Philip M. Wagner was the editor for Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Evening Sun; syndicated
columnist; founder of Boordy Vineyard; author of books on viticulture and H.L. Mencken.
Organized into three series: Series I. Personal, 1839-1994. Series II. Sun Papers,
1927-1995. Series III. Boordy Vineyard, 1933-1995.
Series I. Personal
Series II. Sun Papers
Series III. Boordy Vineyards
This collection of Philip Wagner’s papers covers the three main areas of his professional
life: his work as a free lance columnist, as an editor and writer for the Baltimore
Sun, and as a vintner and founder of Boordy Vineyard. The bulk of the papers however
pertains to his work as a writer both for the Baltimore Sun and for his syndicated
column from the early 1950’s to the late 1970’s.
The collection contains a substantial amount of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings
and research files, along with some notes, receipts and invoices, and publications,
the majority of which directly relate to the articles he produced and illustrate the
scope of his intrests. Among those he corresponded with were editors and writers for
the Manchester Guardian and the London Times, Alfred Knopf his publisher, the American
Society of Newspaper Editors of which he was a member, and Lord Winster a free lance
columnist in London who contributed articles to the Sun for many years. That he had
a wide range of contacts both in the U.S. and Europe is particularly apparent in the
correspondence connected with his several European trips. These trips were a for him
a combination of work and pleasure serving both as a chance to meet with his contacts
and those who were sources for his articles as well as an opportunity to visit th
vinyards and wineries in France.
A significant portion of the manuscripts in the collection are from his syndicated
column on public affairs which he wrote from 1963 until nearly the end of his life.
Also included are drafts of his work on H.L. Mencken and a selection of editorials
written for the Sun, both in manuscript draft and proof sheets. Of particular intrest
are those editorial proofs marked “killed editorial" as these were never published.
Wagner also kept a small number of manuscripts by other writers among which were articles
submitted by Lord Winsterfor publication in the Sun between 1952-1961.
Philip Wagner’s collection of clippings and research files contains a large number
of subject files collected both for research on his syndicated column and his work
at the Sun. The topics cover a wide range of subjects but show that he had a keen
interest in foreign affairs and in government. Topics included the European Common
Market in 1965, the Bay of Pigs, congressional reform, fiscal policies and budget
and also in individual politicians and policies. He had a particular intrest in the
Freedom of Information Act and in the issue of Forest Genetics maintaining a substantial
file on each. Further he had a penchant for issues that were controversial such as
Madelyn Murray and the school prayer issue, the Jensen I.Q. study, the Motorola discrimination
suit of 1964 and the impact of automation. His clipping files also contained copies
of his syndicated column for the years February 1964 - January 1971, articles published
by the Sun of particular interest to him, and a large quantity of miscellaneous clippings
from a wide range of sources on a vast array of subjects.
Though more limited in scope the collection also contains documents pertaining to
his work as an editor and to his personal avocation, winemaking. There are memoranda,
case files, notes, correspondence, receipts and invoices, diaries, photos, and scrapbooks.
MSS 1997-01; The present collection was donated by Susan and Philip Wagner on January
23, 1997 and transferred from Philip Wagner's home in Riderwood, Maryland.
Philip Wagner papers, #6928. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell
The manuscripts were found in a somewhat disordered state and in generally fair condition.
The collection had been previously sorted so that the original order was not entirely
clear but there appeared to be disctinct divisions in the materials between those
documents created during Wagner's work for the Sun and those resulting from either
his work as a free lance writer or his founding and running of Boordy Vineyards. As
such it seemed best to arrange them into threse three primary series. The collection
was processed by Marcia Frank Peri December 1997.
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Wagner, Philip M. (Philip Marshall), 1904-
Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-1984
Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956
Ryerson, Knowles Augustus, 1892-1990
Wagner, Philip M. (Philip Marshall), 1904- -- Archives
Editorials -- Maryland -- Baltimore
Viticulture -- Maryland
Date: 1839-1994; bulk 1950-1983
Extent: 6 boxes (7.5 linear feet)
Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, research files and other materials relating
to Wagners work as a free lance writer as well as personal correspondence, diaries,
notebooks, photos and miscellany are arranged into 11 subseries by type of
Date: 1915-1994; bulk 1930-1980
Extent: 31 folders (.5 linear feet )
Correspondence files for individuals, associations, newspapers, and trips abroad
are arranged in alphabetical order, followed by Miscellaneous correspondence in
Date: 1925-1984; bulk 1950-1978
Extent: 112 folders (2.25 linear feet)
Manuscripts for syndicated columns are arranged in chronological order followed
by miscellaneous manuscripts: titled manuscripts in alphabetical order first, followed
by untitled ones in chronological order, then untitled and undated manuscripts and
manuscripts not by Philip Wagner.
Extent: 147 folders (1.25 linear feet)
Subject files arranged in alphabetical order may contain a variety of clippings,
correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, and notes.
Extent: 49 folders (1.25 linear feet)
Date: 1929-1967; bulk 1953-1967
Extent: 7 folders (.25 linear feet)
Miscellaneous publications by Philip M. Wagner arranged in chronological order
Date: 1896-1922; bulk 1951-1980
Extent: 24 folders (.5 linear feet)
Miscellaneous journals and pamphlets collected by Wagner.
Extent: 5 folders (.25 linear feet)
Receipts, invoices, statements and vouchers many pertaining to Wagners European
trips arranged in chronological order.
Date: 1960-1962, 1970
Extent: 1 folder (.25 linear feet)
Handwritten diary pages; incomplete. Arranged in date order.
Photos of Philip Wagner, the sun staff and other individuals; many
Extent: 2 folders (.25 linear feet)
Miscellaneous handbills and announcements and a proclamation.
Date: 1987-1997, undated; bulk 1983-1997
Extent: 3 folders (.25 linear feet)
Miscellaneous handwritten notes, a notebook with inscription ‘Eddie Wagner’,
a collection of biographical and autobiographical materials on Philip Wagner
containing manuscript drafts, notes, clippings, and obituaries.
Date: 1927-1995; bulk 1946-1989
Extent: 132 folders (1.75 linear feet)
Contains files relating to Philip Wagner's work as a writer and editor for the
Baltimore Sun. Documents are arranged into twelve sub series: Correspondence, manuscripts,
proof sheets, clippings, research files, case files, notes,reports, memoranda, press
release, publications, and photos.
Date: 1936-1993; bulk 1946-1968
Extent: 43 folders; .5 linear feet
Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order followed by miscellaneous
correspondence in chronological order.
Extent: 6 folders (.25 linear feet)
Manuscripts by Lord Winster and miscellaneous drafts of Wagner’s articles and
editorials arranged alphabetically by subject.
Date: 1959-1962, undated
Proof sheets for editorials in chronological order followed by ‘killed
Date: 1930-1992; bulk 1960-1989
Extent: 50 folders (.5 linear feet)
Wagner’s Sun columns and miscellaneous Sun clippings in chronological order.
Subject files containing notes, correspondence, clippings, and pamphlets arranged
in alphabetical order.
Files connected with the Kirby Lawsuit arranged in chronological order.
Date: 1927-1963; bulk 1959-1963
Miscellaneous handwritten and typewritten notes including a file of notes on
resignation of Edmund Duffy.
Report on staff salaries.
Extent: 4 folders (.25 linear feet)
Memoranda pertaining to editorial issues arranged in chronological order.
Date: 1985-1987, undated
Miscellaneous publications in alphabetical order.
Photos of Wagner, the Old Sun building, Sun staff and a variety of press photos
number dealing with nuns. Also included 1 photo of H.L. Mencken.
Date: 1933-1995; bulk 1942-1972
Extent: 11 items (.25 linear feet)
Materials relating to Philip Wagner's work as a vintner and founder of Boordy
Vineyard. Documents are arranged into 7 sub series: correspondence, press release,
clippings, pamphlets, diary, miscellany and photos.
Two subject files followed by general correspondence in chronological order.
Press release for Boordy Vineyard
Articles about Boordy vineyard not written by Philip Wagner.
Date: 1970, 1983
Pamphlets published about Boordy Vineyard.
Loose sheets of typewritten diary entries. (2 copies)
Handwritten notes. A postcard, a memo with a payment note.
Photos of Boordy Winery buildings, equipment, fields, and staff as well as Philip
& Jocelyn Wagner.
Boordy Vineyards. Accessed November 12, 2015. http://www.boordy.com.
Historical Newspaper Holdings in Special Collections. Accessed November 12, 2015. http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/publications.php.