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- Wiley, Franklin Baldwin, b. 1861.
11 boxes (185 folders)
Curtis Publishing Company.
Ladies' home journal.
Authors -- 20th century.
Women authors -- 20th century.
Periodical editors -- United States -- Correspondence.
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts, American -- 19th century.
Manuscripts, American -- 20th century.
- Franklin Baldwin Wiley was born 28 September 1861, the son of Franklin Wiley, a stockbroker, and Sarah Maria Baldwin. He was raised in Plainfield, N.J., and attended Plainfield Public School, where he graduated in 1879. Wiley was a newspaper correspondent in New York from 1880 to 1884 and then attended Harvard University, graduating in 1888. Wiley acquired a staff position with the Boston Evening Transcript in 1891. While a staff reporter at the newspaper, Wiley published the Harvard Guide Book in 1895 and a book of poems, entitled Flowers That Never Fade, in 1897. He married Jessie Louisa Glen (1865-1915), daughter of Scottish immigrants, in June of 1896. They had two children: Barbara, born in 1897, and Roger, born in 1898. In 1899 Wiley became the literary editor for Ladies' Home Journal, working closely with editor-in-chief Edward William Bok (1863-1930). Wiley worked at the magazine until 1927; he died in August 1930.
- The papers comprise correspondence to Franklin Baldwin Wiley chiefly from authors discussing their submissions of poems, short stories, and essays to Ladies' Home Journal. Also included are letters from the Journal's editor-in-chief, Edward William Bok, discussing Journal business and personal items, dating from 1904 to 1929. Included in some of the correspondence from writers are original typescripts and manuscripts by the authors. The papers also contain some personal correspondence, annotated typescripts of Wiley's lectures (Box 3), some memorabilia (Boxes 3-6), and five scrapbooks. Scrapbooks I-III (Boxes 7-9) span from 1879 to 1889, tracing Wiley's graduation from high school to the start of his career at Ladies' Home Journal; each begins with a handwritten table of contents and contains various pasted-in articles and poems by Wiley, as well as manuscript notes. Scrapbooks IV-V (Boxes 10-11) span from 1901 to 1926 and include invitations, information, and programs from associations and clubs in which Wiley was a member. The Wiley papers also include some newspaper clippings, chiefly regarding the death of Edward William Bok in 1930.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Walter J. Miller Trust.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Althea Hottel and Abraham S. Hottel, Jr. Fund.
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Beverly Bennett Rutstein CW’50 Fund.
- Finding aid/Index:
- For a listing of the 115 correspondents, do the following title search: Franklin Baldwin Wiley papers.
- Sold by David J. Holmes Autographs (Hamilton, New York), 2010.
- Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930.
- Web link:
The Althea Hottel and Abraham S. Hottel, Jr. Fund Home Page
The Beverly Bennett Rutstein CW’50 Fund Home Page