Henry, O., 1862-1910

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O. Henry was born as William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, NC. He worked as a pharmacist in Greensboro and moved to Texas for his health in 1882 where he became a ranch hand. Porter relocated to Austin, TX and worked as a pharmacists, served as draftsman at the Texas General Land Office, a teller at First National Bank of Austin, and started a humorous weekly magazine, The Rolling Stone. He also wrote for the Houston Post. In 1898 Porter was found guilty of embezzlement from First National Bank. After his release from jail, he moved to New York City, 1902 and began writing. He is best known for short stories with surprise endings. He died June 5, 1910 in New York City.
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referencedIn Records, 1836-2003, (bulk 1985-2000) Texas State Archives.
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Correspondence, 1898-1903. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Smith, C. Alphonso (Charles Alphonso), 1864-1924. Correspondence and papers [manuscript] 1900-1931. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Biography -- Porter, William Sydney. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
referencedIn Wiener, Sally Dixon, 1926-. The blue magi: typescript, 1973. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Correspondence, 1898-1903. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968,. Letters : from various correspondents, 1900-1958. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Autograph letter signed : Austin, to "Dave", [1885?]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cohen, Steve, 1954-. The cop and the athem : an opera in one act / music by Steve Cohen ; libretto by Alison Hubbard ; based on the short story by O. Henry. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn B. Rice Aston collection MC136., 1887-1989, (Bulk: 1923-1954) Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library,
creatorOf Porter, William Sydney, 1862-1910. Autograph letter signed with initials : Austin, Texas, to "Dear Dave" [David Harrell], 1885 Apr. 28. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf James F. Drake Inc. Collection of autograph letters and autographs, 1678-1930 (bulk, 1800-1930). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Askin, Harry. Papers relating to Lo, a musical comedy, 1909-1910. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Smith, C. Alphonso (Charles Alphonso), 1864-1924. C. Alphonso Smith papers, 1869-1923 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Correspondence, 1898-1903. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Ken McCormick Collection of Doubleday and Company, Inc., Records, 1882-1992, (bulk 1910-1992) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Papers relating to Lo, a musical comedy, 1909-1910. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Porter, William Sydney, collection, 1888-1974. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Papers of O. Henry, 1894-1895. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ghisi, Federico. Il vagabondo e la guardia : scena comica televisiva / Testo e musica di Federico Ghisi ; riduz. for pforte e canto. Northwestern University
referencedIn Burton, Pomeroy. Papers, 1903-1907. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Schade, Barbara. Folklore paper, 1964. Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History, Maine Folklife Center
creatorOf Henderson, Alva Eugene, 1940-. The last leaf : an opera in one act / words and music by Alva Henderson ; from the story by O. Henry. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Clark, Robert Sterling, 1877-1956. Sterling and Francine Clark Papers: Reading Library, 1707-1961. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The Clark
referencedIn United States Sanitary Commission records. Army and Navy Claim Agency archives, 1861-1870 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Austin (Tex. ). Office of the City Clerk Records AR. 2001. 014., 1860-1998 Austin History Center, Austin Public Library..
referencedIn Davis, Richard Harding, 1864-1916. Letter to Mrs. C.G. Macmillen 1910 June 8. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Gideon, Samuel Edward, b. 1875. Gideon, Samuel, papers, 1908-1945. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Ed Kilman Collection MSS 0080., 1905-1989 Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library,
referencedIn American authors collection, 1832-1956. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Van der Weyde, William M., 1870-1929. Papers, 1821-1929, 1899-1929 (bulk). Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Richard Gaither Walser Papers (#4168), 1918-1988 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Fred C. Kelly Papers, 1867-1966 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Portion of an unidentified play : ms., [undated]. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Historic sites -- O. Henry house. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. O Henry letters, 1884 [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957. Correspondence of Walter Prichard Eaton [manuscript] 1901-56. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Lo : a musical comedy in two acts / by O. Henry and Franklin P. Adams : manuscript, [ca. 1909] Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Autograph file, P, 1554-2005. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Donald and Katharine Foley Collection of Penguin Books, 1935-1965 Bancroft Library
referencedIn McCormick, Ken, 1906-. Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
referencedIn Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. O. Henry's treasure hunt : manuscript, 1925 and [not after 1936] Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Autograph letter signed : Austin, to "Dave", 1885 May 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. "Lo" : act II. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf [O. Henry, biographical materials] University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
referencedIn Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958,. Papers concerning O. Henry, 1910-1931. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Smith, Ed R. Letter from Ed R. Smith to Dr. Leonidas W. Payne concerning the life of William S. Porter (O. Henry), noted author, dated c. 1910-1920. Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University Library
referencedIn Ken McCormick collection of the records of Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1882-1992 (bulk 1910-1992). Library of Congress
referencedIn Frederic Dannay Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Armstrong, Paul, 1869-1915. Alias Jimmy Valentine. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Papers of O. Henry, 1897-1954. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Robert H. Davis papers, 1871-1946, 1908-1942 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Papers, 1905-1953. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf O. Henry Letters, ., 1884 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
referencedIn Straughan's Book Shop. Straughan's Book Shop records, 1930-1962, bulk 1945-1962. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, UNCG University Libraries
creatorOf Chapman, William Gerard, 1877-1945. Correspondence with H.E. Maule of Doubleday, Page & Co., and Gabriel Wells regarding a serialization of O'Henry's Waifs and strays [manuscript] 1917-23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Frackenpohl, Arthur Roland, 1924-. Domestic relations : (to beat or not to beat) : chamber opera in one act / libretto (based on "A Harlem tragedy" by O. Henry) and music by Arthur Frackenpohl. SUNY College at Potsdam, F.W. Crumb Memorial Library
referencedIn Witter Bynner letters from various correspondents, 1900-1958. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Witter Bynner papers, 1829-1965. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Dannay, Frederic, 1905-1982. Papers, ca.1920-1982. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Jacocks, Frank Gillam. [O. Henry Scrapbook / compiled by Frank Gillam Jacocks, Jr.]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Trueman O'Quinn O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) Resources Collection AR. L. 015., 1886-1987 Austin History Center, Austin Public Library..
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associatedWith Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968, person
associatedWith Chapman, William Gerard, 1877-1945. person
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associatedWith Eaton, Walter Prichard, 1878-1957. person
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associatedWith Foley, Katharine person
associatedWith Frackenpohl, Arthur Roland, 1924- person
associatedWith Ghisi, Federico. person
associatedWith Gideon, Samuel Edward, b. 1875. person
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associatedWith Hall, Gilman. person
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employeeOf Houston Post (Houston, Tex.) corporateBody
associatedWith James F. Drake Inc. corporateBody
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associatedWith Kelly, Fred C. (Fred Charters), 1882-1959 person
associatedWith Kramer, Dale. person
associatedWith Kramer, Dale, 1911-1966, person
associatedWith Lanier, Henry Wysham, b. 1873. person
associatedWith Maxwell, Perriton, 1868-1947, person
associatedWith McCormick, Ken, 1906-1997 person
associatedWith Mrs M. J. Roach person
associatedWith Oberhardt, William, 1882-1958, person
associatedWith O'Quinn, Trueman K., 1905-1990 person
associatedWith Patterson, Ethel, person
associatedWith Popini, Alexander, person
associatedWith Porter, Sara Lindsay Coleman, ca. 1868-1959, person
associatedWith Porter, William Sydney, 1862-1910 person
associatedWith Rathborne, George. person
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associatedWith Roach, M.J., Mrs., person
associatedWith Rollins, Hyder Edward, 1889-1958, person
associatedWith Ruestow, E. H., person
associatedWith Schade, Barbara. person
associatedWith Smith, C. Alphonso (Charles Alphonso), 1864-1924, person
associatedWith Smith, Ed R. person
associatedWith Smith, George D. (George Dallas), 1870-1920, person
associatedWith S.S. McClure Company, corporateBody
correspondedWith Straughan's Book Shop. corporateBody
associatedWith Texas. State Preservation Board. corporateBody
associatedWith United States Sanitary Commission corporateBody
associatedWith Van der Weyde, William M., 1870-1929. person
associatedWith Walser, Richard Gaither, 1908- person
associatedWith Wiener, Sally Dixon, 1926- person
associatedWith William Sydney Porter person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Austin TX US
Greensboro NC US
New York NY US
Subject
American literature--20th century
Publishers and publishing--History--19th century
Short stories, American
Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
Authors, American
Authors and publishers
American literature--19th century
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Person

Birth 1862-09-11

Death 1910-06-05

Male

Americans

English

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