Correspondence with literary agents, publishers, friends, business associates, historians, and literary figures, relating to Cooper's career, legal and financial affairs, travels in Europe, family, and social life; mss. for The Pathfinder (1840), The Two Admirals (1842), and Mercedes of Castile (1840), partial mss. for The History of the Navy of the United States of America (1839), The Pilot (1823), Afloat and Ashore (1844), and The Water Witch (1831), and printer's ms. for Home As Found (1838) with holograph corrections by Cooper; legal documents relating to Cooper's libel suit against James Watson Webb and to his land holdings in New York; correspondence of Cooper's daughter, Susan Fenimore Cooper, chiefly with William Branford Shubrick, relating to her father's death, his religious beliefs, and Cooper family genealogy; book reviews, prints, and engravings. The bulk of the collection is dated 1813-50. Cooper's correspondents include William Cullen Bryant, Richard Henry Dana, Rufus Wilmot Griswold, Jay family, and William Gilmore Simms. Susan Cooper's correspondents include Felix Octavius Darley, George Washington Greene, and Charles Mathews. Many of the letters have been published in The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper, edited by James F. Beard (1960).