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Isaac Dyer Papers on Thomas Carlyle M025

Title:
Isaac Dyer papers on Thomas Carlyle
Creator:
Dyer, Isaac W., (Isaac Watson), 1855-1937
ID:
M025
Date [inclusive]:
1889-1941, undated
Extent:
1.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains materials compiled and created by Isaac Dyer while writing his Thomas Carlyle bibliography, including correspondence, carbon typescripts, Carlyle manuscripts, miscellaneous manuscripts, authorial notes, printed ephemera, reviews of A Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana, images of Carlyle and his family, a scrapbook, Carlyle's official seal, and a collection of Carlyle-related postcards.
Preferred Citation:

Isaac Dyer Papers on Thomas Carlyle, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Isaac Dyer (1855-1937), Bowdoin Class of 1878, was a Portland lawyer (1881-1931), a member of the Maine State Legislature (1885-1886), U.S. District Attorney for Maine (1890-1906), and a lecturer at the University of Maine Law School. In addition to authoring A Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana, published in 1928, Dyer also authored two books on Maine law.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a celebrated Scottish essayist, historian, and man of letters who published works on important historical figures and events. His first major work was Sartor Resartus, though his second publication, the two-volume work The French Revolution, A History established his popularity. Carlyle was also an expert on German literature, having translated writers such as Goethe into English.

The collection contains materials compiled and created by Isaac Dyer while writing his Thomas Carlyle bibliography, including correspondence, carbon typescripts, Carlyle manuscripts, miscellaneous manuscripts, authorial notes, printed ephemera, reviews of A Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana, images of Carlyle and his family, a scrapbook, Carlyle's official seal, and a collection of Carlyle-related postcards.

Notable correspondents include: John W. Davis, F. Ernest Gruening, Archibald MacMechan, Townsend Scudder, and former Bowdoin president Kenneth C.M. Sills. Nearly all correspondence concerns the production and completion of the Carlyle bibliography.

The Thomas Carlyle Letters form a separate collection (M43).

Published books by and about Thomas Carlyle that Isaac Dyer collected while preparing his Carlyle bibliography have been cataloged separately as part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives' rare book holdings.

Scope and Contents note:

Letters primarily concerned with collecting and processing research materials required for Dyer's bibliography on Thomas Carlyle. Frequent correspondents include James A. S. Barrett, Charles F. Harold, Waldo H. Dunn, George A. Lumsden, William H. Cary, Gerald G. Wilder, Robert F. Metzdorf, and George Kummer. Other notables include John W. Davis, Ernest Gruening, Archibald MacMechan, Townsend Scudder, and former Bowdoin president Kenneth C.M. Sills. The series also contains a file of Dyer's carbon typescripts.

Arrangement note:

Arranged chronologically.

1905 Oct 24 - 1908 Aug 11

Box 1 Folder 1

1920 Aug 23 - 1925 Jul 10

Box 1 Folder 2

1926 Mar 16 - 1926 Dec 31

Box 1 Folder 3

1927 Jan 6 - 1927 Jun 29

Box 1 Folder 4

1927 Jul 10 - 1927 Dec 29

Box 1 Folder 5

1928 Jan 3 - 1928 Nov 6

Box 1 Folder 6

1928 Nov 11 - 1928 Dec 31

Box 1 Folder 7

1929 Jan 12 - 1929 Oct 28

Box 1 Folder 8

1930 Jan 4 - 1930 Dec 24

Box 1 Folder 9

1931 Jan 4 - 1941 Apr 26

Box 1 Folder 10

n.d.

Box 1 Folder 11

Collection provenance correspondence between Dyer and Bowdoin President Kenneth Sills

Box 1 Folder 12

Carbon Typescripts

Box 1 Folder 13

Scope and Contents note:

Manuscript pages written by Thomas Carlyle, including a letter of provenance written by James A. S. Barrett to Dyer. Also contains a collection of miscellaneous manuscripts compiled by Dyer for research purposes.

Arrangement note:

Arranged alphabetically.

Manuscripts: Carlyle (Includes JAS Barrett's letter of provenance, 7 June 1932)

Box 1 Folder 14

Manuscripts: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 15

Scope and Contents note:

Research materials collected by Dyer for use in composing his bibliography of Carlyle. Includes book catalogues listing publications by, about, or involving Carlyle, Carlye-related newspaper clippings, a scrapbook of Carlyle clippings, miscellaneous notes, printed ephemera given to Dyer by the Carlyle's House Memorial Trust, a collection of published book reviews for Dyer's A Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana, and Thomas Carlyle's official seal.

Arrangement note:

Arranged alphabetically.

Book Catalogues: Carlyle

Box 1 Folder 16

Clippings: Scrapbook

Box 1 Folder 16a

Clippings: Loose

Box 1 Folder 17

Notes: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 18

Printed Ephemera: Carlyle's House Memorial Trust

Box 1 Folder 19-20

Printed Ephemera: Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 21

Reviews: Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana

Box 1 Folder 22

Thomas Carlyle's Seal - Mark

Box 1 Folder 23

Scope and Contents note:

Images of Carlyle and his family, including photographs and an etching of Carlyle. Also includes a collection of postcards relating to Carlyle and his works.

Arrangement note:

Arranged alphabetically.

Engraving of Carlyle, n.d.

Map-case Drawer C4

Etching of Carlyle by George Aikman, published 1889 by W.G. Patterson, Edinburgh

Map-case Drawer C4

Photo Album: Carlyle and family

Box 1 Folder 24

Photographs: Carlyle and family

Box 1 Folder 25

Postcards: Carlyle related

Box 1 Folder 26
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