James R. Randall letter to Charles F. Gunther and poem
Maryland, My Maryland!which was adopted as the state song in 1939. The collection includes autograph transcriptions of a letter to Charles F. Gunther of Chicago and the accompanying aforementioned poem.
- 1884 - 1884
- Randall, James Ryder, 1839-1908 (Person)
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0.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)
Biographical / Historical
Maryland, My Maryland!which became popular in Maryland and throughout the South. It was adopted as as the State song in 1939. Charles Frederick Gunther (1837-1920) was a German-American confectioner and collector. He purchased many of the items now owned by the Chicago History Museum.
Scope and Contents
RANDALL, James R. Autograph Transcription of
My Maryland!, and an Autograph Letter conveying the poem, to C.F. Gunther of Chicago. Each signed and dated.
The poem consists of 9 8-line stanzas, 3 pp. on rectos of 3 sheets of ruled notepaper; the ALS, one page on ruled paper. 4 to, Augusta, Ga.: 3 June, 1884 (letter); "1861-1884" transcription). Fine. From the Collection of James S. Copley.
In response to Gunther's request, Randall writes: "Your favor of April 22 reached me at Washing ton. I have been very busy and postponed writing you from day to day. - Enclosed, enclosed, however, you have not only my poem of "Maryland," but also a photograph [not present] "I was almost a boy when this was written, at Pointe Coupee. La., and its origin was very peculiar. "Send me the bonbons in care of the Chronicle Office, Augusta, Ga. "My poem will certainly repose in distinguished company, who will, I hope, not be ashamed of it. .. "
My Maryland!later became better known as the Maryland state song,
Maryland, My Maryland.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
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Baltimore MD 21218 USA