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Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana


Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana
Gutman, Arthur J.
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7.75 linear feet
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Literature and Rare Books
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Arthur J. Gutman, an expert on the life and work of H. L. Mencken , has spent virtually all of his life in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was born in 1911. From 1979 to1999, Gutman served as president of the Mencken Society, an organization founded to encourage the reading of and research into the writings of Henry L. Mencken. The Arthur J. Gutman collection contains books, serials, correspondence, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, audio-visual materials, and a listing of clippings related to both H. L. Mencken and the Mencken Society. A large portion of the collection consists of first editions of H. L. Mencken's works as well as a number of the most significant secondary works on the writer. The collection contains a considerable amount of correspondence between Gutman and noted Mencken scholars, manuscripts of works on Mencken, and a nearly complete series of Mencken Society newsletters. It also includes a number of rare pieces of Mencken's writing that appeared in pamphlet form as well as original Mencken correspondence. The entire collection spans the period from 1882 to 2006 with the majority of the materials falling between 1979 and 1999.

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Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.


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