The Eggleston mss., ca. 1882–1885, consist of corrected proofs, plates, a map, articles and photos from the articles of Edward Eggleston, American historian and novelist. Eggleston, the oldest of four children, was born in Vevay, Indiana on December 10, 1837, to Joseph Cary Eggleston and Mary June Craig. The early death of his father, an honor graduate of the College of William and Mary and a locally prominent attorney, left the family in limited financial circumstances. As a result, Edward, always frail and sickly as a child, did not attend college; however, with the assistance of an interested teacher and access to his father's private library, he developed an early interest in becoming a writer. The hallmarks of his works include the use of local color, folk customs, popular superstitions and realism.
An inventory follows this description.
- The aborigines and the colonists. Corrected galley proofs. Stamped 1883.
- The aborigines and the colonists. Copy 1 — London: Frederick Warne and Co., c1883, in gray self–wrappers; Copy 2 — Removed from binding, with corrections, c1883.
- The beginning of a nation. Corrected galley proofs cut and mounted on plain paper. Stamped 1882.
- The beginning of a nation. Corrected page proofs mounted on plain paper. Incomplete: p. , 62–63, 65–75. Stamped 1882?
- Church and meeting–house before the revolution. Removed from binding.
- The colonists at home. Page proofs. Incomplete: p. 881–882, 886–888. Stamped 1885.
- The colonists at home. Corrected galley proofs cut and mounted on plain paper. Stamped 1885.
- The colony planters: their origins and migrations. Corrected galley proofs cut and mounted on plain paper. Stamped 1882.
- In effigiem Theodori de Bryleodien. Portrait plate.
- Indian war in the colonies. Page proofs. Incomplete: p. 711–712, 889–890. Stamped 1883.
- Map of Atlantic coast, with page proof stamped 1882 and two photos.
- Migrations of American colonists. Removed from binding, incomplete: p. 724–742.
- Nathaniel Bacon, the patriot of 1676. Removed from binding, cut and mounted on plain paper.
Collection size: 16 items