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

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on October 07, 2019
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, and scrapbooks relating to publisher Frank Munsey, his general manager William T. Dewart, and their publishing and business activities, especially their work on the New York Sun, purchased by Munsey in 1912. The collection also includes bound issues of the  Sun and other early New York City newspapers, and a complete run of the  Sun Rays, an internal paper published from 1926 to 1947 by New York  Sun employees.

The collection is organized into seven series. Series I, Correspondence and related documents, includes business and personal correspondence of Frank Munsey and William Dewart; correspondence and pamphlets relating to Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 presidential campaign; correspondence with other U.S. Presidents; condolence letters, reminiscences and other biographical material solicited by Dewart after Munsey's death; letters and newspaper clippings regarding special issues and publications; and other loose newspaper clippings, including copies of articles by Dewart's sons when they were reporters for the Albany Evening News.

Series II, Pamphlets and speeches, consists primarily of pamphlets, addresses and articles by Frank Munsey relating to advertising, journalism and business. A few speeches by other figures are also included.

Series III, Publications, includes bound copies of the first 18 months of the New York Sun (September, 1833 to December, 1834); special issues of the  Sun and other papers; a complete run of the  Sun Rays, a paper published by Sun employees reporting on staff weddings and vacations, office developments, and other events of personal and business interest; and a book (  The Story of the Sun by Frank M O'Brien) about the history of the paper.

Series IV, Photographs and prints, includes photographs of Frank Munsey and William Dewart; interior and exterior photographs of the old New York Herald building at Herald Square; a carte-de-visite portrait of William Gordon Bennett; and a photograph of Charles Lindbergh receiving an award from Thomas Dewart.

Series V, Photograph morgue, consists primarily of portraits of prominent figures from the 1930's and 1940's.

Series VI, Scrapbooks, includes three volumes of newspaper clippings relating to Frank Munsey's death, one volume of newspaper clipping regarding William Dewart's subsequent purchase of theSun, and one volume of newspaper clippings relating to the 100th anniversary edition of the  Sun on September 2, 1933. Also included is a Tiffany presentation box containing a memorial to Munsey following his death.

Series VII, Printing plates, includes replica printing plates of an October 1797 issue (the first?) of theCommercial Advertiser, and the Armistice Day issue of the New York  Sun.


This collection has been organized into the following seven series:

Series I: Correspondence and related documents
Series II: Pamphlets and speeches
Series III: Publications
Series IV: Photographs and prints
Series V: Photograph morgue
Series VI: Scrapbooks
Series VII: Printing plates (replicas)