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Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Mary Mapes Dodge Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence of Mary Mapes Dodge, the American children's writer.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence of Mary Mapes Dodge, the American children's writer and editor. In a letter to Mary Louise Booth, editor of Harper's Bazaar, Dodge asks Booth to publish one of her poems anonymously. Writing to "Mrs. Coates," Dodge praises Helen Keller's book. Also included is a letter to Arthur Stedman, praising his "biographies" which he wrote for his father's work Library of American Literature, as well as a dictated letter to Miss Laura M. Wachschlager regarding Dodge's novel Hans Brinker. In addition, there are five letters from the English-American playwright Frances Hodgson Burnett, in which she inquires about the proofs of her children's story Little Lord Fauntleroy for publication in St. Nicholas, and an incomplete letter to Dodge, in which she suggests a new serial for St. Nicholas and a new children's book.

Collection Creator Biography:

Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905

Mary Mapes Dodge was an American children's writer and editor, best known for her novel Hans Brinker; or The Silver Skates, A Story of Life in Holland. In 1859 she began writing and editing, working with her father to publish two magazines, the Working Farmer and the United States Journal. Within a few years she had great success with a collection of short stories ns2:titled The Irvington Stories (1864). Dodge then wrote Hans Brinker, which became an instant bestseller. Later on she was an associate editor of Health and Home, edited by Harriet Beecher Stowe. She had charge of the household and children's departments of that paper. She became an editor in her own right with the children's magazine St. Nicholas, published by Charles Scribner' Sons, for she was able to solicit stories from a number of well-known writers including Mark Twain, Louisa May Alcott, and Robert Louis Stevenson. St. Nicholas became one of the most successful magazines for children during the second half of the nineteenth century, with a circulation of almost 70,000.. Dodge is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, at Hillside, New Jersey.

Collection History


The letter to Arthur Stedman was laid in a copy of Hans Binker.

The letters to Miss Wachschlager, Mrs. Grossman, and to Mr. and Mrs. Stedman were purchased in February 1975 .

The letters of Frances Burnett were purchased on December 14, 1982 .

The letter to Mrs. Coates was purchased on June 7, 1985 . Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 6, 2009. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner on May 21, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Mary Mapes Dodge Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1