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Edgar Saltus papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 425

Scope and Contents

The Edgar Saltus papers contain writings, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life and work of author Edgar Saltus. Writings consist chiefly of drafts, some heavily corrected, for shorter works such as poems, stories, and essays, but include substantive drafts for the novels The Ghost Girl (1922) and The Paliser Case (1919) and other longer works. Correspondence consists of a small number of letters between Saltus and family members, publishers, editors, and other writers, most notably James Huneker and Richard Le Gallienne, and British actor Henry Irving. Other materials include three scrapbooks containing clippings, with reviews and writings, printed ephemera, photographs, and correspondence relating to Saltus, his family, and his third wife, author Marie Florence Giles.


  • 1884-1926


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Edgar Saltus 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 Elsie Saltus Munds, 1964.


Organized into three series: I. Writings, 1884-1919. II. Correspondence, 1888-1925. Other Materials, 1889-1926.


7.02 Linear Feet ((12 boxes) + 1 broadside)

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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Edgar Saltus papers contain writings, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life of American author Edgar Saltus.

Edgar Saltus (1855-1921)

Edgar Saltus was a novelist, essayist, and poet. He attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and Yale College in 1876 and 1877, before studying abroad and receiving the degree of LL.B. from Columbia College in 1880, though he never practiced law. Saltus was married three times: to Helen Sturgis Read in November 1883, to Elsie Welch Smith on October 8, 1895, and to author Marie Florence Giles on August 16, 1911. There is considerable scholarship on Saltus, including book-length biographical studies by Marie Saltus (1925) and Claire Sprague (1968). Summary information is available in the standard biographical resources.

Processing Information

Preliminary processing was done to the Edgar Saltus papers at an unknown date. During reprocessing of the collection in 2010, material relating to Saltus that had been donated to the library by sources other than his daughter, Elsie Saltus Munds, and added to the Saltus papers, was removed from the collection. Otherwise, the arrangement of writings and correspondence was largely preserved in Series I and II, and other materials were consolidated in Series III.

Formerly classed as Za Saltus.

Guide to the Edgar Saltus Papers
by Michael L. Forstrom
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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