Flagg, Edmund, 1815-1890
Journalism; Newspapers; Authors; Finance; Mississippi River; Scrapbooks; Fiction; New Year; Accounts; Universities and colleges
St. Louis, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0499 Flagg, Edmund Papers Inventory of Edmund Flagg Papers A0499 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:36:18 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Edmund Flagg Papers Flagg, Edmund, 1815-1890 A0499 5.25 Cubic Feet (12 boxes) 1825-1925 Donor Information The Edmund Flagg Papers were purchased from Melvin Lee Steadman in 1968. Additional items were added in 1970. Biographical Sketch Edmund Flagg was born November 24, 1815, in Wicasset, Maine. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1835 and then moved to Louisville, Kentucky. In Louisville, Flagg taught school and became a contributor to the Louisville Journal . He came to St. Louis in 1836 and studied law under Hamilton R. Gamble. After completing The Far West (1838), a journal of his wanderings through Illinois and Missouri, he worked briefly for a Louisville newspaper. Flagg practiced law in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with noted orator S.S. Prentiss and then served as editor of the Marietta (Ohio) Gazette . In 1845, he returned to St. Louis to edit the St. Louis Evening Gazette , leaving that paper after a short while to become a court reporter for St. Louis County. He contributed stories to the Missouri Republican , and published several novels and plays during his stay in St. Louis. In 1848, Flagg was appointed as a clerk to serve under U.S. Minister to Berlin, Edward A. Hannegan. Two years later, Flagg was appointed U.S. consul to Venice by President John Tyler. He returned to St. Louis to become editor of the St. Louis Times in 1853. He was appointed superintendent of statistics for the Department of State in 1856, at which time he wrote his "Report on the Commercial Relations of the United States with All Foreign Nations." He served in this capacity until 1861 when he was appointed to serve as head of the copyright library for the U.S. Patent Office. Flagg retired from public service in 1870 and moved to his farm near Falls Church, Virginia. He continued to practice law. Edmund Flagg died in Virginia in 1890. In his lifetime, Flagg’s literary work became well known. He was published by major printing houses including Charles Scribner (New York). Flagg’s works include Carrero or The Prime Minister of Spain, Francois of Vallois, Edmond Dantes, The Howard Queen, Venice: The City of the Sea, Monte-Cristo’s Daughter, The Wife of Monte Cristo , and DeMolai: The Last of the Military Grand Masters . He also wrote a number of plays that were performed on stage in St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, and New Orleans. Scope and Contents The collection consists of correspondence, account books, daybooks, travel journals, receipts, land descriptions, business cards, calling cards, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, photographs, and lecture notes. The Autobiography Series consists of volumes I and II of Edmund Flagg’s handwritten autobiography. The manuscript was written around 1879, but was never published. The manuscript contains a genealogy of the Flagg family. The first page of the autobiography is missing. The Bowdoin College Series consists of Flagg’s college lecture notes, commencement announcements, a photograph of Bowdoin classmate Albert G. Tenney, and other college memorabilia. The items are primarily dated from his years at Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine), 1831-1835, but also include items that he collected later in life. The series includes two copies of the Brunswick Telegraph , June 25 and July 2, 1886, which contain articles relating to commencement at Bowdoin College. The Literary Series consists of Flagg’s manuscripts, literary critiques, book reviews, dramas, speeches, New Year’s Eve addresses, and newspaper extracts regarding the sales of his novels, The Howard Queen, Far West , and De Molai . The series contains handwritten copies of Flagg’s Mavin, Ex-president of Venice, Carrero, The Prime Minister of Spain , and The Consumptive, A Sexagenarians Tale . Handwritten notes and scripts from a drama “The Secret Marriage” produced in 1846. Also included are critiques of other writer’s works by Flagg and reviews of St. Louis theatrical productions that were printed in the St. Louis Reveille . The Civil Service Series is separated into two subseries. The Office of Statistics Subseries includes notes, a “commercial scrapbook” of newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memos relating to Flagg’s service with the Office of Statistics, U.S. Department of State, 1854-1858, and a handwritten draft of Flagg’s "Report on the Commercial Relations of the United States with All Foreign Nations" (1856). The U.S. Patent Office Subseries consists of correspondence, copyright requests, and memos produced during Flagg’s service as head of the U.S. Patent Office Copyright Library, Department of Interior, 1861-1869. The Correspondence Series consists of Flagg family correspondence, Edmund Flagg’s letters to his family, friends, clients, and newspaper associates. Box 7 contains letters written by notable individuals that were added to the collection in 1970. Among the letters are several to and from Flagg to the renowned Whig orator S.S. Prentiss, journalist and editor Charles Dana, journalist and author George D. Prentice, and publisher Charles Scribner. The Real Estate Series pertains to Flagg’s extensive land holdings in Virginia, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. The papers include land descriptions, receipts, tax receipts, checks, and correspondence with land agents. The Account Books/Journals Series consists of personal expense account books, personal property inventories, travel journals detailing his trips through Great Britain and Europe, including an account of his 1849 voyage abroad the ship Princeton , an 1866 diary of Flagg’s illness, and Flagg’s Fairfax County, Virginia, farm daybooks. The Clippings Series consists of newspaper clippings relating to St. Louis events, theater, riverboat accidents, Flagg’s travels in Europe, controversy surrounding the appointment of Edward A. Hannegan as U.S. consul to Berlin, and Whig politics. Also included is a collection of calling cards and wedding and death notices relating to Flagg’s marriage to Kate Gallagher and the death of Flagg’s sister Harriet. Arrangement The collection is divided into eight series: Autobiography, Bowdoin College, Literary, Correspondence, Civil Service, Real Estate, Account Books/Journals, and Clippings . The Civil Service Series is divided into two subseries: Office of Statistics and U.S. Patent Office . Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Edmund Flagg Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis, Missouri. American fiction -- 19th century Authors -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Civil service Europe -- Description and travel Great Britain -- Description and travel Ocean travel Real property -- United States Reporters and reporting -- United States Speeches, addresses, etc Steamboat disasters Theater -- Missouri -- Saint Louis United States -- Politics and government Bowdoin College United States. Department of State. Office of Statistics United States. Patent Office Autobiography Series Manuscript Volume I. 1 1-4 Manuscript Volume II. 1 5-6 Bowdoin College Series Programs/circulars. 1825; 1835 2 1 Arithmetic workbook. 1828 2 2 Lecture notes. 1831-1835 2 3 Lecture notes. 1834 2 4 Notebook. 1835 2 5 Lecture notes. No date 2 6 Sermons. No date 2 7 Clippings. 1886 2 8 Photograph. 1886 2 9 Literary Series Critiques. 1831-1856 3 1 Speeches. 1834-1835 3 2 Manuscript, The Consumptive . 1839 3 3 Manuscript Carrero, The Prime Minister . 1843 3 4 Manuscript, stage play. 1846 3 5 New Year’s addresses. 1848; 1853 3 6 Manuscript, one chapter, Venice: City by the Sea . 1853 3 7 Manuscript, Mavin, Ex-President of Venice . 1859 3 8 Manuscript, De Molai . 1888 3 9 Miscellaneous. 1888; no date 3 10 Miscellaneous. No date 3 11 Civil Service Series Office of Statistics Subseries Correspondence. 1854-1857 4 1 Manuscript, Commercial Report , Index. No date 4 2 Manuscript, Commerical Report . 1856-1857 4 3-7 Report notes. 1854-1857 5 1 Commercial scrapbook. 1856-1858 5 2 Correspondence. 1854-1857 5 3 U.S. Patent Office Subseries Correspondence. 1861 6 1 Correspondence. 1862-1868 6 2 Correspondence. 1869 6 3 Correspondence Series Correspondence. 1807-1823 7 1 Correspondence. 1831-1839 7 2 Correspondence. 1842-1843 7 3 Correspondence. 1844-1847 7 4 Notable correspondents. 1840-1867 7 5 Correspondence. 1850-1853 8 1 Correspondence. 1854-1859 8 2 Correspondence. 1855-1857 8 3 Correspondence. 1860 8 4 Correspondence. 1862 8 5 Correspondence. 1868 8 6 Correspondence. 1870 8 7 Correspondence. 1871-1873 8 8 Correspondence. 1874-1878 8 9 Correspondence. 1879 8 10 Correspondence. 1880-1881 9 1 Correspondence. 1882-1885 9 2 Correspondence. 1886-1887 9 3 Correspondence. 1888 9 4-5 Correspondence. 1889 9 6 Letterbook log. 1889-1890 9 7 Correspondence. 1890 9 8 Correspondence. 1891-1925 9 9 Account Books/Journals Series Household expense book. 1842-1843 10 1 Expense books. 1848-1856 10 2 European travel journal. 1849 10 3 Expense books. 1859-1862 10 4 Expense books. 1860; 1869; 1883 10 5 Diary of illness. 1866 10 6 Daybooks. 1875; 1881 10 7 Receipts. 1870-1879 10 8 Farm journal. 1873-1875 10 9 Daybook. 1884; 1889 10 10 Farm inventory. 1889 10 11 Journal entries. No date 10 12 Real Estate Series Papers. 1855-1859 11 1 Papers. 1860-1861 11 2 Papers. 1862-1863 11 3 Papers. 1864-1865 11 4 Papers. 1866 11 5 Papers. 1867 11 6 Papers. 1869 11 7-9 Miscellaneous. No date 11 10 Clippings Series Handwritten editorials. 1844 12 1 Miscellaneous. 1844-1852 12 2 Clippings regarding Edward Hannegan. 1848 12 3 Literary. 1848 12 4 Literary. 1849 12 5 “Letters from the Continent” column. 1849; 1851 12 6 St. Louis news items. 1855 12 7 Theatrical column. 1856 12 8 Miscellaneous. 1857-1867 12 9 Miscellaneous. 1860-1861 12 10 Marriage/death notices. 1862 12 11 Handwritten editorials. No date 12 12 Calling cards. No date 12 13