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Grace Denio Litchfield scrapbooks

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0417

Scope and Contents

The collection is formed by nine bound volumes. There are four volumes bound in red leather numbered Volume I to Volume IV. These volumes are named "Waifs" and contain published copies of stories and poems from the Atlantic Monthly, The Century, The Independent, St. Nicholas and other publications 1871-1936. Three additional volumes, titled "Scrapbooks" also contain copies of stories and poems published 1881-1918. These volumes are fragile. The final scrapbooks in the collection are titled "Press Clippings" Volumes 1 and 2. These volumes contain reviews of most of Litchfield's published works and some notices of her social life in Washington D. C. Together the scrapbooks portray the literary life of an American writer in the early 20th century.


  • Creation: 1871-1936


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical Note

Grace Denio Litchfield, author and poet, was born in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City, November 19, 1849. She was the daughter of Edwin Clark and Grace Hill (Hubbard) Litchfield and the sister of Francese Hubbard Litchfield Turnbull. Edwin Clark Litchfield was an attorney. Miss Litchfield was tutored privately at home and abroad and spent much of her early life in Europe. She returned to Europe after her father's death in 1882 and remained there until 1888. Her graphic account of an earthquake on the Riviera in 1877, described in her novel In the Crucible (1897), was based on her own experience during a stay at the French resort. Miss Litchfield began writing early in life, but her first book, Only an Incident, was not published until 1883. In the following years she published many novels, collections of poems, and contributed verse and stories to leading magazines. Among her works are Criss Cross(1885); The Letter D (1904); Baldur the Beautiful (1910); and Collected Poems (1922). Miss Litchfield returned to the United States and made her home in Washington D.C where she remained for the next fifty years. Grace Denio Litchfield died in Goshen, N.Y. December 4, 1944.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record center carton)

Language of Materials



Grace Denio Litchfield (1849-1944) was an American poet and novelist. This collections consists of nine scrapbooks, with material dating from 1871 through 1936, including copies and reviews of Litchfield's literary work.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

These scrapbooks are very fragile. Please handle with care.

Custodial History

The scrapbooks were found at the George Peabody Library and transferred to the Manuscripts Unit October 2002. The Accession Number is 02-03.12.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

There is no known acquisition information for this collection.

Related Materials

Poems and letters of Grace Denio Litchfield are also included in the Francese Hubbard Litchfield Turnbull Papers (MS.0229) available in Special Collections.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan on August 1, 2008.

Grace Denio Litchfield scrapbooks
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Repository Details

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