George H. Boker collection, 1849-1887


Collection Overview

George H. Boker collection
Dates (Inclusive):
Boker, George H. (George Henry)
Pennsylvania-born author George Henry Boker was primarily known for poetry and drama. This collection primarily contains letters by Boker, in addition to poetry, ephemera, and other materials.
Collection Number:
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Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.

Biographical Note

Pennsylvania-born author George Henry Boker was primarily known for poetry and drama. He generally wrote in traditional forms, using classical themes, and had a penchant for verse drama. Gradually, political views became prominent in his work, and he eventually served as Minister to Turkey and then Russia.

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Collection Overview

The collection chiefly consists of letters, with some collateral material. Includes numerous letters to R.H. Stoddard, letters to well-wishers and autograph seekers, and letters to Elizabeth Stoddard, James T. Fields, J.W. Hoffman, Horatio Gates Jones, Roberts Brothers Publishers, George Livermore, Charles G. Leland, Fields, Osgood and Co., W.D. Ticknor, E.C. Stedman, and others, including social engagements, his work, some official business, and long personal letters to friends and associates.

Also, one offprint poem, The second Louisiana, and three ms. poems, including one dedicated to J. Lorimer Graham; offprint of a speech given in favor of opening branches of the Union League throughout the United States; a newspaper clipping including a retrospective of Boker and his work, with a photo of the author in his later years; a signed, engraved portrait; and two courtroom admittance tickets.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George H. Boker collection, RBM 4055, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Philip Allison Shelley, 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Boker, George H. (George Henry)

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