Collection inventory

Finding Aids

Francis Hopkinson Smith Collection

An inventory of his collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Jun 1994

Revision history:
31 Aug 2005 EAD file created (MRR)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915
Title: Francis Hopkinson Smith Collection
Dates: 1883-1915
Quantity: .25 linear ft.
Abstract: 25 outgoing letters, 4 incoming letters from William Henry Rideing; single typescript pages, with revisions, from 3 of Smith’s novels; and miscellany, including clipped signatures, an inscribed reproduction of a photographic portrait of F. Hopkinson Smith, and printed ephemera, including booksellers’ catalogs and an advertisement.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

American author, illustrator, and novelist.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning 1883 to 1915, the Francis Hopkinson Smith Collection comprises correspondence, writings and miscellany pertaining to the American author and illustrator (1838-1915). Correspondence includes 25 outgoing Smith letters and 4 incoming items from William Henry Rideing of The Youth's Companion. Four of the letters document an escalating dispute between Smith and agent Major James B. Pond concerning lecture fees. Writings include single typescript pages with extensive holograph revisions of three of Smith's novels, together with a published story bearing his signature. (The manuscript pages originally may have been enclosures with a 1903 Oct 23 letter to James Carlton Young.) Clipped signatures, an inscribed reproduction of a photographic portrait, and printed ephemera, including a periodical issue containing a tribute to F. Hopkinson Smith, booksellers' catalogues, and an advertisement, constitute Miscellany.


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Subject Headings


Doane, William Croswell, 1832-1913
Kobbé, Gustav, 1857-1918
Pond, James B. (James Burton), 1838-1903
Rideing, William H. (William Henry), 1853-1918
Smith, Francis Hopkinson, 1838-1915, Correspondence
Young, James Carleton, 1856-1918


Art, American.
Authors, American
Illustrators, United States
Novelists, American

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts (document genre)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Francis Hopkinson Smith Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Linda Squair, 1994.

Table of Contents





Box 1 Outgoing
Box 1 Incoming
Box 1 Caleb West - 1 p. typescript with holograph revisions, inscribed
Box 1 Oliver Horn - 1 p. typescript with holograph revisions, inscribed
Box 1 Tom Grogan - 1 p. typescript with holograph revisions, inscribed
Box 1 "The Professor on 'How to Train Our Wives and Children' " - published story, signed by F. Hopkinson Smith
Oversize 1 Bookseller's advertisement for Caleb West Master Diver by F. Hopkinson Smith
Box 1 Catalogue (1897-98) - Central Lyceum Bureau - lists F. Hopkinson Smith as lecturer (p. 15)
Box 1 "Catalogue of First Editions, Autographs" (1912) - James F. Drake - lists F. Hopkinson Smith (p. 15)
Box 1 "List of Holiday Books" (Dec. 1903) - H. H. Otis & Sons - contains reproduction of F. Hopkinson Smith photograph (p. 13)
Box 1 Pamphlet (1891) - Egypt Exploration Fund - lists Mrs. F. Hopkinson Smith among local honorary secretaries (last page)
Box 1 Periodical issue (21 Apr 1915) The Outlook - contains tribute to F. Hopkinson Smith upon his death (p. 910)
Box 1 Reproduction of a photograph of F. Hopkinson Smith
Box 1 Reproduction of a photographic portrait of F. Hopkinson Smith, inscribed and bearing date Mar. 1913
Box 1 Signatures (2) of F. Hopkinson Smith (with presentation letters)