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At a Glance
Correspondence, manuscript, and drawings relating to English and American literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries collected by Solton (1896-1961) and Julia (-1984) Engel. Ten letters and four manuscripts of poems by Rudyard Kipling form the largest unit within the collection. Prominent among the other items are the manuscript of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Mock Trial" and two Walt Whitman letters, a copy of R. W. Emerson's famous "Leaves of Grass" letter in Whitman's hand and Whitman's letter to Conway regarding the Emerson letter. Also included is a letter from James Fenimore Cooper to Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson Jay, wife of Peter Augustus Jay. Thirty-one of the drawings in the collection are by William Wallace Denslow and John Rae Neill and represent illustrations done for various works by L. Frank Baum. There are also two drawings of Gelett Burgess, one ot "The Goop" and the other of "The Purple Cow." Castings of the obverse and reverse of the bronze Kipling medallion commissioned by Engel in 1953 from Julio Kilenyi are stored in 2 oversize boxes. Most of the items in this collection relate to a collection of first editions which was also presented to the Libraries by Mr. and Mrs. Engel.
1989 addition: A group of Bret Harte manuscripts. Galley proofs, with autograph corrections, of "Artemis in Sierra" "'Crotalus.' Rattlesnake Bar, Sierras" and "The Thought-Reader of Angels"; typescripts, with autograph corrections, of "The Mission Bells of Monterey""'Prairie Station.' Nebraska 1880" and "A Question of Privilege"; page proof, with autograph corrections, of "The Old Camp Fire"; autograph manuscript, signed, of "'Prairie Station.' Nebraska 1880."
1995 addition: Bound manuscript of "The Ivory Gate" by Sir Walter Besant.
1996 addition: Manuscript of "Cordelia and the Moon" by Harold Frederick.
1997 addition: Manuscripts of "The Shrinking Shoe" & "Beyond the Dreams of Avarice" by Sir Walter Besant and "The True Great" by Charles Kingsley. One letter from Kipling to Alma Schofield, wife of George Schofield; fifteen letters from W. Clark Russell and one from his wife, Anna Maria Alexandrina Clark Russell. Manuscript of "The Worldlings" by Leonard Merrick.
1998 addition: Five manuscripts by J.G. Huneker and a Mr Dooley essay by Finley Peter Dunne. Kipling letter to G. Delany.
1999 addition: Nine letters and sketches by Rudyard Kipling. One letter from Siegfried Sassoon to Paul Lemperly.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is located on-site.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Readers must use microfilm of materials specified above.
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); Solton and Julia Engel collection of literary letters, manuscripts and drawings; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Alternate Form Available
Willa Cather letters are on: microfilm.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Mr & Mrs Engel, 1954-1957.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Entered in AMC 09/24/1990.
Harold Frederic ms Cataloged HR 05/29/1996.
5 Russell letters & 1 Besant mss Cataloged HR 04/04/1997.
L. Merrick novel Cataloged HR 04/30/1997.
5 Huneker mss Cataloged HR 06/24/1998.
F.P. Dunne essay Cataloged HR 06/24/1998.
Kipling letter to G. Delany Cataloged HR 08/20/1998.
1 Kipling letter & 11 W.C. Russell letters Cataloged HR 01/24/2000.
9 Kipling letters & sketches Cataloged HR 07/19/2000.
S. Sassoon letter to P. Lemperly Cataloged HR 07/19/2000.
C. Kingsley manuscript Cataloged HR 10/11/2000.
Besant Ms. "Beyond.." Cataloged HR 10/11/2000.