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Collection of Booth Tarkington Materials

Identifier: TARKINGTON-1

Collection Summary

This collection consists of correspondence, 1910-1945 and undated; manuscript items, undated; memorabilia etc. 1923-1942; photographs, undated; clippings (reviews, interviews, et al) 1926-1948.


  • 1910 - 1949


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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 Note

Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) was a writer from Indiana, well known for his novels of life in the midwest. Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to him for The Magnificent Ambersons and for Alice Adams. He attended Purdue University and Princeton, where he was a well-known literary and social figure. In later life he divided his time between Indiana and his estate, Seawood, in Kennebunkport, Maine, where he became friends with neighbor Kenneth Roberts.


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This collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and other materials relating to the life and work of Booth Tarkington, a writer from Indiana who was well known for his novels of life in the midwest, and who later lived in Kennebunkport, Maine.


Materials arranged in five series: Correspondence, Manuscripts and First Appearances, Memorabilia, Photographs, and Clippings.


Gifts of Mrs. Oscar Cox, Colby Library Associates, Richard Hallet, Paul C. Richards, Mrs. Ben Ames Williams.

Finding Aid to the Collection of Booth Tarkington 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.