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Mabel Cleland Widdemer Papers

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 31 Oct 2010

Biographical History

Mabel Cleland Widdemer (1893-1964) was an American poet and children's author. She wrote several books for the "Childhood of Famous Americans" series published by Bobbs-Merrill, including biographies of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Washington Irving, James Monroe and DeWitt Clinton. Margaret Widdemer (1884-1978) was Mabel's sister-in-law; she was also an author and won a Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mabel Cleland Widdemer Papers includes correspondence, memorabilia, and writings. Note that the entire collection consists of photocopies (no original items).

Correspondence includes friends, relatives, publishers, fellow authors, and letters from readers.

Memorabilia contains clippings, letters, and transcripts of radio shows where Widdemer's work was discussed.

Writings contains articles, a few items of poetry, and assorted other items.

Arrangement of the Collection

Alphabetical by name, title, or topic.


Access Restrictions:

There are no access restrictions on this material.

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.

Related Material

See also the papers of her sister-in-law, Margaret Widdemer.

Subject Headings


Tupper, Samuel, 1904-
Widdemer, Mabel Cleland.
Widdemer, Margaret.


Authors, American.
Children's authors.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Mabel Cleland Widdemer Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mabel Cleland Widdemer, 1962.

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