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Guide to the William Peirce Randel Papers, 1852-1986

Abstract

Historian and professor of English, University of Maine.

Correspondence, addresses, proofs, drafts and reprints of articles, reviews, and photographs, all concerning William Peirce Randel's work on Edward Eggleston, a Methodist circuit rider who turned agnostic. Includes a bibliography of Randel's writings, and 23 photographs of Eggleston, his home, and various locations where he was active.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Randel, William Peirce, 1909-
Title
William Peirce Randel papers 1852-1986
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, Approximately 735 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Correspondence, addresses, proofs, drafts and reprints of articles, reviews, and photographs, all concerning William Peirce Randel's work on Edward Eggleston, a Methodist circuit rider who turned agnostic and then became president of the American Historical Association. The papers in this collection relate to Randel's research and writings on Eggleston and include correspondence with Eggleston family members, research libraries, Twayne Publishers, King's Cross Publishers, his adviser Ralph L. Rusk, and with others who were doing or had done research on Eggleston. Included are Randel's 1945 dissertation, drafts of his 1963 Edward Eggleston: Hoosier Realist, two volumes of Scribner's Monthly Magazine for 1878, which contain the serialized story "Roxy" by Eggleston; an inventory of the Eggleston collection at Cornell University; and 23 photographs of Eggleston, his home, and locations where he was active.

Acquired as part of the Jay B. Hubbell Center for American Literary Historiography at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

Contains correspondence with Eggleston family members, research libraries, Twayne Publishers, King's Cross Publishers, Randel's adviser Ralph L. Rusk, and with others who were doing or had done research on Eggleston. Also included are copies of Eggleston's correspondence from the 1800s, an inventory of the Eggleston collection at Cornell University, and correspondence concerning the Bibliography of American Literature.

General Correspondence, 1938-1939
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1940
Box 1
Geberal Correspondence, 1941-1942
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1943-1947
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1960-1982
Box 1
General Correspondence, selected, 1936-1944
Box 1
Bibliography of American Literature, 1957-1959
Box 3
Copies of Eggleston correspondence, 1852-1900
Box 1
Copyright, 1943, 1970
Box 1
Cornell University, 1943
Box 1
Correspondence about photographs, 1969-1972
Box 1
King's Cross Press, 1945-1948
Box 3
Twayne Publishers, 1961-1963, 1981
Box 1

Among Randel's writings in this collection are drafts and proofs or articles and books on Eggleston, a copy of his dissertation on Eggleston completed at Columbia University in 1945, bibliographic and other notes, and an index to the most important Eggleston correspondents.

Article Drafts, 1959, 1967
Box 1
Dissertation: Edward Eggleston, 1945
Box 2
Drafts: Edward Eggleston: Hoosier Realist, 1963 (2 folders)
Box 1
Drafts: The Circuit Rider, introduction by William Peirce Randel, 1966
Box 2
Other Writings, undated
Box 2
Projected Writings for the Minnesota Historical Society and the University of Minnesota Press (2 folders)
Box 2
Proofs: Edward Eggleston, #45 in Twayne's United States Authors Series, 1963
Box 2
Reprints, 1945, 1953
Box 2

This series contains proofs of The Circuit Rider, edited by Randel; reviews of Randel's book Edward Eggleston; a copy of Ronald Cansler's Ph.D. thesis entitled "Edward Eggleston's 'An Agnostic': a Novel of the Soul" ; reprints by others; and two volumes of Scribner's Monthly Magazine for 1878, which contain the serialized story "Roxy" by Eggleston, which Randel edited for republication.

Edward Eggleston, Roxy,Schribner's Monthly (November 1877-February 1878)
Box 2
Edward Eggleston's An Agnostic; A Novel of the Soul, Dissertation by Ronald L. Cansler, 1986 (2 folders)
Box 3
Proofs: The Circuit Rider, by Edward Eggleston, edited and with introduction by William Peirce Randel, 1966
Box 3
Reprints by Others, 1937, 1945, 1967
Box 3
Reviews, 1946-1947
Box 3
Writings about Eggleston by others (with some correspondence about them), 1964-1984
Box 3
Writings by unidentified others, 1870-1871
Box 3

Contains 23 photographs of Eggleston, his home and other sites in Indiana, Minnesota, and Virginia, his coat of arms, his estate in Lake George, New York, and his grave.

Photographs
Box 3

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Peirce Randel Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The William Peirce Randel Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1986 and 1988.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Robert Carlson and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2009

Addition encoded by Matthew Warren, March 2012

Accessions from 1986 and accession 1988-0016 are described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.