Way, W. Irving (Washington Irving), 1853-1931

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Washington Irving Way was born in Ontario, and completed a two-year college program before taking a job with a railroad. He worked for various railroad companies in Canada and the United States, ultimately becoming secretary to the president of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe railroad. He developed an interest in books, and, after losing his job as secretary when the president retired, he went to Chicago and became a bookseller. He actively contributed reviews and articles on the book trade, and was co-founder of the Duodecimos and the Caxton Club. He formed the fine-press publishing house Way & Williams; inspired by Kelmscott Press, the company published several notable books during its brief existence.

From the description of W. Irving Way letter to My dear Mr. Stone, 1901 June 27. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 76756323

Washington Irving Way (1853-1931) was an American author, literary agent and book distributor. He was a lifelong friend, business associate and agent for Thomas Bird Mosher (1852-1923), whose books he helped to distribute in California.

From the description of Letters of Washington Irving Way, 1894-1924. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122551631

Chicago author and publisher,

Way was founding partner of the firm of Way & Williams, and responsible for much of its editorial policy.

From the description of Claude Stanley Wainwright papers, 1885-1929. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 34986612

Chicago author and publisher.

Way was founding partner of the firm of Way & Williams, and was responsible for much of its editorial policy.

From the description of W. Irving Way papers, 1885-1931, bulk 1892-1900. (Newberry Library). WorldCat record id: 46640014

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Way, W. Irving (Washington Irving), 1853-1931. Claude Stanley Wainwright papers, 1885-1929. Newberry Library
creatorOf Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904. Sir Edwin Arnold letter to Washington Irving Way? : New York : ALS, [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Field, Eugene, 1850-1895. Papers of Eugene Field, 1872-1899. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Way, W. Irving (Washington Irving), 1853-1931,. Letters of Washington Irving Way, 1894-1924. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929. Bliss Carman papers, 1889-1927. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Wilson, Francis, 1854-1935. Letter to W. Irving Way : the Orchard : ALS, 1901 Dec. 28. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn White, William Allen, 1868-1944. William Allen White letters, 1896-1898. Newberry Library
referencedIn Jansen, Marie, 1857-1914. Marie Jansen letter : New York, N.Y., to W. Irving Way, Chicago, Ill. : ALS, 1892 Apr. 18. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Way, W. Irving (Washington Irving), 1853-1931. W. Irving Way letter to My dear Mr. Stone, 1901 June 27. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Field, Eugene, 1850-1895. Letter : Buena Park, Illinois, to W.I. Way, 1894 Nov. 17. Mount Holyoke College, Williston & Miles-Smith Library
creatorOf FitzGerald, Edward, 1809-1883. Papers of Edward Fitzgerald, 1849-1899. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Way, W. Irving (Washington Irving), 1853-1931. W. Irving Way papers, 1885-1931, bulk 1892-1900. Newberry Library
referencedIn Field letter, Buena Park, Illinois, to W. I. Way MS 0004., 1894 Nov. 17. Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections
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associatedWith Arnold, Edwin, Sir, 1832-1904. person
associatedWith Avery, Samuel Putnam, 1822-1904. person
associatedWith Carman, Bliss, 1861-1929. person
associatedWith De Vinne Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Ferguson, Milton J. (Milton James), 1879-1954. person
associatedWith Field, Eugene, 1850-1895 person
associatedWith FitzGerald, Edward, 1809-1883. person
associatedWith Gilder, Joseph Benson, 1858-1936. person
associatedWith Harraden, Beatrice, 1864-1936. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Frank Easton, 1863-1933. person
associatedWith Jansen, Marie, 1857-1914. person
associatedWith Johnson, R. U. person
associatedWith Lamb, Flora M. person
associatedWith Lane, John, 1854-1925. person
associatedWith Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912. person
associatedWith Monroe, Harriet, 1860-1936. person
associatedWith Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923. person
associatedWith Newton, A. Edward (Alfred Edward), 1864-1940. person
associatedWith Roberts, Charles George Douglas, Sir, 1860-1943. person
associatedWith Sawyer, Walter E. person
associatedWith Spenceley, J. Winfred (Joseph Winfred), 1865-1908. person
associatedWith Stone, Wilbur Macey, person
associatedWith Sutro Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Updike, Daniel Berkeley, 1860-1941. person
associatedWith Vincent, Leon H. (Leon Henry), 1859-1941. person
associatedWith Wainwright, Claude Stanley, person
associatedWith Way & Williams. corporateBody
correspondedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944. person
associatedWith Wilson, Francis, 1854-1935. person
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United States
United States
United States
Illinois--Chicago
Illinois--Chicago
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Manuscripts, American
Book collecting--History
Booksellers and bookselling--Correspondence
Publishers and publishing--History
Authors, American--Correspondence
American literature--20th century
Publishers and publishing--History--Sources
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Birth 1853

Death 1931

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