An Historian's World: Selections from the Correspondence of John Franklin Jameson

An Historian's World: Selections from the Correspondence of John Franklin Jameson

An Historian's World: Selections from the Correspondence of John Franklin Jameson

An Historian's World: Selections from the Correspondence of John Franklin Jameson

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Unless otherwise indicated the letters hereprinted and those cited in the footnotes are among the Jameson Papers. While the work on this collection was going on these papers were in the files of the Carnegie Institution of Washington; they are ultimately to be deposited in the Division of Manuscripts of the Library of Congress.

Though Dr. Jameson was from his student days a voluminous letter writer, often recording in his diary that he had written twelve or fifteen letters that day, these letters were written by hand and for the early years the collection contains only the letters written to his family; a few to his friend Francis A. Christie, contributed by Professor Christie's niece, Elizabeth Tiffany; a few to his classmate E. C. Norton, which came from Professor Norton's daughter; and photostats of early letters to Albert Shaw and Woodrow Wilson, obtained from the Manuscript Division of the New York Public Library and from the Wilson Collection in the Division of Manuscripts of the Library of Congress. No systematic attempt to collect other letters of early years has been made; but in a few instances, where they promised to be of special value, it was learned that they had been destroyed. After 1905, when Dr. Jameson came to the Carnegie Institution, carbon copies of his correspondence remained in the files of the Department of Historical Research; and it is for the most part these copies which have been used for this volume. It is of course true that a letter is not always sent out as it is first written, but since it was Dr. Jameson's practice to correct the carbon as he corrected . . .

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