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Finding Aid of the Clayonian Literary Society Lecture Committee records

Finding aid prepared by Jacqueline Morin, Sue Luftschein, 2014 April

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Barnabee, Henry Clay, 1833-1917
Creator
Barton, Clara, 1821-1912
Creator
Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887
Creator
Clayonian Literary Society.
Creator
Curtis, George William, 1824-1892
Creator
Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876
Creator
Dickinson, Anna E., (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932
Creator
Dougherty, Daniel, 1826-1892
Creator
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895
Creator
Gough, John B., (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886
Creator
Hutchings, George Long
Creator
Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884
Creator
Taylor, Bayard, 1825-1878
Title
Clayonian Literary Society Lecture Committee records
Collection no.
0101
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1865-1896
Date [inclusive]
1865-1937
Extent
1.25 Linear feet, 3 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
The Clayonian Literary Society was charged with inviting notable persons of the day to speak at its meetings. George Long Hutchings, a banker, was chairman of the Clayonian Society of Newark, New Jersey at least until 1871. Some of the club's speakers included G. W. Curtis, Anna E. Dickinson, Bret Harte, and Frederick Douglass, among many other authors, musicians, actors, abolitionists, and activists. The collection is comprised of "acceptance" as well as "rejection" letters of the luminaries who were invited to address the literary society, as well as many signed receipts.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Clayonian Literary Society Lecture Committee records, Collection no. 0101, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Historical and Biographical Note

The Clayonian Literary Society was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1861. Its mission was "the improvement, mental, social and moral, of its members, especially the cultivation of the intellectual faculties, by Composition, Debate, and other literary exercises" ("Constitution and by-laws", 1867). This was achieved through weekly meetings held from October 1st through July 1st, in which members presented essays, heard invited speakers, and held critical debates. George Long Hutchings, to whom the bulk of the correspondence is addressed, was the chairman for a number of years of the Society. A New York banker who later continued his career in East Orange, New Jersey, Hutchings was born in 1845 in London, England while his parents were travelling en route from India where they had been serving as missionaries. Little else is known about Hutchings except that which was provided in a brief New York Times obituary also included in the collection. Married three times, he had a son, Dewitt Hutchings, who married Allis Miller and they lived in the Glenwood Hotel (later called the Mission Inn) in Riverside, California. The inn had been founded by Allis's parents, Frank and Isabella Miller; several generations of Millers ran the hotel until 1956 when the children of Allis and Dewitt Hutchings sold the inn shortly after their death. Jeanne Hutchings, the widow of Allis and Dewitt's son, Frank, is the source of the collection.

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Scope and Content

The Clayonian Literary Society Lecture Committee records consists of letters, receipts, and a small amount of ephemera. The bulk of the letters is addressed to George L. Hutchings. Represented in the letters are responses from authors and speakers regarding dates and locations of speaking engagements, as well as fees. Persons of note include Clara Barton, George William Curtis, Anna E. Dickinson, Bayard Taylor, and Wendell Phillips, among many other authors, musicians, actors, abolitionists, and activists. The collection also includes Hutchings' personal and business letters and ephemera.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 April
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Jeanne Hutchings, 1986.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Clayonian Literary Society. -- Correspondence

Genre(s)

  • Ephemera
  • Letters
  • Receipts (financial records)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Newark (N.J.)--Intellectual life--19th century--Archival resources
  • Newark (N.J.)--Social life and customs--19th century--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Barnabee, Henry Clay, 1833-1917 -- Correspondence
  • Barton, Clara, 1821-1912 -- Correspondence
  • Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887 -- Correspondence
  • Curtis, George William, 1824-1892 -- Correspondence
  • Cushman, Charlotte, 1816-1876 -- Correspondence
  • Dickinson, Anna E., (Anna Elizabeth), 1842-1932 -- Archives
  • Dougherty, Daniel, 1826-1892 -- Correspondence
  • Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 -- Correspondence
  • Gough, John B., (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886 -- Correspondence
  • Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 -- Correspondence
  • Taylor, Bayard, 1825-1878 -- Correspondence

Subject(s)

  • Literature--Societies, etc.--19th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Barnabee, Henry Clay 1871-1872   6 letters.

1 1

 Barton, Clara 1866   3 letters; 1 receipt signed by Barton.

1 2

 Beecher, Rev. Henry Ward 1866 December 

Scope and Content

Letter confirming lecture by Rev. Beecher sent by his wife; original payment check.

1 3

 Billings, Josh 1878 September 19 

Scope and Content

Receipt inscribed: "Good for ninety days/Josh Billings".

1 4

 Brewster, W.B. undated   1 letter.

1 5

 Brown, Solomon G. 1865 December 6   Signed payment receipt.

1 6

 Chase, Salmon P. 1870 September 24   1 letter.

1 7

 Colfax, Schuyler 1868, 1869   2 letters, 1 letter fragment.

1 8

 Curtis, George William 1866-1867, 1870-1873   21 letters; 1 letter fragment.

1 9-10

 Cushman, Charlotte 1892, 1893   2 letters.

1 11

 De Cordova, Jacob 1865 December 27   Signed payment receipt.

1 12

 Dickinson, Anna E. 1866-1869, 1871   23 letters, 2 signed payment receipts.

1 13-14

 Dolly, George 1869? November 7   1 letter.

1 15

 Dougherty, Daniel 1872   2 letters.

1 16

 Douglass, Frederick 1866   2 letters.

1 17

 Gallaher, H.M., Reverend 1866 February 19   1 signed payment receipt.

1 18

 Gilmore, P.S. 1870 September 19   1 letter.

1 19

 Gough, John B. 1866-1867, 1870, 1873, 1876, undated   7 letters, 3 signed payment receipts.

1 20

 Halpine, Charles G. 1866 June 22   1 letter.

1 21

 Harte, Bret 1873 January 15   1 signed payment receipt.

1 22

 Hitchcock, Roswell D. 1865 August 22   1 letter, 1 signed payment receipt.

1 23

 Holmes, Oliver Wendell   2 letters.

1 24

 Kellogg, Clara Louise 1870 February 12   1 letter.

1 25

 Logan, John A. 1866 August 14   1 letter.

1 26

 Logan, Olive 1891 August 9   1 letter.

1 27

 Merwin, James Burtis 1866 March 15   1 signed payment receipt.

1 28

 Morton, Henry 1866, 1870   4 letters.

1 29

 Phillips, Wendell 1867-1868, 1871, undated 

Scope and Content

21 letters, 1 signed payment receipt. Includes one letter to Phillips from Isaiah Peckham writing on behalf of the Newark Baptist Church Music Committee.

2 1

 Roberts, Charles 1870 October 28   1 letter.

2 2

 Rockefeller, John D. undated 

2 3

 Schenck, Noah Hunt 1866, 1888, undated   3 letters.

2 4

 Seward,William Henry 1866 January 12   1 letter.

2 5

 Storrs, Richard S. 1866, undated   1 letter, 1 signed payment receipt.

2 6

 Taylor, Bayard 1865-1868   10 letters, 2 signed payment receipts.

2 7

 White, Charles L. 1865?   2 letters.

2 8

 Willits, A.A. 1865   2 letters.

2 9

Series 37:  George L. Hutchings 

Box Folder

 Biographical Material-- G.L. Hutchings 

2 10

 Hutchings Family History Information 

2 11

 New Jersey Society of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America 1896 

2 12

 Hutchings business and personal correspondence 1869, 1886, 1887, 1896 

2 13

 Ephemera--Bookplates 

2 14

 Ephemera--Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content

Blank stationery from Everett Realty Co., addressed envelopes (without contents), and a few letters with indecipherable signatures.

2 15

 Ephemera--Tax Receipt 1867 

2 17

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