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Alexander Laing papers

ML-53
 Collection
Identifier: ML-53
The papers of Alexander Kinnan Laing contain, manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, clippings, financial documents, memorabilia, sketches and writings by his late wife Dilys, journals, lecture materials, financial documents, research materials and audio recordings documenting his life as an author, professor, librarian, and political activist. His poetry, novels, and articles are included at various stages of production: manuscript and typescript drafts as well as published works and include “The Boxes,” “The Cadaver of Gideon Wyck,” Clipper Ship Men,” “End of Roaming,” “Jonathan Eagle,” “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter,” Matthew Early,” “The Sea Witch,” “Way of America,” “Fool’s Errand,” “The Methods of Dr. Scarlett,” “The Motives of Nicholas Holtz,” and “The Life and Adventure of John Nicol.” A large collection of maritime images collected both for his book “American Ships” and for personal enjoyment as well as keepsakes from his years at Dartmouth and a Christmas gift and note from Theodore Geisel, “Dr. Seuss” are also included. Laing’s political involvement is visible in his large collection of liberal publications and opinion writings, which emphasize his outspokenness against McCarthy era anti-Communist action, as well as the Vietnam War. Papers from the courses he taught at Dartmouth and his work at Baker Library complete the collection.

Dates

  • 1930s - 1970s
  • 1850 - 1987

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Extent

139 linear ft. (90 boxes)

Overview

Alexander Kinnan Laing (1903-1976), poet and librarian. Dartmouth College Class of 1925. The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, clippings, financial documents, memorabilia, sketches and writings by his late wife Dilys, journals, lecture materials, financial documents, research materials and audio recordings documenting his life as an author, professor, librarian, and political activist.

Repository Details

Part of the Rauner Special Collections Library Repository

Contact:
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Hanover NH 03755 USA