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Key to Arrangement

Boxes 1-4:

Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Box l contains Seager's outgoing letters, 1930-1968?, many of them from his days at Oxford (l folder). Incoming letters have been arranged alphabetically by author. with single letters in miscellanies. A partial list of correspondents may be consulted at the end of the report.
Box 5:

Diaries and diary notes

Scope and Content Note

Diary for Oxford year, 1930-1931.

See also separate volumes 1-4.
volume v. l:

Diary, 1924-June 1925.

Scope and Content Note

Contains accounts for October 1925
volume v. 2:

Diary, June 1925-Mar. 1926

volume v. 3:

Diary, Mar. 1926-Aug. 1927

volume v. 4:

Diary, Aug. 1927-1928.

See also later diaries in Box 5.

Box 5:

Diary notes, 1931-196

Ctn. 1:

Equinox:

 

Printer's copy

 

Screen treatment

 

Review of French edition

 

Amos Berry:

 

Notes

 

Printer's copy

 

Death of Anger:

 

Notes

 

Revised typescript and variants (incomplete)

 

Typescript (2 copies, one of them incomplete)

 

The Inheritance:

 

Notes

 

Simon & Schuster's reader's comments

 

Printer's copy

Ctn. 2:

A Frieze of Girls:

 

Collection of short stories, autobiographical in nature, including

 

“Under the Big Magnolia Tree”

 

Powder River in the Old Days

 

"Dear Old Shrine, One Hearrs Round Thee Twine"

 

The Nicest Girl in Cook County

 

Actress with Red Garters

 

Miss Anglin's Bad Martini

 

The Old Man, a Nineteenth-Century Steel Engraving

 

The Drinking Contest

 

Joys of Sport at Oxford

 

The Cure

 

The Last Return

 

Manuscripts, printed versions, printer's copy, galleys, plate proofs

 

Old Man of the Mountain:

 

Collection of short stories, including

 

The Street

 

This Town & Salamanca

 

Pommery 1921

 

Sacrament

 

Kobold

 

Pro Arte

 

Berkshire Comedy

 

Fugue for Harmonicas

 

Quitandhina

 

The Conqueror

 

Game Chickens

 

No Son, No Gun, No Street-car

 

Manuscripts, printed versions, printer's copy.

 

Stendhal's Mémoires d'un touriste:

Scope and Content Note

Printed copy. 3 v., and Seager's incomplete holograph translation and a typescript.
Ctn. 3:

Short stories, arranged alphabetically by title. Manuscript and/or printed copy.

 

Untitled stories

 

Fragments

 

Notes for stories

 

Articles

Scope and Content Note

Including article on Arthur Miller; radio script for portion of the Scattergood Baines radioscript
 

Book reviews by Seager

Ctn. 4:

The Glass House

 

Letters of Theodore Roethke from various sources, 1931-1960. Photocopies. 4 folders

 

Letters to or about Roethke, 1930-1959

Scope and Content Note

Including letters from William W. Johnston. June Roethke, R. Gale Noyes. James W. Tupper, Theophil Klingman, Louis A. Strauss, Lloyd C. Emmon, Lewis Webster Jones, George Lundberg, T. S Eliot, W. Wilbur Hatfield, Judson Jerome, Beatrice Roethke, Marianne Moore, Robert B. Heilman, Daniel Hoffman, L. S. Woodburne and Patricia Coombs. Photocopies, many from the Roethke Collection. University of Washington.
 

Roethke's notebooks, Xerox copies. 2 folders

 

Roethke's poems; miscellaneous writings; miscellaneous records, 1923-1926; list of books belonging to Roethke; clippings and reviews concerning Roethke.

 

Notes on Roethke - bibliography, reviews, chronology, interviews, letters, notebooks, etc.

 

Comments by Beatrice Roethke on The Glass House

 

Malkoff, Karl: The Poetry of Theodore Roethke: A Critical Study

 

Unrevised draft of The Glass House (Xerox copy)

Ctn. 5

Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

Including revised Xerox copy; printer's copy; galleys; and corrected galleys
 

Reviews of The Glass House

Ctn. 6:

Miscellaneous papers

 

Papers of John Braithwaite Allan, Seager's grandfather, including

Scope and Content Note

3 v. of Civil War diaries, 1861-1864; miscellaneous letters and papers, 1852-1920, and 2 v. of Alexander Fletcher's Scripture History which had belongs to Mr. Allan.
 

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1917-1942, and papers, 1901-1923, of Arch and Emma Seager, parents of Allan Seager, including partial autobiography of Arch Seager.

 

Allan Seager's school papers while at the University of Michigan and at Oxford.

 

Publisher's agreements, 1940-1965

 

Biographical information and publicity

 

Account books:

 

v. 1: Swimming lessons

 

v. 2: Farm accounts, 1938-1940

 

Accounts for fellowships, 1965-1966; applications for fellowships

 

Address books, 2 v.

 

Notes for proposed courses on the novel

 

Miscellaneous personalia, 1917-1967

 

Poems [some by Seager?]

 

Miscellaneous photographs.

Additional Note

Several photographs of Seager have been cataloged separately in the Portrait Collection
volume v. 5:

Scrapbook of clippings relating to swimming meets, in many of which Seager participated.

Partial List of Correspondents

 

A Miscellany

 

Adams, Franklin Pierce, 1881-

 

Letter, Sept. 13, 1943, re Equinox.

 

Allen, sir Carleton Kemp, 1887-

 

Letter, May 26, 1963

 

Appleman, Philip, 1926-

 

Letter, July 19, 1966

 

Atlantic Monthly

 

Letter, Dec. 29, 1965, by Peter Davison concerning the Roethke biography and containing copy of an article by Davison on Roethke.

 

Ader, Richard M.

 

3 letters, 1967. Xerox copies of letters to McGraw-Hill. Ader represented Beatrice Roethke in the matter of Seager's biography of her husband.

 

Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-

 

4 letters, 1940

 

Auden, Wystan Hugh, 1907-

 

2 letters, n. d. and 1965?

 

B Miscellany

 

Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896-

 

Letter, Feb. 3, 1944

 

Burger, Knox

 

Letter, n. d.

 

Burnett, Whit, 1899-

 

Letter, June 4, 1937

 

Bagster - Collins, Mary (Kunkel) (Mrs. Jeremy Felix Bagster-Collins)

 

3 letters, 1967 and n. d. Re Theodore Roethke

 

Bennington College

see Jones, Lewis Webster

 

Bloom, Robert, 1930-

 

3 letters, 1964-1966

 

Bogan, Louise, 1897-

 

3 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Booher, Edward E.

see McGraw-Hill Book Co.

 

Bredvold, Louis Ignatius, 1888-

 

2 letters, 1945, written while chairman, English Dept., University of Michigan.

 

Brockway, Wallace, 1905-

see Simon and Schuster

 

Burke, Kenneth Duva, 1897-

 

4 letters, 1950-1966. Some re Theodore Roethke.

 

Burlingame, William Roger, 1889-

 

5 letters, 1950-1966. Include his memo on Seager's Lightening Before Dark, and the first chapter of his own book on Franklin.

 

C Miscellany

 

Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-

 

Letter, June 5, 1952

 

Char, René, 1907-

 

Letter, Dec. 26, 1965, in French, re Roethke. Seager's translation included.

 

Cousins, Margaret, 1905-

 

Letter, May 23, 1950, written while editor, Good Housekeeping, re Seager's "The Lion on the Bicycle".

 

Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947

 

Inscribed photograph, Sept. 1935.

 

Collier's

 

2 letters, 1937-1943, by Kenneth Littauer and Denver Lindley.

 

Coombs, Patricia

 

Letter, n. d., in ctn. 4

 

Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-

 

9 letters, 1957-1964

 

D Miscellany

 

De Vries, Catherine (Mrs. Peter H. De Vries)

 

Letter, Dec. 27, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Davenport, John, d. 1966

 

8 letters, 1939-1965, commenting on Roethke and on Seager's biography of Roethke.

 

Davison, Peter Hubert, 1928-

see Atlantic Monthly

 

De Vries, Peter Hugh

 

2 letters, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Dickey, James, 1923-

 

7 letters, 1963-1967. Some re Theodore Roethke. Galley and copy of his article on Roethke included.

 

Doubleday & Company, Inc.

 

3 letters, 1965-1967. 1967 letter is Xerox copy. Re Theodore Roethke's published works.

 

Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965

 

Letter, Aug. 5. 1953, in ctn. 4.

 

Emmon, Lloyd C.

 

Letter, Apr. 14, 1936, in ctn. 4

 

Engle, Paul Hamilton, 1908-

 

3 letters, 1953-[ca. 1965]. 1953 letter includes copy of Engle's review of Amos Berry.

 

Esquire

 

2 letters, 1960 and n. d., by Gene Lichtenstein and A. T. McIntyre.

See also Gingrich. Arnold, Hills, L. Rust, and Solomon, David.

 

Fair, James R.

 

5 letters, 1939-1947

 

Farrar, John Chipman, 1896-

see P.E.N.

 

First Person

 

4 letters, 1962, by Morton D. Elevitch. Two are copies of letters to Robert Erwin, managing editor of Northwestern University Press, (q. v.), re copyright for Seager's translation of Stendhal's Memoires of a Tourist.

 

G Miscellany

 

Graves, Harold F.

 

Letter, June 1, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Gehman, Richard

 

2 letters, 1964-1967

 

Gingrich, Arnold, 1903-

 

6 letters, 1960-1966. Some written for Esquire.

 

Gosling. Veronica

 

2 letters, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Goodman, Jack A.

see Simon and Schuster

 

H Miscellany

 

Haber, William, 1899-

 

Letter, July 27, 1966. Copy.

 

Hall, Donald, 1928-

 

Letter, Dec. 13, 1963

 

Hamburg, Sam

 

Letter, Apr. 19, 1960. Enclosure: letter from Sanford E. Feldman re Seager's article on Hamburg.

 

Hanna, Allan

 

Letter, Mar. 11, 1961, enclosing copy of letter from Warner G. Rice. copy of an article by Hanna on Seager, and a poem, entitled "The Emperor's Secretary to the Field".

 

Hellman, Lillian, 1907-

 

Letter, Jan. 21, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Hoffer, William

 

Letter, June 21, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Hoffman, Daniel

 

Letter, Sept. 28, 1965, re Theodore Roethke. See also ctn. 4.

 

Hoffman, Lyne Starling Sullivant

 

Letter, June 9, 1965

 

Houghton Mifflin Company

 

Letter, Sept. 11, 1945, re reprinting of "This Town and Salamanca"

 

Hovde, Frederick Lawson, 1908-

 

Letter, Dec. 10, 1946

 

Hatfield, Walter Wilbur, 1882-

 

Letter, May 27, 1957, in ctn. 4.

 

Heilman, Robert Becktold, 1906-

 

3 letters, 1959, in ctn. 4.

 

Hendrick, Leo

 

2 letters, n. d. One re Robert Penn Warren.

 

Hills, L. Rust

 

4 letters, 1959-1964, written for Esquire and Saturday Evening Post.

 

Holiday

 

2 letters, 1964, re article on swimming by Seager.

 

J Miscellany

 

Jackson, Blyden, 1910-

 

Letter, Apr. 10, 1953, re reviewing Seager's Amos Berry for the Nashville Tennessean.

 

Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955

 

Letter, Jan. 17, 1953. Proof for Jackson's "Allan Seager; an Appreciation". included.

 

Jones, Barbara (Slatter) (Mrs. Lewis Webster Jones)

 

Letter, Oct. 4, 1948.

 

Jackson, James Turner

 

12 letters, 1941-1966. Some re Theodore Roethke.

 

Javet, Pierre

 

2 letters, 1946-1948, for René Juillard, re publication of French edition of Equinox.

 

Jerome, Judson

 

Letter, June 3, 1957, in ctn. 4

 

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

 

3 letters, 1965-1966, by Gordon Norton Ray and James F. Mathias.

 

Johnston, William W.

 

10 letters, 1935-1938, in ctn. 4

 

Jones, Lewis Webster, 1899-

 

2 letters, 1944-1945, written while president, Bennington College.

See also ctn. 4.

 

K Miscellany

 

Kees, Weldon, 1914-1955?

 

Letter, Aug. 21, 1943

 

Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon, 1905-

 

Postcard, Oct 25, 1965

 

Kaufman, Schima

 

2 letters, 1943-1956

 

Kenner, Hugh, 1923-

 

14 letters, 1962-1966

 

Kinsella, Thomas, 1928-

 

4 letters, 1965-1966. 1966 letter re Theodore Roethke.

 

Klingman, Theophil

 

Letter, Jan. 17, 1936, in ctn. 4

 

Kuhn, Edward

 

2 letters, 1965. Jan. 27 letter written for McGraw-Hill; Sept. 22, for New American Library.

 

L Miscellany

 

Lewis, Clive Staples, 1898-1963

 

Letter, July 2, 1943

 

London Mercury

 

Letter, Nov. 9, 1933

 

Luckey, Robert

 

Letter, May 7, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Lid, Richard Wald, 1928-

 

2 letters, 1963-1965. 1963 letter includes copy of letter by Mark Schorer.

 

Lindley, Denver, 1904-

see Collier's

 

Lundberg, George

 

Letter, Aug. 21, 1947, in ctn. 4

 

M Miscellany

 

Marquand, John Phillips, 1893-

 

Letter, Nov. 24, 1952. Copy of letter to Richard Simon.

 

Matthiessen, Francis Otto, 1902-1950

 

Letter, Jan. 11, 1950

 

Meisel, James Hans, 1900-

 

Letter, June 22, 1953

 

Michener, Earl Cory, 1876-

 

Letter, June 21, 1940, re his position on American involvement in World War 11.

 

Mortensen, Violeta (Roethke)

 

Letter, ca. 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Munch, Dora

 

Letter, May 18, 1937, re translation of Seager's "Fugue for Harmonica" into German.

 

McGraw-Hill Book Company

 

19 letters, 1963-1967, by Robert Gutwillig, Roger Donald, William Goyen and Edward E. Booher. Many re publication of The Glass House.

See also Kuhn, Edward.

 

McGregor, Donald, 1908-

 

28 letters, 1939-1952

 

Macmillan Company

 

2 letters, 1945-1953, re Seager's They Worked for a Better World.

 

McWilliams, Carey, 1905-

 

3 letters, 1964. Sept. 22 letter writ ten for the Nation.

 

Michigan. University

 

4 letters, 1965. July 22, 1966 letter re Theodore Roethke.

 

Milburn, George, 1906-1966

 

17 letters, 1939-1953

 

Milburn, Mary M. (Sullivan) (Mrs. George Milburn)

 

3 letters, 1966

 

Miller, Arthur, 1915-

 

7 letters, 1958-1961. One letter incomplete.

 

Mills, Ralph J.

 

3 letters, 1966, re work on Theodore Roethke letters.

 

Moore, Marianne, 1887-

 

Letter, July 21, 1958, in ctn. 4

 

Myrer, Anton

 

3 letters, 1953-1962

 

N Miscellany

 

Nipson, Herbert, 1916-

 

Letter, Mar. 13, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Nation

see McWilliams, Carey

 

New Yorker

 

3 letters, 1954-1963, by Robert Henderson

 

New American Library

see Kuhn, Edward

 

Nichols, Edward

 

2 letters, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Northwestern University. Press

 

3 letters, 1962, by Robert Erwin. Copies of letters to Morton D. Elevitch, editor of First Person re copyright for Seager's translation of Stendhal's Memoires of a Tourist.

 

Noyes, Robert Gale, 1898-

 

Letter, Nov. 21, 1935, in ctn. 4.

 

Odegaard, Charles Edwin, 1911-

see Washington. University.

 

Orrmont, Arthur

 

6 letters, 1943-1960

 

P Miscellany

 

P. E. N.

 

Letter, May 16, 1964, by John Farrar

 

Pasinetti, Pier Maria

 

5 letters, 1944-1952

 

Pickerell, Albert G.

 

2 letters, 1940-1945. 1940 letter re George Milburn.

 

R Miscellany

 

Rauh, Joseph L., 1911-

 

Letter, Jan. 10, 1959, re Arthur Miller.

 

Reinhard, John Revell

 

Letter, Aug. 30, 1964

 

Renz, Janet (Mrs. Arnold H. Renz)

 

Letter, Feb. 2, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Rice, Elmer, 1892-

 

Letter, Apr. 4, 1955

 

Ridings, Eugene Ware, 1899-

 

Letter, July 23, 1948

 

Rosenfeld, Eva M.

 

Letter, June 23, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Randlett, Mary

 

2 letters, 1967, re her photographs of Theodore Roethke for use in The Glass House.

 

Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-

see John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

 

Rice, Warner G., 1899-

see Hanna, Allan

 

Rockefeller Foundation

 

2 letters, 1965, by Gerald Freund

 

Roethke, Beatrice Heath (O'Connell) (Mrs. Theodore Roethke)

 

33 letters, 1964-1967, mainly re Seager's biography of Roethke.

See also ctn. 4.

 

Roethke, Harriet (Mrs. William A. C. Roethke)

 

2 letters, 1965. Roethke's sister-in-law

 

Roethke, June

 

2 letters, 1965-1967. Roethke's sister.

See also ctn. 4.

 

Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963

 

14 letters, 1941-1963. See also letters and other material relating to Roethke in ctn. 4. Letter of Nov. 28, 1946 is incomplete copy. Letter Feb. 4, 1954, written for him by his secretary.

 

S Miscellany

 

San Francisco Review

 

Letter, Dec. 22, 1962

 

Sandburg, Carl, 1878-

 

Letter, [Mar. 29, 1944], an appraisal of Equinox.

 

Saturday Evening Post

 

Letter, Nov. 16, 1964, by David McDowell. See also Hills, L. Rust.

 

Scannell, Maidie Alexander (Mrs. Austin J. Scannell)

 

Letter, Nov. 11, 1965, re her mother, Louise Bogan.

 

Sewell, Herbert Mathieu, 1902-

 

Letter, Nov. 11, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Simpson, Percy, 1865-

 

Letter, Mar. 7, 1932

 

Sparks, Dorothy Elizabeth

 

Letter, May 11, 1944

 

Spender, Stephen, 1909-

 

Letter, [Sept. 1933]

 

Stevens, Roger L., 1910-

 

Letter, Oct. 11, 1966

 

Sweeney, John L.

 

Letter, Nov. 16, 1965

 

Swinton, Stanley Mitchell, 1919-

 

Letter, Sept. 23, 1966, re George Milburn.

 

Sylvester, Harry, 1908-

 

Letter, Sept. 23, 1948

 

Salinger, Herman, 1905-

 

2 letters, 1953

 

Schorer, Mark, 1908-

see Lid, Richard Wald

 

Segal, David I., 1928-1970

 

8 letters, 1953-1964. Some written while editor, McGraw-Hill Book Co. Letter, Feb. 20, 1964, includes copy of letter from Jessamyn West.

 

Shaw, Harry Lee, 1905-

 

2 letters, 1947

 

Shelley, Philip Allison, 1907-

 

2 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Simon, Richard Leo, 1899-

see Simon and Schuster

 

Simon and Schuster, Inc.

 

23 letters, 1943-1958, by Wallace Brockway, James Holsaert, Richard Leo Simon and Jack Goodman.

 

Solomon, David

 

3 letters, 1958-1959. Some written for Esquire.

 

Stevens, Christine (Gesell) (Mrs. Roger L. Stevens)

 

3 letters, n. d. and 1943

 

Stokes, Katharine Martin, 1906-

 

3 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Strauss, Louis A.

 

Letter, Feb. 25, 1936, in ctn. 4

 

Swados, Harvey, 1920-

 

10 letters, 1943-1946. Poem, "America Carcinoma" and article, "Why Resign from the Human Race?" at end of folder.

 

Tupper, James Waddell, 1870-

 

2 letters, 1935, in ctn. 4.

 

V-W Miscellany

 

Vivian, Weston Edward, 1924-

 

Telegram, Nov. 18, 1966, announcing grant for study on Roethke.

 

Vonnegut, Kurt

 

Letter, n. d.

 

Warre, Michael

 

Letter, Oct. 4, 1965

 

Warriner, John E.

 

Letter, Dec. 5, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Weybright, Victor, 1903-

 

Letter, July 15, 1948, re New American Library of World Literature.

 

White, Eric Walter, 1905-

 

Letter, Aug. 30, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.

 

Wurzburg, Francis Lewis

 

Letter, Aug. 2, 1943

 

Wagner, Robert Wilhelm, 1905-

 

3 letters, 1940-1964

 

Walsh, Chad, 1914-

 

2 letters, 1965. April letter is a copy of a letter to Mrs. Roethke re a proposed critical study of Roethke's poetry.

 

Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-

 

4 letters, 1944-1966

 

Washington. University, Seattle

 

7 letters, 1964-1965. 1964 letter written by Charles E. Odegaard re Roethke papers.

 

Watkins, Ann, d. 1967

 

11 letters, 1936-1959. Seager's literary agent. See also Watkins, Armitage, and Watkins (A) Inc.

 

Watkins, Armitage

 

32 letters, 1959-1967, written while Seager's literary agent. Many re negotiations for the Roethke biography.

 

Watkins (A) Inc.

 

22 letters, 1944-1967, re contracts, royalties, etc.

 

Webster, Harvey Curtis, 1906-

 

2 letters, 1957-1963

 

West, Jessamyn, 1907-

see Segal, David I.

 

Wilkinson, Maxwell P.

 

6 letters, 1936-1967

 

Woodburne, Lloyd Stuart, 1906-

 

Letter, Apr. 6, 1959, in ctn. 4.