McLean-Myers Papers, 1909-1961

Manuscript Collection #533

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: McLean-Myers Papers
Creators: McLean family
Myers family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1909-1961) including correspondence, clippings, a travel diary, literary manuscripts, photographs, Civil War references, invitations, telegrams, anecdotes.
Extent: 0.43 Cubic feet, 108 items , consisting of correspondence, clippings, a travel diary, literary manuscripts, and photographs.

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

June 26, 1987, 67 items; Papers (1919-1961) including correspondence to Mrs. Forman T. McLean and Professor William Starr Myers from authors Ann Miller Downes, Merwin K. Hart, Scoville Hamlin, and George Fort Milton, along with clippings concerning their books.

December 8, 1987, 9 items; Diary (1919) of travels in China and Japan, correspondence (1920-1921), photographs, and two copies of a literary manuscript entitled "Land of the Nilads."

January 25, 1990, 32 items; Correspondence and clippings. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. McLean, Chapel Hill, NC.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

McLean-Myers Papers (#533), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John H. McLean

Processing Information

  • Processed by M. Boccaccio, January 1988

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Mary Morford McLean was a fledgling author and poet who was married to botanist Forman T. McLean. Their son John H. McLean married a daughter of William Starr Myers, professor of political science at Princeton University and author of numerous books on political and historical topics including the Republican Party and the Hoover Administration. The McLeans spent six years in the Philippines where McLean was professor of botany at the University of the Philippines Agricultural College at Los Banos. During this time they traveled extensively in China, Japan, and the Far East.

Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection's correspondence is divided into letters belonging to Mary McLean, William Starr Myers, and Mrs. William Starr Myers (Margaret Barr). The early correspondence of Mary McLean concerns a steamer trip in which are descriptions of large icebergs (November 7 and 14, 1920), Melbourne, Australia and Thursday Island (December 2, 1920-January 6, 1921), and a water spout (January 6, 1921). Later correspondence concerns World War II home life, the novels of Ann Miller Downes, Mary McLean's manuscript, "Land of the Nilads," and the practicalities of publishing and royalties (1940-1961).

The correspondence of William Starr Myers concerns a variety of topics and pertains to the reapportionment after the 1920 census (Scoville Hamlin, September 28, 1928); General George McLellan and other Civil War commanders (November 20, 1935, July 24, 1937); criticism of an article by Herbert Hoover on World War I (October 29, 1939); and opinions about the Republican Party and the larger governmental structure (November 29, 1949).

The correspondence of Mrs. William Starr Myers includes information about the decoration and arrangement of homes (October 15, 1912) and the donation of Mr. Myers's manuscripts and books to Princeton University (December 2, 1947, May 24-December 27, 1956).

The collection also contains a travel diary (1919) that recounts the journey of the McLean family from Manila to China and Japan. Described are the cities of Hong Kong, Canton, Kobe, Tokyo, Nikko, and Kyoto; dress; purchases; sightseeing; topography; river steamers; and political troubles in China. Photographs and post cards are found throughout the diary.

A file of newspaper clippings contains information on the Civil War and Whitelaw Reid (1938) and information on William Starr Myers as well as reviews of the novels of Ann Miller Downes. Other materials include two typescript manuscripts (one of which appears under her pen name Osborn Morford) of Mary McLean's unpublished "Land of the Nilads," a novel set in the Philippines that describes the development of a wealthy family in the early twentieth century; photographs of Barron Falls, Australia, and John Norris Myers; and miscellaneous materials such as invitations, telegrams, and anecdotes.

Subject Headings Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Autograph Entries :

  • Downes, Ann Miller (26) 1940-1961
  • Hamlin, Scoville 1928
  • Hart, Merwin K. (4) 1943
  • House, R[obert] B[urton] 1956

Subject Entries :

  • AUSTRALIA--General Description and History--1920
  • BOOKS AND AUTHORS--Downes, Ann Miller
  • BOOKS AND AUTHORS--Philippines Islands
  • CHINA--General Description and History--1919
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--Princeton University
  • EDUCATION--COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES--University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • HOOVER, HERBERT CLARK
  • JAPAN--General Description and History--1919
  • POLITICS--Republican Party
  • POLITICS--World War I
  • REID, WHITELAW
  • TRAVEL--Australia--1920
  • TRAVEL--China--1919
  • TRAVEL--Japan--1919
  • WAR--CIVIL--Generals--McLellan, George
  • WAR--WORLD WAR II--Homefront
  • WOMEN--20th Century

Images below are listed alphabetically by subject. This list reflects only those portions of the collection for which negatives have been prepared.

BUILDING AND ARCHITECTURE--Dwellings
Description: House of Lei, Police Chief, Honan Province
Location: China--Honan Province
Date: 1919
Call Number: p-533/7

RELIGION--Churches--Temples
Description: Buddhist Temple south of Canton Christian College
Location: China--Canton
Date: 1919
Call Number: p-533/5

Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0533.1
Correspondence; Travel Diary; Clippings; "Land of the Nilads"
Box 2#0533.2
"Land of the Nilads; " Photographs; Miscellaneous Items

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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