Northwestern

Maxwell, John M. Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
075

Dates

  • 1916-1924 (Creation)

Extents

  • 3.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Notes

  • Scope and Contents

    The John M. Maxwell Papers consist primarily of drafts and revisions of Maxwell's book, The Man Behind the Mask, which ascribes authorship of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets to Sir Robert Cecil or George Somers. Maxwell failed in his attempts to get his book published, even though Theodore Dreiser interceded with publishers on his behalf. The five bound volumes of typescript (1916-1919) circulated to publishers. Loose pages (box 2) are from an undated later revision by Maxwell. The material donated by Mrs. Audrey Ellingsworth (box 3) is most likely an earlier revision by him. Photocopies of letters from Theodore Dreiser, James Whitcomb Riley, and John Maxwell which are retained by the family, and photocopies of published articles written by Maxwell, are included in the collection.

  • Abstract

    The John M. Maxwell Papers consist primarily of drafts and revisions of Maxwell's book, The Man Behind the Mask, which ascribes authorship of William Shakespeare's plays and sonnets to Sir Robert Cecil or George Somers. Maxwell failed in his attempts to get his book published, even though Theodore Dreiser interceded with publishers on his behalf.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on use of the materials in the department for research; all patrons must comply with federal copyright regulations.

  • Method of Acquisition

    Most of the materials in this collection were donated in July 1953 to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University by Waldo P. Maxwell, the son of John M. Maxwell. These papers were transferred to the McCormick Library of Special Collections before 1969. All additional materials in box 3 were donated to the McCormick Library in August 2008 by Maxwell's granddaughter, Mrs. Audrey Ellingsworth, or researcher John Niemeyer.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    Sigrid Pohl Perry processed the collection in April 2009.

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