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BRITTON, Nan (HARDING, Warren G.)
The Nan Britton Papers: An Archive of Letters, Typescripts, and Documents [with] personal copies of her book, The President's Daughter)
(California), 1982. The archive of Nan Britton, the mistress of President Warren G. Harding, who gave birth to Harding's child out of wedlock and was vilified in the press for her 1927 tell-all book *The President's Daughter* that described their seven-years affair in great detail and was finally confirmed to be true by DNA testing in 2015. The archive contains her personal and professional correspondence; several unpublished book manuscripts; Britton's unique first issue copy of *The President's Daughter*, bound just before the plates and printed sheets were seized by the Society for the Suppression of Vice; and 100 original letters that she received from readers in response to her book, describing their own personal experiences of having an illegitimate child, which she later incorporated into her second book, *Honesty or Politics*. The collection consists of about one linear foot of material housed by Britton into file folders and stationery boxes with her explanatory holograph and typed notes. The collection documents Britton's life-long crusade to support her claim that Harding had fathered her daughter Elizabeth Ann shortly before his election as President in 1920, as well as for justice on behalf of all children born out of wedlock. Included are letters from a number of notable and respected figures, such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Clarence Darrow, Alfred Kinsey, and Mary Roberts Rinehart, with several rebuffing her effort for help or failing to provide their opinion on illegitimate children out of hand, clearly indicating how much her reputation had suffered at the hands … [Click Below for Full Description]
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