H. L. Mencken Collection MS-0001

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Special Collections & University Archives
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: H. L. Mencken Collection
Creator: Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis) (Henry Louis Mencken)
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0001
Physical Description: 21.00 items
Physical Description: .21 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1914-1968
Language of Material: English .

Scope and Contents

This small collection of pamphlets, reprints, and correspondence is part of the larger collection of one hundred individually cataloged monographs and serials by and about H. L. Mencken, which is also housed in Special Collections. These small items consist of promotional materials, special event publications, letters, and one sound recording.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Accruals and Additions

9999-027, 1976

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, H. L. Mencken Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Biographical Note

H. L. Mencken was a critical but humorous journalist, literary reviewer, and language expert. In 1899 he became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald; beginning in 1906, and continuing throughout much of his life, he worked at various intervals for The Baltimore Sun. He was co-editor of The Smart Set, and was co-founder of the American Mercury. Additional publications of his were Prejudices, The American Language, and an autobiographical trilogy.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Journalism--United States
Satire, American
Personal Papers
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

box 1, item 1

A Personal Word. Description of the editorial and business organization of the Smart Set, a circulation booster. n.p., n.d. [1914], 16 pages. Item 1

box 1, item 2

The American Language. A chapter from the 4th edition. Publisher's advance printing of one complete chapter with descriptive text on cover. Prints the entire preface to the new edition and the complete chapter X: Proper Names in America. n.d. [ca. 1939], 83 pages. Item 2

box 1, item 3

American Profanity. Reprinted from American Speech, New York: Columbia, University Press, Dec 1944, 9 pages. Signed by H.L. Mencken. Item 3

box 1, item 4

The Eminent Physician by H.L. Mencken. Berkeley: Gillick Press, n.d. [1940], 7 pages. Item 4

box 1, item 5

The Incomparable Physician by H.L. Mencken. San Francisco: McDonald, 1936, 14 pages. Item 5

box 1, item 6

Menckeniana. A selection from H.L. Mencken's Mencken Chrestomathy with a forenote by George Jean Nathan. New York: Knopf, 1949, 16 pages. Green wrappers, printed label. Item 6

box 1, item 7

The Smart Set. Suggestions to our visitors. 26 policy statements "issued as a jocosity" by Mencken N.Y. n.d. [1915], 4 pages. Item 7

box 1, item 8

Suggestions to our visitors by George Jean Nathan and H.L. Mencken, editors of The Smart Set. Reprinted at San Francisco, 1968 by the Roxburghe Club, 8 pages. Item 8

box 1, item 9

Spiritual Autopsies, an article on Gamelia Bradford. by H.L. Mencken. Issued as an advertisement by the publisher for Bradford's American Portraits. New York: Houghton, 1921, 4 pages. Item 9

box 1, item 10

Upton Sinclair. Biographical and critical opinions from England, France, Germany, Belgium and the U.S.A including Henry Barbusse, H.L. Mencken and others. Pasadena: Sinclair, n.d. [1922], 32 pages. Item 10

box 1, item 11

H.L. Mencken by Walter Lippmann. Reprinted from The Saturday Review, Dec. 11, 1926. New York: Knopf (1926), 8 pages. Item 11

box 1, item 12

The Love Story of an Old Maid by Sara Haardt. Girard, Kansas: Haldeman-Julius Publications. Blue Book no. 375, n.d. [192?], 32 pages. Item 12

box 1, item 13

A Literary Chameleon: A New Estimate of Mr. H.L. Mencken by J.D. Logan. Milwaukee: privately printed, 1926, 22 pages. Copy no. 30 of 300 numbered copies, signed by the author. Also signed by Mencken in full, on the cover. Item 13

box 1, item 14

H.L. Mencken Speaking. Mencken conversing with Donald H. Kirkley Sr. of The Baltimore Sun, recorded by the library of Congress, D.C., June 30, 1948. 33 1/3 LP record, and cassette tape. Item 14

box 1, item 15

Book review for L'Action Française, Sept. 14, 1933. One 3x5" card. Item 15

Scope and Contents

La revue de critique l'American Mercury, que dirige le Juif Mencken, est, de l'avis de M. Bernard Fay, spècialiste des choses d'Amérique, "l'une des plus vivantes, des plus pittorerques, des plus typiques des Etats-Unis." en mème temys "qu'une des forces d'opinion les plus solides."
box 1, item 16

Typed letter signed to Mr. Silvay. One sheet, signed in full on American Mercury green letterhead. Item 16 Dated Jun. 10, 1926

box 1, item 17

Typed letter signed to Mark Sullivan, Washington D.C. On the letterhead of The Smart Set, The Aristocrat of Magazines. Item 17 Dated April 4, 1922.

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Two typed letters signed to Harry Ruby. Beverly Hills. On the author's personal Baltimore stationary, with the mailing envelope. Item 18 Dated November 1933 & November 25, 1933.

box 1, item 19

Two typed letters signed to Mr. Dellquest. On the author's personal Baltimore stationary. Item 19 Dated May 5, 1944 and April 28, 1945.

box 1, item 20

Two typed letters signed and addressed to "Gentlemen." On the author's personal Baltimore stationary. Item 20 Dated September 28, 1944 and September 7, 1945.

box 1, item 21

Typed letter signed to Miss Day. One sheet on American Mercury green letterhead. Item 21 Dated April 25, no year.