Guide to the Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers, 1885-1974

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Guide to the Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers, 1885-1974

Collection number: M0242

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
1974 Feb.
© 1999 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1885-1974
Collection number: Special Collections M0242
Creator: De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955
Extent: 6 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Provenance

Gift of Wallace Stegner, 1973.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers, M0242, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical Note

Bernard Augustine DeVoto, born in Ogden, Utah in 1897, received his early education in Utah and graduated from Harvard in 1920. He taught English and creative writing at Northwestern and Harvard Universities. DeVoto was a novelist, historian, critic, editor, and a vigorous exponent of government conservation of natural resources. He died in 1955.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes: 1)correspondence to and from Bernard DeVoto and to and from Avis DeVoto and other miscellaneous correspondents including Wallace Stegner and Carl Brandt, 2) financial papers such as cash account books, tax returns, receipts, 3) legal agreements, contracts and other documentations, 4) newsclippings, magazine articles and magazines, 5) photographs and 6) xeroxes of correspondence, newsclippings, magazine articles.

Container List

 

CORRESPONDENCE - OUTGOING (FROM DEVOTO) & INCOMING (TO DEVOTO):

Box 1, Folder 1

Outgoing correspondence: 1919, 1922, 1935-1936, 37 1938, 1940, 1943-1945, 1947-1948, 1951-1953.

Box 1, Folder 2

Outgoing correspondence - 1954-1955.

 

INCOMING CORRESPONDENTS: 1) Associated American Artists Galleries, 2) Bantam Workshop, 3) Benjamin Franklin Magazine Awards, 4) Carl Brandt, 5) Collier's, 6) Ford Times, 7) Harcourt Brace & Co., 8) Houghton Mifflin Co., 9) House of Whittmore, 10) Internal Revenue Service - Treasury Dept., 11) The Lamp, 12) W. Colston Leigh, 13) Gordon Manning, 14) National Geographic Society, 15) New York Times, 16) Albert R. Perkins.

Box 1, Folder 3

Incoming correspondence - 1938, 1944, 1947, 1948, 1950 - 1952.

Box 1, Folder 4

Incoming correspondence - 1953.

Box 1, Folder 5

Incoming correspondence- 1954.

Box 1, Folder 6

Incoming correspondence - 1955.

 

CORRESPONDENCE - MISCELLANEOUS:

Box 2, Folder 7

1937, 1940, 1945, 1947, 1951, 1952.

Box 2, Folder 8

1953.

Box 2, Folder 9

1954.

Box 2, Folder 10

1955.

Box 2, Folder 11

1956-1961.

Box 2, Folder 12

1962, 1968, 1969.

Box 2, Folder 13

1970

Box 2, Folder 14

1971

Box 2, Folder 15

1972-1973 & No date, 1974

 

FINANCIAL PAPERS

Box 3, Folder 16

Miscellaneous papers re: finances and taxes.

Box 3, Folder 17

Cash account books: 1945-1948, 1950-1952.

Box 3, Folder 18

Royalty Statements: 1943-1944, 1946-1948, 1951-1952:

 

Little, Brown & Co.; Houghton Mifflin Co.; Harvard University Press.

Box 3, Folder 19

Tax returns and related notes: 1932-1935, 1937-1938, 1940-1947, 1950-1952.

Box 3, Folder 20

Legal documents:

 

1. Decree of Divorce - Dec.28, 1885.Rhoda DeWolf vs. Edward S. De Wolf. DS.

 

2. Agreement between DeVoto and MacMillan Co., April 5, 1935re: Chariot of Fire & The House of Sun-Goes-Down.

 

3. Agreement between DeVoto and Harcourt Brace & Co., Inc., Jan. 12, 1950.DS.

 

4. Agreement by the Curtis Publishing Co. re: the book Shall We Let the Dam-Builders Ruin Our National Parks, May 31, 1950.

 

5. Agreement between DeVoto and Houghton Mifflin Co. re: Lewis & Clark Journals, July 7, 1952.

 

6. Will and testament - Avis M. DeVoto.

 

7. Will and testament - Bernard DeVoto

Physical Description: (two copies).
 

8. Affidavit and claim for additional travel pay, June 14, 1918.

 

9. Certificate appointing DeVoto to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant of Infrantry, Aug. 26, 1918.DS.

 

10. Certificate of Baptism - Bernard DeVoto - March 7, 1940.DS.

 

11. Certificate - Central Officers' Training School, Camp Lee, Virginia - Bernard DeVoto. DS.

 

12. Certificate of Death - Bernard DeVoto - Jan. 16, 1956.

 

13. Certificate of Marriage - Florian B. DeVoto & Rhoda D. DeWolf. Oct. 6, 1895.DS.

Box 3, Folder 21

Photographs - see also 1/180/14 and 1/182/3

Box 3, Folder 22

Miscellaneous: the items listed below are only those which are of special interest.

 

1. Bernard A. DeVoto - Recollection and Appreciation by Darrell J. Greenwell.

Physical Description: 4pp.
 

2. Review of The Crooked Mile in the New York Times Book Review, Oct. 5, 1924.Typescript.

Physical Description: 2pp. (two copies).
 

3. Donner Pass by Bernard DeVoto.

Physical Description: 2pp.
 

4. Proposal for an Article on the White Mountain National Forest, in New Hampshire.

Physical Description: 2pp. (two copies).
 

5. Biographical information re: DeVoto by W.E.H. Higman.

Physical Description: 17pp.
Box 3, Folder 23

Tape recordings (10)

Box 3, Folder 23a

The Syllabus - Northwestern University Yearbook.

Box 4, Folder 24

Magazine clippings: clippings of articles by DeVoto.

Box 4, Folder 25

Newsclippings

Box 4, Folder 26

Newsclippings and magazine clippings re: The Year of Decision.

Box 4, Folder 27

Newsclippings re: Mark Twain.

Box 4, Folder 28

Newsclippings - Chicago reviews mainly from Evanston News

Box 4, Folder 29

Books & reports:

 

1. Reports by Lawrence S. Kubie: a) A Doctorate in Psychotherapy..., b) The Fallacious Use of Quantitative Concepts in Dynamic Psychology, c) The Forgotten Man of Education, d) The Fundamental Nature of the Distinction Between Normality and Neurosis, e) The Half-Failure of the Full-Time System as an Instrument of Medical Education, f) The Repetitive Core of Neurosis, g) Social Forces and the Neurotic Process.

 

2. Kubie, Lawrence S. Neurotic Distortion of the Creative Process, The Noonday Press, 1958.

 

3. School Yearbook: Souvenir Edition - Classicum, Ogden High School, 1914 -Ogden, Utah.

Box 4, Folder 30

Magazines:

 

1) Current Opinion Vol. LXXV, No. 4, Oct. 1923,

 

2) Dialogue, reprint from Vol. VI, No. 3 & 4, Autumn and Winter, 1971,

 

3) Harper's Magazine, reprint from Dec. 1949,

 

4) Ford Times, Vol. 48, No. 5, May 1956

Physical Description: (two copies),
 

5) Ford Times, Vol. 48, No. 6, June 1956,

 

6) The Griffin, Vol. 5, No. 2, Feb. 1956,(signed cover note from Arthur Schlesinger Jr.),

 

7) Harper's Magazine, Vol. 209, No. 1241, Aug. 1954.

Box 4, Folder 31

Magazines:

 

1) Lincoln and Mercury Times Vol. 8, No. 2, March - April 1956,

 

2) The Louisiana Purchase by DeVoto, reprint from Collier's Magazine,

 

3) Nature Magazine, Vol. 49, No.4, April 1956,

 

4) New England Journeys, Number 2, Ford Times special edition, 1954.

 

5) Nieman Reports, Vol. X, No. 1, Jan. 1956,

 

6) The Progressive, Vol. 20, No. 1, Jan. 1956

 

7) New York Times Book Review, Feb. 10, 1974

Box 4, Folder 32

Theme papers - typed: written by Sarah Boyden (Brown) for DeVoto's class - English D-6, some of the papers contain lengthy comments by DeVoto.

 

XEROX COPIES

Box 5, Folder 33

Correspondence: 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921

Box 5, Folder 34

Correspondence: 1922, 1923, 1925 - 1929

Box 5, Folder 35

Correspondence: 1930 - 1938

Box 5, Folder 36

Correspondence: 1940 - 1945

Box 5, Folder 37

Correspondence: 1946 - 1947 Jan.

Box 5, Folder 38

Correspondence: Feb. 1947 - Mar. 1947

Box 5, Folder 39

Correspondence: April 1947 - May 1947

Box 6, Folder 40

Correspondence: June 1947 - Aug. 1947

Box 6, Folder 41

Correspondence: Sept. 1947 - Nov. 1947

Box 6, Folder 42

Correspondence: Dec. 1947 - Jan. 1948

Box 6, Folder 43

Correspondence: Feb. 1948 - March 1948

Box 6, Folder 44

Correspondence: April 1948 - May 1948

Box 7, Folder 45

Correspondence: June 1948

Box 7, Folder 46

Correspondence: July 1948 - Aug. 1948

Box 7, Folder 47

Correspondence: Sept. 1948 - Oct. 1948

Box 7, Folder 48

Correspondence: Nov. 1948 - Dec. 1948

Box 7, Folder 49

Correspondence: Jan. 1949 - Mar. 1949

Box 7, Folder 50

Correspondence: April 1949 - June 1949

Box 7, Folder 51

Correspondence: July 1949 - Oct. 1949

Box 8, Folder 52

Correspondence: Nov. 1949 - Jan. 1950

Box 8, Folder 53

Correspondence: Feb. 1950 - April 1950

Box 8, Folder 54

Correspondence: May 1950 - May 1951

Box 8, Folder 55

Correspondence: Aug. 1951 - April 1953(no correspondence for June & July of 1951)

Box 8, Folder 56

Correspondence: May 1953 - Dec. 1954

Box 8, Folder 57

Correspondence: Jan. 1955 - Nov. 1955

Box 8, Folder 58

Correspondence: 1956, 1961 - 1963, 1969 - 1970 & No Date

Box 9, Folder 59

Correspondence: A Closed Door: Letters from Bernard Augustine DeVoto to Katharine Becker - March 1919 - December 1920.

Box 9, Folder 60

Correspondence: between DeVoto & Nethercot & Stegner.

Box 9, Folder 61

Correspondence: between Frost, Robert & DeVoto

Box 9, Folder 62

Correspondence: between Higman, W.E. and Stegner, Wallace

Box 9, Folder 63

Correspondence: between Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and DeVoto

Box 9, Folder 64

Magazine articles: 1924 - 1928

Box 9, Folder 65

Magazine articles: 1929 - 1933

Box 9, Folder 66

Magazine articles: 1934 - 1937

Box 10, Folder 67

Magazine articles: 1938 - 1940

Box 10, Folder 68

Magazine articles: 1941 - 1943

Box 10, Folder 69

Magazine articles: 1944 - 1946

Box 10, Folder 70

Magazine articles: 1947 - 1949

Box 10, Folder 71

Magazine articles: 1950 - 1952

Box 10, Folder 72

Magazine articles: 1953 - 1954

Note

May 1955 - DeVoto Near England
Box 10, Folder 73

Magazine articles: 1955 - 1956, 1965

Note

1955 Lewis & Clark expedition pamphlet by DeVoto
Box 11, Folder 74

Reviews of DeVoto's books.

Box 11, Folder 75

The Crumb -- Breadloaf Writers' Conference, 1932 - 1936

Box 11, Folder 76

The Crumb -- Breadloaf Writers' Conference, 1937 - 1939

Box 11, Folder 77

The Crumb -- Breadloaf Writers' Conference, 1941, 1947 - [UNK]

Box 11, Folder 78

Middlebury College Bulletin re: Breadloaf Writers' Conference.

Box 11, Folder 79

Bernard DeVoto and the Mormon Tradition by Leland Fetzer.

Box 11, Folder 80

List of the Hiller Photograph Albums I, II, III, IV, & V of the Powell Survey.

Box 11, Folder 81

Bibliography index re: DeVoto

Box 11, Folder 82

Miscellaneous

Box 12

correspondence re: DeVoto's medical history. Correspondence is mostly between DeVoto and Dr. I. Herbert Scheinberg re: DeVoto's Medical problems. This section also includes autopsy reports and news-clippings.

Note

not on Shelf on 5/3/84 CR