Guide to the Martin Woodman Hoyt Letters, 1867-1884

Collection number: MC 99
Size: 1 box (0.33 cu.ft.)

About Martin Woodman Hoyt (1847-1924)

Martin Woodman Hoyt was born in Northwood, N.H. on November 26, 1847. He attended both Pittsfield Academy and Dartmouth College. Attending these schools with him was Nathan Robert Goss [1846-1905; Rye, N.H.]. The two became friends and lifelong collaborators in the production of “highly stylized tales of mystery, romance, and the frontier.” Their popular fiction contributed to the “nickel and dime literature” of the late nineteenth century. Hoyt also wrote juvenile literature and contributed articles to Granite State Magazine. In 1912 his collection of articles was published as Rambles Through Whittierland.

See Elizabeth Sherrer Brown’s Masters Thesis, The Life, Letters, and Literary Career of Martin Woodman Hoyt for more information.

About the Martin Woodman Hoyt Letters

The collection contains the letters, of Martin Woodman Hoyt to Nathan R. Goss, his onetime schoolmate at Pittsfield Academy and Dartmouth College. The 224 letters, span the years 1867 to 1884. Most were written from Northwood, N.H. where Hoyt was born and spent most of his life. The letters, discuss college, teaching, family, and the two friends’ writing ambitions.

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], Martin Woodman Hoyt Letters, 1867-1884, MC 99, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Edna O. Brown, Date unknown (Accession number: 8919)

Collection Contents

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Ten letters, May 17, 1867 to April 5, 1868
Box 1, Folder 2Ten letters, April 11 to August 3, 1868
Box 1, Folder 3Ten letters, March 7 to May 21, 1869
Box 1, Folder 4Ten letters, May 26 to July 12, 1869
Box 1, Folder 5Ten letters, July 13, 1869 to November 12, 1871
Box 1, Folder 6Ten letters, January 8 to May 25, 1872
Box 1, Folder 7Ten letters, June 29, 1872 to April 12, 1874
Box 1, Folder 8Ten letters, May 3 to December 19, 1874
Box 1, Folder 9Ten letters, February 14, 1875 to July 18, 1876
Box 1, Folder 10Ten letters, September 17, 1876 to August 26, 1877
Box 1, Folder 11Six letters, September 9 to December 16, 1877
Box 1, Folder 12Four letters, January 6 to March 7, 1878
Box 1, Folder 13Four letters, March 9 to April 29, 1878
Box 1, Folder 14Ten letters, May 9 to September 10, 1878
Box 1, Folder 15Ten letters, September to November 21, 1878
Box 1, Folder 16Ten letters, December 1, 1878 to January 10, 1879
Box 1, Folder 17Ten letters, January 15 to April 18, 1879
Box 1, Folder 18Ten letters, April 27 to December 6, 1879
Box 1, Folder 19Ten letters, January 4 to August 13, 1880
Box 1, Folder 20Ten letters, August 22, 1880 to February 5, 1881
Box 1, Folder 21Ten letters, March 20, 1881 to March 16, 1882
Box 1, Folder 22Ten letters, March 19 to August 29, 1882
Box 1, Folder 23Ten letters, October 11, 1882 to March 29, 1883
Box 1, Folder 24Ten letters, April 7, 1883 to March 4, 1884
Box 1, Folder 25Ten letters

Transcriptions of letters, listed below: May 17, 1867; Mar 21, 1868; Apr 11, 1869; June 24, 1869; Jan. 23, 1874; Nov 19, 1874; July 18, 1876; Aug 29, 1876; Sept 9, 1877; Dec 16, 1877; Mar 7,1878; Apr 10, 1878; Apr 29, 1878; May 9, 1878.

Also includes an inventory by date of all letters, prepared by Elizabeth Sherrer Brown.

Collection
Rambles in Whittier-land
Granite State Magazine, Vol. VI, 1910-1911, p.217

Formats

Letters & Postcards