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Guide to the William Thompson Dewart Collection of
Frank A. Munsey and New York  Sun Papers
1833-1944
 MS 168

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Container List

Series I: Correspondence and related documents

Scope and Contents

This series includes business and personal correspondence as well as newspaper clippings, and is organized into four subseries.

Subseries I.1, General correspondence, includes correspondence of and between Frank Munsey and William Dewart on personal and business matters. Other correspondents include Erman J. Ridgeway, Richard H. Titherington, Thomas W. Lamont, and Dewart's sons, William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart. This subseries also includes various news clippings.

Subseries I.2, Political correspondence, includes letters between Frank Munsey and "bull-moose" candidate Theodore Roosevelt during the 1912 presidential campaign, along with articles and pamphlets in support of Roosevelt's campaign. Also included is correspondence with Presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover.

Subseries I.3, Correspondence relating to special publications, consists primarily of letters (many from prominent figures) acknowledging receipt of various special issues and publications. This subseries also includes loose newspaper clippings relating to special publications.

Subseries I.4, Correspondence relating to Frank Munsey's illness and death, includes condolence telegrams and letters, and reminiscences solicited by William Dewart from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (arranged alphabetically by the sender's last name). Among the many prominent correspondents are Jules Bache, David Belasco, Richard Nikolaus von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Calvin Coolidge, Chauncey DePew, Thomas Edison, Andrew Mellon, J.P. Morgan, Adolph Ochs, Elihu Root, Charles Schwab, Alfred E. Smith, and numerous others. Also included are notes of interviews with some of Munsey's childhood friends, and biographical newspaper clippings.

Subseries I.1: General correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1899-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1922-1923, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway, Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1924
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence between Erman J. Ridgeway and Frank Munsey
1925
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence between Richard H. Titherington, Frank Munsey and Thomas Dewart
1896-1909, 1913, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence between Thomas W. Lamont, Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1925-1931
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence of Frank Munsey (business)
1908-1923
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence of Frank Munsey (personal)
1878-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1903-1910
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Frank Moore and William Dewart
1911
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and William Dewart
1912-1922, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Correspondence between William Dewart and Robert W. DeForest (President of Metropolitan Museum of Art)
1926-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Correspondence of William Dewart
1908-1938
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence of William Dewart regarding Ella and Robert Pearce
1933-1935
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence of Thomas W. Dewart and William T. Dewart, Jr. (William Dewart's sons)
1934-1950
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Correspondence and articles by William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart
1930-1931
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Albany Evening News articles by William Dewart, Jr. and Thomas Dewart (newspaper clippings)
1930-1931
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Correspondence and notes regarding business operations and transactions
1905-1937, 1967
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Correspondence regarding advertising
1937-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Reporters' correspondence and stories
1916-1934, undated
Box: 3 Folder : 6 New York Press editorials and articles by Frank Munsey (newspaper clippings)
1912-1913
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Washington Times editorials and articles by Frank Munsey (newspaper clippings)
1912-1913
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Articles regarding Frank Munsey's purchase of the New York Herald,  New York Evening Telegram, and  Paris Herald (newspaper clippings)
1920
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Articles regarding the merger of the New York Sun and  New York Herald (newspaper clippings)
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Articles regarding change in name of New York Herald and  New York Sun (newspaper clippings)
1920 September - October
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Ephemera (New York Sun roster, reporter's passport, typeface samples, etc.)
1926, 1940, undated

Subseries I.2: Political correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Theodore Roosevelt
1910-1918, undated
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and members of Roosevelt's 1912 Presidential campaign committee
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Frank Munsey articles and pamphlets in support of Theodore Roosevelt's presidential campaign
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Woodrow Wilson
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Correspondence between Frank Munsey and Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover
1913-1928
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Correspondence between Frank Munsey, Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge (copies)
1920-1925
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Correspondence between William Dewart, George Van Slyke, and Franklin T. Roosevelt (regarding map of depression published in the New York Sun)
1934 August
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Anti-Roosevelt articles and memoranda
1935-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Correspondence and articles regarding Harry Truman
1946

Subseries I.3: Administrative correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Letters acknowledging receipt of books by R.H. Davis
1937-1938
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Letters acknowledging receipt of 100th Anniversary number of the New York Sun
1933 September
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928-1937
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Newspaper clippings regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Newspaper clippings regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Administrative correspondence regarding The Story of the Sun, by Frank M. Obrien
1928
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Newspaper clippings regarding The Voice of Business
1936
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Letters acknowledging receipt of The Voice of Business
1938
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Newspaper clippings regarding The Voice of Business
1938

Subseries I.4: Correspondence relating to Frank Munsey's illness and death

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Letters to Frank Munsey during his last illness
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Card from flowers sent to Frank Munsey during his last illness
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Correspondence regarding Frank Munsey's funeral
1925 December - 1926 February
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Condolence telegrams addressed to William T. Dewart
1925 December
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart
December 1925 - January 1926
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart
December 1925 - January 1926
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart, and copies of Dewart's responses
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Condolence letters addressed to William T. Dewart (transcribed copies)
1925-1926
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Letters congratulating William T. Dewart on becoming president of the New York Sun
1925 December - 1926 January
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (A-B)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (C)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (D)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (E-G)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (H)
1926
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (J-L)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (M)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (N-))
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (P-R)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (S)
1926
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (S-T)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (T-W)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Reminiscences from Frank Munsey's associates and friends (W)
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Reminiscences requested but not received
1926
Box: 10 Folder : 3A Correspondence and editorials responding to unfavorable New York Times article on Frank Munsey by Don Seitz
1926 March
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Interviews with childhood friends of Frank Munsey
1927, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Manuscript of Frank Munsey: A New England Portrait, by E.P. Mitchell
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Newspaper clippings about Frank Munsey
1925-1926
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Newspaper clippings about Frank Munsey
1882-1889
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Frank Munsey will, passport, and map of his estate
1901 July 10, 1917 March 1
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Resolution memorializing Frank Munsey from the Paris Herald
1926 January 27

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