Guide to the Lewis Gaston Leary Papers, 1790-1986

Collection Overview

Chiefly notes, lectures, addresses, and articles on American writers, with an emphasis on early American literature, especially minor authors. Includes research materials on Philip Freneau, Parson Weems, and Henry D. Thoreau. The collection also contains correspondence, 1958-1985, and an autobiographical sketch by Leary. Most of this material is described in the container list.

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Collection Details

Collection Number
Lewis Gaston Leary papers
Leary, Lewis Gaston, 1906-1990
36 Linear Feet, 29,802 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Contents of the Collection

Box 1
Correspondence, 1958-1979
Box 2
Correspondence, 1980-1985
Box 3
Twayne Author Series-Historical Guidelines, etc.
Box 4
Twayne Author Series
Box 5
Box 6
Writings: The Early American Short Story
Box 7
Writings: Harvestings
Box 8
National Humanities Center Research, Beginnings of American Literature 1790-1820
Box 9
National Humanities Center Research, Jeremy Belknap, George Richards
Box 10
National Humanities Center Research, John Burk, Abiel Holmes, J. Lathrop, Mercy Warren
Box 11
Box 12
Box 13
Box 14
Parson Weems-I
Box 5
Parson Weems-II
Box 16
American Literature-Early
Box 17
American Literature-Notes, Lectures, etc.
Box 18
American Literature/ Thoreau-Notes, Lectures, etc.
Box 19
Paine, Robert Treat
Box 20
American Literature- T. Tucker
Box 21
American Literature- N. Tucker
Box 22
American Literature
Box 23
American Literature- Emerson I-Notes, Lectures
Box 24
American Literatures- Emerson II-Notes, Lectures
Box 25
W. N. Brown
Box 26
American Literature, 1770-Lecture Notes
Box 27
American Literature-Early
Box 28
Box 29
American Literature- James F. Cooper-Lectures, Notes
Box 30
American Literature-Notes, Lectures
Box 31
American Literature-Notes, Lectures
Box 32
Writings-Miscellaneous Authors
Box 33
Writings-Miscellaneous Authors
Box 34
Mark Twain, Henry H. Rogers, Calendar 1900-1910
Box 35A
Writings: Reprints
Box 35B
Mark Twain, Henry H. Rogers, Calendar 1892-1899
Box 35C
Mark Twain, Henry H. Rogers, Miscellany
Box 35
Writings-Miscellaneous Authors-Card File
Box 36
Card File
Box 37
Card File
Box 38
Card File
Box 39
Card File
Box 40
Card File
Box 41
Card File
Box 42
Card File, Miscellaneous
Box 43
Notes, Lectures, A-C
Box 44
Notes, Lectures, D-G
Box 45
Notes, Lectures, H-S
Box 46

Historical Note

An educator, writer, and critic, Leary taught at Duke and Columbia Universities, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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The Lewis Gaston Leary Papers were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Libary as a gift in 1984-1986.

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Completed January 20, 1987

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