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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 “
The second series is composed of the
Sayre, Robert F . Thoreau and the American Indians. Main Library PS3057
I5 S2 1977
Sayre, Robert F
. Thoreau and the American Indians. Main Library PS3057 I5 S2 1977
These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Robert F. Sayre in 2005.
to Internet: March
Huttner, J. Roethler 2005
Notebooks 2 to 12. Photocopied on sheets about 11x16”
Box 1, folder
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
1. ----, pages 200 -- 422
2. ----, pages 423 -- 507
3. Notebook 9, pages 1 -- 199
4. ----, pages 200 -- 437
5. Notebook 10, pages 1 -- 199
1. ----, pages 200 -- 433
2. ----, pages 434 -- 667
3. Notebook 11
4. Notebook 12, pages 1 -- 199
5. ----, pages 200 -- 352
1. Procedures for bibliography of HDT’s “Indian Book”
3. Bibliographic notes on 5x8” slips
4. Miscellaneous bibliographic notes
5. Bibliographic notes on 4x6” cards, A -- K
6. ----, L -- Z