Biography and History

William Harlowe Briggs (1876-1952) was the son of Judge Henry C. Briggs and Amanda R. Hebard Briggs. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, his family pioneered West around 1886 and settled in Ipswich, South Dakota. Briggs began his literary career there as a young man by publishing a small newspaper, the Praire Grove Leaflet, in 1889-1890. Moving to the East, Briggs became an editor for the Chicago American and from 1908 in New York for Harper & Brothers. Briggs was also the author of many plays, such as Behold thy Wife, produced in 1915 by Henry W. Savage, and a novel, Dakota in the Morning (1942).

Source: From the finding aid for C0729

  • William Harlowe Briggs Papers. 1864-1940 (inclusive), 1900-1936 (bulk).

    Call Number: C0729

    William Harlowe Briggs was a playwright and editor at Harper & Brothers during the early part of the twentieth century. His papers include 24 scripts from Briggs’s plays, family correspondence, playbills, lectures, and diaries from Briggs’s mother and father.