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Johns Hopkins University collection on Edgar Allan Poe

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0200
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Collection contains only secondary material on Poe, including newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, articles, prints, photographs and writings relating to the life of Edgar Allan Poe dating from 1875-1985.

Dates

  • 1875-1985

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

6.46 Cubic Feet (7 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box, 7 legal size document boxes, 1 flat box (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches))

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe was best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his tales of mystery and the macabre.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains only secondary material on Poe, including newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, articles, prints, photographs and writings relating to the life of Edgar Allan Poe and dating from 1875-1985. The collection was begun by John Calvin French, the first president of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Other members of the Society contributed research material over the years. Mary E. Phillips, a Poe biographer, also contributed some of her drafts and research notes for her work "Edgar Allan Poe, the Man."

Arrangement

Because the collection is formed entirely of material about Poe, the items have been grouped in series by collector.

Provenance

The collection was begun by John C. French, librarian and professor of English at Hopkins, and the first president of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore (1924-1925 and 1927-1928). His material was supplemented by gifts from May Garrettson Evans, Mary E. Phillips, Kenneth Rede, Carrie Hoopes Bohanan, and George W. M. Harrison.

Four of the creators, John Calvin French, May Garrettson Evans, Kenneth Rede and Carrie Hoopes Bohanan were members of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, and their collections probably came to Hopkins through the offices of John Calvin French, the Hopkins librarian in the 1930s. Mary E. Phillips donated her material to the Society, and George W.M. Harrison added clippings to the collection as he began processing it in the early 1980s.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Margaret Burri in February 1988.

Creator

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA