Geoffrey Parsons Papers: Finding Aid mssHM 39625-39685

Melissa Haley
The Huntington Library
August 2022
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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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.

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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