E. B. White Collection,1899-1985

Collection Number: 4619

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
E. B. White collection, 1899-1985.
Collection Number:
4619
Creator:
E. B. (Elwyn Brooks) White, 1899-
Quantity:
96.9 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Manuscripts, letters, documents, clippings, photographs, filmstrips, film reels, notecards, cassette tapes, bound photocopies, medals, and awards.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Manuscripts, letters, documents, clippings, photographs, filmstrips, film reels, notecards, cassette tapes, bound photocopies, medals and awards by, to, or about E.B. White, spanning the entire range of his activities throughout his life.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

American essayist and author.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Manuscripts, letters, documents, clippings, photographs, filmstrips, film reels, notecards, cassette tapes, bound photocopies, medals and awards by, to, or about E.B. White, spanning the entire range of his activities throughout his life. Letters consist of ca. 3,000 letters by White and 25,000 letters to him from others; manuscripts include drafts, notes, and some galley proofs for his books Charlotte's Web, The Elements of Style, the Essays of E.B. White, the Letters of E.B. White, One Man's Meat, The Points of My Compass, Poems and Sketches, and Stuart Little, as well as drafts of his "Notes and comment" and "Talk of the Town" columns for the New Yorker magazine from 1934-1953. Printed items include White's contributions to the New Yorker and other magazines, his editorials for his high school newspaper, and ca. 350 articles about him, including interviews and reviews. Photographs include a large portrait photo of White, ca. 1950, and a family group photo taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Samuel T. White and Jesse White in 1929, with E.B. and Katherine Sergeant White included in the group. Films include Maine Lobsterman, narrated by White and produced for the television show Omnibus in 1954, and The Family That Dwelt Apart, written and also narrated by White. Also included in the collection are objects such as E.B. White's typewriter, desk, and table.
Correspondents include: Katharine Sergeant White (his wife), James Thurber, Frank Sullivan, Harold Ross, William Shawn, Gus Lobrano, S.J. Perelman, Nathaniel Benchley, Howard Cushman, Alice Burchfield Sumner, Scott Elledge, and publishers such as Harper & Row, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and Macmillan.
SUBJECTS

Names:
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-
Benchley, Nathaniel, 1915-
Cushman, Howard.
Elledge, Scott.
Lobrano, Gustav Stubbs.
Perelman, S. J. (Sidney Joseph), 1904-
Ross, Harold Wallace, 1892-1951.
Shawn, William.
Sullivan, Frank, 1892-
Sumner, Alice Burchfield.
Thurber, James, 1894-1961.
White, Katharine Sergeant Angell.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Inc.
Harper & Row, Publishers.
Macmillan & Co.

Titles:
New Yorker.

Subjects:
American literature--20th century.
Journalism--United States.
American literature--History and criticism.
American fiction--20th century--Sources.
American wit and humor.
Authors, American.
Humorists, American.

Form and Genre Terms:
Photographs.
Portraits.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on use:
By appointment only. Researchers may view one folder at a time.
Cite As:
E. B. White collection, #4619. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

RELATED MATERIALS

Book collection also held at the repository, including virtually all editions of White's books. Related manuscript and book collections also held at the repository concerning New Yorker writers A.J. Liebling, Frank Sullivan, and James Thurber.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENT

Organized into the following major series: Manuscripts by White; miscellaneous printed material; letters received by White; letters written by him; fan letters received by him; and other materials.
Manuscripts arranged alphabetically by book title; letters received by White, alphabetically by correspondent; letters written by White, in chronological order; fan letters received, alphabetically by subject.
SERIES LIST

Series I. Manuscripts
Box 1-58; 263
Series II. Correspondence
Boxes 59-219; 260-261; 266
Outgoing Correspondence
Incoming Correspondence
Miscellaneous and Solicitations
Readers Mail from Harper's
Incoming Correspondence from Readers
Series III. Photographs, Printed Material, and Whiteiana
Boxes 220A-230; 260; 266
Photographs
Printed Material
Whiteiana
Series IV. Medals, Awards and Clippings
Boxes 231-240; 258; 260; Mapcase Folder 3 and 4
Medals and Awards
Clippings
Series V. Harper and Row Files
Boxes 241-243
Series VI. Macmillan Publishing Company files related to Elements of Style
Box 267
Series VII. Books on E.B. White by Others
Boxes 244-257; 259; Mapcase Folder 2
Scott Elledge, E.B. White: A Biography
Katherine Romans Hall, E.B. White: A Bibliographic Catalogue
Series VII. Miscellaneous (mainly oversize)
Boxes 260 and 262; Museum Items
Series VIII. Adaptations, Films, and Recordings
Boxes 260; 264-266; Mapcase Folder 1
Adaptations and Recordings of Charlotte's Web
Adaptations and Recordings of Stuart Little
Films and Recordings (not based on books)

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1
A-Cg
Box 2-3
Charlotte's Web
Box 4
Che-K
Box 5
Elements of Style 1 1st and 2nd edition
Box 6
Elements of Style 2 2nd edition
Box 263
Essays of E. B. White galley proofs
Letters of E.B. White
Box 7
1
Box 8
2
Box 9
3
Box 10
L-Le
Letters typescript
Box 11
I-VI
Box 12
VII-X
Box 13
XI-
Letters Letters omitted
Box 14
I-X
Box 15
XI-XX
Box 16
XXI-XXIX
Box 17
XXX-XXXIX
Box 18
XL-XLIX
Box 19
L-LIX
Letters footnotes
Box 20
I-VIII
Box 21
IX-XVI
Box 22
XVII-XXIII
Box 23
XXIX-XXXI
Box 24
XXXII-XXXVII
Box 25
XXXVIII-XLIX
Letters queries
Box 26
I-V
Box 27
VI-X
Letters gallery
Box 28
A
Box 29
B (1)
Box 30
B (2)
Box 31
C
Box 32
D
Box 33
E
Box 34
E + F
Box 35
F + G
Box 36
F + Misc.
Box 37
Page proofs
Box 38
Lf-Note
"Notes and Comments"
Box 39
July 7, 1934-June 29, 1935
Box 40
July 6, 1935-June 27, 1936
Box 41
July 4, 1936-Nov. 4, 1939
Box 42
Feb. 3, 1940-Dec. 30, 1944
Box 43
1945-1947
Box 44
1948-1950
Box 45
Jan. 6, 1951-June 20, 1953
Box 46
July 18, 1953-
Box 47
O-One Man's Meat
Box 48
One Man's Meat-Onward and Upward in
Box 49
"Onward and Upward with the Arts"-Poem
Poems and Sketches
Box 50
1
Box 51
2
Box 52
3
Box 53
4
Box 54
Poems-Points
Box 55
Points of My Compass - final draft and postscript
Box 56
Poj-Stt
Box 57
Stu-Th
Box 58
Ti-Z
Box 59
n.d.-1910
Box 60
1911-1935
Box 61
1936-1941
Box 62
1942-1947
Box 63
1948
Box 64
1949-Feb. 1950
Box 65
Mar. 1950-1951
Box 66
1952-Apr. 1953
Box 67
May 1953-1954
Box 68
1955-1958
Box 69
1959-1963
Box 70
1964-1969
Box 71
1970-1973
Box 72
1974-Apr. 1976
Box 73
May 1976-Mar. 1977
Box 74
Apr. 1977-Oct. 1977
Box 75
Nov. 1977-Apr. 1978
Box 76
May 1978-Dec. 1978
Box 77
1979
Box 78
1980
Box 79
1981
Box 80
1982
Box 81
1983-1984
Box 82
E.B.W. to S. Elledge
Box 83
New Yorker Book A-I
Box 84
New Yorker Book J-Rosr
Box 85
New Yorker Book Ross, Harold Wallace
Box 86
New Yorker Book Rost-Z
Box 261
Albert, Mildred, and William White
1943-1981
Box 260 Folder 2-3
Copies of Correspondence
c. 1934-1970
Note on envelopes read "Some included in the book, some not"
Box 87
A-Alk
Box 88
All-Allen, Q
Box 89
Allen, R-Anf
Box 90
Ang-Angell, Q
Box 91
Angell, Roger-Atk
Box 92
Atl-Bd
Box 93
Be-Bez
Box 94
Bf-Bl
Box 95
Bm-Brc
Box 96
Brd-Brittingham, L
Box 97
Brittingham, M-Brown, Q
Box 98
Brown, R-Bz
Box 99
C-Cd
Box 100
Ce-Cld
Box 101
Cle-Con
Box 102
Coo-Corn
Box 103
Cornell Dept. of Rare Books A-H
Box 104
Cornell Dept. of Rare Books I-Z
Box 105
Coro-Ct
Box 106
Cu-Cushman, H (1959)
Box 107
Cushman, H (1960)-Cz
Box 108
Da
Box 109
Db-Dh
Box 110
Di-Dz
Box 111
E-Em
Box 112
En-Ez
Box 113
F-Fh
Box 114
Fi-Fl
Box 115
Fm-Fz
Box 116
G-Gn
Box 117
Go-Grd
Box 118
Gre-Gs
Box 119
Gt-Gus
Box 120
Gut-Gz
Box 121
H-Haro
Box 122
Harper-Harper, firm (1947)
Box 123
Harper, firm 1947-1959
Box 124
Harper, firm 1960-
Box 125
Harper's-Hd
Box 126
He
Box 127
Hf-Hn
Box 128
Hoa-Hot
Box 129
Hou-Hz
Box 130
I-Illian, K
Box 131
Illian, L-Iz
Box 132
J
Box 133
Ka-Ke
Box 134
Kf-Kz
Box 135
L-Lea
Box 136
Leb-Loa
Box 137
Lob-Loq
Box 138
Lor-Lz
Box 139
M-Macl
Box 140
Macm
Box 141
Macn-Marb
Box 142
Marc-Md
Box 143
Me-Moo
Box 144
Mop-Mz
Box 145
N-New Yorker (1947)
Box 146
New Yorker 1948-1981
Box 147
New Yorker (various)
Box 148
New Yorker A-O
Box 149
Pa-Pd
Box 150
Pe
Box 151
Pf-Pp
Box 152
Po-Q
Box 153
R-Rh
Box 154
Ri-Rn
Box 155
Ro-Rosr
Box 156
Ross-Rz
Box 157
S-Sd
Box 158
Se-Sh
Box 159
Si-Smith, Edm
Box 160
Smith, Edn-Staa
Box 161
Stab
Box 162
Stac-Ste
Box 163
Stix and Gude
Box 164
Stf-Stt
Box 165
Stu-Sz
Box 166
Sumner, Alice Birchfield (outgoing)
Box 167
T-Tg
Box 168
Temple, Martha White
Box 169
Tha-Thurber, H
Box 170
Thurber, J-Thz
Box 171
Ti-Tz
Box 172
U-V
Box 173
W-Wa
Box 174
Wb-Whh
Box 175
White, Allene
Box 176
Whi-White, E.
Box 177
White, F-White, Jessie
Box 178
Joel White manuscripts and correspondence 1936-1950
Box 179
Joel White manuscripts and correspondence 1950-
White, Katharine Sergeant
Box 180
undated-1933 (outgoing)
Box 181
1934-1949 (outgoing)
Box 182
1950-1977 (outgoing)
Box 183
A-Scott Elledge
Box 184
L-Ss
Box 185
White, Stanley Hart
Box 186
Stb-Wie
Box 187
Wif-Will
Box 188
Williamson-Wim
Box 189
Wiri-Wri
Box 190
Wrj-Z
Box 191
undated-1977
Box 192
1977-1978
Box 193
1979-1984
Box 194
1
Box 195
2
Box 196
3
Box 197
4
Box 198
A-C
Box 199-201
Charlotte's Web
Box 202
Charlotte's Web-Elements
Box 203
Elements-General
Box 204-209
General
Box 210
General-K
Box 211-212
Letters of E.B. White
Box 213
Le-One
Box 214
Onf-Stt
Box 215
Stuart Little
Box 216
Stuart Little-Sympathy
Box 217
Sympathy-Z
Box 218
1983-1984
Box 219
1984-1985
Box 220A
EBW alone or with others
Box 220B
Others
Box 221
S.T. White's stereoptican collection
Box 260 Folder 1
Photographs of Cass Caufield and Bill Maxwell from the National Book Committee
1972
Box 260 Folder 4
Photograph of Honorary Award recipients at Harvard (includes E.B. White)
Undated
Box 266 Folder 1
Photograph of E.B. White and the White Family
Box 222
1910-1929
Box 223
1930-1939
Box 224
1940-1949
Box 226
1960-1969
Box 227
1970-1975
Box 228
1976-
Box 229
Box 230
Box 231
I
Box 232
II
Box 260 Folder 8
The Newspaper Guild of New York Page One Literature Award for "The Second Tree from the Corner"
1954
Mapcase Folder 3
Honorary Degrees
Box 233
Box 234
1977-1978
Box 235
(sorted)
Box 236
Box II
Box 237
Miscellaneous
Box 238
About E.B. White 1
Box 239
About E.B. White 2
Box 240
Miscellaneous
Box 258
Printed scrapbook
Loose photocopies of clippings and articles
Mapcase Folder 4
NY Times clipping listing Pulitzer Prize winners, including E.B. White
1978-04-18
Box 241
Trade I (Property of Harper & Row)
Box 242
Trade II (Property of Harper & Row)
Box 243
Various (Property of Harper & Row)
This series contains files originally held by MacMillan Publishing company and includes correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, reviews, and clippings related to the publications of the first three editions of The Elements of Style.
Box 267 Folder 1
Correspondence 1976-1977
1976-1977
Box 267 Folder 2
Correspondence 1978
1978
Box 267 Folder 3
Correspondence 1979
1979
Box 267 Folder 4
Correspondence 1980-1981
1980-1981
Box 267 Folder 5
Correspondence 1982-1983
1982-1983
Box 267 Folder 6
Correspondence 1984
1984
Box 267 Folder 7
Correspondence 1985-1987
1985-1987
Box 276 Folder 8
Elements of Style3rd edition - revision
1978
Box 276 Folder 9
Elements of Style3rd edition - revision
1978
D.A.E. suggestions
Box 276 Folder 10-11
Elements of Style3rd edition - revision
1978
Box 276 Folder 12
Elements of Style3rd edition - tearsheets
1978
Box 276 Folder 13
Elements of Style2nd edition - revised preface
1972
Box 267 Folder 14
Correspondence related to 2nd edition
1968-1975
Box 276 Folder 15-17
Elements of Style 1st edition
1957-1959
Box 276 Folder 18
Elements of Style 1st edition - notes and feedback
1957-1959
Box 276 Folder 19
Elements of Style 1st edition - discarded material
1957-1959
Box 276 Folder 20
Elements of Style 1st edition - uncorrected proof
1959
Box 267 Folder 21
Correspondence related to 1st edition
1958-1979
Also includes correspondence related to later editions.
Box 267 Folder 22
News clippings
1959
Box 267 Folder 23
News clippings and reviews
1959-1978
Box 267 Folder 24
News clippings, correspondence, and reviews
1960-1978
Box 267 Folder 25-26
2nd edition reviews
1972-1979
Box 267 Folder 27
2nd edition marketing
1967-1974
Box 267 Folder 28
3rd edition press materials
1975-1993
Box 267 Folder 29
3rd edition press releases
1979
Box 267 Folder 30
50th anniversary edition press materials
1957-2009
Box 267 Folder 31
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
Undated
Copy of the original booklet printed in Ithaca, NY.
Box 267 Folder 32
Correspondence with J.G. Cage (of Macmillan Co.)
1959-1962
Letter to his alma mater Williams College and from Katherine White - grammar related.
Galley proofs
Box 244
1
Box 245
2
Box 246
3
Box 247
4
Box 248
First draft and photographs and negatives
Box 249
Second draft, Chapters I-VII
Box 250
Second draft, Chapters VII-X
Box 250
First complete text, Chapters I-IV
Box 251
First complete text, Chapters V-X
Box 252
Second text ( 1980 ), Chapters I-X
Box 253
Second text ( 1980 ), Chapters XI-XV
Box 253
Typescript, Chapters XI-XVIII (annotated)
Box 254
Copy-edited typescript
Box 259
Note Cards
Mapcase Folder 2
Poster for the book
Box 255
Original manuscript
Box 256
Publisher's copy I
Box 257
Publisher's copy II
Box 260 Folder 9
Record Labels
Undated
Loose labels from recordings of James Thurber's The 13 Clocks; Stuart Little; and Charlotte's Web
Box 260 Folder 5-6
Musical scores by S.T. White
c. 1875
"Sweet Dreams of Childhood" and "Debut Waltz"
Box 260 Folder 7
Musical scores by unknown composer
Undated
"We Parted in Sadness"
MU-2124
E.B. White's desk (with pencil sharpener)
MU-2125
E.B. White's typewriter
MU-2126
E.B. White's table
Box 262 MU-2288
Stuart Little roadster
Undated
Box 260 SR-6345-6348
E.B. White reads Charlotte's Web
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10536 and 10546
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapters 1 and 2
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10537-10539
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 3
Undated
3 copies
Box 264 Cassette TR-10540-10541
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 4
Undated
2 copies
Box 264 Cassette TR-10542-10543
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 5
Undated
2 copies
Box 264 Cassette TR-10544-10545
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 6
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10547-10548
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapters 7 and 8
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10549
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 9
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10550
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 10
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10551
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapters 11 and 12
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10552
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 13
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10553
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapters 14 and 15
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10554
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 16
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10555
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 17
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10556
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 18
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10557
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 20
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10558
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 21
Undated
Box 264 Cassette TR-10559
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web - Chapter 22
Undated
Box 264
E.B. White Reads Charlotte's Web: Film Strips - Chapters 1-22
Undated
For use in a classroom
19 canisters - missing Chapter 9
Box 266 Folder 3
Original pencil sketches and cels from the animated film Charlotte's Web
1973
Hannah-Barbera Production
Mapcase Folder 1
Original color sketch from the animated film Charlotte's Web
1973
Hannah-Barbera Production
Box 260 SR-6343-6344
Julie Harris reads Stuart Little
Undated
Part 1 and 2
Box 264 Cassette TR-10560
Stuart Little - Music
Undated
"Growing Up" and "Jolly Thomas"
Box 266 Folder 2
Still photographs from TV adaptation of Stuart Little
1965
Mapcase Folder 1
Storyboards for Stuart Little Chapters 8-15
Undated
Box 260 Cassette TR-10563
Meet the Newberry Author: E.B. White
1985
Tape recording, film strip, and media gram
Does not contain E.B. White's voice
Box 266 Folder 4
Layout of E.B. White filmstrip by Random House
Undated
Box 264 5in Reel TR-10528
"The Right of Privacy"
July, 1977
WLBZ radio interview.
Use TR-10531
Box 264 Cassette TR-10531
"The Right of Privacy"
July, 1977
WLBZ radio interview.
Copy of TR-10528
Box 264 7in Reel TR-10530
"The Xerox Matter"
July, 1976
Radio Station WDEA interview.
Use TR-10533
Box 264 Cassette TR-10533
"The Xerox Matter"
July, 1976
Radio Station WDEA interview.
Copy of TR-10530
Box 264 7in Reel TR-10529
"E.B. White Recalls Cornell Years"
October, 1964
Interview by Susan Frank for the Cornell Daily Sun.
Use CD-2363
Box 264 Cassette TR-10532
"E.B. White Recalls Cornell Years"
October, 1964
Interview by Susan Frank for the Cornell Daily Sun.
Copy of TR-10529, use CD-2363.
Box 264 CD-2363
"E.B. White Recalls Cornell Years"
October, 1964
Interview by Susan Frank for the Cornell Daily Sun.
Copy of TR-10532
Also a copy of the article from the Daily Sun, October 9, 1964, page S2, that includes a transcript.
Box 264 Cassette TR-10534
Mrs. Bushong's 3rd Year Students Discussion of E.B. White s Children's Books
Undated
Seven Hills School, 2401 McConnell Avenue, Owensboro, Kentucky, 42301
Box 264 Cassette TR-10535
Mrs. Flemmings Class
Undated
Box 265 16mm F-1086
The Family that Dwelt Apart
1973
Film with sound.
Box 265 16mm F-1087-1088
Maine Lobsterman
Undated
Film without sound
U-Matic V-715
Maine Lobsterman and The Family that Dwelt Apart
Undated
Box 265 16mm F-1083-1085
Camp Otter: Reels 1-3
Undated
Film without sound
Box 265 16mm F-1089
Little Boys in the Bush
Undated
Fragment of film