Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wallace mss. II, 1847-1938, are literary papers of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, lawyer, soldier, diplomat, and author. They consist primarily of manuscripts of his writings, correspondence, and other papers. Included also are some letters and papers of his wife, Mrs. Susan Arnold (Elston) Wallace, 1830-1907, poet; their son, Henry Lane Wallace, 1853-1926; and their grandson, Lewis Wallace, 1891- 1949.

The collection is divided into four sections: [1] Manuscripts of writings of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905 and Mrs. Wallace. For Wallace these include his Autobiography, An American Duchess, Ben Hur, The Boyhood of Christ, Commodus, The Fair God, Our English Cousin, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon, and five readings from Ben Hur; for Mrs. Wallace, To Bethlehem, and a notebook of her poems.

See the Manuscripts Catalog for further information on the writings of Wallace and Mrs. Wallace.

[2] A chronological file of correspondence and other papers of Lewis Wallace, 1827-1905, Mrs. Wallace, Henry Lane Wallace, and Lewis Wallace, 1891-1949, being principally correspondence and papers of the elder Lewis Wallace. Most of this correspondence is with novelists, poets, dramatists, editors, journalists, lawyers, theatrical managers, politicians, and publishers.

Among the correspondents represented in the collection are Henry Mills Alden, John Berry Alden, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Lawrence Patrick Barrett, Rex Ellingwood Beach, Whitman Bennett, John Charles Black, James Gillespie Blaine, Clinton Tyler Brainard, Anne Marie Hampton Brewster, William Harlowe Briggs, Joseph Brooks, Nathan Burkan, Noble C. Butler, Walter C. Clark, Joseph Ignatius Constantine Clarke, Edmund Vance Cooke, Benjamin Crane, Crane & Anderson, Crane & Lockwood, Francis Marion Crawford, John Wallace Crawford, Samuel R. Crocker, Charles Bancroft Dillingham, William Dulles, Jr., Frederick Atherton Duneka, Bruce Edwards, William Henry Elder, Isaac Compton Elston, Abraham Lincoln Erlanger, Edward Huntington Fallows, David Gerber, Ira B. Goodrich, Ferris Greenslet, Edwin Augustus Grosvenor, Augustus T. Gurlitz, Benjamin Bowles Hampton, James Thorne Harper, Joseph Henry Harper, Harper, firm, publishers, Paul Hamilton Hayne, Edgar Eugene Hendee, Albert Tyler Houghton, Houghton Mifflin company, Henry Hoyns, Francis Janssens, Fred Bates Johnson, Robert Underwood Johnson, Charles Johnston, Edgar Stillman Kelley, Marc Klaw, Klaw & Erlanger, William James Lampton, Mrs. Joanna M. (Elston) Lane, John Larkin, Will H. Latta, Frederick W. Lawrence, Abraham Lincoln, John McCoy, Kenneth Macgowan, Elisabeth Marbury, Isaac Markens, William Alexander Miller, William Webster Mills, David Alexander Munro, Henry Thayer Niles, Henry Pettit, Gilbert Ashville Pierce, George Haven Putnam, Mrs. Harriet Denison (Butler) Read, Thomas Buchanan Read, Laura Ream, Paul Revere Reynolds, Joseph Hamblen Sears, Cuthbert Arundell Shoolbred, Lee Shubert, Howard H. Spellman, Oscar Solomon Straus, Maurice Strauss, Booth Tarkington, Mrs. Alice (Lee) Thompson, James Maurice Thompson, Benjamin H. Ticknor, Mrs. Julia (Abbott) Van Dyck, Frederick Warne & Co., and Thomas Bucklin Wells.

Papers other than correspondence in the chronological file include royalty statements for Wallace's Autobiography, Ben Hur, The Boyhood of Christ, The Chariot Race, The Fair God, The First Christmas, The Prince of India, The Wooing of Malkatoon; and Mrs. Wallace's Storied Sea and Travel Sketches; royalty statements for the dramatization of Ben Hur, 1899-1917, and The Prince of India, 1906-1907; financial reports on Ben Hur in Tableaux and Pantomine, 1892, 1897; agreements for the publication and dramatization of Wallace's books, 1873-1904; papers on infringement of copyright, 1886- 1922; dramatizations of The Prince of India, 1904, Ben Hur, and The Fair God; a libretto for an opera modeled after The Fair God; and a typescript of a motion picture, Woman Whom God Forgot, based on The Fair God, 1918.

[3] Box office statements, 1899-1917, for the motion picture Ben Hur, and 1906-1907, for the motion picture The Prince of India.

[4] A thousand still photographs from the motion picture Ben Hur and a colored picture of Wallace's study in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Collection size: 3,000 items

Related manuscripts: Wallace mss.

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.