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Professor Schutz

Gifts to the Huntington collections through a bequest are often the greatest surprise of all.

An unexpected treasure trove of nearly nine hundred autograph letters by the Victorian statesman and Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone was recently left to the Huntington in the will of the late Professor John A. Schutz of USC. A longtime reader/scholar at the Huntington Library, Professor Schutz was an expert in American colonial history, and few of his associates or family realized that in addition to collecting colonial manuscripts, he also spent a lifetime assembling this group of letters and other manuscripts by Gladstone and by Henry Cabot Lodge Sr.

Among the material, much of it unpublished and previously unknown to scholars, are letters from Gladstone to his family, a nice run of 90 letters to the Liberal party electoral agent P. W. Campbell, essays and insights into politics, Parliament, and Victorian society.

Also included in the bequest is a small but important collection of letters and documents concerning the early history of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, along with three hundred letters by or about Bostonian Cabot Lodge Sr., who served in the U.S. Senate from 1893-1924. It is the largest known collection of Lodge's papers outside of the holdings at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Professor Schutz is widely known for his important biographies of William Shirley and Thomas Pownall, for the indispensable biographical dictionary of legislators of the Massachusetts General Court 1691-1780, and for numerous other scholarly works and editions.

Professor Schutz's generous bequest supplements the Huntington's already strong holdings in British and American history, providing rich new resources for scholarly research.

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