9 1927 February 08-August 03


Box 6 Item 10 1927 August 04-1928 February 13


Box 6 Item 11 1928 February 19-June 08


Box 6 Item 12 1928 June 09-October 06


Box 6 Item 13 1928 October 07-1929 January 29



Box 7 Item 14A 1929 January 30-March 11


Box 7 Item 14B 1929 January 30-March 11


Box 7 Item 14C 1929 January 30-March 11


Box 7 Item 15 1929 March 12-May 25


Box 7 Item 16 1929 May 26-August 13


Box 7 Item 17 1929 August 14-December 09


Box 7 Item 18 1929 December 09-1930 January 18


Box 7 Item 19 1930 January 19-February 14


Box 7 Item 20 1930 February 15-June 02


Box 7 Item 21 1930 June 03-29


Box 7 Item 22 1930 June 30-August 13


Box 7 Item 23 1930 August 14-October 12


Box 7 Item 24 1930 October 13-November 19


Box 7 Item 25 1930 November 20-1931 January 03


Box 7 Item 26 1931 January 04-February 11



Box 8 Item 27 1931 February 12-March 21


Box 8 Item 28 1931 March 22-October 14


Box 8 Item 29 1931 October 15-1932 July 09


Box 8 Item 30 1932 July 10-1933 January 03


Box 8 Item 31 1933 January 05-July 04


Box 8 Item 31A 1933 July 05-28


Box 8 Item 32 1933 July 29-1934 July 31


Box 8 Item 33 1934 August 01-November 19


Box 8 Item 34 1934 November 23-1935 January 31


Box 8 Item 34A 1935 February 02-26


Box 8 Item 35 1935 September 21-1936 March 11


Box 8 Item 36 1936 March 12-July 04


Box 8 Item 37 1936 July 05-December 23


Box 8 Item 38 1936 December 24-1937 May 22


Box 8 Item 39 1937 May 23-1938 March 25


Box 8 Item 40 1938 March 27-November 27


Box 8 Item 40A 1938 July 20-August 15



Box 9 Item 41 1938 November 27-1940 February 05


Box 9 Item 41A 1939 July 08-August 04


Box 9 Item 42 1940 February 06-June 22


Box 9 Item 43 1940 June 24-November 12


Box 9 Item 44 1940 November 13-1941 July 13


Box 9 Item 45 1941 July 14-1942 March 30


Box 9 Item 46 1942 March 31-September 16


Box 9 Item 47 1942 September 17-1943 February 14


Box 9 Item 48 1943 February 15-July 09



Box 10 Item 49 1943 July 10-November 10


Box 10 Item 50 1943 November 15-1944 January 11


Box 10 Item 51 1944 January 13-April 29


Box 10 Item 52 1944 May 02-August 06


Box 10 Item 53 1944 August 08-November 09


Box 10 Item 54 1944 November 09-1945 April 01


Box 10 Item 55 1945 April 04-July 29


Box 10 Item 56 1945 July 30-October 10


Box 10 Item 57 1945 October 11-1946 March 12


Box 10 Item 58 1946 March 23-July 31


Box 10 Item 59 1946 August 02-30


Box 10 Item 60 1946 August 31-1947 February 04


Box 10 Item 61 1947 February 05-August 22


Box 10 Item 62 1947 August 25-1948 January 14


Box 10 Item 63 1948 January 15-October 12


Box 10 Item 64 1948 October 14-1949 September 03


Box 10 Item 65 1949 September 06-1950 March 02


Box 10 Item 66 1950 March 03-October 17


Box 10 Item 67 1950 October 19-1951 May 17


Box 10 Item 68 1951 May 18-1952 January 27



Box 11 Item 69 1952 January 31-December 31


Box 11 Item 70 1953 January 01-1954 August 10


Box 11 Item 71 1954 August 11-1955 August 30


Box 11 Item 72 1955 August 31-1956 April 08


Box 11 Item 73 1956 April 09-1957 March 09


Box 11 Item 74 1957 March 10-September 11


Box 11 Item 75 1957 September 13-1958 February 17


Box 11 Item 76 1958 February 19-September 30


Box 11 Item 77 1958 October 02-1959 June 26


Box 11 Item 77A Stella Lepinski's Diary, 1956 July 30-1959 August 06


Box 11 Item 77A Stella Lepinski's 13 Week Diary, 1939 June 25-1939 September 08


Box 11 Item 78 1959 June 29-1960 February 23


Box 11 Item 79 1960 February 24-June 14


Box 11 Item 80 1960 June 15-October 20


Box 11 Item 81 1960 October 21-1961 February 23


Box 11 Item 82 1961 February 24-May 24



Box 12 Item 83 1961 May 25-July 31


Box 12 Item 84 1961 August 01-September 09


Box 12 Item 85 1961 September 10-October 18


Box 12 Item 86 1961 October 19-1962 January 10


Box 12 Item 87 1962 January 11-April 01


Box 12 Item 88 1962 April 02-July 03


Box 12 Item 89 1962 July 04-September 29


Box 12 Item 90 1962 September 30-December 13


Box 12 Item 91 1962 December 17-1963 March 18


Box 12 Item 92 1963 March 19-June 15


Box 12 Item 93 1963 June 16-August 28


Box 12 Item 94 1963 August 30-December 07


Box 12 Item 95 1963 December 07-1964 February 27


Box 12 Item 96 1964 February 28-June 02


Box 12 Item 97 1964 June 02-October 06


Box 12 Item 98 1964 October 07-1965 February 10


Box 12 Item 99 1965 February 11-June 11


Box 12 Item 100 1965 June 12-October 09


Box 12 Item 101 1965 October 09-1966 February 21


Box 12 Item 102 1966 February 22-September 08


Box 12 Item 103 1966 September 09-1968 September 29



Box 13 Item 104 1968 October 01-1971 March 29


Box 13 Item 105 1971 March 31-1973 June 10


Box 13 Item 106 1973 June 13-1974 December 31


Box 13 Item 107 1975 January 01-1976 January 29


Box 13 Item 108 1976 February 01-September 16


Box 13 Item 109 1976 September 17-1977 July 17


Box 13 Item 110 1977 July 18-October 22


Box 13 Item 111 1977 October 23-1978 June 09


Box 13 Item 112 1978 June 11-November 27


Box 13 Item 113 1978 November 28-1979 June 03


Box 13 Item 114 1979 June 04-November 21



Box 14 Item 115 1979 November 22-1980 April 30


Box 14 Item 116 1980 May 01-September 28


Box 14 Item 117 1980 September 29-1981 February 02


Box 14 Item 118 1981 February 03-1982 January 11


Box 14 Item 119 1982 January 13-1983 April 09


Box 14 Item 120 1983 April 10-September 18


Box 14 Item 121 1983 September 19-1984 April 13


Box 14 Item 122 1984 April 14-November 05


Box 14 Item 123 1984 November 06-1985 December 31



Box 15 Item 124 1986 January 01-May 23


Box 15 Item 125 1986 May 24-1987 January 13


Box 15 Item 126 1987 January 14-September 15


Box 15 Item 127 1987 September 16-1988 May 31


Box 15 Item 128 1988 June 01-1989 February 23


Box 15 Item 129 1989 February 24-October 31


Box 15 Item 130 1989 November 01-1990 June 10


Box 15 Item 131 1990 June 11-1991 January 28


Box 15 Item 132 1991 January 29-May 28


Box 15 Item 133 1991 October 06-1992 May 22


Box 15 Item 135 1992 September 02-1993 February 02



Box 16 Item 137 1993 February 02-December 04


Box 16 Item 138 1993 December 05-1994 June 21

Series IV: Scrapbook


Box 16 Volume 1 U.K., World War I, 1918


Box 16 Volume 2 U.K., 1919-1946


Box 16 Volume 2 U.S.A., 1947-1952


Box 16 Volume 3 U.S.A., 1950-1976

Series V: Books



Box 17 Commonplace Book, 1927-1990


Box 17 Books by Sabine


Box 17 Echoes from the Crag (London: New York) 32 p., 1957


Box 17 The Fairy King; a poem (Harrogate [UK]) 31 p., 1929


Box 17 One copy with suggested correction


Box 17 One interleaved copy with additional notes and variations


Box 17 Guido and the Girls (Harrogate [UK]) 141 p., 1933-1934

Book-length satirical poem which resulted in Sabine's being prosecuted for Obscene Libel and being sent to Brixton Prison for almost 8 months, in 1935


Box 17 4 editions of the book, 1933-1934


Box 17 "The Sheriff's Prisoner." Typed manuscript, 266 p.

Sabine's autobiographical account of his imprisonment


Box 17 Letters and documents regarding this case


Box 17 Woodhull and Washington; a ballad. (New York), 16 p., 1955