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Guide to the Rube Goldberg Papers, [ca. 1903-1960]
BANC MSS C-H 163  
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Key to Arrangement

Boxes 1 & 2

Letters to Goldberg.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged alphabetically by name of person or organization, with a miscellany preceding each letter of the alphabet for single letters. A list of the more important correspondents is appended to this report. There are also special folders as follows: miscellaneous requests for cartoons and thank-you letters; miscellaneous letters expressing reactions to cartoons and fan mail; miscellaneous letters suggesting ideas for cartoons, congratulatory letters for Goldberg's 80th birthday celebration, June 6, 1963; miscellaneous letters commenting on the Goldbergs' appearance on the Ed Murrow TV show, "Person to Person."
 

Letters written by Goldberg.

Scope and Content Note

Copies or drafts of a few letters, 1940-1944.
Box 3

Clippings re the Pulitzer Prize, 1948

 

Clippings re the Banshees' award, 1959

 

Clippings re Goldberg's animated cartoons

 

Clippings of Goldberg cartoons (see also Vols. 7-10)

 

Misc. clippings re Goldberg

 

Scrapbook of clippings re Goldberg, ca. 1916-1921

 

Clippings of stories written by Goldberg

 

Clippings of articles written by Goldberg

Box 4

Mss. of songs - words by Goldberg (Sheet music in oversized folder)

 

Mss. of articles re Goldberg

 

Mss. of articles by Goldberg

 

Untitled MS about pre-fire San Francisco

 

Pretty Soft

 

The Privilege of Being Over Sixty

 

Cheer Up - Motoring Is Fun

 

It Happened to a Rube

 

Comics, New Style and Old

 

Is College Spirit the Bunk?

 

What You Need Is Exercise

 

Mss. of plays by Goldberg

 

Waiting for the Parade

 

There's Always a Place to Hide

 

Day of Rest (marked incomplete)

 

Mss. of stories by Goldberg

 

Two on a Hill

 

A Breath of Fresh Air

 

The Outcast

 

Paper Hats

 

Mrs. Meggs-Bouletier's Party

 

Two Hundred Putters

 

The Build-Up

 

Mario's Friends

 

Tonsorial Interlude

 

Certificates of membership, awards, etc.

 

Cartoons - proofs, prints, etc. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections)

 

Photographs- National Cartoonists Society Meeting, May 19, 1948. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections)

 

Photographs- 1959Banshees award. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections)

 

Miscellany

 

Books written by Goldberg - Removed for separate cataloging

 

Chasing the Blues (1912); Foolish Questions (c. 1909); Rube Goldberg's Guide to Europe (1954); How to Remove the Cotton from a Bottle of Aspirin (1959); I Made My Bed, by Kathy O'Farrell as told to Rube Goldberg (1960), including paperback editions; Is There a Doctor in the House (1929); Mike and Ike (They Look Alike), "Comic Monthly," v. 1, no. 2, Feb. 1922; Seeing History at Close Range: the Experiences of an American Cartoonist While Marooned in France During the Outbreak of the Present European War (1914).

volume Vols. 1 & 2

Original congratulatory cartoons drawn by members of the National Cartoonists Society and presented as a tribute to Rube Goldberg on the occasion of his winning the 1948 Pulitzer Prize, May 19, 1948. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections.)

volume Vol. 3

Album of testimonials presented to Rube Goldberg with the 1959 Banshees' award as Dean of American Cartoonists, November 12, 1959. Includes letters from newspapermen, cartoonists, political figures, entertainers, etc. (Some of the people are listed among the major correspondents.)

volume Vol. 4

Original congratulatory cartoons presented to Goldberg with the Banshees' award. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections.)

volume Vol. 5

Original cartoons presented to Rube Goldberg at his 80th birthday celebration luncheon held at the Waldorf Astoria, June 6, 1963 (see also special folder of correspondence, Box 2, and clippings and photographs, Ctn. 1.) (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections.)

volume Vol. 6

Scrapbook of clippings of comic strip, "Boobs Abroad," July -September 1913.

volume Vols. 7-10

Scrapbooks of clipped editorial cartoons, November 25, 1938 -December 10, 1941.

 

Vol. 7, Nov. 25, 1938 -Nov. 1, 1939

 

Vol. 8, Nov. 3, 1939 -Oct. 29, 1940

 

Vol. 9, Oct. 31, 1940 -Aug. 1, 1941

 

Vol. 10, Aug. 4 -Dec. 10, 1941.

volume Vol. 11

Yearbook for Artists and Writers Golf Association, 1948. Foreword and captions accompanying the pictures written by Goldberg.

volume Vol. 12

Lesson 19 of the Famous Artists Cartoon Course, Westport, Connecticut, by Rube Goldberg, with examples of his work.

volume Vol. 13

Stills from the movie, "Soup to Nuts," the scenario of which was written by Goldberg. Includes also photographs of Goldberg's sketches of some of the members of the cast. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections.)

volume Vol. 14

Album of phonograph records, including songs for children, with lyrics by Goldberg; transcription of "We the People" broadcast, October 6, 1946, on which Goldberg appeared; transcription of interview with Goldberg on the "Mr. and Mrs. Program," June 13, 1947; transcription of interview on program, "Today in Sports," May 18, 1956; transcription of interview on the Sherman Friend program, n.d. (Transferred to the Audio-Visual Collection.)

box Wooden box

Set of colored slides for the song, "Whiskers," words and cartoons by Goldberg. (Transferred to Pictorial Collection.)

film Film

"Person to Person" telecast, CBS Television (to Audio-Visual Collection, Motion Pictures 201, 202)

film Film

Goldberg inventions (to Audio-Visual Collection, Motion Pictures 201, 202)

portfolio Portfolios 1-55

Original drawings for comic strips, 1904-1934, and for editorial cartoons, 1938 -ca. 1960.(Transferred to the Pictorial Collections)

portfolio Portfolios 1-25

Drawings for the comic strips (including Mike and Ike They Look Alike, Foolish Questions, Battling Browns, Benny Sent Me, They Don't Know from Nothin', Professor Lucifer G. Butts, Bill, and Boob McNutt) and for inventions. Arranged chronologically.

 

1. 1904-1913

 

2. 1914

 

3. Jan. -Aug. 1915

 

4. Sept. 1915 -May 1916

 

5. June -Dec. 1916

 

6. Jan. -Oct. 1917

 

7. Nov. 1917 -Aug. 1918

 

8. Sept. 1918 -Apr. 1919

 

9. May -Dec. 1919

 

10. Undated, to 1920

 

11. Jan. -Aug. 1920

 

12. Sept. 1920 -Feb. 1921

 

13. Mar. 1921 -May 1922

 

14. June 1922 -Feb. 1923

 

15. Mar. -Dec. 1923

 

16. 1924

 

17. Jan. -Aug. 1925

 

18. Sept. 1925 -June 1926

 

19. July 1926 -Dec. 1923

 

20. 1929

 

21. Jan. 1930 -Aug. 1931

 

22. Sept. 1931 -Dec. 1932

 

23. 1933; 1934; undated, 1920-21.

 

24. Inventions - pre 1920 and 1920-1934

 

25. Oversize - Bill

portfolio Portfolios 26-55

Originals of the editorial cartoons drawn for the New York Sun. It is obviously an incomplete file since Goldberg gave away many of his drawings. Because many cartoons were undated, they were grouped on a subject basis (and chronologically thereunder, where possible). Many of the topics, however, overlap.

 

26. Roosevelt Administration - pre-war

 

27. War Years, 1939 -Oct. 1942

 

28. War Years, Nov. 1942 -June 1943

 

29. War Years, July -Dec. 1943

 

30. War Years, 1944

 

31. War Years, 1945

 

32. War Years, undated

 

33. War Years, undated

 

34. War Years, undated

 

35. Postwar, International, 1945-1946

 

36. Postwar, International, 1947-1948

 

37. Postwar, International, 1949-1960, and United Nations

 

38. Postwar, International, - U.S. (foreign policy, foreign aid, relations with Allies and Soviet Union, etc.)

 

39. Postwar, International, Conferences; Far East; Korean War; India; Formosa

 

40. Postwar, International,- Western Europe; Latin America; and Middle East

 

41-42. Postwar, International - Soviet Union; Satellite nations; Hungary; Communist China, etc.

 

43. Postwar, Domestic, 1945-1947

 

44. Postwar, Domestic, 1948-1950

 

45. Postwar, Domestic - Congress and party politics, Truman and the fair deal

 

46. Postwar, Domestic - Defense, Truman's firing of Mac Arthur, inflation, deflation and recession, taxes and government spending

 

47. Postwar, Domestic- Politics, miscellaneous; Labor, postwar, 1945-1946

 

48. Labor, postwar, 1947-1949 and undated

 

49. 1940, 1944 and 1948 campaigns

 

50. 1952 and 1956 campaigns; Eisenhower administration

 

51. 1960 campaign and Kennedy administration; American Communists, McCarthy hearings, etc.

 

52. Inventions - general; Inventions - Postwar World, no. 1-70

 

53. Atomic and hydrogen bombs; New York City - politics, subways, etc.; Crime, juvenile delinquency, dope addiction, etc.; Opening of baseball season, World Series

 

54. Miscellany - (income tax deadline, reckless driving, civil rights, etc.)

 

55. Holidays - Christmas, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, etc.

portfolio Portfolio 56

Original drawings used to illustrate How to Remove the Cotton from a Bottle of Aspirin. (Transferred to the Pictorial Collections)

portfolio Portfolio 57

Oversize material - miscellaneous drawings

Ctn. 1

Slug hat, UC class of 1904

carton Ctns. 2-3

Framed items and artifacts, including awards

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A Miscellany

 

Ackerman, Carl William, 1890-

 

Letter, Oct. 13, 1952. Also, letter, Sept. 23, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 58

 

Auchindoss, James Coats, 1885-

 

2 letters, 1943

 

B Miscellany

 

Baggerly, Hyland L.

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Barton, Bruce, 1886-

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1942

 

Baxter, James Phinney, 1893-

 

Letter, Mar. 26, 1941

 

Berryman, Clifford Kennedy, 1869-1949

 

Letter, May 14, 1948

 

Blaine, James Gillespie, 1888-

 

Letter, Jan. 8, 1943

 

Bowes, Edward J., d. 1946

 

Letter, Nov. 29, 1938

 

Baruch, Bernard Mannes, 1870-

 

6 letters, 1949-1951 & n.d.

 

Benny, Jack, 1894-

 

2 letters, 1953

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 180.

 

Brown, James Wright, 1873-

 

2 letters, 1949-1957

 

C Miscellany

 

Caniff, Milton Arthur, 1907-

 

Letter, Feb. 12, 1944. Also, letter May 31, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration and letter, Sept. 25, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 54.

 

Cerf, Bennett Alfred, 1898-

 

Letter, Jan. 20, 1942

 

Clark, Thomas Campbell, 1899-

 

Letter, Dec. 20, 1948

 

Colby, Elbridge, 1891-

 

Letter, Mar. 2, 1951

 

Crockett, Albert Stevens, 1873-

 

Letter, Jan. 20, [1942]

 

Crosby, Percy, 1891-

 

Letter, Mar. 10, 1945

 

Croy, Homer, 1883-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

California. University, Berkeley. College of Engineering

 

2 letters, 1952-1953. From Morrough P. O'Brien, dean.

 

Cantor, Eddie, 1892-

 

Letter, Oct. 1, 1959, in Vol. 3, p. 176

 

Capp, Al, 1909-

 

Letter, Oct. 7, 1959, in Vol. 3, p.35

 

Chapman, John, 1900-

 

Letter, Nov. 11, 1959, in Vol. 3, p. 203

 

Christopher, George, 1907-

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, in Vol. 3, p. 49.

 

Letter, Mar. 21, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Crawford, Joan, 1908-

 

Letter, May 6, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Cromwell, James Henry Roberts, 1896-

 

2 letters, 1940

 

D Miscellany

 

Dewey, Thomas Edmund, 1902-

 

Letter, Dec. 15, 1948

 

Dickstein, Samuel, 1885-1954

 

Letter, Jan. 24, 1942

 

Disney, Walter E., 1901-

 

Telegram, May 19, 1948. Also, letter, Mar. 28, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration and letter, Nov. 3, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 23.

 

Durante, Jimmy

 

Letter, n.d. See also letter, May 28, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Darling, [Jay Norwood], 1876-

 

2 letters, 1948-1949. Signed: Ding Darling

 

Dempsey, Jack

 

Letter, Mar 20, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1890-

 

2 letters, 1954-1955

 

Letter, Apr. 5, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

F Miscellany

 

Farley, James A., 1888-

 

Letter, Apr. 5, 1919. Also, letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 7; letter, Mar. 29, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Fisher, Franklin L., 1885-

 

Letter, Dec. 9, 1938

 

Fitzpatrick, Daniel Robert, 1891-

 

Telegram, May 18, 1948

 

Flagg, James Montgomery, 1877-

 

Letter, Oct. 25, 1945. Enclosure: 2 drawings.

 

Fowler, Gene, 1890-

 

Letter, Sept. 15, 1947. Also, letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 115.

 

Funston, George Keith, 1910-

 

Letter, Dec. 15, 1959

 

Foster, Hal

 

Letter, n.d., Vol. 3, p. 103

 

Friendly, Edwin Samson, 1884-

 

11 letters, 1939-1950

 

Letter, n.d., Vol. 3, p. 165

 

Funk, Wilfred John, 1883-

 

2 letters, 1942-1959

 

G Miscellany

 

George, George W.

 

Letter, June 18, 1959

 

George, Harold Lee, 1895-

 

Letter, Oct. 12, 1942

 

Gleeson, [Edgar]

 

Letter, Dec. 6, 1941. Signed: Scoop

 

Glenn, Leslie, 1900-

 

Letter, Sept. 27, 1950

 

Gibson, Charles Dana, 1867-1944

 

3 letters, 1942-1944

 

Godfrey, Arthur, 1903-

 

Letter, May 29, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Goldwater, Barry Morris, 1909-

 

Letter, Apr. 8, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Gould, Chester

 

3 letters, 1947-1949

 

Letter, Oct. 31, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 15

 

Groves, Leslie Richard, 1896-

 

2 letters, 1948-1949

 

Letter, Sept. 23, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 179

 

H Miscellany

 

Hart, Moss, 1904-

 

Letter, Jan. 21, 1942

 

Hopkins, Arthur Melancthon, 1878-

 

Letter, Jan. 21, 1942

 

Howard, Roy Wilson, 1883-

 

Letter, Nov. 11, 1950. Also, letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 11

 

Hasen, Irwin

 

Letter, n.d., Vol. 3, p. 39

 

Hatlo, Jimmy, 1898-1963

 

2 letters, 1942-1959

 

Hoover, Herbert Clark, 1874-1964

 

Letter, Mar. 13, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Hoover, John Edgar, 1895-

 

4 letters, 1942-1949

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 137; letter, Apr. 10, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Hurst, Fannie, 1889-

 

Letter, Apr. 10, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

I-J Miscellany

 

Institute of Commercial Art, Inc.

 

Letter, May 3, 1948. Photocopy.

 

K Miscellany

 

Kelly, Hugh Joseph, 1905-

 

Letter, May 31, 1951

 

Kerr, Clark, 1911-

 

Letter, Feb. 25, 1954. Also, letter, Apr. 17, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Key, Ted, 1912-

 

Letter, Nov. 28, 1955

 

Kefauver, Estes, 1903-

 

2 letters, 1951

 

Kelly, Bradley

 

3 letters, 1948-1959

 

L Miscellany

 

LaGorce, John Oliver, 1880-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Lengel, William Charles, 1888-

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1942

 

Lounsbury, Charles Edwin, 1898-

 

Letter, Dec. 2, 1940

 

Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1902-

 

Letter, Apr. 17, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration

 

M Miscellany

 

McManus, George, 1884-1954

 

Letter, Aug. 9, 1948

 

March, Frederic, 1897-

 

Letter, Jan. 20, 1943

 

Maverick, Maury, 1895-

 

Letter, Aug. 20, 1945

 

Maxwell, Elsa, 1883-

 

Letter, n.d. Also, letter, Apr. 13, 1963, in folder re 80th birthday cerebration.

 

Moffitt, James Kennedy, 1866-1955

 

Letter, July 23, 1945

 

Morgenthau, Henry, 1891-

 

Letter, June 1, 1942

 

Murrow, Edward R., d. 1965

 

Telegram, Feb. 17, 1959

 

McCutcheon, John Tinney, 1870

 

3 letters, 1948 & n.d.

 

Murphy, Franklin David, 1916-

 

2 letters, 1952. Written as chancellor, University of Kansas

 

N Miscellany

 

Nast, Condé, 1874-1942

 

Letter, Jan. 26, 1942

 

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

 

Letter, May 28, 1947

 

National Conference of Christians and Jews, Inc.

 

3 letters, 1950-1951

 

Nixon, Richard Milhous, 1913-

 

Letter, Oct. 7, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 64

 

Letter, Apr. 12, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

O Miscellany

 

O'Keefe, Walter

 

Letter, Nov. 25, 1940

 

O'Brien, Morrough Parker, 1902-

see California. University, Berkeley. College of Engineering

 

Ourlser, Will

 

Letter, Oct. 15, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 121

 

P Miscellany

 

Pemberton, Brock, 1885-

 

Letter, n.d. Addressed to Audrey Wood.

 

Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946

 

Letter, June 23, 1943

 

R Miscellany

 

Rascoe, Burton, 1892-

 

Postcard, with postmark, Jan. 21, 1942

 

Reynolds, Jackson Eli, 1873-

 

Letter, Nov. 18, 1940

 

Robinson, Edward G., 1893-

 

Letter, June 1, 1956?

 

Rockefeller, Nelson Aldrich, 1908-

 

Letter, Jan. 24, 1949

 

Ruml, Beardsley, 1894-

 

Letter, Feb. 12, 1943

 

Ribicoff, Abraham A., 1910

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 44

 

Rickenbacker, Edward Vernon, 1890-

 

3 letters, 1941-1948

 

Letter, Sept. 28, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 167; letter, Apr. 15, 1963, in correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Rodgers, Richard, 1902-

 

Letter, Apr. 15, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

S Miscellany

 

Safránek, Milos

 

Letter, Jan. 11, 1943

 

Shaw, Charles Gray, 1871-

 

Letter, Nov. 30, 1942

 

Speed, Keats, 1879-

 

Letter, Nov. 16, 1944

 

Speicher, Eugene Edward, 1883-

 

Letter, Nov. 27, 1945

 

Steinway, Henry Ziegler, 1915-

 

Letter, Oct. 6, 1952

 

Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-

 

Letter, n.d.

 

Sullivan, Ed, 1902-

 

Letter, Sept. 22, 1952

 

Schuster, Max 1897-

 

2 letters, 1942

 

Simon, Richard Leo, 1899-

 

3 letters, 1940-1943

 

Snyder, John Wesley, 1895-

 

2 letters, 1949

 

Sobol, Louis, 1896-

 

Letter, Sept. 30, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 199

 

Soglow, Otto, 1900-

 

Letter, n.d., Vol. 3, p. 114

 

Sokolsky, George Ephraim, 1893-

 

Letter, Sept. 25, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 158

 

Spaeth, Sigmund Gottfried, 1885-

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 142

 

Stettinius, Edward Reilly, 1900-

 

6 letters, 1945

 

Stevenson, Adlai Ewing, 1900-1965

 

Letter, Oct. 28, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 13

 

Stevenson, John Alford, 1886-

 

2 letters, 1943

 

Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-

 

2 letters, 1942-1951

 

T Miscellany

 

Thomas, John Charles

 

Letter, Jan. 24, 1942

 

Thomas, Lowell, 1892-

 

[Tribute to Goldberg], May 4, 1948

 

Truman, Harry S., 1884-

 

Letter, Mar. 9, 1953. Also, letter, Sept. 28, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 190; letter, Apr. 1, 1963, in correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Tunney, Gene, 1897-

 

Letter, Dec. 9, 1959. Also, letter, Oct. 23, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 69

 

Talbutt, Harold M., 1895-

 

2 letters, 1943-1948

 

U Miscellany

 

U.S. Office of Facts and Figures

 

Letter, Feb. 23, 1942. From Archibald McLeish, director. Addressed to Keats Speed.

 

U.S. Treasury Dept.

 

7 letters, 1944-1949

 

W Miscellany

 

Waldron, Webb, 1882-

 

Letter, Nov. 16, 1944

 

Wright, Richardson Little, 1886-

 

Letter, Jan. 22, 1942

 

Waring, Fred M., 1900-

 

2 letters, 1949-1950

 

Willard, Frank Henry, 1893-

 

3 letters, 1942-1950

 

Winchell, Walter, 1897-

 

Letter, Oct. 15, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 107

 

Letter, Mar, 12, 1963, in folder of correspondence re 80th birthday celebration.

 

Young, Chic

 

3 letters, 1948-1949

 

Letter, Nov. 12, 1959, Vol. 3, p. 99