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Finding Aid for the Charles Lanman Papers, 1840-1892
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Autobiography and Reminiscences of Charles Lanman

Scope and Content Note

Contained in two manuscripts written in his later life and apparently unpublished: Eventide Recollections and My Ships of Thought; or a Booklover's Monologue.
Box 1, Folders 1-6

Eventide Recollections. Washington, D.C. ca. 1890

Box 1, Folder 1

“A family monologue” (pages missing).

Note

Missing, March 2003 (JF).
Box 1, Folder 2

“Lamaniana” [and Charles James Lanman].

Box 1, Folder 3

“Recollections of New York.”

Note

Missing, March 2003 (JF).
Box 1, Folder 4

“Newspaper Recollections.”

Note

Missing, March 2003 (JF).
Box 1, Folder 5

“Artistic Recollections.”

Note

Missing, March 2003 (JF).
Box 1, Folder 6

“Literary Recollections.”

Note

Missing, March 2003 (JF).
Box 1, Folder 7

My Ships of Thought; or a Booklover's Monologue. Washington, D.C. ca. 1892

Scope and Content Note

Includes recollections concerning the publication of his Dictionary of congress.

Note

A copy in Negative microfilm collection, no.04721.
 

Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

Containing biographies of various persons, chiefly Americans, with whom Lanman was acquainted. Many of these were written for newspapers and were later collected and published in his Haphazard Personalities; Chiefly of Noted Americans (Boston: Lee and Shephard; New York: C.T. Trillingham, 1886). Each biography is paginated separately; many are corrected drafts, with additions, of articles published at an earlier date.
Box 2, Folders 1-3

Haphazard Personalities.... Washington, D.C. ca. 1885

Box 2, Folders 1-3

[No further description available].

Note

Restricted for Dr. Bloch, Art Department.
Box 2, Folder 4

Curious Characters and Pleasant Places. Published: Edinburgh. 1881

Box 3, Folder 1

“Presidential Recollections.” Washington, D.C. ca. 1890

Scope and Content Note

Revisions, with additions, of a newspaper article published earlier.
[Contains 2 letters from James A. Garfield, March 28, 1874 and January 24, 1871 and one from Chester A. Arthur, April 28, 1881]
Box 3, Folder 2

“Recollections of Michigan.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revisions, with a few additions, of an article published earlier.
Box 3, Folder 3

Octavius Perinchief. Washington, D.C. [published]. 1879

Box 3, Folder 4

“Letters from a Motley Crew.” Washington, D.C. ca. 1889

Note

Published as part of his Riverside Essays[?].
Box 3, Folder 5

“Literary Ladies.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revision, with additions, of an earlier newspaper article.
Box 3, Folder 6

“An Quixotic Yankee.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Box 3, Folder 7

“The Old Connecticut Acadaemy.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revision, with a few corrections, of an earlier work.
Box 3, Folder 8

“Narrow Escapes.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revision, with corrections and additions, of an earlier article.
Box 3, Folder 9

[Untitled (first page missing) manuscript] Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

[Recollections of Washington, D.C. in the post Civil War years.]
Box 4, Folder 1

[“Adventures of an Angler in Canada,. . .”] [1848]

Scope and Content Note

A revision, with additions and corrections, of his earlier work on angling for inclusion in his Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces (Philadelphia: J.W. Moore, 1856).
Box 4, Folder 2

“Letters from the Alleghany Mountains and the Sources of the Potomac.” Washington, D.C. ca. 1856

Scope and Content Note

Revised draft, with additions and corrections, for inclusion in his Adventures in the Wilds of the United States..., 1856.
Box 4, Folder 3

“A Summer in the Wilderness....” Washington, D.C. 1856

Scope and Content Note

Revised draft of an earlier work (“A Summer in the Wilderness; Embracing a Canoe Voyage on the Upper Mississippi and Lake Superior.” New York: D. Appleton & Company; Philadelphia: G.S. Appleton, 1847) with additions and corrections for his Adventures in the Wilds of the United States..., 1856.
Box 4, Folder 4

“A Tour to the River Restigouche.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revision, with corrections and additions, of a section of his Adventures in the Wilds of the United States, 1856.
Box 4, Folder 5

“A Winter in the South.” Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

Revision, with corrections and additions, of a section of his Adventures in the Wilds of the United States..., 1856.
Box 4, Folder 6

From the River Potomac to Mount Desert. Washington, D.C.[?].

Scope and Content Note

A manuscript composed of earlier articles with corrections and additions [Unpublished?].
Box 4, Folder 7

In the Evening Twilight. 1813

Scope and Content Note

Manuscript of some poems by Lanman[?].
Box 4, Folder 8

Two letters from Charles Lanman. 1862 and 1875

Scope and Content Note

  • To Benjamin Perley Poore (June 19, 1862).
  • To John Neafie (February 20, 1875).
The letter to Benjamin P. Poore contains a reference to President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Summer.
Box 4, Folder 8

Letter to D. Appleton & Company.

Box 4, Folder 9

Two letters to Lanman. 1867 and 1875

Scope and Content Note

  • From Congressman R.P. Spalding (1867).
  • From Congressman Scott Lord (1875).