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George Philip Krapp diaries

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Krapp

Scope and Content of the Collection

Two diaries with entries spanning from 1890 to 1897. The first diary deals with Krapp’s college experiences and his discovery of medieval literature. It also includes notes in German. The second diary contains his extensive description of his visit to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.


  • Creation: 1890-1897
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1892 - 1893



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The George Philip Krapp diaries are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The George Philip Krapp diaries are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of George Philip Krapp

American scholar, university professor, and author.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1872, George Philip Krapp was a professor of English at Columbia University from 1897 until his death in 1934. After graduating from Wittenberg College in 1894, he received his Doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University in 1899. Krapp was also a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati from 1908 to 1910.

He was the first editor of the “Anglo-Saxon Poetic Records” in 1931 and is noted for his books “Modern English: Its Growth and Present Use,” published in 1909 and “The English Language in America,” published in 1925. Krapp also wrote six children's books on such topics as the Civil War, the Great Lakes, the frontier, and country life.


0.2 Linear Feet (2 volumes in 1 box)


Diaries of American scholar and university professor George Philip Krapp, kept while a student at Wittenberg College and on a trip to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Diaries provide full descriptions of the fair and Chicago, together with interesting reflections on student life and Krapp's decision to pursue scholarship.

Collection Stack Location

1 23 4


Gift, Nicholas Adams and Laurie Nussdorfer, 2016.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2016.

Inventory of the George Philip Krapp diaries, 1890-1897, bulk 1892-1893
Catherine Grandgeorge
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States