The Winter mss., 1864-1906, consist of letters written to drama critic William Winter, 1836-1917, largely from theatrical or theatre related people. These particular letters had been assembled for the purpose of extra- illustrating two books by Winter: Old Friends; Being Literary Recollections of Other Days (New York, Moffat, Yard and Company, 1914) and The Poems of William Winter (New York, Moffat, Yard and Company, 1909, no. 2 of special limited edition).
Correspondents in the collection are: Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Mary Antoinette Anderson, George B. Arnold, Lawrence Barrett, Edwin Thomas Booth, Isaac Hill Bromley, Ada Clare, George Cromwill, George William Curtis, Augustin Daly, Margaret (Winship) Eytinge, William Jermyn Florence, John Thomson Ford, Charles Desmarais Gardette, Sir Henry Irving, Joseph Jefferson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Richard Mansfield, Donald Grant Mitchell, Frank P. Noyes, John T. Raymond, Whitelaw Reid, George Fawcett Rowe, David Seaver, William A. Seaver, Edmund Clarence Stedman, Clifton W. Tayleure, John Lawrence Toole, George Harry Wallis.
Two untitled poems in Winter's hand, a dedication page for Old Friends..., and the volume of Old Friends from which several of the items were removed, accompany the collection.
Collection size: 40 items