Wegelin, Oscar, 1876-1970

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Bookseller and bibliographer of early American literature.

From the description of Papers, 1899-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122615351

Bookseller, author, bibliographer in field of early American writings.

From the description of Correspondence, 1947,August 4 to 1954, January 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122365819

Oscar Wegelin, bookseller and author, was one of the leading bibliographers in the field of early American writings. His papers consist of about 500 items, and include correspondence to and from Wegelin; his own fiction, including manuscripts of articles, poetry, and plays; bibliographical notes; receipts for material purchased from or by Wegelin; and various printed items including publications by Wegelin, play programs, and reviews of Wegelin's books.

Approximately half the collection is correspondence, which chiefly discusses routine matters relating to Wegelin's bookshop. Several letters discuss bibliographical details of early American poetry and plays.

As for manuscript material written by Wegelin, the collection includes a few of his articles on bibliography, one tale of fiction, many poems, and several unpublished plays and skits. The bibliographic notes consist of hand-written copies, mostly in Wegelin's hand, of entries in his bibliographies.

  • 1876 Sep 29: Born in New York City
  • 1890: Begins working in bookshop with John E. Anderson, Jr.
  • 1895: Begins compilation of his bibliography of early American plays
  • 1899: First published verse: Lyrics to White Winged Columbia Song
  • 1900: Publishes Early American Plays 1714-1830
  • 1901: Begins his own bookselling business in Stamford, Connecticut; soon moves to New York city
  • 1902: Publishes Early American Fiction 1774-1830
  • 1903: Publishes Early American Poetry
  • 1905: Revised edition of Early American Plays
  • 1906: Publishes bibliography of William Gilmore Simms
  • 1907: Publishes Early American Poetry 1800-1820
  • 1908: First volume of verse: When Conscience Sleeps and Other Poems
  • 1911: Publishes Books Relating to the History of Georgia in the Library of Wymberley Jones De Renne
  • 1913: Revised edition of Early American Fiction 1774-1830
  • 1915: Publishes Jupiter Hammon, American Negro Poet
  • 1916: Publishes bibliography of William Dunlap
  • 1917: Publishes Micah Hawkins and the Saw-Mill
  • 1923: The Fanatic's Prayer and Other Verse
  • 1929: Third edition of Early American Fiction 1774-1830
  • 1930: Second edition of Early American Poetry
  • 1938 - 1954 : Bibliographer of the New York Historical Society
  • 1941: Second edition of the Simms (1906) bibliography
  • 1953: Publishes bibliography of Samuel Woodworth
  • 1970: Dies

From the guide to the Oscar Wegelin papers, Wegelin (Oscar) papers, 1899-1966, (Brown University Library Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Scollard, Clinton, 1860-1932. Papers of Clinton Scollard [manuscript] 1886-1921. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Scott, Winfield Townley, 1910-1968. Papers, 1921-1966. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Brigham, Clarence S. (Clarence Saunders), 1877-1963. Letter, 1935, March 19, to Oscar Wegelin, Roselle, New Jersey. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Watson, Wingfield, 1828-1922. Letters: to Oscar Wegelin /by Wingfield Watson, 1922. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913. Plays, ca.1879-1881. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Hawkins, Micah, 1777-1825. Setauket : song, [1801-1825?] Brown University, Brown University Library
creatorOf Wegelin, Oscar, 1876-1970. Papers, 1899-1966. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Wegelin, Oscar, 1876-1970. Letter to David A. Jonah, 1955, June 28. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Ahlquist, Abel. Jenny Lind Collection, 1778-1977, bulk ca. 1850-1977. New-York Historical Society Library
creatorOf Wegelin, Oscar, 1876-1970. Correspondence, 1947,August 4 to 1954, January 12. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Harvey, Ellen T. H., Mrs. Wilderness and mount : manuscript, 1871-1872. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf Oscar Wegelin papers, Wegelin (Oscar) papers, 1899-1966 Brown University Library, Special Collections
creatorOf Goldmith, Alfred E. Letter, 1930, January 2, to Dr. Wegelin. Brown University, John Hay Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Atkinson, Fred W. (Fred Washington), 1865-1941 person
associatedWith Blanck, Jacob, 1865-1941 person
associatedWith Brigham, Clarence S. (Clarence Saunders), 1877-1963. person
associatedWith Brown University Library corporateBody
associatedWith Brown University Library Providence, Rhode Island. corporateBody
associatedWith Carlson, Arthur B. person
associatedWith Clough, Benjamin C., 1888- person
associatedWith Courtenay, Edward S. person
associatedWith Courtenay, William Ashmead, 1831-1908 person
associatedWith Damon, S. Foster (Samuel Foster), 1893-1971 person
associatedWith Drury, Francis K.W. (Francis Keese Wynkoop), 1978-1954 person
associatedWith Dunlap, John,1747-1812 person
associatedWith Dunlap, William, 1766-1839 person
associatedWith Faunce, William Herbert Perry, 1859-1930 person
associatedWith Furman, Gabriel person
associatedWith Goldmith, Alfred E. person
associatedWith Goldsmith, Alfred person
associatedWith Hageman, S. Miller (Samuel Miller), 1848-1905 person
associatedWith Hammon, Jupiter, 1711-ca. 1800 person
associatedWith Harper, Francis P. (Francis Perego), 1856?-1932 person
associatedWith Harvey, Ellen T. H., Mrs. person
associatedWith Hawkins, Micah, 1777-1825. person
associatedWith Heartman, Charles F., 1883- person
associatedWith Hosmer, William H.C. (William Howe Cuyler),1814-1877 person
associatedWith Jonah, David Alonzo, 1909-1981, person
associatedWith Koopman, Harry Lyman, 1860-1937. person
associatedWith Litchfield, Hope P. person
associatedWith Littlefield, Walter person
associatedWith Lowens, Irving, 1916-1983 person
associatedWith Lyman, Susan person
associatedWith Mabbott, Thomas Ollive, 1898-1968 person
associatedWith Malone, John person
associatedWith Mendoza, Isaac person
associatedWith Miller, Joaquin, 1841-1913. person
associatedWith Parish, Daniel J. person
associatedWith Pickersgill, Richard person
associatedWith Poe, Edgar, Allan, 1809-1849 person
associatedWith Portonova, Vincent person
associatedWith Roden, Robert F., d. 1934 person
associatedWith Scollard, Clinton, 1860-1932. person
associatedWith Scott, Winfield Townley, 1910-1968. person
associatedWith Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870 person
associatedWith Taylor, Douglas person
associatedWith Van Hoesen, Henry Bartlett, 1885-1965. person
associatedWith Watson, Wingfield, 1828-1922. person
associatedWith Wegelin, Adele person
associatedWith Wegelin, Adele. person
associatedWith Wendell, Elizabeth J. person
associatedWith Wendell, Evert Jansen, 1860-1917 person
associatedWith Whitty, J.H. (James Howard), 1859-1937 person
associatedWith Williams, Charles Richard, 1853-1927 person
associatedWith Zorn, Mr. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
American literature--Bibliography
American literature--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Booksellers and bookselling
American poetry
American literature--Revolutionary period, 1775-1783


Birth 1876

Death 1970




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