The Resource Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection, (manuscript)

Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection, (manuscript)

Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection, 1868-1963
Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection
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Melcher-Frost collection
  • Personal and professional papers of Melcher contain Frost manuscripts and proofs including the original manuscripts for "Acceptance," "The cow's in the corn," "The freedom of the moon," "The investment," "The same leaves," and "The times table" together with poems copied out for Melcher, proofs of "Collected poems of Robert Frost," a fair typed copy of "War thoughts at home," and several printed and miscellaneous pieces
  • Correspondence between Frost and Melcher discusses the Frost famiy, work, various editions and bibliography, publishers, speaking engagements, honors, and Frost's 50th birthday dinner hosted by Melcher. People discussed, usually briefly, include Joseph Blumenthal, Robert Chapin, Louis Henry Cohn, Rudyard Kipling, Vachel Lindsay, John Masefield, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Carl Sandburg, Louis Untermeyer, and Willis Van Nosdall. Elinor and Lesley Frost are also correspondents
  • Miscellaneous papers concerning Frost include advertisements for publications; articles concerning Frost; bookplate designed by J. J. Lankes; exhibition catalogs;invitations to celebrations and lectures, programs, and guest lists including an invitation signed by Willa Cather;photographs; press releases; and a woodcut of Frost by Bertrand Zadig
  • Miscellaneous papers concerning other authors besides Frost include copies of articles by Melcher and others including Amy Lowell, Edgar Lee Masters and Eleanor F. Wells, drawings by Ernest Thompson Seton, a greeting from Beatrice Ward, news clippings, a photograph of Edna St. Vincent Millay, invitation and guest list for dinner in honor of James Whitcomb Riley, and printed poems
  • Correspondence with other authors and publishers covers a wide range of literary topics including Frost biography and bibliography; Frost's 50th birthday party; articles for Publishers Weekly; speaking engagements;copyright and censorship issues; PEN; one book "required reading" suggestions for the entire country, 1934; fine printing; printing and publication issues; social events; books for the White House Library; and the New York Library Association Convention at Lake Mohonk, 1934
  • Specific topics of interest include the future of the book (talk by H. L. Mencken at the American Booksellers Association); the destruction of Mitsuru Ishii's collection during World War II; the auction of "Twilight"; and Willa Cather on "Jurgen."
  • Correspondents represented by 4 or more letters include Eugene Boissevain, Pearl Buck, Walter Prichard Eaton, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Charles R. Green, Alice Corbin Henderson, Henry Holt and Company, J. J. Lankes who includes examples of prints, Archibald MacLeish, William B. Maxwell, H. L. Mencken, Elliott "Bud" Merrick, Margaret Mitchell, Christopher Morley, Kathleen and Theodore Morrison, Lewis Mumford, Ray Nash, Robert S. Newdick, A. Edward Newton, Earle W. Newton, Meredith Nicholson, Joseph Pennell, Ezra Pound, Bruce Rogers, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant, Stuart Sherman, Vilhjalmur Sefansson, Frank Swinnerton, Lawrance Thompson, Louis Untermeyer, D. B. Updike and Hendrik W. Van Loon
  • Correspondents represented by 1-3 letters include George Ade, Elmer Adler, Sir Edwin Arnold, Joseph Auslander, Edgar J. Banks, James Barnes, Bernard Baruch, Edwin De Turck Bechtel, William Rose Benet, Ralph Bergengren, Albert J. Beveridge, Joseph Blumenthal, James Boyd, William S. Braithwaite, Anna Hempstead Branch, John Buchan, Gelett Burgess, Ellis P. Butler, Witter Bynner, James Branch Cabell, Marion G. Canby, Carl Carmer, Willa Cather, Mary Ellen Chase, Thomas M. Cleland, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Louis Henry Cohn, Timothy Cole, Padraic Colum, James B. Conant, Grace Hazard Conkling, Malcolm Cowley, Wilbur L. Cross, Countee Cullen, James H. Daugherty, Elmer Davis, John Doan, and Edward H. Dodd, Jr
  • Also Marion Dodd, George H. Doran, John Dos Passos, Frank N. Doubleday, Lloyd C. Douglas, Theodore Dreiser, Will Durant, W. A. Dwiggins, Walter D. Edmonds, T. S. Eliot, John Erskine, Luther H. Evans, Geoffrey Faber, Rachel Field, Edward A. Filene, Morris Fishbein, Esther Forbes, Waldo Frank, Felix Frankfurter, Frances Frost, Richard LeGallienne, John Galsworthy, Lewis Gannett, Hamlin Garland, Porter Garnett, Lilian M. Gilbreth, Eric Gill, Edna M. Glau, Frederic W. Goudy, Edward Grabhorn, Ralph Green, Berta and Elmer Hader, Edward E. Hale (autograph only), and Alfred Harcourt
  • Also Joel Chandler Harris, Dr. Victor G. Heiser, Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Haynes Holmes, Herbert Hoover, G. Wren Howard, Dard Hunter, Fannie Hurst, Inez Hayes Irwin, Michi Ishii, Sarah Orne Jewett, James Weldon Johnson, Robert Josephy, Helen Keller, Harry Kemp, Henry Watson Kent, Thomas W. Lamont, Emory Scott "Jerry" Land, Henry Goddard Leach, Josiah K. Lilly, Jr., Joseph C. Lincoln, Joseph W. Lippincott, Hugh Lofting, Nicholas Longworth, Milton E. Lord, Amy Lowell, Robert Luce, H. M. Lydenberg, Arthur Machen, Percy MacKaye, John Macrae, and Thomas R. Marshall
  • Also Jan Masaryk, John Masefield, Sir Francis Meynell, A.A. Milne, Silas Weir Mitchell, Harriet Monroe, Anne Carroll Moore, Marianne Moore, Stanley Morison, Honoré W. Morrow, Louise Chandler Moulton, Robeft Nathan, Scott Nearing, W. A. Neilson, Blair Niles, Edward J. O'Brien, Frederick O'Brien, Walter Pach, and Edmund Pearson
  • Also Bliss Perry, William Lyon Phelps, John Barnes Pratt, Keith Preston, Herbert Putnam, William C. Redfield, William Marion Reedy, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, Mary Roberts Rinehart, Jessie B. Rittenhouse, Corrine Roosevelt Robinson, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Carl P. Rollins, Leverett Saltonstall, Kate Sanborn, Frances Clarke Sayers, Evelyn Scott, Charles Scribner, Ellery Sedgwick, Upton Sinclair, Jessie Willcox Smith, Samuel Francis Smith, Wilbert Snow, and Paul Standard
  • Also Lincoln Steffens, Adlai E. Stevenson, Frederick A. Stokes, Philip Duffield Stong, Mark Sullivan, Ida M. Tarbell, Sara Teasdale, Ridgely Torrence, Sir Stanley Unwin, Carl Van Doren, Irita Van Doren, Mark Van Doren, John C. Van Dyke, John W. Vandercook, Dorothy M. Vaughan, Elizabeth Gray Vining, Robert F. Wagner, Lillian D. Wald, Emery Walker, Harry Warren, Booker T. Washington (autographs), John Hall Wheelock, W. A. White, Ray Lyman Wilbur, John Gilbert Winant, Robert Winthrop, Humbert Wolfe, Alexander Woollcott, and Elinor Wylie
Biographical or historical data
Noted American publisher and editor; Boston and Indianapolis bookseller; editor of "Publisher's Weekly"; chairman of R. R. Bowker & Company
Cataloging source
Frederic G. Melcher-Robert Frost Collection, (manuscript)
  • Special Collections
Cumulative index finding aids
Guide available.
ca. 1375
Organization method
1. Robert Frost Manuscripts. - 2.Correspondence of Robert Frost, members of the Frost family and Frederic G. Melcher. - 3.Miscellaneous papers concerning Robert Frost. - 4. Miscellaneous papers concerning Frederic G. Melcher and other authors. - 5. Correspondence of Frederic G. Melcher with various authors and publishers.
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  • (Sirsi) a4025559
  • (OCoLC)72530684
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