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Collection of Henry Seidel Canby Materials

Identifier: CANBY-1


  • 1911 - 1947


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Seidel Canby (1878–1961) was an American editor and literary critic, born in Wilmington, Delaware. He attended Yale University, Class of 1899, and taught at Yale for over 20 years, achieving professorial rank in 1922. He established and edited (1920–24) the "Literary Review" of the "New York Evening Post," afterward joining with others to found and edit (1924–36) the "Saturday Review of Literature" culminating in "Seven Years' Harvest" (1936) - his intellectual diary culled from its files. His critical and literary works include "Classic Americans" (1931), "Thoreau" (1939), "Whitman" (1943), "The Brandywine" (1941), "The Gothic Age of the American College" (1936), and "Turn West, Turn East: Mark Twain and Henry James" (1951).


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Materials arranged in two series: Correspondence and Published Materials.

Custodial History

Materials acquired via gift or purchase.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Henry Seidel Canby Materials
Colby College Special Collections, Waterville, Maine
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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.