Autograph Letters

Special Collections has several autograph letter collections.  These collections reflect the interests of the donors and consist primarily of 18th - 20th-century English-language letters written by notable individuals in politics, literature and the arts including Mms. de Sévigné, Voltaire, George III, Virginia Woolf, Sherwood Anderson, and John Steinbeck among others.

Howard J. Garber Letter Collection (1672-1979)

Dr. Howard J. Garber's interest in history, particularly British royalty, led to his affinity for collecting over 2,000 autograph letters, documents and books. The collection focuses primarily on political, historical and literary figures in Great Britain and includes signatures of all the Prime Ministers and First Lords of the Treasury.

William Powell Jones Letter Collection (1750-1909)

Longtime Western Reserve University faculty member and administrator (1930-1967) who taught English, as well as being a collector of autographed letters.

Frances W. and H. Jack Lang Letter Collection (1695-1991)

Mr. H. Jack Lang was a well-known advertising executive and philanthropist in Cleveland, Ohio. He founded the H. Jack Lang Co. in 1932, which became Lang, Fisher and Stashower Inc. in 1937 and Liggett-Stashower in 1987. In 1934, he founded the Wolf Magazine of Letters and edited it for 60 years. Mr. Lang also began to buy and collect original letters. He donated his collection (consisting of 49 letters) to Case Western Reserve University in 1977 and continued to make donations of letters until his death in 1996.