A Guide to the Edgar Wilson Nye ["Bill Nye"] Collection Nye, Edgar Wilson ["Bill Nye"]. 7949-b

A Guide to the Edgar Wilson Nye ["Bill Nye"] Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 7949-b


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
7949-b
Title
Edgar Wilson Nye ["Bill Nye"] Collection 1870-1900
Extent
27 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Edgar Wilson Nye ["Bill Nye"] Collection, Accession 7949-b, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Deposit [ 1963 Dec 17] 1966 Jul 7

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • B. G. Brown
  • B. S. Nye
  • Bill Nye
  • Edgar Wilson Nye
  • Edgar Wilson ["Bill Nye"] Nye
  • Frank Hatton
  • George Washington Cable
  • James B. Pond
  • James Newton Matthews
  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • John R. Clements
  • Leon Meare
  • May Smillie
  • Richard Watson Gilder
  • Samuel Sidney McClure
  • Walter Hugh McDougall
  • [Richard] Wagner

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Altoona, Pennsylvania
  • Boston
  • Laramie
  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • United States

Item Listing

Manuscripts
  • Short Story: " An Unfinished Poem"
    1870
    AMsS, 3 p.
  • " A Father's Letter to his Son"
    1893
    AMsS, 11 p.

    [Includes book dealer's note.]

  • " Pall Mall St. "
    1894 Jan 12
    AMsS, 8 p.

    [Signed Wm. Pauncefoot Nye.]

  • Poem beginning "The autumn leaves is falling . . ."
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [For Miss May Smillie. ]

  • Beginning, "This is a reading from one of my unpublished works . . ."
    n. d.
    AMsS, 5 p.

    [Includes typed transcript; gives account of the first money he ever earned and a visit to the circus.]

  • " The Autobiography of a Justice of the Peace"
    n. d.
    AMs, 3 p.

    [Includes pencil notation "Regular galley matter follows here" in an unknown hand.]

Letters
  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Leon Meare
    1882 Sep 17
    ALS,1 p.w/env

    [Encloses "Unfinished Poem" in letter; mentions Mr. [Roshacher].]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Frank Hatton
    1884 Oct 15
    ALS,4 p.w/env

    [Includes typewritten dealer's comment and original pen and ink drawing by Nye; as former postmaster of Laramie, he congratulates him on appointment as United StatesPostmaster General.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "Friend Scott"
    1885 Oct 17
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Includes dealer's note; hopes to meet him in person on Nye's upcoming trip to Boston, having been acquainted with him for years in spirit only; accepts Scott's invitation to help him "destroy a chicken"; says he will stop on the way to Bostonto deliver a lecture in Altoona, Pennsylvania; mentions his uncle, B. S. Nye. ]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Samuel Sidney McClure
    1885 Aug 28
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Includes small magazine photo of Nye; indicates his readiness to do all his humorous writing for McClure's syndicate; suggests that it would be more profitable for both the writer and the paper; says that copyright would prevent his articles from being "stolen" by other papers as frequently is the case now.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Samuel Sidney McClure
    1885 Oct 21
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Agrees to write exclusively for the syndicate if conditions can be met, starting with $60 per week; asks the publisher to pay him whatever is fair for the material that has already been published.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to James Newton Matthews
    1887 Dec 28
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Relates how James Whitcomb Riley"secured the Metropolitan Pelt at the Author's Reading"; says Riley was not given a chance but was very convincing in introducing his own style of humor; states that the audience, press, as well as the critics were enthusiastic.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Walter Hugh McDougall
    1889 May 1
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Includes typewritten dealer's note; begins "Sir. You cannot scare me with your hot words," and ends "I do not seek a quarrel but the widows and orphans of those who has monkeyed with me agree that I am no slouch. Defiantly yours."]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Mr. Chambers
    1889 Aug 28
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Sends a piece that appeared in the Journalistand asks him to paste it in his scrapbook.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to John R. Clements
    1890 Sep 22
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Informs him that from now on he intends to publish his own books, starting with an Almanac for 1891.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "My dear Edward"
    1890 Dec 17
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Includes original pen and ink self-portrait caricature waving goodbye to ships; humorously commiserates with a friend who has shattered a foot; relates at length his own experience with a broken leg; says his after-dinner speeches at club have become much better since he took to drinking goat's milk and Vichy; says the speeches aren't as witty as before, but they read better in the papers.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "My dear fellow"
    1890 Dec 17
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Includes pen and ink self-portrait at top of page; informs him that he will come to the Author's Club; gladly accepts offer to spend the night at his home.]

  • Edgar Wilson ["Bill Nye"] Nyeto Mr. Kemble
    1891 Jan 27
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Looks forward to meeting him at the Emporium of Major James B. Pond; agrees to look at a manuscript with Kemble.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "Dear Sir"
    1891 Sep
    ALS (facsimile), 1 p.

    [Announces opening of his new play The Cadion September 21, 1891, at the Union Square Theaterin New York City; declares that the expense for the production would be appalling to him had he to furnish the money himself; says the play relates to his own experience as a Justice of the Peace on the frontier.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Samuel Sidney McClure
    1893 Jul 8
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Turns down a request to do an interview "between me and myself" for the paper; claims that readers would not be interested and that he is pressed for time; suggest instead an interview between James Whitcomb Rileyand himself.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "Dear Boy"
    1895 Nov 21
    ALS, 5 p.

    [Humorous description of an accident he and his wife had.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to B. G. Brown
    1895 Jul 31
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for a letter expressing regard and generous applause.]

  • "Doe" to "My dear Harry"
    1900 Nov 13
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Sends on request an old Bill Nyeletter dealing with an injured foot; announces a visit to Philadelphiawhere he hopes to see Harry; promised letter is probably to "My dear Edward" from 1890 December 17.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to "Dear Leon"
    n. d.
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Extends an invitation to visit him at his home.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to unknown
    n. d.
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Fragment praising the music of his friend [Richard] Wagner, stating that it is much better than it sounds; sends James Whitcomb Riley's address.]

  • Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] to Richard Watson Gilder
    n. d.
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Assures him of his readiness to write for him again.]

Photographs and prints
  • Four magazine photos on one page of Edgar Wilson Nye["Bill Nye"] at ages 20, 28, and at the present day
    n. d.
    Photos,

    [Includes 5 photos of George Washington Cableon verso.]