Guide to the Henry Augustus Shute Papers, 1903-1942

Collection number: MC 63
Size: 5 boxes (1.66 cu.ft.)

About Henry Augustus Shute

Henry Augustus Shute (1856-1943) was a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy (1875) and Harvard University (1879). He was born and lived in Exeter, New Hampshire, where he worked as a lawyer and a judge of the municipal court. Sometime in the 1890s, Shute began writing weekly stories for the Exeter News-Letter based on recollections from boyhood. Although these were popular, it was not until the publication of The Real Diary of a Real Boy (1902) that Shute acquired national recognition. He went on to write nineteen other books and published extensively in the Saturday Evening Post, (1925-1928). Named the “Mark Twain of New England,” Shute’s humorous, innocent, and ‘jolly’ stories continue to “provide valuable insight into the customs of his hometown.”

About the Henry Augustus Shute Papers

The Henry Augustus Shute Papers contain correspondence to and from Shute; manuscripts (primarily short stories featuring Shute’s major character, `Plupy’); copies of Shute’s material published in the Saturday Evening Post, as well as information pertaining to Henry Shute and the town of Exeter.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], Henry Augustus Shute Papers, 1903-1942, MC 63, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

  • Donated: Doris Shute, 1981 (Accession number: 8117)
  • Purchased: Paul Richards, 1978 (accessiion number: 7761)
  • Purchased: Bernice Weiss Rare Books, 1979 (Accession number: 7929)

Collection Contents

Series 1: Correspondence

Subseries A: Business

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1A, 1923-1927
Box 1, Folder 2B, 1923-1933
Box 1, Folder 3C, 1925-1937
Box 1, Folder 4D, 1925-1928
Box 1, Folder 5Dorrance and Company, Inc., 1924-1929
Box 1, Folder 6G, 1925-1929
Box 1, Folder 7H, 1925-1933
Box 1, Folder 8J-L, 1925-1942
Box 1, Folder 9M-N, 1924-1929
Box 1, Folder 10O-R, 1925-1937
Box 1, Folder 11S, 1924-1931
Box 1, Folder 12Saturday Evening Post,1925-1928
Box 1, Folder 13T-Y, 1924-1928

Subseries B: Admirers

Box 1, Folder 14A, 1925-1941
Box 1, Folder 15B, 1927-1934
Box 1, Folder 16C, 1925-1941
Box 1, Folder 17D, 1924-1937
Box 1, Folder 18E, 1925-1937
Box 1, Folder 19F, 1925-1935
Box 1, Folder 20G, 1925-1933
Box 1, Folder 21H, 1924-1939
Box 1, Folder 22I-J, 1925-1928
Box 1, Folder 23K-L,1925-1940
Box 1, Folder 24M, 1926-1939
Box 1, Folder 25O, 1926-1941
Box 1, Folder 26P, 1925-1930
Box 1, Folder 27R, 1925-1931
Box 1, Folder 28S, 1925-1939
Box 1, Folder 29T, 1924-1939
Box 1, Folder 30W, 1923-1941

Subseries C: Family and Friends

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1B, 1923-1939
Box 2, Folder 2C, 1923-1938
Box 2, Folder 3D-H, 1924-1930
Box 2, Folder 4J-L, 1924-1933
Box 2, Folder 5M, 1923-1937
Box 2, Folder 6N, 1923-1928
Box 2, Folder 7P, 1923-1938
Box 2, Folder 8R, 1924-1929
Box 2, Folder 9S, 1925-1939
Box 2, Folder 10T, 1925-1933
Box 2, Folder 11W-Z, 1924-1930

Subseries D: Letters from Henry A. Shute

Box 2, Folder 12Letter to Lucie Waugh [handwritten], 1903
Box 2, Folder 13typed, 1926
Box 2, Folder 14typed, 1927-1942
Box 2, Folder 15Xerox copies, 1926-1942

Series 2: Manuscripts

Subseries A: 'Plupy' Stories

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 16“Brite and Fair,” pp. 99-120, 263-286
Box 2, Folder 17“Assmer and Tizzick”
Box 2, Folder 18“We Go into the Pig Business”
Box 2, Folder 19“Me and Beanny Write a Book of Poims”
Box 2, Folder 20“Plupy Extends a Saving Hand to a Friend”
Box 2, Folder 21“They Fought Like Brave Men”
Box 2, Folder 22“When Music Heavenly Maid Was Young”
Box 2, Folder 23“Chadwick and Shute, Gob Printers”
Box 2, Folder 24“The Silver Arrow Pierced Plupy’s Heart and Head the First Shot”
Box 2, Folder 25“Listen, My Children, and You Shall Hear the Midday Ride of Plupy’s Dear”
Box 2, Folder 26“Majority Rules”
Box 2, Folder 27“Plupy’s Life is Despaired of”
Box 2, Folder 28“Plupy Returns to His Muttons with Dire Results to Them”
Box 2, Folder 29“Fire! Fire! A Cry of Fire!”
Box 2, Folder 30“Plupy Earns and Deserves a New Nicknaim”
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1“Plupy Becomes a Distinguished Amateur Upon the E-Flat Alto”
Box 3, Folder 2“Plupy Regrets an Ambition that Leads Him into Literary Activities”
Box 3, Folder 3"The Present of a Talking Parrot Makes Plupy’s Life Worth Living”
Box 3, Folder 4“Plupy’s Mother and Father Entertain a Missionary”
Box 3, Folder 5“A Special Town Meeting”
Box 3, Folder 6“Beany Escapes a Felon’s Cell and Is Punished by an Outraged Parent”
Box 3, Folder 7“The Grab Bag Grabs Everything in Sight”
Box 3, Folder 8Fragments from “Plupy stories,” unidentified
Box 3, Folder 9Untitled
Box 3, Folder 10Untitled
Box 3, Folder 11Untitled

Subseries B: Miscellaneous

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 12“The New Attitude Towards the Criminal”
Box 3, Folder 13“Concerning Neighborly Kindness”
Box 3, Folder 14“A Tribute to William J. (`Skinny’) Bruce”
Box 3, Folder 15“Was a Good Journalist Spoiled When I Became a–well, a Lawyer”
Box 3, Folder 16Notes on the Ophecleide, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Box 3, Folder 17Unidentified
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Miscellaneous list, 1927-1930
Box 4, Folder 1Miscellaneous list, 1927-1930
Box 4, Folder 2Will of Clifford M. Anderson, 1928
Box 4, Folder 3New Year’s Eve Speech, 1932
Box 4, Folder 4Unidentified
Box 4, Folder 5Unidentified

Series 3: Miscellaneous Materials

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 6Exeter, New Hampshire’s Tercentenary Celebration, 1938
Box 4, Folder 7Pencil Sketches
Box 4, Folder 8Poster, “Plupy and Old J. Albert”
Box 4, Folder 9Poster, “Lecture…Mason School Library, Tuesday March 28”
Box 4, Folder 10Poster, “Lecture…Mason School Hall, Newton Centre”
Box 4, Folder 11Poster, “Humorous Readings…First M.E. Church, Medford…”Nov, 20, 1912
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Photographs and negatives
Box 5, Folder 2Photocopies of drawings
Box 5, Folder 3Miscellaneous

Series 4: Published Materials

Subseries A: By Shute

Box 5, Folder 4Saturday Evening Post, 1925
Box 5, Folder 5Saturday Evening Post, 1926
Box 5, Folder 6Saturday Evening Post, 1927
Box 5, Folder 7Saturday Evening Post, 1928
Box 5, Folder 8“Symphonic Poem in Five Cantos.” n.p.
Box 5, Folder 9“You’d Scarce Expect One of My Age.” n.p.
Box 5, Folder 10Newspaper articles by Henry Shute, 1890-1938

Subseries B: About Shute

Box 5, Folder 11Newspaper articles about Henry Shute, 1926-1981
Box 5, Folder 12Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University obituaries for Henry Shute, 1943
Box 5, Folder 13Bibliography of Henry Shute’s work