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Seba Smith papers (M168)

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Title:
Seba Smith papers
Creator:
Smith, Seba, 1792-1868
ID:
M168
Date [inclusive]:
1817-1858
Extent:
0.25 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The Seba Smith collection contains correspondence, Smith's manuscript autobiography, newspaper clippings, and speeches.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Preferred Citations:

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

Seba Smith (Valedictorian of Class of 1818, Bowdoin) was born in a log cabin in Buckfield, Maine 14 Sep 1792. Smith was founder and publisher of the Portland Daliy Courier, the first daily newspaper north or east of Boston. He pioneered American political satire, writing "Letters to the Courier" under the pseudonym of Major Jack Downing, a political cartoon figure who took sharp digs at politicians. The Jack Downing letters eventually became famous nationally. Smith also wrote several books, of which the most successful was a collection of Yankee tales, called "Way Down East." Smith died 29 Jul 1868 in Patchogue, NY.

The Seba Smith collection contains correspondence, autobiography, manuscript material, newspaper clippings, and speeches.

Correspondence, 1848-1858

Box 1 Folder 1

"Latine as an instrument for repressing vice and encouraging virtue" Junior Part manuscript, Mar 1817

Box 1 Folder 2

Autobiography manuscript, 11p.

Box 1 Folder 3

Clippings, containing Seba Smith/Auguste Comte correspondence, 1851 May-1852 Jun

Box 1 Folder 4

Clippings, 1890-1957

Box 1 Folder 5

Clippings, 1958

Box 1 Folder 6

"Seba Smith Embattled" by Cameron C. Nickels, typescript copy

Box 1 Folder 7

Miscellaneous

Box 1 Folder 8
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