Harold Frederic papers, 1887-1939
American journalist and novelist. Frederic did not receive a divorce from his first wife, Grace Williams, and took her and
their children to London. But while there, he established a relationship with Kate Forman. He maintained both households in
England until he died there in 1898, and was survived by children from each. Kate became part of his social and literary world,
developing a close friendship with his friends, Stephen and Cora Crane, which continued after Frederic's death.
Scope and Contents
Letters, manuscript, photographs, art work, and printed materials concerning Frederic. There are two letters, 1892-1896, from
Frederic while he was in London as correspondent for the New York Times, to W. Sheaming of the National Liberation Club and
to a London book publisher. A manuscript genealogy of early English families, primarily of the 13th century, probably deals
with his ancestors. There is also a photograph of his common-law wife, Kate Lyon Forman, and biographical material on their
daughter, Helen Forman.