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John M. Maxwell Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 075
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 (the origials are retained by the family), and photocopies of published articles written by Maxwell, are included in the collection.

Dates

  • 1916-1924

Creator

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.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

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.

Arrangement

The John M. Maxwell papers are organized into: manuscripts of and revisions to The Man Behind the Mask; articles; and a group of miscellaneous materials.

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.

Processing Information

Sigrid Pohl Perry processed the collection in April 2009.
Title
Guide to the John M. Maxwell Papers
Author
Sigrid Pohl Perry
Date
01/04/2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

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