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Irvin S. Cobb Papers

Scope and Content: Collection consists of handwritten and typescript manuscripts by Irvin S. Cobb from 1905 to 1944. The collection also contains several series of typescript articles, newspaper clippings, adaptations of his works by other authors, reviews of his short stories, personal notes on critics and criticisms and untitled manuscripts. Included with the collection are correspondence, speeches, family history, obituaries, autographs, photographs and personal items belonging to Cobb.

Biographical Information: Irvin S. Cobb was an author, humorist and columnist who resided in New York City but spent his childhood and early adulthood in Paducah, Kentucky. He was born Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb on June 23, 1876 in Paducah. He began his career in journalism at the Paducah Daily News at age seventeen. At nineteen, he was the nation’s youngest managing news editor. When he turned twenty eight, Cobb relocated to New York City and was hired by the Evening Sun. He later worked for the New York World and the Saturday Evening Post. After 1912, Cobb became a prolific short story writer. During the 1920s and 1930s, several of his works were made into Broadway musicals and films. He also appeared in ten films between 1932 and 1938. He died in New York City in 1944.

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