The Bryant-Godwin papers contain William Cullen Bryant's letters, 1814-1878; Parke Godwin's letters, 1840-1898; and an extensive collection of letters written to Bryant and Godwin from family members, friends, colleagues, and prominent persons in the fields of literature, the arts, science, politics, philanthropy, and religion during the 19th century. Included are both personal letters and letters written to Bryant and Godwin in their capacity as editors and writers for the New York Evening Post.
Biographical/historical: William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was a major American poet and editor of the New York Evening Post from 1829 to 1878. Bryant helped found the Republican Party and was instrumental in the creation of Central Park in New York City. Parke Godwin (1816-1904), Bryant's son-in-law, was a lawyer and associate of Bryant in the publishing field.