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Guide to the Montrose Jonas Moses Papers, 1789-1960

Abstract

Drama critic, journalist, and author of works on American and European drama and on children's literature.

Correspondence, research notes, literary drafts, scrapbooks, playbills, and photos, relating to Moses' career. Includes correspondence and research notes relating to Margaret Anglin, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Phillip Barry, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Billie Burke, Heinrich Conrad, Owen Davis, John Drinkwater, Edwin Forrest, James A. Herne, Henrik Ibsen, Sir Rabindranath Tagore, and other playwrights and actors prominent in the 19th and early 20th centuries; Moses' work as a reader for Thomas Y. Crowell Company and for Little, Brown and Company; and to the Ballet Russe, little theaters, entertaining troops at U. S. Army camps during World War I, Authors Club of New York, City College of New York, and Drama League of America. Correspondents include Winthrop Ames, Margaret Anglin, David Belasco, Henry Adams Bellows, May Friend Bennet, William Frederick Bigelow, Abbie Faarwell Brown, Richard Eugene Burton, Royal Jenkins Davis, William Crowell Edgar, John Erskine, William Clyde Fitch, Daniel Frohman, Hanniabal Hamlin Garland, Norman Bell Geddes, Harley Granville Granville-Barker, Hilary Abner Herbert, Hamilton Holt, Roland Holt, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Rann Kennedy and his wife, Edith Wynne Matthison, Percy Mackaye, James Brander Matthews, Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, Arthur Huntington Nason, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Charles Fulton Cursler, William Lyon Phelps, Elmer Rice, Charles William Taussig, Augustus Thomas, Carl Van Doren, Eugene Walter, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin, Percival Wilde, and Starke Young.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Moses, Montrose Jonas, 1878-1934.
Title
Montrose Jonas Moses papers, 1789-1960
Language of Material
English
Extent
25.0 Linear Feet., 22,488 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains papers of Montrose Jonas Moses (1878-1933), drama critic, journalist, and author of works on American and European drama and on children's literature, principally relating to his career. Correspondence pertains to his work as a reader for Thomas Y. Crowell Company and for Little, Brown and Company; his activities as liason between Little, Brown and Company and several authors under contract to prepare works for publication; his participation in the affairs of the Authors Club of New York and the Drama League of America, both at the national and local levels; and his own literary projects. Beginning in 1915, there are carbon copies of outgoing correspondence.

Notebooks, clippings, research notes, drafts, some correspondence, and other papers relate to Margaret Anglin, Sir James Matthew Barrie, Phillip Barry, Ethel Barrymore, Sarah Bernhardt, Billie Burke, Heinrich Conreid, Owen Davis, John Drinkwater, Edwin Forrest, James A. Herne, Henrik Ibsen, Sir Rabindranath Tagore, and other playwrights and actors prominent in the 19th and early 20th centuries; American and British drama; children's literature; baseball; the entertainment of troops at U.S. Army camps during World War I; the costs of medical care; and the development of regional or "little" theaters.

Scrapbooks contain the majority of his articles clipped from the journals and newspapers in which they appeared. Other papers include lectures and speeches; copies of works by other writers; financial papers consisting chiefly of royalty statements from publishers recording the sales of Moses's books; transcripts of Moses's weekly radio programs broadcast from 1930 to 1934 on the National Broadcasting Company network and on a local New York station; photographs of prominent actors and authors and of scenes from various plays; pictures of camp life in the U.S. Army during World War I; theater programs; scrapbooks of clippings from playbills of the last quarter of the 19th century; scrapbook with clippings concerning Sarah Bernhardt; scrapbook of items relating to Thomas Jonathan Jackson, compiled by Jackson's wife; and Moses's copy of The Tales of Mother Goose (Boston: 1903) with marginalia and annotations written by Moses.

Correspondents include Winthrop Ames, Margaret Anglin, David Belasco, Henry Adams Bellows, May Friend Bennett, William Frederick Bigelow, Abbie Farwell Brown, Richard Eugene Burton, Royal Jenkins Davis, William Crowell Edgar, John Erskine, William Clyde Fitch, Daniel Frohman, Hamlin Garland, Norman Bel Geddes, Harley Granville Granville-Barker, Hilary Abner Herbert, Hamilton Holt, Roland Holt, Henry Arthur Jones, Charles Rann Kennedy, Frederick Koch, Percy MacKaye, James Brander Matthews, Edith Wynne Matthison, Langdon Elwyn Mitchell, Arthur Huntington Nason, Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, Charles Fulton Oursler, William Lyon Phelps, Elmer Rice, Charles William Taussig, Augustus Thomas, Carl Van Doren, Eugene Walter, Kate Douglas (Smith) Wiggin, Percival Wilde, and Stark Young.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1890 - 1911
Box 1
Correspondence, 1912 - 1913
Box 2
Correspondence, 1914 - 1915 May
Box 3
Correspondence, 1915 June - 1916 Jan.
Box 4
Correspondence, 1916 Feb. - Aug. 16
Box 5
Correspondence, 1916 Aug. 17 - 1917 March 12
Box 6
Correspondence, 1917 March 13 - Sept. 19
Box 7
Correspondence, 1917 Sept. 20 - 1918 Feb.
Box 8
Correspondence, 1918 March - Dec.
Box 9
Correspondence, 1919
Box 10
Correspondence, 1920-1921 March
Box 11
Correspondence, 1921 Apr. - 1922 June
Box 12
Correspondence, 1922 July - 1923 April
Box 13
Correspondence, 1923 May - 1924 April
Box 14
Correspondence, 1924 May - 1925 Feb.
Box 15
Correspondence, 1925 March - Sept 14
Box 16
Correspondence, 1925 Sept 15 - 1926 Feb.
Box 17
Correspondence, 1926 March - Sept. 17
Box 18
Correspondence, 1926 Sept. 18 - 1927 Aug.
Box 19
Correspondence, 1927 Sept. - 1928 Oct.
Box 20
Correspondence, 1928 Nov. - 1929 July
Box 21
Correspondence, 1929 Aug. - 1930 Aug.
Box 22
Correspondence, 1930 Sept. - 1931 April
Box 23
Correspondence, 1931 May - Dec.
Box 24
Correspondence, 1932 Jan.- May
Box 25
Correspondence, 1932 June - 1933 Feb.
Box 26
Correspondence, 1933 March - Dec.
Box 27
Correspondence, 1934-1960, undated.
Box 28
American Drama
Box 28
American Drama from 1860-1918
Box 28
The American Dramatist
Box 28
American Drama - Pictorial History (Chapts 1-13)
Box 29
American Drama - Pictorial History (Chapts 14-17 and Typed Copy)
Box 30
American Drama - Pictorial History (Carbon Copy)
Box 31
American Drama - Pictorial History (Miscellaneous Drafts and Notes)
Box 32
American Drama - Pictorial History (Miscellaneous Notes)
Box 33
American Drama - Representative Plays (Drafts)
Box 34
American Drama - Representative Plays (Notes)
Box 35
American Drama - Representative Plays (Notes)
Box 36
American Drama - Miscellany, 1901-1915
Box 37
American Drama - Miscellany, 1916-1928
Box 38
American Drama - Miscellany, 1929-1934 and undated.
Box 39
American Drama - Miscellany, undated and miscellaneous notes
Box 40
American Drama - Notebooks 1-5
Box 41
American Drama - Notebooks 6-9
Box 42
American Drama - Notebooks 10-14
Box 43
American Drama - Notebooks 15-20
Box 44
American Drama - Notebooks 21-23
Box 45
American Drama - Notebooks 24-37
Box 46
Anglin
Box 47
Barrie
Box 47
Barrymore
Box 47
Belasco
Box 48
Bernhardt
Box 49
"Blue Monday"
Box 49
"Books for the Guest Room."
Box 50
British Drama- Miscellany, 1904-1933 and undated.
Box 50
British Drama - Miscellaneous Notes
Box 51
British Drama - Notebooks 1-31
Box 51
British Drama - Notebooks 32-39
Box 52
Burke
Box 53
Children's Literature
Box 53
Children's Literature: Ring Up the Curtain
Box 54
Children's Literature: Random Essays
Box 54
Children's Literature: Miscellany, 1899-1908
Box 54
Children's Literature: Miscellany, 1903-1926
Box 55
Children's Literature: Miscellaneous Notes
Box 55
Children's Literature: Notebook 1
Box 55
Children's Literature: Notebooks 2-40
Box 56
Children's Literature: Notebooks 41-68
Box 57
Children's Literature: Notebooks 69-81
Box 58
Children's Literature: Notebooks 82-95
Box 59
Children's Literature: Notebooks 96-97
Box 60
Children's Literature: Notebooks 98-100
Box 61
Collier's Encyclopedia
Box 62
Conried
Box 62
Continental Drama
Box 62
Continental Drama
Box 63
Cooper-Misc Notes; Notebooks 1-17
Box 63
Cooper, Notebooks 18-21
Box 64
Cowl
Box 65
Dictionary of American Biography
Box 65
Doctor, How Much?
Box 66
Dramas of Modernism
Box 67
Drinkwater
Box 67
Education
Box 67
Fitch - Correspondence: Copies of letters for Clyde Fitch and his Letters
Box 68
Fitch - Clyde Fitch and his Letters (Typed Draft, Notes)
Box 69
Fitch - Clyde Fitch and his Letters (Notes, Proofs)
Box 70
Fitch - Miscellany
Box 71
Forrest
Box 72
Forrest
Box 73
Francesca da Rimini
Box 73
"Frontiers of American Drama"
Box 74
Granville-Barker
Box 74
"History as Told in Pictures"
Box 74
"History as Told in Pictures"
Box 75
Holt
Box 76
Ibsen
Box 76
Interviews
Box 76
Kennedy
Box 76
Little Theaters
Box 77
Little Theaters
Box 78
Lodge
Box 78
Marlowe
Box 78
Masefield
Box 78
Maeterlinck
Box 79
The Mishap of an Automobilist
Box 79
"New Timber"
Box 79
Obergammerau
Box 79
O'Neill
Box 80
"Panorama of Baseball"
Box 80
"Panorama of Baseball"
Box 81
Religious Drama
Box 81
Plunkett
Box 81
Reports
Box 81
Rothafel
Box 81
Shaw
Box 81
Stage History
Box 82
Stage Scenery
Box 82
Stoddard
Box 82
Tagore
Box 82
Washington
Box 83
World War I, 1915-1919
Box 83
World War I, undated.
Box 84
Yancey
Box 84
Miscellany, 1892-1911
Box 84
Miscellany, 1912 - 1920 Nov.
Box 85
Miscellany, 1920 Dec. - 1933
Box 86
Miscellany, undated.
Box 87
Miscellany, undated.
Box 88
Miscellaneous Notes
Box 88
Volumes 1-3
Box 88
Volumes 4-24
Box 89
Volumes 25-31
Box 90
Volumes 32-33
Box 91
Writings by Others: A-L
Box 92
Writings by Others: M-Z
Box 93
Speeches and Lectures, 1914-1933
Box 94
Speeches and Lectures, undated.
Box 95
Speeches and Lectures, undated.
Box 96
Radio Broadcasts: 1930
Box 96
Radio Broadcasts: 1931 Jan.-July
Box 97
Radio Broadcasts: 1931 Aug.-1932 Jan.
Box 98
Radio Broadcasts: 1932 Feb.-March
Box 99
Radio Broadcasts: 1932 April-1934 and undated.
Box 100
Financial Papers: 1903-1927
Box 101
Financial Papers: 1928-1934 and undated.
Box 102
Drama League
Box 103
Author's Club, 1923-1931
Box 103
Author's Club, 1932-1934 and undated.
Box 104
Clippings, 1863-1921
Box 104
Clippings, 1920-1931
Box 105
Clippings, 1932-1934 and undated.
Box 106
Clippings, undated.
Box 107
Book Review
Box 107
Printed Material, 1914-1932
Box 108
Printed Material, 1933-1944
Box 109
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1837-1905
Box 110
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1905-1909
Box 111
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1909, Nov.- 1910, Oct.
Box 112
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1910, Nov.- 1911
Box 113
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1911-1914
Box 114
Printed Material: Theater Programs,1914-1916
Box 115
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1916-1918
Box 116
Printed Material: Theater Programs, 1919-1944
Box 117
Printed Material: Theater Programs, undated.
Box 118

Volumes Series

(5 boxes, 4 bound volumes)

Includes scrapbooks, diaries, and other volumes.

Volumes: Desk Diary
Box 118
Volumes: Scrapbooks 1-4
Box 119
Volumes: Scrapbooks 5-8
Box 120
Volumes: Scrapbooks 9-10
Box 121
Volumes: Scrapbook, 1916-1919
Box 147
Volumes: Diary
Box 147
Volume: Obergammerau and its Passion Play
Box 127
Volumes: (Annotated and interleaved with notes by Moses)

Includes George H. Nettleton, English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century; Percival Wilde, The Craftsmanship of the One Act Play; and Charles Lamb's Essays.

Box 130
Volume
Volume L:788
Volume
Volume L:795
Volume
Volume L:796
Volume
Volume L:797
Photographs: A-D
Box 122
Photographs: E-G
Box 123
Photographs: H-M
Box 124
Photographs: N-V; World War I
Box 125
Photographs: W-Z; Miscellaneous
Box 126
Glass plate negatives
Box 130
Pictures: A-F
Box 144
Pictures: G-Z
Box 145
Pictures: Miscellaneous, Scrapbook re Jackson
Box 146
Diaries - Photocopies
Box 128
Notecards: Miscellaneous Bibliography, A-E
Box 131
Notecards: Miscellaneous Bibliography: F-Mat
Box 132
Notecards: Miscellaneous Bibliography: Mau-Shad
Box 133
Notecards: Miscellaneous Bibliography: Shak-Z
Box 134
Notecards: No 2 American Dream
Box 135
Notecards: No 2 American Dream, cont.
Box 136
Unlabeled
Box 136
Notecards: Notes and Bibliography
Box 137
Unlabeled
Box 137
Notecards: Miscellaneous Bibliography
Box 138
Miscellaneous Lectures
Box 138
Unlabeled
Box 138
Notecards: Literature of the South
Box 139
Notecards: Literature of the South, cont.
Box 140
Notecards: Literature of the South, cont.
Box 141
Notecards: Maeterlinck
Box 142
Notecards: Unlabeled
Box 142
Notecards: Unlabeled
Box 143

Historical Note

Drama critic, journalist, and author of works on American and European drama and on children's literature.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Montrose Jonas Moses Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Montrose Jonas Moses Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1972.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Abraham Lee, January 2010

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

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