MsC 795

Collection Dates: late 1850s for the original Thoreau notebooks, 1930s for the transcriptions, late 1970s for Sayre's research notes

notebooks and 2 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Scope and Contents

In writing his book Thoreau and the American Indians (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1977), Robert F. Sayre assembled a group of research materials that are worthy of preservation in their own right. The materials are of three kinds: (1) photocopies of the eleven original Thoreau notebooks held by the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City, as M.A. numbers 596 through 606; (2) photocopies of typed and edited transcripts of each of the notebooks, most done as part of a 1930s project centered at Columbia University, New York City, principally supervised by Mary Dobbie, with some sections presented as thesis work to that institution; and (3) bibliographic and related notes generated by Sayre himself. Further information about the use to which these materials were put can be found in Thoreau and the American Indians (Main PS 3057.I5S2 1977), particularly in the introduction and postscript notes.

The photocopied notebooks are described here as Series I.  They contain a record of Thoreau’s systematic reading about Native Americans. Each opening appears on one sheet, and the sheets for each notebook have been placed in a binder.  The binders are numbered 2 to 12.  Notes in the collection indicate there was (and may still be) some confusion in the numbering: the eleven notebooks were with a twelfth notebook labeled “Canada &c.” which turns out to be unrelated.  It was originally numbered “1”.

The second series is composed of the Columbia transcripts followed by Sayre’s notecards.

Related Materials

Sayre, Robert F. Thoreau and the American Indians. Main Library PS3057 I5 S2 1977

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Robert F. Sayre in 2005.

Guide posted to Internet: March 2005

S. Huttner, J. Roethler 2005

Box Contents List

Series I

Notebooks 2 to 12. Photocopied on sheets about 11x16”

Series II

Box 1, folder

1. “Canada &c.” notebook

2. Notebook 2 

3. Notebooks 2 and 3 

4. Notebooks 4 and 5 

5. Notebook 6 

6. Notebook 7 

7. Notebook 8, pages 1 --199. Edited by Marion A. Wells, MA thesis, 1931

Box 2, folder, Notebook 8, cont.   

1. ----, pages 200 -- 422

2. ----, pages 423 -- 507 

3. Notebook 9, pages 1 -- 199 

4. ----, pages 200 -- 437 

5. Notebook 10, pages 1 -- 199

Box 3, folder, Notebook 10, cont.  

1. ----, pages 200 -- 433

2. ----, pages 434 -- 667 

3. Notebook 11

4. Notebook 12, pages 1 -- 199 

5. ----, pages 200 -- 352 

Box 4, folder  

1. Procedures for bibliography of HDT’s “Indian Book”

2. Bibliography 

3. Bibliographic notes on 5x8” slips 

4. Miscellaneous bibliographic notes 

5. Bibliographic notes on 4x6” cards, A -- K 

6. ----, L -- Z

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