Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Pearson mss., 1907-1935, consist primarily of letters written by Edmund Lester Pearson, 1880-1937, librarian, to Edwin Francis Edgett, 1867-1946, journalist. They refer to a weekly column, "The Librarian," in the Boston Evening Transcript by Pearson, which evoked indignant letters to George Snell Mandell. A number of the letters deal with famous criminal cases among which is that of Lizzie Andrew Borden. Several letters are about book reviews, the Plattsburg training camp during World War I, and personal matters. Other correspondents include Clarence Walter Ayer, Charles Francis Dorr Belden, Charles Knowles Bolton, Gamaliel Bradford, John Foster Can, John Cotton Dana, Matthew Simpson Dudgeon, Gardner Maynard Jones, Grant Martin Overton and Samuel Minturn Peck.

Collection size: 270 items

Related manuscripts: Pearson mss. II, Pearson mss. III

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.