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A. Edward Newton Letters

Identifier: Midwest-MS-170

Scope and Content of the Collection

Fifteen letters written by A. Edward Newton. Two are to a fellow book collector Ellis Ames Ballard and his wife, and thirteen are to Mrs. James Ward Thorne, (a.k.a. Narissa Niblack Thorne) of Chicago, mostly regarding social activities and the exchange of books and pamphlets.


  • Creation: 1928-1937



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The A. Edward Newton Letters are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The A. Edward Newton Letters are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of A. Edward Newton

American author, businessman and book collector.

Born in Philadelphia in 1864, Newton was a renowned collector of rare books. He wrote entertaining books about his activities, and is best remembered for his Amenities of Book Collecting (1918). Acquiring nearly 10,000 volumes, collecting was a serious pastime he could pursue, as he was a shrewd businessman in the manufacturing of electrical equipment.

Newton died in 1940.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


Fifteen letters written by author, businessman and book collector A. Edward Newton. Two are to Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Ames Ballard and thirteen are to Mrs. James W. Thorne.

Collection Stack Location

1 1 2


Gift, Mrs. James Ward Thorne.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

A. Edward Newton Letters, 1928-1937
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States