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O. Henry Letter

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 12 Jan 2015

Biographical History

O. Henry (1862-1910), real name William Sydney Porter, was an American writer known for his short stories including "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief." The O. Henry Award, given annually to excellent short stories, is named in his honor.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The O. Henry Letter consists of a single letter from Henry to George Gilwan Hall, editor of Ainslee's Magazine. Includes a printed reproduction used by John Mayfield as a Christmas card in 1956.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single item.


Access Restrictions:

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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.

Subject Headings


Hall, George Gilwan.
Henry, O., 1862-1910.

Associated Titles

Ainslee's magazine.


American literature -- 20th century.
Authors, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

O. Henry Letter,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


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