Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Title
Isaac Dyer papers on Thomas Carlyle
ID
M025
Date [inclusive]
1889-1941, undated
Extent
1.25 linear feet
Language
English

Preferred Citation

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


Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Scope and Content

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).


Administrative Information

Publication Information

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Collection Inventory

M025.001: Correspondence, 1905-1941, n.d.   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 1

1905 Oct 24 - 1908 Aug 11 

1 2

1920 Aug 23 - 1925 Jul 10 

1 3

1926 Mar 16 - 1926 Dec 31 

1 4

1927 Jan 6 - 1927 Jun 29 

1 5

1927 Jul 10 - 1927 Dec 29 

1 6

1928 Jan 3 - 1928 Nov 6 

1 7

1928 Nov 11 - 1928 Dec 31 

1 8

1929 Jan 12 - 1929 Oct 28 

1 9

1930 Jan 4 - 1930 Dec 24 

1 10

1931 Jan 4 - 1941 Apr 26 

1 11

n.d. 

1 12

Collection provenance correspondence between Dyer and Bowdoin President Kenneth Sills 

1 13

Carbon Typescripts 


M025.002: Manuscripts, n.d.   0.1 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 14

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

1 15

Manuscripts: Miscellaneous 


M025.003: Bibliography: Research Materials, 1889-1932, n.d.   0.25 linear feet

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.

Box Folder
1 16

Book Catalogues: Carlyle 

1 16a

Clippings: Scrapbook 

1 17

Clippings: Loose 

1 18

Notes: Miscellaneous 

1 19-20

Printed Ephemera: Carlyle's House Memorial Trust 

1 21

Printed Ephemera: Miscellaneous 

1 22

Reviews: Bibliography of Thomas Carlyle's Writings and Ana 

1 23

Thomas Carlyle's Seal - Mark 


M025.004: Images, 1889, n.d.   0.65 linear feet

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.

Map-case
Drawer C4

Engraving of Carlyle, n.d. 

Drawer C4

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

Box Folder
1 24

Photo Album: Carlyle and family 

1 25

Photographs: Carlyle and family 

1 26

Postcards: Carlyle related