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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana Papers

Identifier: SCPC-DG-011

Scope and Contents

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.


  • Creation: 1914-1950


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Physical Access Note

All or part of this collection is stored off-site. Contact Swarthmore College Peace Collection staff at at least two weeks in advance of visit to request boxes.

Conditions Governing Use


Biographical Note

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 Socialist Party World Patriots


0.83 linear ft. (10 linear in.)


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.


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.

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Custodial History

The Swarthmore College Peace Collection is the official repository for these papers.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana and his heirs, 1940s and 1950s.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfilm (reels 71.1-71.2). Microfilm is available on-site by appointment and through interlibrary loan from the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p. 22.

Legal Status

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Processing Information

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.

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Revision Statements

  • 2018: The file list was standardized in Summer 2017 by Mary Olesnavich in preparation for importing into ArchivesSpace. Tessa Chambers added the notes in Fall 2017.

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