Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Thompson, J.M. mss., 1873-1900, consist of correspondence and manuscripts of writings of James Maurice Thompson, 1844-1901, author. Included are also some letters to his wife, Mrs. Alice (Lee) Thompson.

The letters, 1873-1900, from Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, author, relate to the publication of Wallace's The Fair God and comment on Thompson's The Tallahassee Girl, on his poems, and on William Dean Howells.

Thompson's letters, 1874-1900, to William Hayes Ward, 1835-1916, editor, refer to articles he submitted to The Independent and comment on Cuba, Puerto Rico tariff bill of 1900, and the federal election of 1900.

Thompson's letters, 1879, to the editors of St. Nicholas deal with A Prairie Home; and the letter, 1890, to Kinsley Twining, 1832-1901, concerns Sedgwick's Life and Letters.

The letters, 1883-1899, from Mrs. Susan Arnold (Elston) Wallace, (Mrs. Lewis Wallace), 1830-1907, poet, to Mrs. Thompson consist of a letter, December 3, 1883, describing a visit to Rome, and other friendly letters.

Manuscripts of Thompson's writings include Athanatos, A Creole Slave-song, An Early Blue-bird, Full-Fledged, In Santford's Pocket, A Prairie Home, A Song of the Mockingbird (To Provence), and A Song of the Mockingbird (To Sappho).

See the Manuscripts Catalog for further information on the writings of Thompson in this collection.

Collection size: 84 items

Related manuscripts: Thompson, J.M. mss. II

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.