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At a Glance
A collection of letters to and from John Treat Irving Jr. While there are 63 letters from Irving, the majority of the correspondence is that of his father and mother, John Treat Irving, Sr. and Abby Furman Irving, other members of the Irving family, and friends. There are no letters of Washington Irving in the collection, though there are many interesting reference to him. There are nineteen letters to John Treat Irving from his uncle, the writer Peter Irving (1771-1838), dated 1835-1837. The collection also contains 51 pages of extracts from letters dating from the period of his European travels of 1836-1837. Included are two notebooks. The earlier of the two, dating from 1828 when John Irving was a senior at Columbia College, records class notes, problems, and exercises. The second contains poems, sketches, and essays, most of which are dated 1831-1833, the period preceding his travels to the West and the writing of INDIAN SKETCHES.
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Other Finding Aids
Legacy Finding aid: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/libraries/inside/projects/findingaids/scans/pdfs/25_HOY-I_24.pdf
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Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Treat Irving Jr. letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--30586H (The Harold Irving Collection). Accession number--M-59.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
2023 August PDF replaced with full finding aid
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
American author. John Treat Irving Jr. was a nephew of Washington Irving.