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Manton Marble Collection

The collection

Approximately 1,000 pamphlets, 53 scrapbooks and press cuttings, ca 1844 – ca 1911, in 190 boxes, on American politics, foreign relations and economic matters, especially the bi-metallist currency controversy of the latter part of the nineteenth century. Includes material on United States politicians (including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Grover Cleveland, W. J. Bryan, William McKinley, John Sherman, Samuel J. Tilden, A.S. Hewitt, D. B. Hill, A. B. Parker, C (Carl?) Schurz), taxation, tariffs, the press, labour issues, the navy. Also includes personalia of Manton Marble.

The collector

Manton Marble (1834-1917), an American journalist who in 1885 was appointed special envoy to the governments of Great Britain, France and Germany to explore the possibility of adopting international bi-metallism (see George T. McJimsey, Genteel Partisan: Manton Marble, 1834-1917(Iowa State University Press, 1971).


Transferred from the Institute of Historical Research,1937.


A hard-copy list of the pamphlets available in Special Collections; for pdf files in box order, click here (boxes 102-187 searchable). The collection is stored offsite and two days’ notice is required for items to be fetched.

Related archives

MS1163 (constitutes the material in the collection).