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CREATOR: Oppenheim, Philips (1866-1946)
SCOPE: This colletion includes original book reviews, extra illustrations, magazines, and other papers and clippings on Oppenheim and his books.
EXTENT: Approximately 300 volumes, plus manuscript material, periodical notices, newspaper clippings, etc.
HISTORY & PROVENANCE: Donated in 1985 by long-time member of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, Wray Brown, this collection reflects the donor's personal collecting interest in the turn-of-the-century novelist, Oppenheim, and in the lush, romantic settings with which this author usually filled his pages. Attached to the collection is a significant sub-collection of the writings by and about Sir Richard Burton, the explorer and orientalist, and the adventurer, Giovanni Casanova.
M-110 is one of the largest collections of the writings of Oppenheim; the holdings cover the author's entire literary career and help to form a comprehensive collection on an author who was widely read by turn-of-the-century Mercantile Library members, and to capture the bygone literary tastes of a particularly American readership.
ACCESS: This collection is only partially processed and access is currently restricted. Please contact the staff in advance of your visit to coordinate access to these materials for research purposes.
When available, this collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-110 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.
Researchers are advised to call ahead concerning changes in hours due to University intersessions and holidays. The St. Louis Mercantile Library is located on levels one and two of the Thomas Jefferson Library building.
In observance of security procedures, certain services may not be available shortly before the daily closing time.
Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.