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Rifkind (Emilie Michel) collection of H.L. Mencken letters
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  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: Emilie Michel Rifkind collection of H.L. Mencken letters
    creator: Rifkind, Emilie Michel
    creator: Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
    Identifier/Call Number: 6197
    Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet. 1 box
    Date (inclusive): circa 1905-1946
    Abstract: The collection consists of letters written by H.L. Mencken to Louis Michel, Mrs. Louis Michel, and their daughter Emilie Michel Rifkind. Also included are Mencken's wedding announcement and calling card, a clipping from the Baltimore Sun about a piece by Michel, and letters from Princeton University librarian Julian Boyd to Emilie Rifkind about the letters. H.L. Mencken (1880-1956 was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, and cultural critic. Louis Michel, a German immigrant, met Mencken in Baltimore, where Michel was a lauded poet and sheriff's deputy. The two developed a life long friendship.

    Biographical note

    H.L. Mencken (1880-1956 was an American journalist, essayist, satirist, and cultural critic. Louis Michel, a German immigrant, met Mencken in Baltimore, where Michel was a lauded poet and sheriff's deputy (see Baltimore Sun, "Hon. Louis Michel Tells of His Home in Germany", January 27, 1907 and "Louis Michel to Return", May 1907). The two developed a life long friendship.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of letters written by H.L. Mencken to Louis Michel, Mrs. Louis Michel, and their daughter Emilie Michel Rifkind. Also included are Mencken's wedding announcement and calling card, a clipping from the Baltimore Sun about a piece by Michel, and letters from Princeton University librarian Julian Boyd to Emilie Rifkind about the letters. The letters from Mencken were written on Baltimore Sun, American Mercury, and personal stationery and addressed to the Michel family in Baltimore and later Los Angeles. The early letters are handwritten; the later typed.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder no. or item name], Emilie Michel Rifkind collection of H.L. Mencken letters, Collection no. 6197, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Emilie Michel Rifkind.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archival resources
    Letters
    Printed ephemera
    Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956 -- Correspondence
    Michel, Louis -- Archives