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New Jersey Federal Writers' Project Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MG FWP-(Main)

Scope and Contents

1 Hollinger box contains manuscripts of writings, exhibition catalogs related to the exhibitions held by Federal Writers' Project at The Federal Art Gallery (Newark, N.J.), and lists and biographical sketches of the contemporary writers from Essex County, N.J. (1935-38).

Newark-related material in the collection is as follows:

Folder "Joyce Kilmer": contains a timeline on New Jersey newspapers, most from Newark

Folder "Misc.": two exhibition brochures for the Newark Federal Art Gallery (1938)

Folder "Contemporary Writers" (all 1936): contains a list of Essex County writers, some from Newark; a WFP project description; and a handwritten manuscript on contemporary writers of Essex County, including the following:

Born in Newark: Percy Boynton; Francis Collins; Raymond Detmars; Clinton Roy Dickenson; William Dix; Theodosia Faulks; Louis Ginsberg; Marguerite Glentworth; William Southworth Hunt; Nathan Kussy; Josephine Lawrence; William Osborn; Laurence Perry; Edward Rankin; Malcolm Ross; and Albert Payson Terhune

Associated with Newark: James Bellah, who lived in Newark; Coningsby Dawson, son of William James Dawson, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Newark; Moss Hart, associated with Newark theater; and Max Herzberg, educator, literary editor of the Newark News

Folder "Writers of Newark and Essex County": contains draft sketches of local writers, 1825-1925 (some typed). Various Colonial-era writers are briefly mentioned, then there is data on William James Dawson; Mary Mapes Dodge; Aldwin Freeman (published "The Truth" in Newark); Jeannette L. Gilder; Joseph B. Gilder (Newark Register); Richard Watson Gilder; Ellin Knowles (wife of Methodist minister, Newark); Isaac Markers; William Edgar Socket; Mary Virginia Terhune (Marion Harland); Augustus Watters; William Nelson; William James Henderson; Lila Hardy Hammond; Bysshe Shelley; Stephen Crane; and Biela Hardy Hammond.

Folder "Newark and Essex Co. Writers, Cont": additional files and notes on local writers. Includes: Frank Edward Allen (born Newark); Lyman Whitney Allen (Newark pastor, wrote "Ode for Newark"); Arthur Scott Bailey (lived in Newark); Fred Clare Baldwin (Newark pastor); James Warner Bellah (Barringer High School graduate); Percy Holmes Boynton (born Newark); Noah Brooks (managing editor, Newark Advertiser); Sayers Coe (born Newark); Abraham Coles (wrote ode on Newark's 200th anniversary); Francis A. Collins (born Newark); Christopher P. Connolly (Newark lawyer); Stephen Crane; A. B. Darlinwich (director, Newark Music Association); Coningsby Dawson (lived in Newark), William J. Dawson; C. Roy Dickenson (born Newark); Raymond L. Ditmars (born Newark); William F. Dix (born Newark); Mary Mapes Dodge (lived in Newark); Amanda Douglas (lived in Newark); William J. Durant (worked in Newark); Thomas Dunn English (lived in Newark); William J. Fielding (editor, Newark Leader); Joseph Folsom (lived in Newark); Aldwin Freeman (published "The Truth," Newark); Theodosia Garrison (born Newark); Gilder family (see above); Louis Ginsberg (born Newark, 1896); Marguerite Glentworth (born Newark); Lily Hardy Hammond (born Newark); William James Henderson (born Newark); Max Herzberg (Weequahic High School principal); Jesse Hurlburt (Newark pastor); Will Hunt (born Newark, edited Newark Sunday Call); Washington Irving (wrote in Newark); Nathan Kussy (born Newark); Josephine Lawrence (born Newark); James Lipton (aka Harry Studzler, lived in Newark); Elizabeth Nucle (born Newark); William Nelson (born Newark); William Osborne (born Newark); Thomas Paine (began first part of "the Crisis" in Newark); Lawrence Perry (born Newark); Thomas Powell (died in Newark); Edward Rankin (born Newark); Leonard Robbins (wrote about Newark); Malcolm H. Ross (born Newark); Lillian Roy (lived in Newark); Antoinette Scudder (lived in Newark); Edward Stratemeyer; the Terhune family (see above); Beatrice Struison (born Newark); Virginia Van de Water (aka Belle Terhune, born Newark); Augustus Watters (lived in Newark); and William Whitehead

Folder "Skeleton Notes on Writers of Essex County": contains material on many of the writers mentioned above

Folder "Newark and Essex Co. Literature": contains an essay "Essex County Literature," by Katherine B. Hill, with data on many wtirers mentioned above

Folder "Newark Literature, Newspapers": contains a list of Newark newspapers and a typed essay, "Newark Literature," with mentions of Aaron Burr; Stephen Crane; Washington Irving; Tom Moore (stayed in Newark); Thomas Paine (began writing "The Crisis" while encamped in Newark); Bysshe Shelley (ancestor of the poet, lived in Newark); Charles Maurice Talleyrand (lived in Newark); and Jonathan Odell Tory. The folder also contains another draft essay and a timeline of Newark writers.


  • 1935 - 1938


Conditions Governing Use

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff. Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

Biographical / Historical

The Federal Writers' Project, which supported scholarly, public-interest, and literary written work during the Great Depression, was an undertaking of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a wide-ranging New Deal program of public works and government-funded cultural endeavors. The WPA/Federal Arts Project in New Jersey was led by Beatrice Winser, Director of the Newark Public library. Winser, and others, objected to the WPA's complex administrative structure, which had New Jersey reporting to New York regional headquarters. At the same time, cultural projects were under the supervision of various state and county WPA officials, and there were frequent changes of staff, record-keeping requirements, and areas of responsibilty. Resources were divided between the Writers Project and the Arts and Music Projects according to federal allocation directives, but there was considerable interaction and cooperation between the three cultural projects.


.42 Linear Feet (1 Hollinger box)

Language of Materials