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Philip Littell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 782

Scope and Contents

The correspondence mostly consists of letters to and from Phillip Littell and his wife, Frances, and their son Whittemore.

Most of the letters were written while Whittemore Littell was a student at Groton. The letters contain cheerful and sage advice, father to son, and include comments on New Republic personnel, editing problems, and family news, especially the foreign service of (son) Robert Littell.

The collection also contains what looks to be scrapbook pages of Littell's published articles from his column, "Books and Things." There are also manuscripts and fragments of essays and ideas, and a folder of notes.


  • Creation: 1910-1940


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Littell (1868-1943) was an author of newspaper reviews and columns. He was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard.

He worked for the Milwaukee Sentinel, New York Globe, and the New Republic.

His column, "Books and Things," was written for the New Republic.


0.5 linear feet (1 container)

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Philip Littell (1868-1943) was an author of newspaper reviews and columns. The collection (1910-1920) contains family correspondence, published articles, notes, and manuscripts and fragments of essays and ideas.

Related Materials

Correspondence to/from Philip Littell can also be found at Special Collections and University Archives in: Robert Littell papers, Ax 400.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1970s.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

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Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA