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Kenneth Lewis Roberts Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0803-sc

Scope and Contents

Papers of an historical novelist from Maine. Included are 4 signed typescript letters and one signed handwritten letter. The letters date from 1935 to 1951. One letter is to Mr. Bosworth dated January 29, 1935 relating to the sale of the Arnold journal and Maine's preservation of historic items. The second letter is to Mr. Bosworth dated February 20, 1935 and relates to Frank Deering, a collector in Maine. The third letter to the Salem Marine Society in Salem, Massachusetts dated March 1, 1942 relates to the log of the privateer Holkar. The fourth letter to Prof. Milton Ellis of the New England Quarterly dated June 2, 1944 relates to Herbert's description of Mill Prison. The fifth letter is to Ernest C. Miller of the West Penn Oil Company dated January 27, 1951 and refers to Henry Gross's dowsing. Included also is a newspaper clipping with a review of his book Henry Gross and his dowsing rod. Included also is a pre-publication typescript copy of his novel Boon Island which includes a cover letter from the president of Doubleday dated August 29, 1955.

Dates

  • 1935-1955

Creator

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the repository.

Biographical Note

Kenneth Lewis Roberts was born in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1885. In 1908 he earned an A.B. degree at Cornell University where he had been editor-in-chief of the Cornell Widow. The following year he joined the staff of the Boston Post. He served in World War I as a Military Intelligence Officer. Well known as staff correspondent for the Saturday Evening Post and as an author of travel books, Roberts retired in 1928 to write the Chronicles of Arundel, a series of Maine historical novels; the series eventually included Arundel (1930), The Lively Lady (1931), Rabble in Arms (1933), and Captain Caution (1934). His later novels included Northwest Passage (1937), Oliver Wiswell (1940), Lydia Bailey (1946), and Boon Island (1955 : about an actual shipwreck in early Maine history). He died in 1957.

Extent

1 folder

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Papers of an historical novelist from Maine. Included are 4 signed typescript letters and one signed handwritten letter. The letters date from 1935 to 1951. One letter is to Mr. Bosworth dated January 29, 1935 relating to the sale of the Arnold journal and Maine's preservation of historic items. The second letter is to Mr. Bosworth dated February 20, 1935 and relates to Frank Deering, a collector in Maine. The third letter to the Salem Marine Society in Salem, Massachusetts dated March 1, 1942 relates to the log of the privateer Holkar. The fourth letter to Prof. Milton Ellis of the New England Quarterly dated June 2, 1944 relates to Herbert's description of Mill Prison. The fifth letter is to Ernest C. Miller of the West Penn Oil Company dated January 27, 1951 and refers to Henry Gross's dowsing. Included also is a newspaper clipping with a review of his book Henry Gross and his dowsing rod. Included also is a pre-publication typescript copy of his novel Boon Island which includes a cover letter from the president of Doubleday dated August 29, 1955.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The June 2, 1944 letter was a gift of Cecil Reynolds.

Related Materials

The researcher may also wish to consult: Kenneth Roberts Collection (MC 48), Special Collections, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, N.H.

Related Materials

The researcher may also wish to consult: Kenneth Lewis Roberts Papers, 1911-1947, Accession #7952--7952-c University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

General

No finding aid - see Special Collections librarian for assistance.
Title
Guide to the Kenneth Lewis Roberts Papers
Status
No Additional Box Or Folder List For This Small Collection
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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