Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana Papers, 1914-1950
Collection: DG 011
Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1881-1950)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana Papers
Language of Materials
Materials in English
10 linear inches [papers only]
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana was a writer and pacifist who taught comparative literature at Columbia University from 1912 until 1917. Dana lost his teaching post as an opponent of American participation in World War I. Dana continued to advocate civil liberties and the rights of conscientious objectors.
Restrictions to Access
Yes, this collection is located off-site, at least two weeks advance notice is needed for retrieval. Please contact SCPC Curator for further information.
Alternate Form of Material
Yes: microfilm reels 71.1 and 71.2
Gift of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana and his heirs, 1940s and 1950s
Processed by Peace Collection staff; revised by Wendy Chmielewski, April 1997; updated by Anne Yoder, September 2013
This collection was microfilmed under N.E.H. Grant no. RC 27706-77-739
[Identification of item], in the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana Papers (DG 011), Swarthmore College Peace Collection
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Online Catalog Headings
These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online library/archival catalogs.
See tripod record
American Civil Liberties Union Collected Records (CDG-A)
American School Peace League Collected Records (CDG-A)
League for Industrial Democracy Collected Records (CDG-A)
National Council for Prevention of War Records (DG 023)
People's Council of America for Peace and Democracy Collected Records (CDG-A)
Woman's Peace Party Records (DG 043)
Women's Peace Union Records (DG 044)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana, grandson of the poet, Longfellow, was a teacher, lecturer, and writer. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University and taught there from 1908 to 1910. From 1912 to 1917 he taught at Columbia University. Dana was fired by Columbia for his anti-war stance. After he retired, his home, Craigie House (Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts), became a center of intellectual and liberal activities. He was interested in both the international struggle for peace and in the effort to protect civil liberties at home. His sympathies with the conscientious objector position led him to corrrespond with C.O.s in jails and prisons. In June 1917 he put up the bail for three Columbia University students charged with "conspiracy to dissuade men from registering."
In addition to those list above as related collections, Dana was involved with the following organizations:
American Friends Service Committee
Association to Abolish War
Bill of Rights Conference
Citizens' Union of Massachusetts
Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
Collegiate Anti-Militarism League
Emergency Foreign Policy Conference
National Committee on the Churches and the Moral Aims of the War
National Popular Government League
New History Society
The Dana papers came to the Peace Collection in two lots, one sent by Dana in the 1940s, and a smaller shipment received in 1951, one year after his death. The material includes correspondence with Lucia Ames Mead, Emily Greene Balch, Norman Thoms, Roger Baldwin, Rennie Smith, and other liberals and pacifists in the United States and abroad. Also included are folders containing newsclippings, literature and correspondence on subjects such as freedom of speech, conscientious objectors, and economic problems growing out of war. Another set of folders includes material from and about organizations in which he was interested. These organizations are not represented in the Peace Collection and for this reason their papers are of especial interest in creating a background for the acitivities of Henry Dana.
Arrangement of Collection
The Dana papers are contained in two boxes. Box 1 contains correspondence and writings. Box 2 contains material about various organizations with which Dana was involved. The collection has been microfilmed and is available on reels 71.1 and 71.2.