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The Independent Editor's Correspondence

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 30 Jun 2010

Biographical History

The The Independent was a pre-civil war anti-slavery newspaper founded in 1848 by Henry C. Bowen, a businessman, journalist and philanthropist from Woodstock, Connecticut. Originally a Congregationalist journal, the The Independent became interdenominational and increasingly involved in political issues. It absorbed Harper's Weekly in 1916 and in 1923 relocated to Boston. Editors included Bowen, Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and Assyriologist William Hayes Ward.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Independent Editor's Correspondence consists of letters to and from the editor of the newspaper. Editors represented are Henry C. Bowen, John Eliot Bowen, and William Ward Hayes. Correspondents include jurist Joseph P. Bradley, poet Harriet McEwen Kimball, Portland mayor Neal Dow, and Irish MP Justin McCarthy. There is also a series of several chatty and personal letters, 1910-1913, from William Hayes Ward to a "Miss Chesebrough."

Arrangement of the Collection



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Subject Headings


Bowen, Henry Chandler, 1813-1896.
Bowen, John Eliot, 1858-1890.
Ward, William Hayes, 1835-1916.

Associated Titles

Independent (New York, N.Y. : 1848)


American newspapers -- History -- 20th century.
Journalism -- History.
Newspaper editors -- New York (State) -- Correspondence.


New York (N.Y.) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.

Genres and Forms



Newspaper editors.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

The Independent Editor's Correspondence,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1967.

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