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Sydney Howard Gay papers, 1748-1931 

Gay, Sydney Howard, 1814-1888
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43 linear feet (87 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Journalist, author. Gay, the son of Ebenezer and Mary Alleyne Otis Gay, was an active abolitionist before and during the Civil War. He edited the ANTI-SLAVERY STANDARD and during the Civil War was managing editor of the NEW YORK TRIBUNE. In 1867 he became managing editor of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE and served on the editorial board of the SATURDAY EVENING POST. He was the author of several books. In 1845 he married Elizabeth Neall of Philadelphia, who was also active in abolitionist work and the woman's rights movement.

Scope and Contents

Letters written to Gay from political and literary contemporaries such as Horace Greeley, Charles Sumner, and William Bryant; reports in letter form from his reporters at the front during the Civil War; and personal correspondence including many letters from his wife. Letters written to Mrs. Gay from family friends and business associates including many from her husband. Correspondence of other members of the Gay family including Walter Gay, Sarah Gay, and Allan Gay. Diaries, notebooks, and journals of Sydney Howard Gay.