Contents and Arrangement

Bonaparte materials, dates not examined

1 box

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of papers gathered and generated by Ruth E. and Edward M. Brecher while researching the life of William Francis Mannix (1870?-1920), a journalist, soldier of fortune, grafter, and literary forger, for a proposed biography that was never completed. Included are manuscript drafts; correspondence with Ralph D. Paine, Mabel Scudder, Mrs. Mannix, and others about Mannix; copies of his birth, marriage, and army records; and other letters, notes, and clippings on Mannix's background, psychopathic personalities, and literary forgeries.

Also present is material concerning the book Memoirs of Li Hung Chang (1913), edited by Mannix, which later proved to be a fabrication, and about a collection of love letters supposedly written by Abraham Lincoln to Ann Rutledge, published by the Atlantic Monthly in 1929, and later thought to have been forged by Mannix.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Bonaparte materials; Ruth E. and Edward M. Brecher Collection on William F. Mannix, C0675, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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