Guide to the Frank Sullivan Collection,
1910-1972

Collection Number: 4618

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
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Cornell University
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DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Frank Sullivan collection, 1910-1972.
Collection Number:
4618
Creator:
Frank Sullivan, 1892-1976.
Quantity:
4 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, newspapers, programs, and essays.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Correspondence and other papers of Frank Sullivan, an American journalist, humorist and author who was long associated with the New Yorker magazine.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American journalist, humorist and author, long associated with the New Yorker magazine, whose Christmas poem he composed each year for 50 years. Also a member of the Algonquin Round Table literary gathering in the 1920's.
Cornell University Class of 1914.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Consists mainly of correspondence, including letters by Sullivan (chiefly from 1925-1945), mostly personal, but some concerning publication of his books and articles for the New York World, the New Yorker, and the Saturday Evening Post. Includes correspondence with J.M. Dent & Sons about Sullivan's book Sullivan at Bay (London, 1939); with George Oppenheimer at Viking Press about Frank Sullivan Through the Looking-Glass, which Oppenheimer edited; and with other journalists and editors, especially New Yorker staff. Also included are issues of the Cornell Daily Sun and program for Cornell events from 1910-1914; programs for plays performed at the Lyceum Theater, Ithaca, N.Y., from 1912-1913; and essays Sullivan wrote for an English course at Cornell in 1912, with his professor's comments.
Correspondents include William Jacob Cuppy, Margaret Feldman, Corey Ford, Ann Honeycutt, J.M. Dent & Sons, Kenneth Kirkpatrick, Adele Lovett, George Oppenheimer, Harold Ross, Alison Smith, E.B. White, Katharine Sergeant White, Alexander Woollcott; Little, Brown & Co., Gus Lobrano, James Thurber, and P.G. Wodehouse. Also included are 3 letters to Sullivan from James Cagney and 2 letters to him from Eleanor Roosevelt.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Sullivan, Frank, 1892-1976.
Cagney, James, 1899-1986.
Cuppy, Will, 1884-1949.
Feldman, Margaret.
Ford, Corey, 1902-1969.
Honeycutt, Ann.
Kirkpatrick, Kenneth.
Lobrano, Gustav Stubbs.
Lovett, Adele.
Oppenheimer, George.
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892-1951.
Smith, Alison.
Sullivan, Frank, 1892-1976.
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-
White, Katharine Sergeant Angell.
Wodehouse, P. G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975.
Woollcott, Alexander, 1887-1943.
Cornell University--History.
Cornell University--Students.
J.M. Dent and Sons.
Little, Brown and Company.
Lyceum Theater (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Viking Press.

Titles:
New Yorker (New York, N.Y. : 1925)
Cornell Daily Sun.

Subjects:
American periodicals.
American literature--20th century.
American wit and humor.
Theater--United States--History--20th century.
Theater--New York (State)--Ithaca.
English literature--Study and teaching.
Authors, American.
Journalists
Humorists, American.

Places:
Ithaca (N.Y.)--History.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Frank Sullivan collection, #4618. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Related collections of the papers of New Yorker staff are held in the repository, including papers of A.J. Liebling, E.B. White, and James Thurber.

COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Letters to Sullivan arranged alphabetically by correspondent; letters by Sullivan in chronological order.

CONTAINER LIST

Description
Container
Manuscripts and documents
Box 1
Outgoing correspondence
Undated
Box 2
1913-1932
Box 3
1933-1938
Box 4
1938-1947
Box 5
1948-1965
Box 6
1965-
Box 7
Incoming correspondence
A-I
Box 8
J-Ln
Box 9
Lo-Rose
Box 10
Ross-St
Box 11
Su-Z
Box 12
Clippings and Sullivaniana
Box 13