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John Van Duyn Southworth Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Southworth, John Van Duyn,1904-
Title: John Van Duyn Southworth Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1963-1966
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American author, novelist, teacher, historian. Correspondence and the manuscript relating to his novel, The Pirate from Rome.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

John Van Duyn Southworth (1904-1986) was an American author, editor and teacher. Born in Syracuse, New York on Jun 5, 1904, he graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1922 and went on to receive a B.A. from Harvard University in 1926 and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1936. Southworth was editor of the Iroquois Publishing Company in Syracuse from 1926-1935 and 1945-1946; he became vice-president in 1946 and served as president from 1950-1960. During the intervening years he taught at various schools in New York City and in Greenwich, Connecticut; he also was Dean and head of the History Department of Hockway Junior College in Dallas, Texas, from 1943-1945.

Southworth wrote numerous books on American history, both alone and with his mother, Gertrude Southworth, or E. L. Thurston, including Old World History in Verse, Our Own United States, What About Communism, and a four-volume history of War at Sea. Besides books, he wrote educational motion picture and radio scripts and articles for the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Southworth and his wife, Martha Bernard Collins, had three children.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Van Duyn Southworth Papers consist of correspondence and manuscripts. Correspondence contains both incoming and outgoing letters, about his book The Pirate from Rome. Manuscripts contains a manuscript copy of The Pirate from Rome.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is in chronological order.

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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.

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has several books by Southworth in its Rare Books holdings. Please refer to Libraries Search for a complete listing.

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Subject Headings


Southworth, John Van Duyn, 1904- Archives.

Associated Titles

The pirate from Rome.


Authors, American.
Novelists, American.

Genres and Forms

Manuscripts for publication.



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

John Van Duyn Southworth Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: Apr 1967
Revision history: 8 Oct 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 1963-1966 (4 folders)
Box 1 The Pirate from Rome 1965 - Chapters I-XXXIV, historical note, glossary (4 folders)

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