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Briggs, William Harlowe, 1876-1952
William Harlowe Briggs Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1864-1940 (mostly 1900-1936)
9 boxes and 3.95 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-9


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.

Collection Description & Creator Information


Consists of selected papers of Briggs, a playwright and editor at Harper & Brothers, including 24 scripts for plays such as Behold Thy Wife (1910), By Dawn's Early Light (1936), Benjamin Franklin (1938), and Keeping Up With Lizzie (1911), co-authored with Irving Bachellor; family correspondence (1894-1936), juvenalia, playbills, and copies of the Praire Grove Leaflet, edited by Briggs in 1889. Also present are articles, lectures, commonplace books, and diaries (1864-1901) of Briggs' mother, Amanda R. Hebard Briggs, and a few diaries (1876-1885) of Briggs' father, Henry C. Briggs. The diaries document the family's moves from Massachusetts to Michigan and then to the Dakota Territory.

Collection Creator Biography:

Briggs, William Harlowe, 1876-1952

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).

Collection History


Gift of The Hampton Booth Theatre Library.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 1995. Finding aid written in 1995.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing 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:

William Harlowe Briggs Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-9