Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rogers, H.M. mss., 1895-1930, consist of letters from Booth Tarkington, 1869-1946, author, to Herbert Milton Rogers, 1870?-1931, lawyer, of Omaha, Nebraska, and former classmate of Tarkington at Princeton University.

The letters relate to personal matters, news of family and friends, Tarkington's writings, reminiscences of Princeton University and of fellow students of Tarkington and Rogers there, and to the Indianapolis branch of the American rights committee in which Tarkington was active in 1916. There are comments on contemporary authors and other prominent persons including Sherwood Anderson, William Jennings Bryan, James Branch Cabell, Floyd Dell, Joseph Hergesheimer, James Joyce, Henry Louis Mencken, George Jean Nathan, John Reed, Gertrude Stein, and Emile Zola. A number of the letters are illustrated with pen and ink sketches by Booth Tarkington.

The collection also contains a photograph of Booth Tarkington and one of his home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Collection size: 47 items

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