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Preliminary Guide to the Edwin Harrison Cady Papers, 1858-2000 (bulk 1961-2000)

Collection Overview

The papers consist of correspondence from Jay B. Hubbell and John Olin Eidson. The Eidson letters (5 items) discuss the upcoming program of the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association of America and suggest Richard Armour as the featured speaker. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Accession (1992-0127) (20,000 items, 30.0 lin. ft.) includes correspondence, research and teaching notes, writings, student offprints, card files, photostats, materials relating to the Center for Editions of American Authors, files relating to American Literature, printed matter, clippings, and other miscellaneous items. Correspondence includes letters from Jay B. Hubbell and John O. Eidson; the latter concern the American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association.

Accession (2002-0104), dated 1858-2000 (1251 items; 6.8 linear feet) primarily comprises materials related to writings by Cady and his former student Thomas F. O'Donnell regarding author, editor, and critic William Dean (W.D.) Howells. In 2000, Cady edited and wrote an introduction to a volume of Howells' poetry entitled Pebbles, Monochromes, and Other Modern Poems, 1891-1916, and his collection holds various drafts of this work as well as correspondence between Cady and his publishers concerning the book's publication. Also included is material written by or collected by Cady or O'Donnell while editing or writing other books and articles regarding Howells' poetry; and original correspondence from Howells to his publishers.

Accession (2010-0083) (300 items; 7.5 lin. ft.) includes books by and about William Dean Howells, most with annotations by Edwin Cady and Harry H. Clark, as well as materials (first proofs, drafts, and other Howells publications) that were used by Cady in the preparation of Howells' complete works. Books date from approximately 1881-1981; manuscript materials date from approximately 1879-1992.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Edwin Harrison Cady papers, 1858-2000, bulk circa 1961-2000
Creator
Cady, Edwin Harrison
Extent
26,881 items, 44.3 linear feet
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence: Aaron, Dan - Fryckstedt, O. - Materials pertaining to American Literature
Box 1
Correspondence: Gibson, William - Marsden, Malcolm
Box 2
Correspondence: Martin, Jay - Stahr, Elvis
Box 3
Correspondence: Stephens, Martha - Zerrnan, Bill
Box 4
Center for Editions of American Authors (Correspondence, minutes, etc., 1961-1966)
Box 4
Howells, William Dean, articles on (Arranged alphabetically by author's surname)
Box 5-6
Howells, William Dean, copies of articles by
Box 6-7
Howells, William Dean: Materials pertaining his relationship to other writers, correspondence with Howells, and copies of short writings
Box 7-8
Howells, William Dean: Books and materials relevant to his published works
Box 9
Howells, William Dean: Special topics
Box 10
Family materials, albums, and correspondence
Box 11
Teaching notes (Alphabetically arranged by author or subject)
Box 12-13
Miscellaneous files
Box 13
Materials pertaining to the publications of On Dickinson, On Emerson, On Frost, On Whitman, and miscellanea
Box 14
Miscellanea pertaining to the Growth of American Literature, and reviews
Box 15
Articles, drafts, and off prints (Generally arranged by author's surname.)
Box 16
Cady, Young Howells and John Brown: Episodes in a Radical Education (Draft); Cady, Critical Essays on William Dean Howells Through the 1920s (Original and Xerox copies); On Dickinson; miscellanea
Box 17
Lectures by Cady (2 tapes); vertical file on authors; Cady, Young Howells and John Brown: Episodes in a Radical Education (Draft)
Box 18
Writings by Cady, and published journals
Box 19
Cady, The Big Game, related materials; Nixon archive (1 folder); and miscellanea
Box 20
Student offprints, writings by Josephine Piercy, and bibliographic note cards
Box 21
Cady, Critical Essays on William Dean Howells, (Galley), correspondence, Modern Instance (Draft), and miscellanea
Box 22
Photostats of 19th century newspapers
Box 23
Writings
Box 24
Miscellaneous correspondence, Hubbell center materials, and miscellanea
Box 25
William M. Gibson Papers (Center for Editions of American Authors)
Box 26
John Woolman: The Mind of the Quaker Saint (Drafts of chapters, correspondence, volume, etc.)
Box 27
Center for Editions of American Authors materials, football materials, and miscellanea
Box 28
Blank American Literature stationery
Box 29
The Big Game (Notes and drafts)
Box 30

Some of the materials in this accession are not immediately accessible because they require further processing before use. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the Rubenstein Library to use this collection.

Cady's writings

Included here are various drafts of Cady's "Introduction" to his edited volume of W.D. Howells' poetry, Pebbles Monochromes, and Other Modern Poems, 1891-1916. Also included are some of Cady's notes related to this work.

Box 1
Correspondence

Includes incoming correspondence to Cady offering critiques of his "Introduction; " correspondence between Cady and his publisher (Ohio University Press); and copies of original correspondence between Howells and his publishers (dating from 1895-1905).

Box 1
Cady's writings

Additional drafts of Cady's "Introduction" to his edited volume of Howells poetry; drafts of Cady's footnotes.

Box 2
Correspondence

Includes correspondence from publishers and editors to Cady; correspondence between Cady and other writers; and some personal correspondence.

Box 2
Correspondence

Includes correspondence to and from Thomas F. O'Donnell (Cady's former graduate student) regarding his work on a volume of Howells' poetry and correspondence related to earlier Howells projects of Cady and others. Also includes correspondence between Cady and other professors and copies of original correspondence to and from Howells regarding his writing (dating from 1909-1918).

Box 3
Checklists of Howells' published poetry
Box 3
Bulletins and progress reports

Related to O'Donnell's work on his volume of Howells' poetry.

Box 3
O'Donnell's writings

Includes drafts of O'Donnell's "Introduction" to his edited volume, The Complete Poems of William Dean Howells. Also includes notes on Howells.

Box 4
Correspondence

Includes letters to and from O'Donnell relating to his volume of Howells' poetry; correspondence from O'Donnell explaining his expenses incurred while working on his Howells project; and copies of original correspondence to and from Howells (dating from 1858 to 1917).

Box 4
Checklists of Howells' published poetry
Box 4
O'Donnell's writings

Includes drafts of O'Donnell's "Introduction" to his volume of Howells' poetry. Also includes notes on Howells.

Box 5
Howells' writings

Includes copies of Howells' poems as well as a copy of Howells' Modern Italian Poets, 1887

Box 5
Correspondence

Includes letters related to O'Donnell's search for copies of Howells' poems, and letters between O'Donnell and his editors.

Box 5
Howells' writings

Includes copies of Howells poems (copies of original handwritten poems as well as typed versions).

Box 6
Cady's writings

Drafts of Cady's speech "A Generation in American Editing" (1964) is included.

Box 7
O'Donnell's writings

Includes a draft of O'Donnell's "Introduction" to his volume on Howells' poetry.

Box 7
Howells' writings

Includes copies of Howells poems (copies of original handwritten poems as well as typed versions).

Box 7
Cady's writings

Includes various papers, speeches and other short works by Cady. Also includes related correspondence.

Box 8
Cady's writings

Includes various papers, speeches and other short works by Cady. Also includes related correspondence and notes.

Box 9
Cady's writings

Includes various papers, speeches and other short works by Cady. Also includes some related correspondence and notes.

Box 10
Howells' writings

Includes copies of Howells poems (copies of original handwritten poems as well as typed versions).

Box 10
Howells' writings

Includes copies of numerous Howells poems (copies of original handwritten poems as well as typed versions). Also includes 1 microfilm reel.

Box 11

Includes studies of Howells by various authors.

Notes from Cady's work on Howells
Box 12
Draft of a letter to a fellow professor
Box 12
Drafts of Cady's jacket copy for his volume on Howells' poetry
Box 12

Acc. (2010-0083) (300 items; 7.5 lin. ft.) includes books by and about William Dean Howells, most with annotations by Edwin Cady and Harry H. Clark, as well as materials (first proofs, drafts, and other Howells publications) that were used by Cady in the preparation of Howells' complete works. Books date from approximately 1881-1981; manuscript materials date from approximately 1879-1992.

Books by and about William Dean Howells
Box 1-4
Facsimile of The Editor's Study, ed. by James W. Simpson, 1886-1892
Box 4
Photograph album with photographic copies of William Dean Howells and his family
Box 4
Pictures of Howells: photographic copies, slides, negatives, and correspondence relating to these images, 1950s
Box 4
Altrurian Romances-Master Record Text facsimile, 1892-1893
Box 5
William Dean Howells: An American Life, Kenneth S. Lynn, 1971
Box 5
William Dean Howells, Pioneer et Coordinateur du mouvement realiste American, 1837-1920, Jean Riviere, undated (3 versions)
Box 5
April Hopes, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, undated
Box 5
An Imperative Duty, Harper's New Monthly Magazine, undated
Box 5
Bibliography of William Dean Howells, New York Public Library, 1946
Box 5
Editor's Study, 1886-1891
Box 5
The Landlord at Lion's Head, First Proofs, 1980
Box 5
Interviews with Howells
Box 5
Howells' autograph, 1879
Box 5
Howells' holographs (2), 1899 and 1900
Box 5
A Hazard of New Fortunes (television series) proposals and scripts, 1990-1992
Box 5
Cady correspondence, 1984-1989
Box 5

Historical Note

Edwin Harrison Cady, educator and writer, was born in Old Tappan, N. J. He was educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Wisconsin. He has taught at the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, Indiana University, Syracuse University, and Duke University where he was Andrew Mellon Professor of English. He was been a visiting professor at the Royal University at Uppsala and the University of Stockholm, Sweden. His interests, other than American literature, were sports and music. He was editor of American Literature from 1980 to 1986, and was a prominent scholar on the life and writings of William Dean Howells.

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For more information, see the Thomas Francis O'Donnell Papers, 1940-1978, in the Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Edwin Harrison Cady Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Edwin Harrison Cady Papers were a gift to Duke University, 1992-2002.

Processing Information

Processed by: Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Staff

Completed 1993

Additions minimally processed by Joshua Kaiser and Erin Lawrimore

Last updated May 3, 2010

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller; Joshua Kaiser; Ruth E. Bryan; Meghan Lyon

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.