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Guide to the Joseph Conrad Papers, 1850-1972

Summary

Collection contains letters and scrapbooks about the life and works of Joseph Conrad. Correspondence includes letters by Conrad to David S. Meldrum, an advisor to Wm. Blackwood & Sons. Conrad discusses family news, including his son Borys, as well as his various literary projects, including Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, Youth: A Narrative and Other Tales, and The Rescue. Other correspondence includes letters from Conrad to Sir Sidney Colvin and his wife, Frances; Henry Arthur Jones and his daughter, Jennie Doris Arthur Jones Thorne; and T. Fisher Unwin, Conrad's publisher. There is also an album of photographs, 1860-1890, of Conrad's Polish relatives, and scrapbooks, 6 vols., compiled by Conrad's wife, Jessie George Conrad, with clippings, reviews, and tributes.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.00256
Title
Joseph Conrad papers
Date
1850-1972
Creator
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924
Extent
3 Linear Feet, 202 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

Collection contains letters and scrapbooks about the life and works of Joseph Conrad. Materials have been sorted into 4 series: Letters from Joseph Conrad; Letters from Jessie Conrad (Joseph Conrad's wife); Clippings and Ephemera; and Scrapbooks and Album. The 2 correspondence series consist of letters from Joseph and Jessie to others, including literary contacts and personal friends. The bulk of Joseph Conrad's letters are written to David S. Meldrum, an advisor to Wm. Blackwood & Sons. Conrad discusses family news, including the activities of his son Borys in World War I, as well as progress on his various literary projects. Titles mentioned over the course of his correspondence with Meldrum include Lord Jim, Heart of Darkness, Youth: A Narrative and Other Tales, and The Rescue. Other correspondence includes letters from Conrad to Sir Sidney Colvin and his wife, Frances; Henry Arthur Jones and his daughter, Jennie Doris Arthur Jones Thorne; and T. Fisher Unwin, Conrad's publisher. Most of Jessie Conrad's letters date from after Joseph Conrad's death, and relate to the publication of her memoir of him and royalties from the publication of his papers. The Clippings and Ephemera Series includes clippings contemporary to Conrad's life, reviews of his works, and articles about his legacy. There is also an information folder about the provenance of the Conrad Papers collection at Duke, other Conrad reference materials, and assorted printed ephemera. The collection's volumes are held in the Scrapbooks and Album series. There is an album of photographs, 1860-1890, of Conrad's Polish relatives, and scrapbooks, 6 vols., compiled by Conrad's wife, Jessie George Conrad, with clippings, reviews, and tributes. Portions of the scrapbooks relate to Jessie Conrad's cookbook, "A Handbook of Cookery for a Small House," and her memoir of Joseph Conrad, "Joseph Conrad as I Knew Him" (1926). There is also a scrapbook about Joseph Conrad's tour of the United States in 1923.

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[Identification of item], Joseph Conrad Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Contents of the Collection

Blackwood, William (Blackwood and Sons), 1899-1900
Box 1
Colvin, Lady Frances Jane, 1920
Box 1
Colvin, Sidney, 1904-1919
Box 1
Meldrum, David S., 1897-1908
(3 folders)
Box 1
Unknown recipients, 1908, 1922
Box 1
Unwin, T. Fisher, 1897
Box 1
Thorne, Jennie Doris Arthur Jones, 1919-1920
Box 1
Hodgson and Co., 1924, 1936
Box 1
Meldrum, David S., 1909-1910
Box 1
Unknown recipients, 1935
Box 1
Information folder about the collection, 1958-1971
Box 1
Newspaper clippings and reviews of Conrad's writings, 1898-1903
Box 1
Miscellaneous clippings about Conrad's life and writings, 1923-1965
Box 1
Photocopies of clippings about Conrad's life, from other sources, 1923-1969
Box 1
Printed ephemera, 1903 and undated
Box 1
Empty envelopes, 1922 and undated
Box 1

4. Scrapbooks and Album, 1861-1972

7 Volumes, 7 volumes; 1 folder.
Joseph Conrad photograph album of his Polish relatives, 1850s-1860s
Box 2
Captions and duplicates of Joseph Conrad's photograph album of his Polish relatives, 1970s
Box 1
Scrapbook I: Joseph Teador Korzeniowski Conrad (Reviews during his American tour, 227 pgs.), 1923
Box 5
Scrapbook II: Reviews of Literary Career of Joseph Conrad (71 pgs.), 1924
Box 4
Scrapbook IV: Reviews of Joseph Conrad as I Knew Him, by Jessie Conrad, 1926
Box 3
Scrapbook III: A Handbook of Cookery for a Small House, by Jessie Conrad (67 pgs.), 1923
Box 1
Scrapbook V: Criticisms of Joseph Conrad: His Life and Letters (by G. Jean-Aubry), and Memorial Cullings (77 pgs.), 1927
Box 1
Scrapbook VI: Reviews of Joseph Conrad and His Circle, by Jessie Conrad (67 pgs.), 1926

Jessie Conrad's book was published as Joseph Conrad As I Knew Him.

Box 1
 

Historical Note

British author, of Bishopsbourne, Kent, England. Originally from Poland. Author of Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, Youth: A Narrative and Two Other Stories, The Rescue, and many other novels and stories. He married his wife, Jessie George, in 1896; the couple had two sons, Borys and John.


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Provenance

The Joseph Conrad Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift, 1949-1968. The bulk of this collection was acquired by Duke Professor William M. Blackburn, a Conrad scholar who purchased the letters from David S. Meldrum's daughter in 1958.

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Processed by Ben Saalfeld and Meghan Lyon, March 2016