Brander Matthews papers, 1877-1962
Author, critic, and member of the Columbia English Department Faculty from 1891-1924. Matthews was an influential figure in
the literary and dramatic worlds of New York and London from the 1880s throughtout his life. He was a member of numerous social
and literary organizations, serving as president of the Dunlap Society, the Modern Language Association, and the National
Institute of Arts and Letters, among others.
Scope and Contents
Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, memorabilia, scrapbooks, and printed material. Among his correspondents
represented in the collection by at least 75 items are: William Archer, Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor, Augustin Daly, Austin
Dobson, Hamlin Garland, Bronson Howard, William Dean Howells, Henry Arthur Jones, Henry Cabot Lodge and Thomas Raynesford
Lounsbury. There are bound volumes of letters from Henry C. Bunner, Andrew Lang, Rudyard Kipling, Theodore Roosevelt, miscellaneous
letters to Matthews, and Matthews' editorial correspondence with the North American Review. There are three boxes of manuscripts,
including poems by 21 authors; essays on drama; and plays by Henry Arthur Jones, Don Marquis, and Matthews; bound volumes
of manuscripts of Matthews' plays and his book, "Development for the Drama." Also included are 17 boxes of his manuscript
notes for his many lectures, articles, and books; and memorabilia, primarily from the theatre and from his life at Columbia.
Material on the Dunlap Society, which was devoted to printing works relating to the theater, of which Matthews was co-founder
with Laurence Hutton, includes documents and correspondence, much of which is between then secretary Evert J. Wendell and
members on meetings and other Society business around 1914. In addition, there are notes and correspondence of Herbert Kleinfield
relating to his research on Matthews.