Guide to the E. B. White Collection,
1899-1985

Collection Number: 4619

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

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Date modified:
Marcie Farwell, July 2015

© 2002 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
Medals and Awards
Clippings
Series V. Harper and Row Files
Boxes 241-243
Series VI. 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

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