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Guide to the Henry Augustus Shute Papers, 1903-1981

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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], 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 I: Correspondence

Subseries A: Business

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

Subseries B: Admirers

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

Subseries C: Family and Friends

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

Subseries D: Letters from Henry A. Shute

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

Series II: Manuscripts

Subseries A: ‘Plupy’ Stories

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 8 Fragments from “Plupy stories,” unidentified
Box 3, Folder 9 Untitled
Box 3, Folder 10 Untitled
Box 3, Folder 11 Untitled

Subseries B: Miscellaneous

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 16 Notes on the Ophecleide, Clarinet, and Bassoon
Box 3, Folder 17 Unidentified
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Miscellaneous list, 1927-1930
Box 4, Folder 1 Miscellaneous list, 1927-1930
Box 4, Folder 2 Will of Clifford M. Anderson, 1928
Box 4, Folder 3 New Year’s Eve Speech, 1932
Box 4, Folder 4 Unidentified
Box 4, Folder 5 Unidentified

Series III: Miscellaneous Materials

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

Series IV: Published Materials

Subseries A: By Shute

Box 5, Folder 4 Saturday Evening Post, 1925
Box 5, Folder 5 Saturday Evening Post, 1926
Box 5, Folder 6 Saturday Evening Post, 1927
Box 5, Folder 7 Saturday 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 10 Newspaper articles by Henry Shute, 1890-1938

Subseries B: About Shute

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

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