Scope and arrangement
Sargent's papers consist of correspondence relating to bibliography, 1883-1930, some additional personal and professional papers, and his autograph and facsimile collections.
The George Henry Sargent papers are arranged in four series:
The correspondence, which is sparse from 1883-1902, consists of letters received by Sargent, and a few of his own letters. Sargent's correspondents are chiefly readers of his column, "The Bibliographer" and bibliographical colleagues (book collectors, publishers, printers, librarians, book dealers and auctioneers, and representatives of bibliographical organizations and publications). Some letters from family members are included. The correspondence consists of contributions and reactions to his column, discussions of rare book and manuscript sales, and other bibliographical news and information. Elmer Adler, George T. Goodspeed, Frederic W. Goudy, Mitchell Kennerley, Charles E. Lauriat Jr., H. L. Mencken, A. Edward Newton, A. S. W. Rosenbach, William Edwin Rudge, and George P. Winship are among the correspondents.
- circa 1910s-1930s
Some additional papers consist of: lists and descriptions of books and manuscripts in libraries and private collections (including the Portsmouth Athenaeum, the Walter T. Wallace Library of Rarities, and the Baillie-Grohman, Henry Williams Dwight, Charles C. Moreau, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Otto H. F. Vollbehr collections); typescripts of Sargent's essays on bibliographical topics, and some poems; accounts, 1906-1922 (some personal); notes, printed material, and clippings. Of note are manuscript lecture notes (or notes - taken by Sargent? - at a lecture) on early printing by George P. Winship.
Sargent's autograph collection contains eighteenth through twentieth century letters (a few of which are typescript copies or facsimiles), signatures, and a few photographs and documents of a variety of prominent people. Some of these were addressed to editors of the Transcript; a group are from sculptors and concern a statue of the nineteenth century lawyer and statesman John Parker Hale; and some are from authors to Charles Stuart Pratt and Ella Farman Pratt, editors of Wide Awake: An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls. Also included are letters by Edward Bellamy, Childe Hassam, Andrew Lang, and George Ripley; a photograph of Geronimo; and a photostat of a manuscript of a poem, "To One Departed", by Edgar Allan Poe. Of note is the presence of autographs of a number of prominent women, including: Alice Stone Blackwell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Julia Ward Howe, and Sarah Orne Jewett.
Included are facsimiles - mainly from auction and sale catalogs - of letters and documents of historical and literary figures.