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Bruce Lancaster Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lancaster, Bruce, 1896-1963.
Title: Bruce Lancaster Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1931-1964
Quantity: 9.0 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author, novelist. Lancaster wrote historical novels. Collection includes book manuscripts, research notes, articles, speeches; a small amount of correspondence; and a photograph.
Language: English; one book in French, one in Danish
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Bruce Lancaster was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on August 22, 1896. He served in the U.S. Army along the Mexican border in 1916 and later in France. After the war he returned to school and received a B.A. from Harvard in 1918. He worked in administration and sales for nine years, after which he served in the U.S. Foreign Service as Vice-Consul to Kobe, Japan (1928-1932). Following his return to the United States he became assistant secretary to the board of governors of the Society of New York Hospitals, and began to write the novels which would make him famous. Most of his works are historical novels, including Guns of Burgoyne, Trumpet to Arms, and Blind Journey. He has also written historical non-fiction, such as From Lexington to Liberty (1955).

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Bruce Lancaster Papers are divided into five series. Correspondence (1931, 1952, 1960) consists of a very small amount of incoming correspondence and correspondence of others. Subject files (undated) comprises research material, notes, and a galley proof. Manuscripts (1939-1958) contains manuscript versions of articles, books, speeches, and a paper. Published material (1939-1964) consists of an article and several books. Scrapbooks consist of two volumes containing clippings, reviews, and other material relating to Lancaster's books.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Boxes 1-9 appear to be unprocessed and remain in the order originally received. Boxes 10-18 have been processed and material is in alphabetical order by type. When published books were removed for separate cataloging, boxes 14 through 17 were combined into a single box labelled "Box 14-17."

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

A number of published books by Lancaster were removed from the collection for separate cataloging. Please refer to the Classic Catalog and search for "Lancaster, Bruce" as author to located these items.

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Subject Headings


Lancaster, Bruce, 1896-1963 Archives.


Authors, American.
Novelists, American.
Popular literature, United States.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Speeches (documents)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Bruce Lancaster Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Lancaster, 1965-67.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: -
Date: Dec 1966
Revision history: 8 Jun 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC); 11 Jun 2007 - inventory for boxes 1-9 added

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Box 2 Miscellaneous
Box 4 Miscellaneous
Box 10 Incoming: A, D, T
Box 10 Correspondence of others
Subject files
Box 3 Clippings
Box 10 Galley proof of book Ticonderoga
Box 10 Japan
Box 10 Notes
Research material
Box 10 Revolutionary War
Box 10 1838-1842
Box 10 Civil War
Box 10 Blind Journey (2 folders)
Box 11 Bright to the Wanderer
Box 11 Fort Ticonderoga
Box 11 Phantom Fortress
Big Knives
Box 6 Galleys, dust jacket
Box 2 Typescript
Box 18 Typescript
Box 11 Blind Journey (2 folders)
Bride of a Thousand Cedars
Box 3 Holograph manuscript
Box 11, 12 Typescript (2 folders)
Box 5 Bright to the Wanderer - typescript with corrections
Box 1 For Us the Living - typescript
Box 4 From Lexington to Liberty - galleys
Box 12 Letter Book of Christian Febinger 1779-1780
Box 12 Letter Book 1780-1782 (2 folders)
Box 12 Letter Book and Orderly Book 1777-1786
Box 7 Night March - typescript
Box 12 Orderly Book 1778
Box 12 Orderly Book 1781-1782
Box 9 Phantom Fortress - typescript with corrections
Box 4 Trumpet to Arms - galleys
Box 8 Venture in the East - typescript with corrections
Box 13 "General John Glover"
Box 13 Complete
Box 13 Incomplete
Box 13 Fragments
Published material
Articles by
Box 4 "Writing a Lincoln Novel," Abraham Lincoln Quarterly, vol. 2 no. 8 Dec 1943
Box 13 Miscellaneous
When published books were removed for separate cataloging, boxes 14 through 17 were combined into a single box labelled "Box 14-17."
Box 14-17 The Blind Journey - extra copy, hardcover and paperback
Box 14-17 Hojt Spil (Danish, No Bugles Tonight)
Box 4 L'Insigne Scarlate (French, The Scarlet Patch)
Box 1 Phantom Fortress
Box 1 Trumpet to Arms
Box 18 Wide Sleeve and Bride of 1000 Cedars
Volume 1 Guns of Burgoyne

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