The Kies autograph collection contains original manuscripts, primarily letters, of prominent American and European writers, monarchs, statesmen, military figures, and performers. Most of the items are autograph letters (written in the hand of the sender), some with transcriptions and translations.
Paul Philemon Kies (1891-1971) was a professor of English at Washington State University (1924-1956). He was a discerning and devoted collector of autograph manuscripts, eventually accumulating over 400 items. WSU acquired his collection in 1971, along with a large body of supporting documentation (Kies' research notes, transcriptions, translations, articles, exhibit lists, and illustrations).
A guide to this collection is available here: Cage 308: The Paul Philemon Kies Autograph Collection, 1553-1970
Searching the Database:
Entering search terms in the "Search" box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. The "Browse This Collection" link will display all items. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view an item description, double click on the thumbnail or the textual link. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click. Options to return to this Collection Home or to the WSU Digital Collections are provided along the top banner.
Creating the Database:
Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian, and Greg Matthews, Metadata Librarian, created the metadata schema and oversaw the digital collection creation. Jeff Kuure created the graphics. Lane Moran did the bulk of the scanning and metadata input, assisted by Mirra Moran and Hannah Robinson.
As of May, 2012, the following items from the Kies Collection have not been digitized:
Folder 449--Louis XV, King of France (Too fragile to scan)
Folder 450--Queen Anne (Too large to scan at this time)
Folder 461--Ship's Papers. Document with government seal and signed by U.S. Grant for the Nautilus, 1877-08-06 (Size and fragility).