Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bowers mss. III, 1868-1972, consist of correspondence, speeches, writings, photographs, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia relating to Claude Gernade Bowers. The correspondence, dating from 1902-1972, is chiefly between members of the Bowers family, with almost five hundred letters from Sybil (McCaslin) Bowers to Claude Bowers before their marriage. Of particular interest are the letters of the 1930's written by Bowers to his daughter Patricia, giving information about personalities and events in Spain. There are also a number of letters from Holman Hamilton to Patricia Bowers.

The collection contains two diaries; more than one hundred items from the embassies in Spain and Chile, including a group of diplomatic lists; several speeches and writings, both by Claude Bowers and others; publishing agreements; and three original political cartoons. There are also seventy- nine newspaper clippings, two hundred and twenty-two photographs and albums, and twenty-two awards and medals.

The correspondents in the collection are Edward Albright, William Benton, Silas G. Bernard, Claude Gernade Bowers, Sybil (McCaslin) Bowers, Anton Joseph Cermak, Zelia Scott Cooper, John Lamb Crawford, Jorge Errazuriz, Herbert R. Gerdink, Ferris Greenslet, Manuel Grez Eguiguren, Frank Hagey, Holman Hamilton, Harry Barton Hawes, Hazel W. Hopper, Findley Burtch Howard, B.B. Ingle, Iloe Bowers Joel, Herman Kahn, Charles Frederick Knox, Jr., Samuel Kober, John K. Lamb, E. Lewis, Donovan McCaslin, Mary McCaslin, Francesco Macchi, William H. McDonald, Mary Markland, William Mathews, America Patricia Navarrete, Allan Nevins, Frank Michael O'Brien, Frank T. O'Hair, Frank Oliver, James Ragland, Bessie Keeran Roberts, Eleanor (Roosevelt) Roosevelt, Mary Shagley, Jouett Shouse, LeRoy J. Skinner, Fred Smith, John Wesley Spencer, Gayle Thornbrough, Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Robert W. Wall, Jr., Gustave Weigel, and Mary C. Zirkle.

Collection size: 1,269 items

Related manuscripts: Bowers mss., Bowers mss. II

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