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Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Theodore Maynard Papers consist of the manuscripts of Theodore Maynard and his correspondence with publishers, family members, and numerous literary figures. The collection also includes the manuscripts of Sara Casey Maynard and the original artwork and manuscripts she gathered for a projected children's magazine. A few photographs, newspaper clippings and printed items are also contained in the collection. Included with the collection are over one hundred letters written by literary critic Van Wyck Brooks. Other notable pieces of correspondence are letters by Vachel Lindsay, Amy Lowell, Padriac and Mary Colum, Ruth Pitter, Ridgeley Torrence, William Butler Yeats and Aldous Huxley. Diaries and notebooks of Theodore Maynard are included with his manuscripts. Various drafts of typed and autograph manuscripts are present for his poetry, essays, short stories, reviews and books. Materials gathered for his autobiography, "The World I Saw," are included with the manuscript. Manuscripts written by people other than Maynard are also included with the collection. Notable among these are manuscripts and correspondence written by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop "Mother Mary Alphonsa, O.S.D.," the daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne. These were used by Maynard in writing "A Fire Was Lighted," a biography of Lathrop. Lathrop converted to Catholicism and opened Rosary Hill Home for Incurable Cancer. The manuscripts contained here are reminiscences of her childhood and travels in Europe. The final series of the collection contains manuscripts written by Sara Casey Maynard including the one-act play, "Brady." Also in the series are items she collected to be made into the first issue of a children's magazine including a manuscript of a poem by Walter de la Mare and original pen and ink drawings by many artists including R.F.C. Waudby.

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ABBREVIATIONS: ACS - Autograph Card Signed ALS - Autograph Letter Signed AM - Autograph Manuscript AMS - Autograph Manuscript Signed b/w - Black and White (Photograph) TL - Typed Letter TLS - Typed Letter Signed TM - Typed Manuscript


  • From the Collection: 1910 - 1974
  • From the Collection: Majority of material found within 1930 - 1955

Conditions Governing Access

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.


From the Collection: 18 Linear Feet (15 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057