Scope and arrangement
Taken as a whole this collection provides rich documentation of nearly every phase of Henry George's life and career. The correspondence forms the largest and most comprehensive section of the collection and reflects his habit of writing constantly to his family and his closest political colleagues, especially while traveling abroad. His close relationship to the Irish national movement is well demonstrated, not only in his letterbooks of correspondence with the (New York) Irish World, but also in his diaries and notebooks, and in manuscripts of articles and lectures.
While the growth and inner workings of the American Single Tax movement are well illustrated in the correspondence, diaries, and writings, other aspects of George's political activity are less adequately covered. In particular, there is little material here concerning George's two New York City mayoral campaigns (1886 and 1897). To complete the records of George's intellectual and political ideas and activity, as well as the passionate response (both pro and con) he evoked, it is necessary to consult the full body of published work by and about him.
Users should be aware that a large part of Anna George de Mille's original donation of Henry George material, including 29 volumes of scrapbooks of clippings [classmark TIQB+ (George)], bound volumes of pamphlets, loose pamphlets and periodicals, and books, can be found in the Economics and Public Affairs Division of the Library. For details of these holdings consult the two bibliographies cited below.
Six series: I. Correspondence, 1854-1939; II. Writings and Notes, 1865-1896, n.d.; III. Diaries and Memoranda, 1855-1896; IV. Family Papers, 1856-1950; V. Miscellany, Printed Items and Ephemera; VI. Visual Materials and Oversize Items