Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Benjamin R. Donaldson Collection
Creator: Donaldson, Benjamin R.
Inclusive dates: 1925-1934, and undated
Extent: .5 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Collection of correspondence to Donaldson as editor of the Dearborn Independent, and some typescripts.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2954

Access Restrictions:

Benjamin R. Donaldson Collection is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Benjamin R. Donaldson Collection, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical, and then chronological.



Director of institutional advertising and one-time member of the editorial staff of The Dearborn Independent (Dearborn Publishing Company), Benjamin Richard Donaldson began his career with the Ford Motor Company in 1921. A life-long resident of Michigan (1893-1980), Donaldson was also well known as a collector and lecturer of rare Bibles and was a founder and member of the Book Club of Detroit. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists primarily of correspondence of Donaldson in his editorial role at The Dearborn Independent from British author, Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith (1887-1952); American novelist Homer Croy (1883-1965); Alabama author, Charles J. Finger (1869-1941), winner of the Newberry Award for his Tales from the silver lands; and Margaret Elizabeth Sangster (b. 1894), American poet and novelist. The correspondence mainly discusses articles submitted for publication, works in progress, ideas, and views on contemporary literature. Also included are typescripts of articles submitted by Finger.

Subject Terms

    • Donaldson, Benjamin R.
    • Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth Munson, 1838-1912.
    • Finger, Charles Joseph, 1869-1941.
    • Croy, Homer, 1883-1965.
    • Asquith, Cynthia, Lady, 1887-1960.
    • Newspaper editors--United States.
    • Literature--History and criticism--20th century.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Benjamin R. Donaldson Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Asquith, Lady Cynthia, Correspondence, 1926-1928
    Box   1 F   2
    Asquith, Lady Cynthia, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   3
    Croy, Homer, Correspondence, 1925-1927
    Box   1 F   4
    Croy, Homer, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, undated
    Box   1 F   6
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, February-June 1924
    Box   1 F   7
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, July-December 1924
    Box   1 F   8
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, February-June 1925
    Box   1 F   9
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, July-December 1925
    Box   1 F   10
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, January-June 1926
    Box   1 F   11
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, July-December 1926
    Box   1 F   12
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, 1927
    Box   1 F   13
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, 1927-1934, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    Finger, Charles J., Correspondence, 1928-1931
    Box   1 F   15
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Belzoni", undated
    Box   1 F   16
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Doctor Thomas Dover", undated
    Box   1 F   17
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Gonzales Gomez de Espinosa", undated
    Box   1 F   18
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "John Cottingham", undated
    Box   1 F   19
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "John Wilkes", undated
    Box   1 F   20
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Jorgen Jorgenson", undated
    Box   1 F   21
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Lord George Gordon", undated
    Box   1 F   22
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "New England Scamp", undated
    Box   1 F   23
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "Romantic Rascals," nos. 1-5, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Finger, Charles J., Typescripts, "The Tichborn Claimant", undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Sangster, Margaret Elizabeth, Correspondence, 1927, undated