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Charles Mills Sheldon Papers

Identifier: Mss. 91 S3

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings, photographs, and papers of Charles Mills Sheldon (1866-1928), British illustrator and war correspondent. Letters were written primarily to his wife, Grace, of London, and often contain detailed descriptions of his experiences abroad. Some of the topics discussed in his correspondence include the Sudan (1896), Cuba (1898), the Spanish-American War, Egypt during the opening of the Aswan Dam (1902), the Durbar in India (1903), and Spain (1906) during the royal wedding and attempted assassination of Alfonso XIII of Spain and Princess Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, niece of Edward VII of Great Britain. Included are a biography of Sheldon, typescripts of his letters. newspaper articles and clippings, and photographs (1896-1913) of assignment areas (particularly Egypt and the Sudan) and Sheldon himself.


  • Creation: 1862, 1895-1928
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1895-1928


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Biographical Information:

Charles Mills Sheldon (1866-1928) of London, England was an illustrator and war correspondent. His work carried him to the Sudan (1896), Cuba (1898), the Spanish-American War, Egypt (1902) during the opening of the Assouan Dam, Durbar India (1903), and Spain (1906) during the royal wedding and attempted assassination of Edward VII of Great Britian. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


1.50 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Gifts received from 1991 to 1998.

Processing Information:

Acc. 1991.15: Approximately 40 letters of Charles Mills Sheldon, foreign correspondent in Cuba, Spain, Sudan, Egypt, and India, 1896-1906.  Plus an undetermined number of photographs taken in these places.  Given in memory of his father Charles Mills Sheldon and in memory of their son Capt. Charles Mills Sheldon, class of 1958.

Acc. 1992.64: Items relating to the journalistic career of Charles Sheldon chiefly relating to his Cuban experience including reports on the campaign.  Biographical material on Charles Sheldon.

Acc. 1993.33: Typescript of quotes about journalist Charles Sheldon in books about the Spanish American War; biographical material on Sheldon; "Recollections of the First Ten Years of My Life" by Sheldon, 1913.  Original in the possession of Jean Sheldon of "Recollections".

Guide to the Charles Mills Sheldon Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Shayela Hassan, SCRC Staff, Amanda Perkins, SCRC Staff, Anne Johnson, Special Collections Assistant.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Processed by Amanda Perkins in 1992-1993. Original accession and additions physically and intellectually combined in 2009 by Anne T. Johnson, Special Collections Assistant. Collection rehoused, arranged and described by Shayela Hassan, Special Collections Staff, in September-November 2013.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository