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Series VI. Literary Correspondence, 1916-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

In this series exists correspondence that primarily functioned as a mode of communication for Allen's various literary projects, namely his research on Edgar Allan Poe; his affiliation with the Poetry Society of South Carolina and the Bread Loaf School of English; his voluminous correspondence with his main publishing companies - Farrar and Rinehart/Rinehart and Company; his rights management correspondence with multiple international publishers of his work; and his editorial responsibilities on the Rivers of America series. While some correspondence with individual figures located in the General Correspondence may arguably be of literary nature, the material found in this series is thematically concentrated on literary production, while correspondence in the General Correspondence series may include personal correspondence/subject matter.

Subseries 1. Edgar Allan Poe Material, 1916-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries consists of correspondence relating to Allen's research and his two publications on Edgar Allan Poe. Allen's extensive research into the works and life of Poe positioned him as an authority on Poe subject matter. He received various requests on information about Poe, including rights and permission use of Allen's publications and other general, little known knowledge about Poe. Included is correspondence with various specialty interest groups including, "The Edgar Allan Poe Club," "The Edgar Allan Poe Shrine," "The Edgar Allan Poe Society," and the "Poe Cottage Committee of the Bronx Society of Arts and Sciences," among others.

Affiliated materials on the publication of Israfel and Poe's Brother are included, in particular a contentious rights issue with one J.H. Whitty, who tried to "delay and thwart" the publication of Israfel by withdrawing permission to reproduce Poe materials owned by him. This section also features collected material such as pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and articles authored by other writers.


Box 91
Folder 1-12 General Correspondence, 1916-1933

Box 92
Folder 1-17 General Correspondence, 1934-1946

Box 93
Folder 1-10 General Correspondence, 1947-1956
Folder 11 Works by Edgar A. Poe
Folder 12-14 Works and Research Relating to Edgar A. Poe
Folder 15 Places and Monuments Relating to Edgar A. Poe
Folder 16 Relating to Israfel

Subseries 2. Poetry Society of South Carolina, 1921-1940

Scope and Content Notes:

The Poetry Society of South Carolina, a still existent entity, was founded in 1920 by Hervey Allen, Dubose Heyward, and John Bennett. Included in this subseries is correspondence, newspaper clippings and general media, and documents affiliated with the founding and administration of the Poetry Society of South Carolina. Some documents worth highlighting are the establishment of The Blindman Prize, a contest prize named after Allen's poem which awards $250 to a winning poem. Also, correspondence with Amy Lowell and Allen's manuscript, "Elements of Poetry" given at a Poetry Society of South Carolina lecture.


Box 94
Folder 1 General Correspondence, [Undated]
Folder 2 General Correspondence, 1921-1924
Folder 3 General Correspondence, 1925-1940
Folder 4-5 The Blindman Prize, 1921-1925
Folder 6 Elements of Poetry Lecture, 1922

Subseries 3. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, 1924-1948

Scope and Content Notes:

Hervey Allen's participation with the Bread Loaf School of English started in 1925, six years after its foundation. John Farrar, Allen's publisher at Farrar & Rinehart, created of the Writers Conference in 1926. Together with Farrar, Allen was featured various times as a lecturer in the annual event along with other notable figures such as Robert Frost, Achmed Abdullah, and Louis Untermeyer. Included in this subseries is affiliated correspondence, documents, press, and notebook (of Allen's) pertaining to various years of the Writers Conference.


Box 94
Folder 6 General Correspondence, 1924-1929
Folder 7 General Correspondence, 1930-1931
Folder 8 General Correspondence, 1931-1933

Box 95
Folder 1 General Correspondence, 1934
Folder 2 General Correspondence, 1935
Folder 3 General Correspondence, 1936-1939
Folder 4 General Correspondence, 1940-1948

Box 96
Folder 1 Notebook, 1930

Subseries 4. Farrar & Rinehart/Rinehart & Company, 1924-1953

Scope and Content Notes:

Hervey Allen’s relationships with his publishers extended beyond the literary and professional. Stanley M. Rinehart Jr. and his wife Fay, Fredrick R. Rinehart (Ted) and his wife Betty, John Farrar and his wife Margaret, were close personal friends of the Allens. Due to the voluminous fanfare and requests Allen received from the public, Farrar & Rinehart publishing company (later Rinehart & Company) acted as a correspondence liaison for Allen, managing his personal and literary finances, forwarding interesting solicitations to him, and corresponding on behalf of him. In 1943, after the death of Stephen Vincent Benét, Allen was appointed to the publishing company’s poetry series, Rivers of America (see Rivers of America subseries).

In this subseries exists business and literary correspondence from Farrar & Rinehart as well as personal correspondence from individuals associated with the publishing company to the Allens regarding financial and personal matters. Notable correspondence includes correspondence between Farrar & Rinehart’s Art Editor, Faith Ball, to Hervey Allen about Andrew Wyeth’s artwork in Allen’s books. The first folder entitled "Summary of Contents" was made prior to the revised 2012 arrangement and it lists individual names and topics found in the correspondence.

Folder 2 Summary of Contents (previous arrangement)
Folder 3-6 Farrar & Rinehart, 1924-1930

Box 97
Folder 1-10 Farrar & Rinehart, 1931-1934

Box 98
Folder 1-12 Farrar & Rinehart, 1934-1935

Box 99
Folder 1-8 Farrar & Rinehart, 1936-1938

Box 100
Folder 1-9 Farrar & Rinehart, 1939-1942

Box 101
Folder 1-9 Farrar & Rinehart, 1943-1944

Box 102
Folder 1-3 Farrar & Rinehart, 1945
Folder 4-8 Rinehart & Company, 1946-1947

Box 103
Folder 1-7 Rinehart & Company, 1948-1953

Subseries 5. Of Particular Allen Works, 1924-1956

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains correspondence relating to foreign language edition licensing rights of Allen's works. Subject matter may include inquiries about foreign edition misprints and corrections. Correspondence about such subject matter may also be found in the Farrar & Rinehart/Rinehart & Company subseries.


Box 104
Folder 1 General/Multiple Permissions and Rights, 1933-1954

Section: Action at Aquila, 1932-1955

Folder 2 American Serial Edition, 1937
Folder 3-5 Australian Edition, 1932-1934
Folder 6 Corrections, 1938-1939
Folder 7 Danish Edition, 1937-1938
Folder 8 Dutch Edition, 1937-1938
Folder 9 English Edition, 1937-1938
Folder 10 Film, 1936-1938
Folder 11 Finnish Edition, 1937
Folder 12 French Edition, 1947-1951
Folder 13-15 General, 1936-1937

Box 105
Folder 1-4 General, 1938-1955

Box 106
Folder 1 German Edition, 1937-1949
Folder 2 Hungarian Edition, 1937-1939
Folder 3 Italian Edition, 1938-1955
Folder 4 Norwegian Edition, 1934-1938
Folder 5 Permissions (General), 1938-1940
Folder 6 Polish Edition, 1938
Folder 7 Portuguese Edition, 1947
Folder 8 Radio, 1938
Folder 9 Spanish Edition, 1948
Folder 10 Swedish Edition, 1937-1939
Folder 11 Syndicate, 1938-1939

Section: Anthony Adverse, 1930-1956

Folder 12 Corrections, 1933-1937
Folder 13 Czech Edition, 1933-1949
Folder 14 Danish Edition, 1933-1936
Folder 15-16 Dutch Edition, 1933-1953
Folder 17 Editions: 25 cent Edition, (Western Printing and Lithographing Co.), 1948-1950
Folder 18 Editions: 1946 Edition, 1945-1946
Folder 19 Editions: Campaign for $2 Editions, 1936
Folder 20 Editions: Education Edition, 1935
Folder 21 English Edition, 1946
Folder 22 Estonian Edition, 1936
Folder 23 Film, 1933-1935

Box 107
Folder 1-3 Film, 1936-1947
Folder 4 Finnish Edition, 1934-1936
Folder 5 French Edition, 1933-1949
Folder 6-12 General, 1930-1935

Box 108
Folder 1-5 General, 1936-1956
Folder 6-8 German Edition, 1933-1955
Folder 9 Hungarian Edition, 1933-1937
Folder 10 Illustrations, 1934
Folder 11 Israeli Edition, 1955
Folder 12 Italian Edition, 1933-1955
Folder 13 Japanese Edition, 1934-1950
Folder 14 Limited Editions Club, 1935-1939
Folder 15 Norwegian Edition, 1934-1936

Box 109
Folder 1-2 Permissions (General), 1934-1953
Folder 3 Polish Edition, 1940-1944
Folder 4 Portuguese Edition, 1940-1944
Folder 5 Radio, 1934-1950
Folder 6 Romanian Edition, 1938-1940
Folder 7 Sales, 1945
Folder 8 Second Serialization, 1937
Folder 9 Spanish Edition, 1933-1949
Folder 10 Swedish Edition, 1934-1936
Folder 11 Syndication, 1933-1936
Folder 12 Television, 1950-1954

Section: Bedford Village, 1943-1955

Folder 13-14 General, 1943-1955

Section: The Blindman, 1924-1951

Folder 15 General, 1924-1951

Section: Blood Lust, 1936-1941


Box 110
Folder 1 General, 1936-1941

Section: Carolina Chansons, 1932-1950

Folder 2 General, 1932-1950

Section: The City in the Dawn, 1949-1955

Folder 3-4 General, 1949-1955
Folder 5 German Edition, 1951-1953
Folder 6 Posthumous Publication, 1950-1951

Section: The Disinherited, 1941-1953


Box 111
Folder 1 Czech Edition, 1945-1948
Folder 2 Danish Edition, 1945-1946
Folder 3 Dutch Edition, 1943-1949
Folder 4 English Continental Edition, 1943-1945
Folder 5 English Edition, 1946-1949
Folder 6 Finnish Edition, 1946-1947
Folder 7 French Edition, 1944-1949
Folder 8-9 General, 1941-1953
Folder 10 German/Swiss Edition, 1943-1951
Folder 11 Italian Edition, 1945-1949
Folder 12 Latin American Edition, 1943-1946
Folder 13 Romanian Edition, 1946-1947
Folder 14 Spanish Edition, 1944-1949
Folder 15 Swedish Edition, 1943-1949

Section: Earth Moods, 1934-1953


Box 112
Folder 1 General, 1934-1953

Section: The Forest and the Fort, 1942-1956

Folder 2-4 General, 1942-1956
Folder 5 Norwegian Edition, 1944-1951

Section: New Legends, 1929-1953

Folder 6-7 General, 1929-1953

Section: Richfield Springs, 1935-1937

Folder 8 General, 1935-1937

Section: Sylvania, 1945

Folder 9 General, 1945
Folder 10-12 General, 1944-1952

Subseries 6. Rivers of America series, 1943-1949

Scope and Content Notes:

The Rivers of America series began in 1937 under the editorial of Constance Lindsay Skinner at Farrar and Rinehart. Throughout its publication run, the series underwent three major publishing companies (Farrar and Rinehart, Rinehart and Co., and Holt, Rinehart and Winston), and various editors. Following the death of Skinner, who was found dead at her desk while editing the sixth volume, The Hudson, Carl Carmer, the same author who wrote The Hudson became a co-editor with Stephen Vincent Benét. After Benét's death in 1943, Allen stepped in as co-editor of the series until his death in 1949. The series published individual volumes written by literary authors, as opposed to historians, about individual rivers of the American terrain and their histories.

In this subseries are correspondence between Allen and other members of the publishing series, correspondence about accepted or rejected manuscripts, and documents relating to the Rivers of America Radio Broadcast at WBEZ Chicago.

Section: Accepted and Contracted Authors, 1943-1949


Box 113
Folder 1 Alabama River, 1948
Folder 2 Ashley and Cooper Rivers (Lord Shaftesbury's Darling), 1943-1946
Folder 3 Blackstone River, 1945-1946
Folder 4 Cape Fear River, 1945-1948
Folder 5 Charges River, 1945-1948
Folder 6 Chattahoochee River, 1944-1949
Folder 7 Colorado River, 1943-1944
Folder 8 Columbia River, 1943-1948
Folder 9 Conestoga River, 1943-1949
Folder 10 Connecticut River, 1943-1947
Folder 11 Everglades River, 1943-1948
Folder 12 Fraser River, 1945-1949
Folder 13 General File, 1943-1949
Folder 14 Gila River, 1948
Folder 15 Gulf Stream, 1947-1949
Folder 16 Housatonic River, 1943-1946
Folder 17 Hudson River, 1949
Folder 18 James River, 1943-1944
Folder 19 Juniata River, 1948-1949
Folder 20 Kanawha River, 1943-1948

Box 114
Folder 1 Lehigh River, 1944-1946
Folder 2 Louisiana Rivers, 1943
Folder 3 Mackenzie River, 1946-1949
Folder 4 Merced River, 1945
Folder 5 Merrimac River, 1943-1949
Folder 6 Minnesota River, 1946
Folder 7 Missouri River, 1943-1946
Folder 8 Mohawk River, 1943-1948
Folder 9 Muskingum River, 1948
Folder 10 Niagara River, 1943-1947
Folder 11 Ohio River, 1947-1949
Folder 12 Ottawa River, 1943-1947
Folder 13 Platte and Sweetwater Rivers, 1947
Folder 14 Potomac River, 1943-1949
Folder 15 Powder River, 1943-1949
Folder 16 Rancocas River, 1943-1947
Folder 17 Red River, 1943-1948
Folder 18 Rio Grande River, 1943-1948
Folder 19 Rivers of the Alaskan Panhandle, 1945
Folder 20 Rivers of the Eastern Shore, 1943-1948
Folder 21 Salinas River, 1943-1945
Folder 22 Saskatchewan River, 1947-1949
Folder 23 Savannah River, 1943-1949
Folder 24 Schuylkill River, 1947-1948
Folder 25 Shenandoah River, 1943-1946

Box 115
Folder 1 St. Croix River, 1943-1945
Folder 2 St. John's River of New Brunswick, 1948
Folder 3 St. Mary's River, 1948-1949
Folder 4 Tennessee River, 1943-1948
Folder 5 Upper Mississippi River, 1943
Folder 6 White River, 1945
Folder 7 Winooski River, 1947-1949
Folder 8 Yazoo River, 1947-1948
Folder 9 Yukon River, 1943-1948

Section: Considered or Rejected Authors, 1943-1949

Folder 10 A, 1945
Folder 11 B, 1943-1949
Folder 12 C, 1944-1948
Folder 13 D, 1945-1949
Folder 14 E-F, 1944-1948
Folder 15 G, 1944-1948
Folder 16 H-J, 1943-1949
Folder 17 K-L, 1944-1949

Box 116
Folder 1 M, 1943-1949
Folder 2 N-O, 1943-1948
Folder 3 P-Q, 1945-1949
Folder 4 R, 1944-1948
Folder 5 S, 1944-1949
Folder 6 T-V, 1944-1949
Folder 7 W, 1943-1949
Folder 8 Y-Z, 1943-1945

Section: Interoffice Correspondence, 1943-1949

Folder 9-10 Interoffice Correspondence, 1943-1944

Box 117
Folder 1-6 Interoffice Correspondence, 1945-1949
Folder 7 Radio Broadcasting Programs, 1945