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Correspondence of Johnson with literary and other prominent people in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are letters from Annie Fields, John Burroughs, Witter Bynner, Mary Mapes Dodge, Edmund Gosse, Helen Hunt Jackson, Rudyard Kipling, Emma Lazarus, S.W. Mitchell, John Muir, Joseph Pennell, James Whitcomb Riley, Tommaso Salvini, Carlo Sforza, and William Watson. The correspondence deals with the business affairs of the CENTURY MAGAZINE (earlier SCRIBNER'S MAGAZINE), the American Copyright League, the American Embassy in Rome, and Johnson's interest in conservation. There are 600 letters between Johnson and his wife, Katherine McMahon John, which are not only personal but also concern literary and business matters. Among the manuscripts are poetry and prose of Robert Underwood Johnson and Katherine Johnson, poetry of Sir William Watson, Mary Mapes Dodge and John Muir, and sets of corrected proof of Mrs. Humphry Ward's (Mary Augusta Ward) SIR GEORGE TRESSADY. Also, one box of miscellaneous correspondence, American Copyright League materials, photographs, and printed memorabilia.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Underwood Johnson papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Existence and Location of Copies
Royal Cortissoz correspondence is also available on microfilm. See MN# 11922 and 11923. This microfilm includes Cortissoz correspondence from other collections.
Josephine Shaw Lowell correspondence is also available on microfilm. See MN# 11355. This microfilm includes Lowell correspondence from other collections.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Arbuckle, Anne Holden. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1968. Accession number--M-68.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
2021-05-18 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Editor of the CENTURY MAGAZINE and American Ambassador to Italy, 1920-1921.