Lawrence Gilman papers
Scope and Contents
The papers consist of letters to Lawrence Gilman from various writers, poets, editors, artists, and musicians, including Winifred Welles, Carl Van Vechten, Winston Churchill, John Farrar, Otto Klemperer, Marian MacDowell, H. L. Mencken, Ezra Pound, Bruno Walter, John Butler Yeats, and William Butler Yeats. A small amount of letters are from Gilman family members and an unidentified correspondent. Other papers include a draft of Gilman's "Bach the Great Modern," two notebooks, clippings, and scrapbooks of his reviews and articles for the New York Herald Tribune.
- 1864 - 1971
- Majority of material found within 1913 - 1939
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The Lawrence Gilman Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Elizabeth L. Anderson, 1951-1984.
December 2016 acquisition: Gift of Joseph Gilman, 2016.
Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1886-1953. II. Writings and Other Papers, 1921-1971. III. December 2016 acquisition, 1864-1956.
14.4 Linear Feet (11 boxes)
Language of Materials
The papers consist of letters to Lawrence Gilman from various writers, poets, editors, and musicians, including Winifred Welles, Carl Van Vechten, Winston Churchill, John Farrar, Otto Klemperer, Marian MacDowell, H. L. Mencken, Ezra Pound, Bruno Walter, John Butler Yeats, and William Butler Yeats. A small amount of letters are from Gilman family members and an unidentified correspondent. Other papers include a draft of Gilman's "Bach the Great Modern," two notebooks, and clippings.
Lawrence Gilman, American author and music critic, was born on July 5, 1878 in Flushing, New York to Arthur Coit Gilman and Bessie Lawrence Gilman. His great uncle was the educator Daniel Coit Gilman. He studied at Collins Street Classical School in Hartford, CT, where he exhibited great talent for music theory and proficiency with several instruments. He worked for the New York Herald from 1896 to 1898 and as a music critic for Harper's Weekly, where he advanced to the position of managing editor, which he held from 1901 to 1913. Gilman worked as a general arts critic for the North American Review from 1915 to 1923, and for the Herald Tribune from 1925. On August 1, 1904, he married Elizabeth Wright Walter, with whom he had one child, Elizabeth "Betty" Lawrence Gilman in 1905. Gilman died on September 8, 1939 in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire.
This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Za Gilman, Uncat ZA File 42, Uncat Za File 46, and Uncat Za File 47.
- Authors, American -- 20th Century
- Churchill, Winston, 1871-1947
- Gilman, Lawrence, 1878-1939
- Klemperer, Otto, 1885-1973
- MacDowell, Marian, 1857-1956
- Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
- Music critics -- 20th Century
- New York Herald Tribune (Firm)
- Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972
- Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
- Walter, Bruno, 1876-1962
- Welles, Winifred, 1893-1939
- Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922
- Yeats, W. B. (William Butler), 1865-1939
- Guide to the Lawrence Gilman Papers
- by Molly Wheeler, Brooke McManus
- 2009. Revised: September 2023.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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