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Parsons (Geoffrey) Papers
mssHM 39625-39685  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Geoffrey Parsons papers
    Creator: Parsons, Geoffrey, 1879-1956
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 39625-39685
    Physical Description: 1 Linear Feet (1 envelope)
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1937
    Date (bulk): 1929-1937
    Abstract: The collection primarily consists of Geoffrey Parsons' correspondence regarding his work on a biography of William McKinley.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Geoffrey Parsons papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Mrs. John C. Long, February 1964.

    Biographical / Historical

    Geoffrey Parsons (1879-1956) was an American journalist and author and was the chief editorial writer of the New York Herald Tribune from 1924 to 1952. In 1929, with the encouragement of historian Allan Nevins and the publishing firm of Dodd, Mead & Co., he began research for a biography of President William McKinley, which was never completed.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection primarily consists of Geoffrey Parsons' correspondence with Allan Nevins, Frank C. Dodd, Tyler Dennett, and others regarding his work on a biography of William McKinley. Also included are a few personal papers, excerpts from a diary of Charles G. Dawes regarding McKinley's assassination, and extracts from State Department dispatches concerning the Spanish-American War. In addition, the collection contains a William McKinley typescript letter signed to A. Wakeman, 1900 November 19 (HM 39628) and a typescript report of William McKinley's speech on Rutherford B. Hayes to the Hayes Club in 1876 (HM 39625).

    Processing Information

    This finding aid was created in 2022 by Melissa Haley as part of the American Presidential Papers Project with enhanced description of the presidential material present. The items had been assembled physically and arranged by Huntington Library former staff in the mid-20th century.


    Collection is arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Correspondence
    Biographers -- United States -- Archives
    Historians -- United States -- Correspondence
    Presidents -- United States -- Biography
    Spanish-American War, 1898
    United States -- History -- 1865-1921 -- Biography
    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century
    Buell, Raymond Leslie, 1896-1946
    Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940
    Dawes, Charles Gates, 1865-1951
    Dennett, Tyler, 1883-1949
    Dodd, Frank Courtenay, 1875-1968
    McKinley, William, 1843-1901
    McKinley, William, 1843-1901 -- Assassination
    Nevins, Allan, 1890-1971 -- Correspondence