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George H. Thompson collection of Henry Louis Mencken

Identifier: MS-0491

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Scope and Contents

The Thompson collection is comprised of books, pamphlets, and periodicals as well as manuscript letters and writings, recordings, printed ephemera, and photographs. The printed material is cataloged in Catalyst and shelved at the George Peabody Library. The related manuscript and non-book material are part of this manuscript collection also housed at the Peabody Library.

A catalog to the collection has been printed: The George H. Thompson Collection of Henry Louis Mencken. Baltimore: The Sheridan Libraries, 2009.


  • Creation: 1905-1950


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the George Peabody Library and may require scheduling a special appointment to access it. 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.

Historical note

George H. Thompson began collecting material by, about, and related to Henry Louis Mencken in 1962.


89 Cubic Feet (20 record center boxes)

Language of Materials



Collection consists of material by, about, and related to the Baltimore writer Henry Louis Mencken as collected by George H. Thompson. Materials date from 1905-1950.


The items in MS 491 have been arranged in 11 series, 5 boxes. The individual issues of magazines are Series 12, 89 boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired by the Sheridan Libraries in 2006. It was part gift from Thompson's wife Betty and son Bradford G. Thompson, and part purchase.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Requardt on June 27, 2014.

Cynthia Requardt
June 24, 2009
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Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA