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Agnes Repplier Papers - Scope and Content Note

The two containers of correspondence in the Agnes Repplier Papers consist predominantly of correspondence addressed to Agnes Repplier. There are a number of letters from Shakespearean scholar, Horace Howard Furness, who enjoyed Miss Repplier's company at gatherings at his suburban home. The largest number of letters from a single correspondent are those from the British author, folklorist, and compiler of children's literature, Andrew Lang. Outgoing correspondence from Repplier is filed after the incoming correspondence and consists almost entirely of letters that Agnes Repplier wrote to her friend Helen Godey Wilson (these letters were a gift from Wilson to the University of Pennsylvania) and to her niece, Emma Repplier Witmer. Readers should be aware that Repplier's letters to Horace Howard Furness are included in the Furness correspondence within the H. H. Furness Memorial Library manuscript collection in Special Collections, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania. Repplier's letters to A. Edward Newton are at Princeton University. Some of Repplier's correspondence with notable Philadelphians is located in the manuscript collection at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and Repplier's letters to editors of The Atlantic Monthly regarding the publication of her essays and of her books with Houghton Mifflin are in the Houghton Library at Harvard University.

The selection of items of correspondence that were saved appears to have been made by Agnes Repplier's niece, Emma Repplier Witmer, who wrote a memoir of her aunt. Some notations on the envelopes and manuscripts are in Repplier's hand, however, most are in Emma Witmer's hand. Many of these are letters from well-known literary or political figures, for example, Edith Wharton and Theodore Roosevelt. A number of these letters praise Repplier's work or congratulate her for an achievement or award; in other words, the correspondence, with a few exceptions, tends to focus on highlights of her career rather than on her personal life or her works in progress.

The collection includes forty-one manuscripts of essays, speeches, and notes for Repplier's books plus one folder of manuscript fragments. The five Agnes Repplier notebooks in the collection are records of her notes on her reading and accounts of income that she received from her work. There is a small selection of published copies of some Repplier essays, followed by articles about Repplier and reviews of her work. The collection also includes one book manuscript: Mere Marie of the Ursulines.

Memorabilia includes photographs of Agnes Repplier (with some of her cats), newspaper clippings, and two handmade commonplace books.

Repplier Home Container List

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