Strother, David Hunter (1816-1888), Artist. Artwork and Papers
Strother, David Hunter (1816-1888)
6 ft. 11 1/2 in. (4 document cases, 5 in. each); (16 small flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (5 large flat storage boxes, 3 in. each); (4 folders, 1/2 in.); 4 reels of microfilm
Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, memorabilia, photographs, journals, drawings, and sketchbooks of a nineteenth century illustrator and writer for HARPERS MAGAZINE whose pseudonym, "Porte Crayon", was a household word. Other highlights of his career, all of which are reflected in this collection, are authorship of VIRGINIA ILLUSTRATED (1857) and CHARLESTON AND ITS RESOURCES (1878), his work as illustrator for BLACKWATER CHRONICLE (1853), service during the Civil War as a Union officer, stint as a newspaper editor, and Consul-Generalship to Mexico (1879-1885). According to Strother's biographer, Cecil Eby, his writings linked the two traditions of literature in the south, "the genteel romanticism of the sentimental novelists and the earthy realism of the frontier humorists." In 1872-1875 Strother wrote THE MOUNTAINS, which Eby considers the first important presentation of West Virginia in literature. The collection includes roughly 590 drawings and sketches, 44 volumes of journals, and several boxes of correspondence. An addendum of 2007/02/08 includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, announcements, and photographs regarding Strother and related families of the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia. An addendum of 2015/06/13 includes one drawing. For contents of the addenda and link to the digital collection: Drawings of David Hunter Strother, please see the Scope and Content Note.
A&M No.: 2894
The materials are in English
West Virginia & Regional History Collection