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Guide to the Herbert Silvette Papers, circa 1936-1988

Abstract

Author, and physiologist and pharmacologist at the University of Virginia Medical School.

Collection comprises material relating to and examples of Herbert Silvette's writings, which include short stories, novels, and his work on the English translator Philemon Holland (1552-1637). There is also a large body of correspondence from Archibald MacLeish, which Silvette compiled in The Stiletto Letters. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Silvette, Herbert, 1906-
Title
Herbert Silvette papers, circa 1936-1988
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet, Approx. 900 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises material relating to and examples of Herbert Silvette's writings, which include short stories, novels, and his work on the English translator Philemon Holland (1552-1637). There is also a large body of correspondence from Archibald MacLeish, which Silvette compiled in "The Stiletto Letters."

Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Contains correspondence between Silvette and Archibald MacLeish, who addressed Silvette as "Stiletto" in his letters. MacLeish (1892-1982) was an American poet, playwright, teacher and public official, and served as Librarian of Congress from 1939 to 1944 and as Assistant Secretary of State from 1944 to 1945. Silvette compiled these letters in a volume entitled "The Stiletto Letters."

Correspondence from MacLeish, 1950-1973
(2 folders)
Box 1
The Stiletto Letters: Correspondence from Daniel Thomas Rolfe, 1950-1964
Box 1
The Stiletto Letters: loose leaf typescript
(3 folders)
Box 1
The Stiletto Letters: related material
Box 1
Volume: The Stiletto Letters, typescript, 1950-1976
Box 6

Contains research materials and writings relating to Silvette's unpublished study of Philemon Holland. Holland (1552-1637) was an English translator best know for his translation of Pliny the Elder's Natural History.

Bibliographical notes on a speech by Holland, undated
Box 2
Holland biography: correspondence, notes, reprints, photos, drafts, undated
Box 2
Holland related material: correspondence, notes, and miscellaneous printed material, undated
Box 2
Holland related material: notes on 5x8 index cards, undated
Box 2
Holland related material: photostats and mounted prints, undated
Box 2
Holland related material: prints and negatives, undated
Box 2
Interpres: the Life and Times of Philemon Holland of Coventry, Doctor of Physicke, undated
(2 folders)
Box 2-3
Quotations used for Holland biography, undated
(2 folders)
Box 3
Interpres: the Life and Times of Philemon Holland of Coventry, Doctor of Physicke, typescript, undated
Box 6
Notebooks, circa 1936-1954 and undated
(5 volumes)
Box 5
A Short-title List of the Writings of Philemon Holland of Coventry, Doctor of Physicke, 1939

Privately printed for Silvette at the University of Virginia Press by John S. Peters. Contains extensive manuscript notes throughout.

Box 5

Contains several short stories and novels written by Silvette as well as his semi-autobiographical novel "A Chapter of Chances." Most of the short stories deal with medical or scientific themes. Silvette also wrote under the pseudonym Dogbolt Barnaby.

An Affair of Honor, undated
Box 2
A Chapter of Chances, undated
(6 folders)
Box 3-4
Luduvico, undated
Box 4
Lydwardine, undated
Box 4
Professor Bubble's Experiment, undated
(2 copies)
Box 4
The Coachman is Dead, typescript, 1960-1985
Box 7
Day of Judgment, typescript, undated
Box 7

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Herbert Silvette Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff.

Encoded by Willeke Sandler, April 2012.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.