Scope and arrangement
Collection consists of literary and general correspondence, diaries, notebooks, manuscripts of writings, memorabilia, and legal, financial, and business papers, 1830-1878, of E.A. Duyckinck and George L. Duyckinck. Also, correspondence, daybooks, account and receipt books, and journals, 1793-1833, of their father, Evert Duyckinck; papers, 1838-1889, of Margaret Wolfe Panton Duyckinck, wife of E.A. Duyckinck; papers, 1856-1869, of Henry Duyckinck, Evert Duyckinck, Jr., and George Duyckinck (sons of E.A. Duyckinck); papers, 1810-1851, of Sophia Roorbach; and papers of the Wolfe and Panton families. Includes manuscript of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Old Manse (1846) and Washington Irving's The Author's Apology (1848) and Communipaw (1849).
The Duyckinck family papers are arranged in thirteen series:
The literary correspondence consists of incoming letters to Evert A. Duyckinck and George L. Duyckinck in their capacity as editors of Arcturus, the Literary World and the Cyclopaedia of American Literature. The correspondents are from authors includingmany important American authors of the ante-belllum period, women authors, artists, clergy, poets, historians, associates and colleagues. There are a few draft replies from the Duyckinck brothers.
Some of the letters have been mounted in the published volume of the Cyclopaedia of American Literature. Cross references to these letters appear in the container list. (A separate list of the mounted letters have in serial order is available on paper in the Manuscripts and Archives Division and can be requested from Division staff.)
Another peculiarity of the Literary Correspondence is the occasional appearance of non-literary or historical figures antedating the Duyckincks. These "autographic items" provide evidence of the somewhat artificial nature of the series; that is, the letters were not just received, but collected by the Duyckincks during their literary career.
The correspondents include: William Henry Appleton, George Bancroft,Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard, Phineas Taylor Barnum, Theodoric Romeyn Beck, Park Benjamin, Richard Bentley, Nicholas Biddle, John Bigelow, Mary Louise Booth, Anna Charlotte Lynch Botta, Henry Marie Brackenbridge, Charles Frederick Briggs, Charles Astor Bristed, William Cullen Bryant, George Henry Calvert, Joseph Green Cogsuell. Vincent Colyer, Clarence Chatham Cook, Richard Henry Dana, Felix Octavius Carr Daley, John Ward Dean, Charles F. Dennett, Charles Dickens, Samuel Gardner Drake, William Alexander Duer, Elizabeth Fries, Lummis Ellet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Addis Emmet, James Thomas Fields, Hamilton Fish, John Wakefield Francis, Samuel Ward Francis, Henry Fuseli, Parke Godwin, Edward Sherman Gould, Fitz-Greene Halleck, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Ingersoll Jared, William Alfred Jones, Elizabeth Clementine Dodge, Stedman Kinney, Caroline Matilda Stansbury Kirkland, James Lenox, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Anna Charlotte Lynch, Cornelius Mathres, Allan Melville, ,Augusta Melville, Elizabeth Knapp (Shaw) Melville, Herman Melville, Rembrant Peale, Edgar Allan Foe, Thomas Addison Richard, Frederick Saunders, Charles Scribner, Richard Stoddard, and Henry David Thoreau.