Scope and arrangement
Papers consist of family and general correspondence, Bigelow's writings, biographical materials, papers of his first and second wives, and related materials. Family correspondence, 1864-1954, and general correspondence, 1880-1954, contain chiefly incoming letters, many from prominent figures in journalism, the arts, and politics, in both the United States and Great Britain, as well as figures from countries of special interest to Bigelow, especially Germany and Japan. Correspondents include associates and figures such as Henry Mills Alden, James Bryce, Roger Casement, Samuel Clemens, Geraldine Farrar, Henry George, Percy and Ella Grainger, Edgar Lee Masters, Frederic Remington, George S. Viereck, and Israel Zangwill. Bigelow's writings cover a wide range of interests with travel observations, politics, and colonial studies being most prominent and consist of drafts, manuscripts and printed copies of his writings in addition to journals, notes, sketches, photographs, maps, printed matter, and clippings. Materials collected about Germany include correspondence with Emperor Wilhelm II, members of his family, and government officials, 1881-1945, and a journal of Bigelow's trip to Constantinople with the Emperor in 1899. Also contains an unpublished biography of his father, John Bigelow. Biographical materials, 1865-1950, include scrapbooks, diaries, sketchbooks, correspondence, photographs and prints, clippings, and memorabilia.|||Papers, 1874?-1928, of Poultney Bigelow's first wife, Edith Jaffray Bigelow, consist of correspondence, diaries and draft for a novel. Papers of Lillian Pritchard Bigelow, his second wife, contain family and general correspondence, diaries, notebooks, clippings, and memorabilia. Outsize materials, 1898-1937, include photographs, maps and memorabilia.
The Poultney Bigelow papers are arranged in six series:
Correspondence of Poultney Bigelow with parents, siblings, and othe rrelatives, mostly between 1864 and 1954. A few letters from others, from the years before 1880 are also included.
Note: For Poultney Bigelow's letters to his family from Potsdam in the early 1870s, see Section III Box 34 (William II and Germany).
Letters, mostly addressed to Poultney Bigelow but also including copies of some of his letters.
Contains manuscripts of books and articles by Poultney Bigelow, clippings of his newspaper and magazine articles, unpublished manuscripts, reviews of his writings, and related matter.
This series also contains other materials brought together under various geographical and subject heads, reflecting some of Poultney Bigelow's major areas of interest: Germany, Japan, Panama, Africa, colonialism, and others. In some instances letters and diaries are included under these headings, as indicated in the inventory.
Contains diaries, scrapbooks, clippings, and other materials of biographical interest.
Contains letters and other materials relative to Poultney Bigelow's second and first wife, respectively.
Consists of oversize memorabilia.