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Charles D. Abbott Papers, 1919-1979 (bulk 1919-1961)

13/2/1202

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Collection Overview

Title: Charles D. Abbott Papers, 1919-1979 (bulk 1919-1961)
Creator: Abbott, Charles D. (Charles David), 1900-1961
Extent: 15 linear feet (29 manuscript boxes, 2 legal manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize envelope)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: Correspondence regarding administration of the University Libraries, the creation and maintenance of the Poetry Collection of Lockwood Library at the University of Buffalo; professional papers including his research and publications; personal records, including biographical material, social correspondence and clippings; records of the Fenton Lecture series, 1935-1941; and records of the Buffalo Film Society, 1935-1938.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 13/2/1202, Charles D. Abbott Papers, 1919-1979 (bulk 1919-1961), University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Special Collections' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

The majority of the material in this collection was transferred to the University Archives by other areas of the Libraries in the mid-1960s. Some additional materials were obtained from the Gratwick and Abbott estate from Richard Heye in the January 2006.

Terms of Access

The Charles D. Abbott Papers, 1919-1979 (bulk 1919-1961), are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff originally in two collections - one for library administrative records (13/1/84) and one for personal papers (13/2/86).

In December 2010 the three boxes received in 2006 were processed and merged with the two other collections into one by Karen Spencer.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

Until 1935, the University Library was housed in various places on campus. The Law and Medical schools had and still have their own libraries. When the University moved to the Main Street campus, the library was housed in Hayes Hall and the Science Library was housed in Foster Hall and both were under the direction of Ruth Bartholomew. When Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Lockwood gave money for the construction of a library building in memory of their fathers, a condition was made that Charles D. Abbott be appointed as Director of Libraries.

Chronology

1900 Born, Milfold, Delaware to Charles D. and Annie Evans Abbott
1922 Received A.B. from Haverford College
1922-1923 Taught English at Choate School, Wallingford, Connecticut
1924 Received M.A. from Columbia University
Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University
1925 Authored book, Howard Pyle: A Chronicle [commissioned by Mrs. Howard Pyle]
1927 Received B. Litt., from Oxford University, wrote thesis "Christopher Smart"
Married Ann Pratt, who died a few years later
1927-1930 Professor of English, University of Buffalo
1930 Authored article, Christopher Smart's Madness
1930-1934 Professor of English, University of Colorado
1934 Returned to the University of Buffalo as Professor of English and was appointed Director of Libraries
1936 Married Theresa W. Gratwick
1939 Initiated The Poetry Collection
1948 Authored book, Poets at Work
1960 Retired as Professor of English and Director of Libraries. Named Director Emeritus by University President Clifford Furnas
1961 Died, Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, New York

Buffalo Film Society

In 1935 the Lockwood Memorial Library at the University at Buffalo and the Albright Art Gallery through the efforts of their respective directors, Charles D. Abbott and Gordon B. Washburn, established the Buffalo Film Society. Mr. Abbott's brother, John E. ["Dick"] Abbott, was director of the Film Library at the Museum of Modern Art through which the film series originated. The purpose of the film library was to collect, refilm and distribute among American colleges series of films which portrayed the technical and artistic growth of the art.


Scope and Content Note

Professional papers, 1903-1961, of Charles D. Abbott, Professor of English (1927-1930, 1934-1960) and Director of Libraries (1934-1960) at the University of Buffalo (now the State University of New York at Buffalo). Abbott's literary correspondence includes letters from W.H. Auden, Sir Thomas Beecham, John Gould Fletcher, Austin Gray, Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher Morley, Louis Untermeyer, John Hay Whitney, and Louis Wilson. Much of Abbott's correspondence with literary figures was incorporated into The Poetry Collections' Abbott Collection. Also included is Abbott's correspondence with booksellers and publishers concerning the acquisition of library materials, correspondence concerning the dedication of Lockwood Memorial Library in 1934, and correspondence concerning other activities of the University Libraries. The papers also document Abbott's activities with the Buffalo Film Society (1935-1938) and as chairman of the Fenton Foundation Lectures (1935-1941). The Fenton Lecture materials include correspondence with Sir Thomas Beecham, Clifton Fadiman, Oscar Halecki, Alfred Noyes, and William Carlos Williams. Abbott's research and publications are represented with unpublished essays; background notes for his books: Howard Pyle: A Chronicle (Harper & Brothers, 1925), Poets at Work (Harcourt, Brace, 1948); articles, including a draft and reprint of "Christopher Smart's Madness" published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. XLV, no. 4, December 1930; and his B. Litt. thesis on Christopher Smart written while at Oxford.



Container List

I.    Biographical, 1919-1979

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Abbott, Teresa Gratwick 1929, 1959

Contains correspondence.

1.2-1.3 Choate School yearbooks, 1922-1923
1.4 Clippings, 1930-1961
1.5 Correspondence, personal, 1936-1938, 1958-1960

Includes photocopy of letters and poem from Anthony Ostroff.

1.6 Diary, November 16, 1923-June 4, 1926
30.1 Essays, unpublished, undated

Includes essays probably written for course work at Haverford, Columbia and Oxford, and two book reviews.

1.7 Haverford College, 1922-1927, undated

Includes 1922 Commencement Program listing Charles Abbott's honors, 1927 issue of The Haverfordian "being the new Canterbury Tales", and a clipping.

Box Contents
32 Haverford College yearbooks, 1919-1922
Box-folder Contents
1.8-1.9 Memorabilia, 1929-1968

Includes: members' directories for The English Graduate Union (1929, 1930); passport (1933), annual program for the Women's Investigating Club, Buffalo, New York 1936-1937; bookseller's receipt for Wilson's Works, 1850-1858; receipt signed by Jack B. Yeats for painting Roundstone Quay (1938); Selective Service card (1942); reprint of "The Tenant of the Room" by E.F. Mcguire (1949); Social Register Buffalo 1968; undated expense ledger, membership cards for The Pan American Council (1944) and the First Edition Club, London (undated).

2.1 Oxford, Rhodes Scholar, 1924-1927, 1958

Includes photos, pocket diaries, brochures, and clippings.

33.1 Personal library card file, undated

Includes an alphabetical filing of [possibly] the contents of Abbott's home library.

33 Silver platter, 1960

Inscribed with "Charles D. Abbott, a token of esteem from Mildred H. Lacey, 1935-1960."

2.2 Tribute, Milton Albrecht, Dean of Arts and Sciences, 1959
2.3 Tribute, University Citation, 1960

Includes leather bound citation and clippings.

2.4 Tributes and obituaries, 1961
2.5 Tributes, "new" Lockwood Dedication, 1979

Includes correspondence and photos.

II.    Buffalo Film Society, 1935-1939

Includes correspondence, publicity, and financial records.

Arranged chronologically.

Box-folder Contents
2.6 Announcements, 1935-1938

Includes mailing list from 22.1.

2.7 Announcements, Museum of Modern Art, 1936, undated
2.20 Brochures, Museum of Modern Art Film Library, 1935, undated
2.8 Checkbooks and bankbooks, 1936-1937
2.9 Contracts, 1935-1937
2.10 Correspondence, 1935
2.11-2.13 Correspondence, 1936

Includes tax exempt request, denial, and grant.

2.14-2.15 Correspondence, 1937
2.16-2.17 Correspondence, 1938

Includes breach of contract issue.

2.18 Correspondence, 1939
2.19 Invoices and financial reports, 1935-1938
2.20 Members, [1937-1938], undated
III.    Fenton Foundation Lectures 1936-1941

Arranged in six subseries chronologically by year, then alphabetically by name:

A.General Lecture Material
B.Lectures, 1936-1937
C.Lectures, 1937-1938
D.Lectures, 1938-1939
E.Lectures, 1939-1940
F.Lectures, 1940-1941

III.A.    General Lecture Material
Includes circulars and information on potential lecturers
Box-folder Contents
3.1
Circulars by agent

Includes marketing material from agents.

3.2
Circulars - Program, A Magazine for Program and Entertainment Committees January-April 1938, February 1941
3.3-3.8
Circulars by speaker, circa 1938-1941, undated
4.54
Nash, Ogden [1957]

Includes note of introduction Charles Abbott gave on January 17, 1957.

III.B.    Lectures, 1936-1937
Box-folder Contents
3.9
Announcements, 1936-197

Also includes instructions from previous Fenton Committee chair, Prof. Perry, schedule, and annual report to the Chancellor.

3.10
Contracts, 1936-197
3.11
Correspondence, 1936-1937
3.12
Fadiman, Clifton, 1936-1937
3.13
Fay, Bernard, 1936-1937
3.14
Forster, W. Arnold, 1936-1937

Includes photograph.

3.15
Gruening, Ernest, 1936-1937
3.16
Husserl, Gerhart, 1936-1937
3.17
Madariaga, Salvador de, 1936-1937
3.18
Sulzbach, Walter, 1936-1937
3.19
Warren, Austin, 1936-1937
III.C.    Lectures, 1937-1938
Box-folder Contents
4.1
Announcements, 1937-1938
4.2
Contracts, 1937-1938
4.3
Correspondence, 1937-1938
4.4
Brown, Harrison, 1937-1938
4.5
Carmichael, Leonard, 1937-1938
4.6
Engel, Paul, 1937-1938
4.7
Greet, W. Cabell, 1937-1938
4.8
Mann, Klaus, 1937-1938
4.9
Powell, Thomas Reed, 1937-1938
4.10
Salvemin, Gaetane, 1937-1938
4.11
Sandburg, Carl, 1937-1938
4.12
Sellars, Roy Wood, 1937-1938
III.D.    Lectures, 1938-1939
Box-folder Contents
4.13
Announcements, 1938-1939
4.14
Contracts, 1938-1939
4.15
Correspondence, 1938-1939
4.16
Auden, W.H., 1938-1939
4.17
Frost, Robert, 1938-1939
4.18
Halecki, Oscar, 1938-1939
4.19
Higgins, F.R., 1938-1939
4.20
Rhine, Joseph, 1938-1939
4.21
Sellon, Hugh, 1938-1939
4.22
Storrs, Sir Ronald, 1938-1939
4.23
Untermeyer, Louis, 1938-1939
III.E.    Lectures, 1939-1940
Box-folder Contents
4.24
Announcements, 1939-1940
4.25
Correspondence, 1939-1940
4.26
Barker, Ernest, 1939-1940
4.27
Borgese, Guiseppi, 1939-1940
4.28
Heilpenin, Michael, 1939-1940
4.29
Hooten, E. A., 1939-1940
4.30
Karvas, Imrich, 1939-1940
4.31
Leach, Henry, 1939-1940
4.32
McKeon, Richard, 1939-1940
4.33
MacNiece, Louis, 1939-1940
4.34
Maritain, M., 1939-1940
4.35
Panofsky, Erwin, 1939-1940
4.36
Tippetts, Charles, 1939-1940
4.37
Wheelwright, John, 1939-1940
III.F.    Lectures, 1940-1941
Box-folder Contents
4.38
Contracts, 1940-1941
4.39
Correspondence, 1940-1941
4.40
Beecham, Thomas, 1940-1941
4.41
Cornish, Louis, 1940-1941
4.42
Esthoven, Henri, 1940-1941
4.43
Institute of International Education, 1940-1941
4.44
Jeffers, Robinson, 1940-1941
4.45
Jones, Rufus, 1940-1941
4.46
Kohn, Dorothy, 1940-1941
4.47
Noyes, Alfred, 1940-1941
4.48
Nyabongo, Prince, 1940-1941
4.49
Perry, Ralph B., 1940-1941
4.50
Smith, S. Stephenson, 1940-1941
4.51
Speyer, Leonora, 1940-1941
4.52
Williams, William Carlos, 1940-1941
4.53
Wooley, Mary, 1940-1941
4.54
Wright, Russell 1940-1941
IV.    Library Administration, 1934-1961

Arranged in eight subseries:

A.Chancellor and University Administration
B.Correspondence - Booksellers
C.Correspondence, General A-Z
D.Gifts
E.Invoices
F.Lockwood Memorial Library
G.Friends of Lockwood Memorial Library
H.Miscellaneous Subject Files
I.Poetry Collection and Rare Books

IV.A.    Chancellor and University Administration, 1934-1961
Includes correspondence. Much of the content is water damaged.
Box-folder Contents
5.1-5.24
Chancellor, 1934-1959

Includes correspondence and drafts of annual reports.

6.1-6.9
Office of the Dean, 1946-1956
6.1-6.9
Office of the Dean, Budget Revisions, 1951-1956
6.11-6.21
Treasurer, 1939-1959
6.22
Treasurer - Bursar Cashier, 1939-1948
IV.B.    Correspondence - Booksellers, 1934-1960
Box-folder Contents
6.23-6.24
Bertram Rota, 1939-1946, 1949-1951
6.25
Collectors' book lists, 1934-1944

Includes mostly lists from the Collectors' Bookshop, New York, New York; also one issue of The Book Collector's Packet, September 1938.

7.1-8.14
Correspondence by year, 1934-1944, 1948, undated

Each folder includes a photocopy made by the processor of original folder labels and notes indicating significant correspondence.

8.15
Exchange lists, 1956-1960
30.2
List of publishers' catalogs, undated
IV.C    Correspondence - General A-Z, 1934-1961
Much of the content is water damaged.
The majority of the correspondence folders are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and within each by date. General library administrative correspondence folders sit at the beginning of each letter and correspondence is arranged alphabetically within each folder; these files came from two collections and were kept intact so some overlap may occur.
Box-folder Contents
8.16
A, General 1935-1957
8.17
A, General Administrative, 1935-1943
8.18
Abbott, John, 1934-1941
8.19
Academy of American Poets, 1938
8.20
Adams, J.N. and Co., 1943
8.21
American Art Association, 1938-1940
8.22
American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1939, 1942
8.23
American Library Association, 1936-1941
8.24
Atlantic Monthly, 1935, 1937
9.1
B, General, 1935-1957
9.2
B, General Administrative, 1935-1942
9.3
Barrell, Mrs. George, 1940-1942
9.4
Barry, Iris, 1935-1947
9.5
Bartholomew, Ruth, 1942
9.6
Bidwell, Percy, 1935-1937
9.7
Bonner, Willard, 1937-1943
9.8
Book Campaign, 1941-1942
9.9
British Information Library, 1940-1943
9.10
Brumbaugh, M.A., 1935-1936
9.11
Buffalo Museum of Science, 1937, 1940-1941
9.12
Buffalo Public Library, 1935-1942
9.13
C, General 1935-1957
9.14
C, General Administrative, 1935-1943
9.15
Cantor, Nathaniel, 1937
9.16
Carpenter, Niles, 1935-1943
9.17
Cartledge, G.H., 1937-1943
9.18
Carnegie Corporation, 1934-1948
9.19
Case Institute of Technology, 1955
9.20
Chanler, Mrs. W., 1937
9.21
Chicago, University of, Library School, 1940
9.22
CLUNY [College Librarians of Upstate New York?], 1937-1942
9.23
Columbia University, 1937-1943
9.24
Committee on Conservation of Cultural Resources, 1940-1941
9.25
Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies, 1940-1941
9.26
Cook, William, 1939-1940
9.27
Cummings, L.O., 1938-1943
10.1
D, General, 1935-1957
19.2
D, General Administrative, 1936-1942
10.3
Deters, Emma, 1936-1943
10.4
Dictionary of American Biography, 1943
10.5
E, General, 1935-1957
10.6
E, General Administrative, 1935-1942
10.7
Epstein, Ralph, 1935-1943
10.8
F, General, 1935-1957
10.9
F, General Administrative, 1935-1942
10.10
Farber, Marvin, 1941
10.11
Fiero, G.W., 1935
10.12
Frazer, J.F., 1935
10.13
Froman, Lewis, 1942-1943
10.14
G, General, 1935-1957
10.15
G, 1934-1942
10.16
Gehman, Harry, 1935-1937. 1940-1941
10.17
Gilchrist, Donald, 1935-1938
10.18
Gilcreast, S, 1938, 1943
10.19
Glass, Grace, 1935-1936
10.20
Goetz, Philip, 1938-1944
10.21
Goldberg, Arthur, 1941
10.22
Gratwick, Roger, 1942
10.23
Gray, Austin, 1935-1936
10.24
Green and Son, 1934-1935
10.25
Gregory, Willis, 1934-1935
10.26
H, 1935-1957
10.26
H, General Administrative 1935-1957
11.1
Hamlin, Mrs. Chauncey, 1941-1944
11.2
Hanley, T. Edward, 1937, 1940
11.3
Harvard College Library, 1940-1943
11.4
Haverford College, 1935-1942
11.5
Hewitt, Theodore, 1935-1940
11.6
Herwood and Herwood, 1935-1939
11.7
Hoag, Gilbert, 1939-1940
11.8
Hofer, Philip, 1935-1936
11.9
Horton, John, 1935-1940
11.10
Horton, Mrs. V.J.H., 1940

Concerns publication of letter by English woman during war.

11.11
Howe, W.H.T., 1935-1937
11.12
I, General, 1935-1957
11.13
I, General Administrative, 1936-1944
11.14
J, General, 1935-1957
11.15
Jones, Edward, 1937, 1942
11.16
K, General, 1935-1957
11.17
K, General Administrative, 1937-1944
11.18
Keene, Charles, 1936-1938
11.19
Kelley, Beatrice, 1938-1944
11.20
Kessel, William, 1939-1941
11.21
Kinkeldey, Otto, 1938-1939, 1942
11.22
Kittredge, Rupert, 1940
11.23
Koch, Edward, 1937, 1941-1942
11.24
L, General, 1935-1942
11.25
L, General Administrative, 1935-1957
11.26
Leary, Daniel, 1935-1940
11.27
Lemon, A.B., 1936-1938
11.28
Levinthal, Frieda, 1940
11.29
Lewis, Wyndham, 1940
11.30
Library of Congress, 1938-1940
11.31
Literary figures, 1935-1955
11.32
Littlefield, William, 1942
11.33
Livermore, Shaw, 1936, 1940
11.34
Lockwood, Thomas B., 1926-1949

Includes copy of Lockwood's will. See Box/Folder 30.20 for signed photograph of Lockwood.

12.1
M, General 1935-1957
12.2
M, General Administrative 1938-1944
12.3
Mc-Mac, General 1935-1957
12.4
Mc-Mac, General Administrative 1938-1941
12.5
McGrath, Edward, 1936-1937
12.6
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance, 1940
12.7
Mellon, Clarence, 1935
12.8
Miller, Wharton, 1935-1936, 1942
12.9
Millet, Fred, 1938-1939
12.10
Mitchell, James McCormack, 1936-1943
12.11
Montague, Harriet, 1936-1937
12.12
Moore, Edward, 1935, 1937, 1941
12.13
Morley, Christopher, 1935-1937
12.14
N, General 1935-1957
12.15
N, General Administrative, 1939-1943
12.16
National Council of Teachers of English, 1936-1937
12.17
Newman, G.N., 1938-1943
12.18
New York Library Association, 1937-1940
12.19
Notre Dame, University of, 1941-1943
12.20
O, General 1935-1957
12.21
O, General Administrative, 1936-1943
12.22
Orwen, Gifford, 1939
12.23
Orwin, Carroll, 1940
12.24
Ott, Ellis, 1938-1943
12.25
P, General, 1935-1957
12.26
P, General Administrative, 1938-1940
13.1
Park, Julian, 1934-1943
13.2
Parke, Robert, 1937-1941
13.3
Parrish, M.L., 1941-1942
13.4
Patrick, J. Max, 1941-1943
13.5
Perry, Ten Eyck, 1937-1942
13.6
Post, Howard, 1936-1937
13.7
Pratt, Julius, 1935-1930,
13.8
Publicity, Library, 1951, 1956-1958
13.9
R, General 1935-1957
13.10
R, General Administrative, 1935-1944
13.11
Randall, Mrs. Jules C., 1940
13.12
Red Cross, 1942-1944
13.13
Riegel, Robert, 1934-1938, 1941-1942
13.14
Rochester, University of, 1939-1942
13.15
Rutgers University Library, 1938-1939
13.16
S, General, 1935-1957
13.17
S, General Administrative, 1935-1943
13.18
Santayana Bibliography, 1940
13.19
Schauroth, Edward, 1936-1937
13.20
Scofield, Carleton, 1935-1942
13.21
Seitz, Ruth (Mrs. Robert), 1937, 1940
13.22
Severance, Mrs. Frank, 1935, 1937
13.23
Sewall, John, 1937-1942
13.24
Shearer, Augustus, 1934-1940
13.25
Silverman, Oscar, 1937, 1940
13.26
Southern Illinois Normal School, 1942
13.27
Stanley, Winfred C., 1942-1943
13.28
Stieg, Lewis, 1937, 1943
14.1
T, General, 1935-1957
14.2
T, General Administrative, 1936-1942
14.3
Telegrams, 1935-1953
14.4
Telephone bills, 1940-1950
14.5
Thomas, C.W., 1940
14.6
U, General, 1935-1957
14.7
V, General, 1935-1957
14.8
W, General, 1935-1957
14.9
W, General Administrative, 1935-1942
14.10
Warren, Mrs. Fiske, 1940
14.11
Who's Who in Library Services, 1941-1942
14.12
Wilson, Carroll, 1935-1937
14.13
Y-Z, General 1938-1957

Includes Yale University.

IV.D.    Gifts, 1934-1960
Arrangement is alphabetical.
Box-folder Contents
15.1
A, 1935-1956
15.2
Alexander (Anne Bliss), [DeAlva Stanwood Alexander] Library Fund, 1935, 1955-1956

Includes correspondence and financial statements.

15.3
B, 1935-1958
15.4
C, 1934-1958
15.5
D, 1936-1957
15.6
E, 1949-1956
15.7
Ellis (Havelock), Collection, 1940
15.8
Engineering, 1949-1955
15.9
F 1937-1959
15.10
G, 1937-1955
15.11
H, 1935-1959
15.12
I, 1948-1955
15.13
J, 1936-1955
15.14
K, 1935-1958
15.15
L, 1936-1958
15.16
Mc-M, 1935-1955
15.17
Michael (Arthur), Fund, 1942-1955

Includes correspondence and financial statements.

15.18
Michael (Edward), 1939-1949
15.19
N, 1937-1956
15.20
O, 1936-1955
14.14
P-Q, 1935-1957
14.15
Pyle (Howard) Collection, 1956
14.16
R, 1935-1955
28.13
Richardson, Lyon, 1938-1953

Includes signed article reprints.

14.17
S, 1936-1959
14.18
T, 1935-1956
14.19
U, 1940-1960
28.11
University of Buffalo Centennial, 1946

Includes Abbott's introduction of William Carlos Williams for an honorary degree, correspondence, and library exhibit plans.

28.12
University of Buffalo Health Sciences Building Dedication, 1960

Includes commemorative brochures, programs, correspondence and clippings.

14.20
V-W, 1935-1958
14.21
X-Y-Z, 1953-1958
IV.E.    Invoices, 1935-1942, 1947-1950
Includes disbursement from different funds, i.e., Friends of Lockwood, Poetry Project, and correspondence. Note: water damaged.
Box-folder Contents
16.1
1935-1936
16.2
1936-1937

See also Box/folder 30.3.

16.3
1937-1938
16.4
1938-1939
16.5-17.3
1939-1940
[4 folders]
17.4-17.6
1940-1941
18.1
1941-1942
18.2
1947-1949

Includes several rare book invoices.

18.3.
1950
IV.F.    Lockwood Memorial Library, 1935-1960
Box-folder Contents
18.4
Dedication catalog, A Selection of Books and Manuscripts in the Lockwood Memorial Library of the University of Buffalo, 1935
18.5
Dedication catalog, drafts 1935

Original handwritten draft by Charles D. Abbot in Box/Folder 30.4.

18.6
Dedication catalog, List of recipients, 1935
18.7
Dedication catalog, correspondence, 1935
18.8
Dedication catalog, correspondence from colleges, 1935
18.9
Dedication ceremony, correspondence, 1935
18.10
Dedication ceremony, invitees, 1935
18.11
Dedication ceremony, acceptances, 1935

Not in alphabetical order.

19.1
Dedication ceremony, regrets, 1935

Not in alphabetical order.

19.2
Exhibits - Bibles, Catalog, 1936
19.3
Exhibits - Bibles, Catalog drafts, 1936

For original draft see Box/Folder 30.5.

19.4
Exhibits - Bibles, Correspondence, 1936
19.5
Exhibits - Carl Schurz Foundation, 1936
19.6-19.7
Exhibits - Familiar Quotations, 1938
30.6
Exhibits - Familiar Quotations, Handwritten draft, 1938
19.8-19.10
Exhibits - Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1937

Includes catalog, handwritten drafts, and correspondence.

30.7
Exhibits - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Catalog handwritten draft, 1937
19.11
Exhibits - Miscellaneous, 1935-1943, undated

Includes publicity for 20th Century British poets, classics, New England poets, Swinburne, private presses, Friends of Lockwood Memorial Library, and summer exhibits.

19.12
Exhibits - Music, June 1936-March 1937
19.13
Exhibits -Romantic Movement, 1936

Includes publicity and correspondence.

19.14
Exhibits - mark Twain, 1935

Includes catalog, correspondence, and bibliography by Merle Johnson.

19.15
Exhibits - Walt Whitman, 1949

Includes correspondence, notes, and clipping.

19.16
25th Anniversary, 1960

Includes correspondence; clippings; invitation design & guest lists;, planning notes; speeches by Charles D. Abbott, Oscar Silverman, Chancellor Furnas.

19.17-19.18
25th Anniversary, Invitation and Guest list, 1960
19.19
25th Anniversary, Speeches, 1960

Includes typed and handwritten drafts for Charles Abbott, Oscar Silverman, and Chancellor Furnas. See also Box/Folder 30.8 for Abbott original hand draft.

IV.G.    Friends of Lockwood Memorial Library, 1935-1958
See also Exhibits, 19.11.
Box-folder Contents
20.1
Acquisitions, 1936-1948
20.2
Acquisitions - Rare Books, 1935-1936
20.3
Acquisitions, possible, 1935-1936, 1938-1939
20.4
Advisory Board, 1935-1936
20.5
Christmas Carol Program, 1937-1958

Includes planning notes, publicity, and clippings.

20.6
Circulation statistics, 1937-1942
20.7
Correspondence, 1935-1936
20.8
Correspondence, 1936-1937
20.9
Correspondence, 1938-1939
20.10
Correspondence, 1936-1955
20.11
Director's Report, 1936
20.15
Financial report, 1935-1936
20.16-2.17
Financial statements, 1935-1955
20.12
Membership - Invitations and privileges, undated
20.13
Membership forms, 1935, undated
20.14
Membership lists and form letters, 1935-1947
IV.H.    Miscellaneous Subject Files, 1935-1961
Box-folder Contents
21.1
Academic Freedom, 1948-1949

Includes clippings.

21.2
Army Air Forces Training Program, 1943-1944
21.3
Atomic Energy Commission Depository, 1951-1954

Includes correspondence and orders.

21.4
Catholic Book Shelf, 1940-1942
21.5
Civil Defense, 1950-1951
23.21
Clippings, 1916-1955

Includes miscellaneous news clippings on exhibits, collections, University of Buffalo.

21.6
Community Chest of Buffalo and Erie County, 1948-1950

Includes correspondence, brochure, pledge cards, and two red feathers.

21.7
Duplicates lists, 1954, undated
30.9
English course requirements, undated
21.8-21.9
Faculty correspondence, 1943-1955
21.10
Faculty correspondence - Homer Widener, 1934-1937
21.11
Judaica Shelf, December 16, 1947
21.12
Library forms, 1940s-1960s
21.13
Library rules, procedures, circa 1943, 1961
21.14
Library units, 1948-1956
22.1
Mailing lists, 1936-1937
22.2
Microfilm, 1937-1955, 1958

Includes correspondence, vendors brochures, equipment and title lists.

22.3
Millard Fillmore College, 1956-1957
22.4
Music Room, 1937-1940

Includes use statistics.

22.5
National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, Library of Congress, 1960

Includes possibly one of the last letters Charles Abbott wrote.

30.10
Periodicals, 1935-1936
22.6
Personnel - Assistant to the Director position, 1954-1959
22.7
Personnel - Budget, 1944-1957
22.8-22.9
Personnel - Correspondence, staff, 1935-1957
22.10
Personnel - Correspondence from staff, 1938-1943

Includes reports to Abbott while he was out of the library from Janet Brown, Anne Ludlow and Ruth Bartholomew..

22.11
Personnel - Employment inquiries, 1948-1955
22.12
Phi Beta Kappa, 1944-1951
22.13
Polish Room, origins, 1955
22.14
Rhodes Scholarship, 1935-1949
22.15
War - "Research Memorandum 4/24", September 1945

Includes two typewritten copies of report, The War Blinded: Their Emotional, Social and Occupational Situation, by Major E. Wittkower, R.A.M.C. and R. C. Davenport, F.R.C.S., Medical Commandant and Ophthalmic Surgeon to St. Dunstan's, War Office, London, S.W. 1.

IV.I.    Poetry Collection and Rare Books, 1937-1957
Box-folder Contents
23.1
Poetry Project, clippings, 1938
23.2
Poetry Project, Punch, February 2, 1938
23.3
Poetry Project, collection description, undated

Includes typed and handwritten manuscripts. Possibly was a lecture given at the Harvard Club 1939-40.

23.4
Poetry Project, correspondence, book & poet lists, 1937-1947
23.5
Poetry Project, correspondence, 1948-1949
23.6
Poetry Project, orders, 1951-53
23.7
Poetry Project, South & Central American poetry, undated

Includes typed and handwritten memos describing plan to expand the collection and a "Report on Poetical Field Work, New York, April 6 - April 17."

23.13
Poetry Reading - Rolfe Humphries, 1955
23.8
Rare Books - Richard Hillier, undated

Includes a bibliography of books by Thomas Fuller and list of 15th Century printers.

22.16
Rare Books - James Russell Lowell, 1943

Includes reprint from Bibliographic Society of America, of James Russell Lowell's Ode Recited at the Commemoration of the Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University, July 21, 1865, written by Hamilton Vaughn Bail, which includes a reference to Lockwood Memorial Library's 1st edition.

23.9
Rare Books - John S. Kohn, 1946-1955

Includes correspondence from the Seven Gables Bookshop.

23.10
Rare Books - Patronage by Maria Edgeworth, undated
23.11
Rare Books, Lockwood bookplate, undated
23.12
Rare Books - Harriet Weaver, 1955-1957

Includes correspondence about James Joyce's Epiphanies.

V.    Teaching, 1933-1959

Includes correspondence, exams, class record books. Student records are restricted.

Box-folder Contents
31.1 18th Century Novel, 1936-1937

Includes students' exams. RESTRICTED

31.2 18th Century Novel, 1949-1958
31.3 19th Century Novel, 1935-1959
31.4-31.8 Classbooks, 1936-1937, 1938-1939, 1943-1947,1950-1959, undated

RESTRICTED

31.9 Exams, 1933, 1939-1947, 1959
31.10 Library School, 1934-1940
31.11 Miscellaneous English Courses, 1957-1958
31.12 Millard Fillmore College, English Courses, 1948-1959
31.13-31.14 Millard Fillmore College, Class Lists, 1948-1959

Includes grade changes and a student essay. RESTRICTED

VI.    Research and Publications 1925-1960

Arranged in five subseries:

A.General
B. Howard Pyle: A Chronicle
C. Christopher Smart
D. “Poets at Work”

VI.A.    General, 1935-1953, undated
Includes correspondence, book reviews, lectures, and miscellaneous writings.
Box-folder Contents
30.11
Book Reviews - Book of the Month Club, 1942-1943

Includes typed and handwritten manuscripts.

30.12
Book Reviews - The Oxford Anthology of American Literature 1939-1940
30.13-30.15
Book Reviews - Saturday Review of Literature, 1935-1943
23.14
Correspondence - literary publishers, 1937-1939, 1953, undated

See Box/Folder 30.18 for some corresponding writings mentioned in the correspondence, including rejected submissions.

23.15
Lecture - Chautauqua, 1951
23.16
Lecture - James Joyce, undated
23.17
Lecture - Poetry Society of America 1953
23.18
Lecture - Sir Walter Scott, undated
23.19
Lectures - Walt Whitman, undated

See Box/Folder 30.16 for original handwritten manuscript.

23.20
Lectures - Harvard, undated

Includes typed and handwritten manuscripts for:

"Poetry in the Making" [1939-40]
"An Anatomy of Bibliomania"
"Capability George"
"William Cowper"

Processor's note: These items were found in one folder so marked by earlier processor. It is not certain that these were all lectures given at Harvard.

See Box/Folder 30.17 for original handwritten manuscript of "William Cowper".

30.18
Miscellaneous writings, undated

Includes typed and handwritten manuscripts for:

"Art and the Book" [review of exhibit at the Albright Art Gallery]
"Ballad of the [mind] of Academe" [handwritten poem]
"[Buffalo] Seminary Commencement, June 8, 1950"
"Dentistry"
"Grosvernor Library"
"The Poetics of Mr. [Kenneth] Fearing"
"December 25, 1937" [poem and Christmas greeting]
"T.S. Eliot"
"Taste"

See 23.14 for correspondence regarding some of these manuscripts, including rejection notices.

30.21
Miscellaneous writings, undated

Includes typed and handwritten manuscripts and notes.

VI.B.     Howard Pyle: A Chronicle, circa 1924
Boxes 26 and 27 contain photocopies available for use by researchers. Original materials are in Boxes 24 and 25 and are RESTRICTED.
Contain typed transcriptions made by Abbott of correspondence between Pyle and others and Abbott's notes.
Arranged in four subseries as maintained in envelopes labeled by Abbott:
1.Chapter Drafts
2.Chapter Notes
3.Notes by Subject
4.Miscellaneous Research Notes
Box-folder Contents
26.1
Proposed outline
26.2
Acknowledgments & List of illustrations,
26.3
Ch. I, Wilmington, Quakers, and Youthful Ambitions
26.4
Ch. II, The Crucible of New York
26.5
Ch. III, Fruitful Associations
26.6
Ch. IV, The Return
26.7
Ch. V, Magic Casements
26.8
Ch. VI, The Middle Ages
26.9
Ch. VII, The Bloody Quaker
26.10
Ch. VIII, The Spirit of America
26.11
Ch. IX, The Philosopher & Mystic
26.12
Ch. X, Schools and Theories of Art
26.13
Ch. XI, Mural Decoration
26.14
Ch. XII, Italy and the End

Contains typed notes made by Abbott that include quotes and references to letters between Pyle and others dated 1883-1911. Quotes were found cut and stored in envelopes labeled by chapter name in Abbott's handwriting.

Arranged by chapter, then by year of the notes' source.

Box-folder Contents
26.15
Ch. V, Magic Casements
26.16-26.19
Ch. VI, The Middle Ages,
26.20-26.21
Ch. VII, The Bloody Quaker
26.22
Ch. VIII, Spirit of America
26.23-26.24
Ch. IX, Philosopher and Mystic
26.25
Ch. IX, Philosopher and Mystic

Includes an original "Catalogue of Illustrations by Howard Pyle", exhibition catalogue by the "St. Botolph Club for the Entertainment of its Friends at No. 2 Newbury Street, in Boston" [1897] and typed unsigned carbon copy of a letter to "Will" regarding the design of a Christmas stamp for the National Red Cross and a proposed stamp for the Stonywold Sanatarium, dated February 6, 1909.

26.26-26.28
Ch. XI, Concerning Mural Decorations
26.29
Ch. XII, Italy and the End

Also includes the June 1, 1912 issue of The Outlook which contains a tribute to Pyle authored by "The Spectator" with a handwritten inscription, "Dear Mrs. Pyle: This is inadequate but heartfelt. I hope it will please you - E. P. B."; and an original typed carbon copy of a letter from Pyle to "My dear Dunn" written from Siena, Italy, September 19, 1911.

Contains typed notes made by Abbott that include quotes and references to letters between Pyle and others dated 1883-1911. Quotes were found cut and stored in envelopes labeled in Abbott's handwriting.

Arranged by Abbott's original envelope label, then by year of the notes' source.

Box-folder Contents
27.1-27.9
"Concerning Illustrations - Specific"
27.10-27.14
"Concerning Personal Matters"
27.15-27.19
"Concerning Politics"
27.20-27.23
"Concerning the Teaching of Art - his pupils - theories of art"
27.24
"Concerning Writings"
Box-folder Contents
28.1
Biographical essay by Charles Abbott, undated
28.2
Clippings, 1889-1907

Includes original pages from The Outlook, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Century Magazine

28.3
Clippings, 1912, 1942

Includes issue of Arts and Decoration containing article on Pyle and an image of a Pyle painting from The New York Times Magazine.

28.4
Eppendorf, John G. 1937-1939

Includes correspondence with rare book shops and book invoices for mostly first editions of Howard Pyle's illustrations.

27.25-27.26
Howard Pyle correspondence, as transcribed by Abbott, circa 1876-1896

Includes typed transcriptions of letters between Howard Pyle and his mother and other unidentified persons and diary entries, with handwritten notes. Also includes a handwritten draft of the beginning of an essay entitled "Howard Pyle and William Dean Howells[:] A Correspondence" and a typed draft entitled, "Letters from an Artist to his Mother".

Arranged in original order.

27.27
"Notes from books", undated

Typed and handwritten notes made by Abbott. Includes a list of Pyle's students at the Drexel Summer School of Art in 1898.

27.28
Royalty Report, undated

Includes lists from Harper & Brothers, Charles Scribners, and the Century Company from 1887 to 1921.

28.5
Scudder, W. S., June, 1924

Includes signed typed history of Howard Pyle with handwritten notes. Scudder was the art editor of Houghton Mifflin Company.

28.6
Book reviews, Howard Pyle: A Chronicle, undated
Oversize-folder Contents
34
Galleys for Howard Pyle: A Chronicle, 1925
VI.C.     Christopher Smart, circa 1927-1939
Includes Abbott's notebooks, thesis and drafts with handwritten notes, essays, bibliographies, and an article on Smart, and some correspondence.
Box-folder Contents
29.1-.3
Notebooks from Oxford, circa 1924-1927
29.4
Essay, "Christopher Smart's Writings", undated
29.5
Thesis drafts, circa 1924-1927

Includes handwritten and typed drafts.

29.6
Bibliography of Christopher Smart, undated

Originally found immediately behind the draft thesis in 29.5.

29.7
Thesis, "Christopher Smart - Thesis submitted for the Degree of B. Litt. by C.D. Abbott, New College", circa 1927

Includes original typed manuscript, some handwritten notes on Smart's confinement at the front, and an unidentified photograph of a painted portrait.

29.8
Times Literary Supplement, 1929, undated

Includes a letter to the editor from Stuart Piggott on Christopher Smart and a draft and galley of a letter to the editor from Abbott.

29.9
“Christopher Smart's Madness,”by Charles David Abbott, reprint from Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, December, 1930

Includes three copies and a handwritten draft.

29.10
Bibliographical Society of America, October, 1933

Includes correspondence and typed draft of bibliographical essay.

29.11
Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, 1933

Includes correspondence, handwritten draft, and photocopy made by the processor of Abbott's entry on Christopher Smart from the 1940 edition.

29.12
“Johnson, Smart, and the 'Universal Visiter'”, by Roland Botting, reprint from Modern Philology, February, 1939

Includes article reprint signed by Botting.

VI.D.     “Poets at Work”, circa 1948
Box-folder Contents
28.7
Correspondence, 1946-1948

Includes prospective contributors, copyright permissions, Harcourt Brace publishers, and campus treasurer.

28.8
Miscellaneous poems & essay, undated

Includes poems by Robert Laurence Binyon, Robert Seymour Bridges, Alex Comfort, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louis Untemeyer, and Humbert Wolfe; and an essay by John G. Moore on "The Poetic Mind in Action."

28.9
Poets at Work, 1948
28.10
Reviews, 1948
30.19
Introduction, handwritten draft, undated

Includes a photocopy of Abbott's introduction from the published book.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Contributors

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

Subject Terms

Abbott, Charles D. (Charles David), 1900-1961--Archives
Buffalo Film Society
Fenton Lectures Committee
Libraries--New York (State)--Buffalo
Lockwood Memorial Library
Pyle, Howard, 1853-1911
Smart, Christopher, 1722-1771
State University of New York at Buffalo. Poetry/Rare Books Collection--Archives
University of Buffalo--Archives
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