Skip to main content

Justin McCarthy Papers

Identifier: MS-0005

Scope and Contents

The Justin McCarthy Collection was part of the original private collection of Robert M. Snyder, Jr. donated to the University of Kansas City (now University of Missouri-Kansas City) in 1937. Housed in the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, the collection offers valuable insight into McCarthy’s publishing career with his primary publishers Chatto and Windus; however, it lacks information about his political career as a member of British Parliament. There are roughly 250 items, mostly correspondence, dating from 1877 to 1899. The majority of the letters are handwritten and written during the years 1883, 1897 and 1899. Both his creative process and his control over his publications are revealed through the correspondence. Of particular note is an exchange of correspondence with German and American publishing houses regarding translation and copyright permission. It is also possible to study McCarthy’s declining health and eyesight through the degenerative handwriting in his later years and the increased reliance on his daughter, Charlotte, who wrote many of the later letters.


  • 1877 - 1995


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status is unknown


3 Linear Feet (LaBudde: 1 manuscript box.)

Language of Materials


LaBudde: Jamie Straley-Eason, Amy Leimkuhler (supervising archivist).
LaBudde: 1997.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections and Archives Repository