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Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of Helen May MacLachlan. There are 570 letters from John Masefield and his wife to James Alexander MacLachlan, his wife Mary, and their children Howard James and Helen, 1916-1966, autograph poetry manuscripts, drawings, clippings, and 43 books presented by Masefield to Helen MacLachlan. Also, correspondence about the Theodore Roosevelt Association from Horace Marden Albright, Ethel Roosevelt Derby, Hermann Hagedorn, and others as well as correspondence from personal friends; and photographs of the MacLachlan family and friends.
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You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 8-17. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Helen MacLachlan papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Selected Related Material-- at Columbia
John Masefield Papers, Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--MacLachlan, Helen. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1977. Accession number--M-77.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.
The original printed finding aid was converted into an EAD document in October 2020. There is additional description in the printed finding aid that was not included in the EAD document, specifically a list of letters from John Masefield, primarily to Helen MacLachlan. The list from the original printed finding aid is available here as a pdf.
2020-10-15 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Curator of the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York City. MacLachlan (Barnard College A.B., 1918) was a lifelong friend of the English Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878-1967). She was the daughter of James Alexander MacLachlan and Mary MacLachlan; her brother was Howard James MacLachlan (Columbia Unviersity A.B., 1916; LL.B., 1918).