Modern autographs collected by Hench include letters by associates of Edgar Allan Poe; Civil War letters; papers relating to Virginia history; correspondence of writers and politicians, particularly from the Victorian era; and other miscellaneous correspondence with literary or histocial interest.
Letters of James O. Halliwell Phillips discuss his collecting.
Letters of Paul Hamilton Hayne to Hezekiah Butterworth, Charles Scribner & Sons, D. Lothrop and Co., Josiah Gilbert Holland, Hurd & Houghton, J.R. Osgood and Co., [Ella Farman Pratt?], William H. Rideing, Roberts Brothers, Clinton Scollard, Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Charles Warren Stoddard and others discuss his poetry, book reviews, and publishing matters, He refers briefly to the death of Richard Henry Dana, Henry Timrod, Joaquin Miller, Sidney Lanier and his straitened finances. With these are several poems, an engraving and letters of his son William Hamlton Hayne to Walter R. Benjamin, william F. Gable and Clinton Scollard regarding his father, grandfather and Samuel M. Peck.
Letters of William E. Henley to Sydney Southgate Pawling chiefly discuss literary and publishing matters, and finances.
Letters of Thomas W. Higginson to Clarke & Co., Edmund Clarence Stedman and others discuss publishing matters, speaking arrangements, the election of 1884, and a manual training school for girls Of interest are .his comments on Edgar Allan Poe's Southern temperment, Sarah Helen Whitman, John Henry Ingram.
Engelbert Humperdinck writes to Harry T. Finck and Jeannette M. Thurber concerning Thurber's proposal that he lead the national Conservatory of Music.
Single letters of interest include Edward Everett Hale to Nathan Hale on a business matter; Anna Maria Fielding Hall to Mary Russell Mitford on her current work and keeping the upper hand over Catholics; Felicia Hemans to Mary Russell Mitford on "Our Village"; Joseph Henry to William Barton Rogers requesting copies of some lectures; Laurence Houseman to Kineton Parker thanking him for copies and a useful quotation; Mary Howitt to Kathe Kroeker Freiligrath on the employment of her sister; Cordell Hull on a patronage request; Epa Hunton to General Duncan S. Walker recommending Charles F. Triplett for employment by the National [Democratic?] Committee; and John H. Ingram to Christina Rosetti returning borrowed letters and enclosing others from Oliver Madox Brown.
The collection also contains autographs of Joel Chandler Harris, ; a check endorsed in Charlottesville by captured Brigadier James Hamilton and Lt. William Hoey.
- Brown, Oliver Madox, -- 1855-1874.
- Dana, Richard Henry, -- 1787-1879.
- Hamilton, James Inglis, -- -1803 -- Autographs.
- Harris, Joel Chandler, -- 1848-1908 -- Autographs.
- Hayne, Paul Hamilton, -- 1830-1886 -- Portraits.
- Hoey, William, -- active 1780 -- Autographs.
- Ingram, John H., -- 1842-1916.
- Lanier, Sidney, -- 1842-1881.
- Miller, Joaquin, -- 1837-1913.
- Peck, Samuel Minturn, -- 1854-1938.
- Poe, Edgar Allan, -- 1809-1849.
- Stephens, Alexander H. -- (Alexander Hamilton), -- 1812-1883.
- Timrod, Henry, -- 1828-1867.
- Triplett, Charles F., -- active 1880.
- Whitman, Sarah Helen, -- 1803-1878.
- National Conservatory of Music.
- Anti-Catholicism -- Ireland.
- Authors and publishers.
- Book reviewing.
- Patronage, Political.
- Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1884.