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Charles Green Shaw papers, 1833-1979, bulk 1909-1974

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3.1: Writings by Shaw , 1910-1971

Writings by Shaw include diaries, fiction and non-fiction, notes, plays, poems, quizzes, and short writings. The diaries (145 volumes) contain daily one-page entries that note rising and bedtimes, hours spent writing or painting, social engagements and business appointments. People are usually identified by initials only. Among the notes are notebooks (17 volumes) that include travel observations, notes on restaurants and nightclubs, notes for fiction and miscellaneous notes such as journal entries and quotations. Quizzes were featured in Shaw's newspaper column. Short writings were mainly "fillers" for magazines; these often consist of lists of details about various subjects or events. Some of the manuscripts, specifically children's stories, are illustrated with drawings and gouache paintings; those for books about Boston, London, New York and Paris are illustrated with photographs.
3.1.1: Diaries, 1922-1970
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Volumes 1-4:, 1 September-8 April 1923
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15
Volumes 5-8:, 9 April 1923-31 January 1924
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16
Volumes 9-12:, 1 February 1924-21 January 1925
3
17
Volumes 13-16:, 22 January-16 August, 21 August-23 October 1925
3
18
Volumes 17-20:, 24 October 1925-28 September 1926
3
19
Volumes 21-24:, 29 September-31 October, 5 December 1926-3 July 1927
3
20
Volumes 25-28:, 5 July 1927-9 May 1928
4
1
Volumes 29-32:, 10 May 1928-5 May 1929
4
2
Volumes 33-34:, 6 May-7 August 1929
4
3
Volumes 35-36:, 29 August-8 November 1929
4
4
Volumes 37-38:, 9 November 1929-15 April 1930
4
5
Volumes 39-40:, 16 April-21 November 1930
4
6
Volume 41-43:, 22 November 1930-11 June 1931
4
7
Volumes 44-45:, 12 June 1931-29 June 1932
4
8
Volumes 46-47:, 30 June-31 December 1932
4
9
Volume 48:, 1 January-31 March 1933
4
10
Volume 49:, 1 April-29 June 1933
4
11
Volume 50:, 4 July-21 October 1933
4
12
Volume 51:, 22 October-31 December 1933
4
13
Volume 52:, 1 January-31 March 1934
4
14
Volume 53:, 1 April-30 June 1934
4
15
Volume 54:, 1 July-30 September 1934
4
16
Volume 55:, 1 October-31 December 1934
5
1
Volume 56:, 1 January-31 May 1935
5
2
Volume 57:, 1 June-14 October 1935
5
3
Volume 58:, 15 October 1935-10 March 1936
5
4
Volume 59:, 11 March-31 May 1936
5
5
Volume 60:, 1 June-30 September 1936
5
6
Volume 61:, 1 October 1936-28 February 1937
5
7
Volume 62:, 1 March-1 June 1937
5
8
Volume 63:, 1 June-30 September 1937
5
9
Volume 64:, 1 October 1937-31 January 1938
5
10
Volume 65:, 1 February-14 June 1938
5
11
Volume 66:, 15 June-30 September 1938
5
12
Volume 67:, 1 October 1938-20 February 1939
5
13
Volume 68:, 21 February-14 July 1939
6
1
Volume 69:, 15 July-30 November 1939
6
2
Volume 70:, 1 December 1939-30 April 1940
6
3
Volume 71:, 1 May-30 September 1940
6
4
Volume 72:, 1 October 1940-28 February 1941
6
5
Volume 73:, 1 March-31 July 1941
6
6
Volume 74:, 1 August-31 December 1941
6
7
Volume 75:, 1 January-31 May 1942
6
8
Volume 76:, 1 June-31 October 1942
6
9
Volume 77:, 1 November 1942-30 March 1943
6
10
Volume 78:, 1 April - 31 August 1943
6
11
Volume 79:, 1 September 1943-31 January 1944
6
12
Volume 80:, 1 February-30 June 1944
7
1
Volume 81:, 1 July-30 November 1944
7
2
Volume 82:, 1 December 1944-30 April 1945
7
3
Volume 83:, 1 May-30 September 1945
7
4
Volume 84:, 1 October 1945-28 February 1946
7
5
Volume 85:, 1 March-31 July 1946
7
6
Volume 86:, 1 August-31 December 1946
7
7
Volume 87:, 1 January-31 May 1947
7
8
Volume 88:, 1 June-31 October 1947
7
9
Volume 89:, 1 November 1947-14 January 1948
7
10
Volume 90:, 15 January-31 March 1948
7
11
Volume 91:, 1 April-31 August 1948
7
12
Volume 92:, 1 September 1948-31 January 1949
8
1
Volume 93:, 1 February-30 June 1949
8
2
Volume 94:, 1 July-30 November 1949
8
3
Volume 95:, 1 December 1949-30 April 1950
8
4
Volume 96:, 1 May-30 September 1950
8
5
Volume 97:, 1 October 1950-28 February 1951
8
6
Volume 98:, 1 March-31 July 1951
8
7
Volume 99:, 1 August-31 December 1951
8
8
Volume 100:, 1 January-31 May 1952
8
9
Volume 101:, 1 June-31 October 1952
8
10
Volume 102:, 1 November 1952-31 March 1953
8
11
Volume 103:, 1 April-31 August 1953
8
12
Volume 104:, 6 September 1953-31 January 1954
9
1
Volume 105:, 1 February-30 June 1954
9
2
Volume 106:, 1 July-30 November 1954
9
3
Volume 107:, 1 December 1954-30 April 1955
9
4
Volume 108:, 1 May-20 September 1955
9
5
Volume 109:, 1 October 1955-28 February 1956
9
6
Volume 110:, 1 March-30 July 1956
9
7
Volume 111:, 1 August-31 December 1956
9
8
Volume 112:, 1 January-31 May 1957
9
9
Volume 113:, 1 June-31 October 1957
9
10
Volume 114:, 1 November 1957-31 March 1958
9
11
Volume 115:, 1 April-31 August 1958
9
12
Volume 116:, 1 September 1958-31 January 1959
10
1
Volume 117:, 1 February-30 June 1959
10
2
Volume 118:, 1 July-30 November 1959
10
3
Volume 119:, 1 December 1959-30 April 1960
10
4
Volume 120:, 1 May-30 September 1960
10
5
Volume 121:, 1 October 1960-28 February 1961
10
6
Volume 122:, 1 March-31 July 1961
10
7
Volume 123:, 1 August-31 December 1961
10
8
Volume 124:, 1 January-31 May 1962
10
9
Volume 125:, 1 June-31 October 1962
10
10
Volume 126:, 1 November 1962-31 March 1963
10
11
Volume 127:, 1 April-31 August 1963
10
12
Volume 128:, 1 September 1963-31 January 1964
10
13
Volume 129:, 1 February-30 June 1964
11
1
Volume 130:, 1 July-30 November 1964
11
2
Volume 131:, 1 December 1964-30 April 1965
11
3
Volume 132:, 1 May-30 September 1965
11
4
Volume 133:, 1 October 1965-28 February 1966
11
5
Volume 134:, 1 March-30 June 1966
11
6
Volume 135:, 1 July-30 November 1966
11
7
Volume 136:, 1 December 1966-30 April 1967
11
8
Volume 137:, 1 May-30 September 1967
11
9
Volume 138:, 1 October 1967-28 February 1968
11
10
Volume 139:, 1 March-30 June 1968
11
11
Volume 140:, 1 July-30 November 1968
11
12
Volume 141:, 1 December 1968-30 April 1969
11
13
Volume 142:, 1 May-30 September 1969
12
1
Volume 143:, 1 October 1969-28 February 1970
12
2
Volume 144:, 1 March-31 July 1970
12
3
Volume 145:, 1 August-31 December 1970
12
4
3.1.2: Fiction, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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"The Adventures of Hally,", undated
12
5
"At the Bijou Palace,", undated
12
6
"The Birthday of the Moon,", undated
12
7
"Conclusions of a Man with Blue Spectacles,", undated
12
8
"The Cynic,", undated
12
9
"Dead,", undated
12
10
"A Dismal Afternoon,", undated
12
11
"Early American,", undated
12
12
"Everything Has a Color,", undated
12
13
"The Giant of Central Park,", undated
(illustrated)
12
14
"The Inconsistency of Father Andrew by Ennismore Green,", undated
(illustrated)
12
15
"Jumble Pie,", undated
(illustrated)
12
16-18
"Just Doggerel,", undated
(illustrated)
12
19
"Lady of Leisure,", undated
12
20
"The Lone Wolf,", undated
(draft, corrected manuscript, synopsis, chapter summaries, and notes)
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21-23
"The Marvelous Mirror,", undated
12
24
"A Night 'Round the Town,", undated
12
25
"No Such Animal,", undated
(illustrated)
12
26
"The Nonsense Noisy Book,", undated
13
1
"Nonsense on the Half Shell,", undated
(illustrated)
13
2
"One Hundred Fables for Children of Any Age Under One Hundred Years,", undated
13
3
"Pitter Patter" (a story in pictures), undated
13
4
"A Rainy Afternoon,", undated
13
5
"Sunrise and Sunset,", undated
(illustrated)
13
6
"The Tale of a Kite,", undated
(illustrated)
13
7
"The Tale of a Tadpole,", undated
13
8
"The Tale of the Two Little Tibbs,", undated
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9
"The Tale of the Two Little Twinkles,", undated
13
10
"The Town that Wouldn't Change,", undated
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11
"Toy Parade" (a story in pictures), 1946
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12
"Twenty-one West 58th Street,", undated
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13
"The Two Gardenias,", undated
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14
"What a Bore,", undated
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15
"The Wonderful See-All Machine,", undated
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16
3.1.3: Miscellaneous Writings, 1910-circa 1970
Speeches include a salutatory to the Berkeley-Columbia Class of 1910; an untitled talk on illustration read before the American Women's Association, 1941; and an undated talk about Shaw's book, "Heart in a Hurricane."
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Fragments, undated
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17
Lyrics, by Shaw and Others, undated
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18
Speeches, 1910, 1941, undated
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19
3.1.4: Non-Fiction, circa 1920s-circa 1970
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"All Round the Town,", undated
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20
"American As Spoken,", undated
13
21
"An Animal ABC,", undated
(illustrated)
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22
"Apothecary Shop -- 1926 Model,", 1925
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23
"At the Tea-Room Restaurant,", undated
13
24
"By the Sad Sea Waves,", undated
13
25
"The Christmas Guess Book,", undated
(illustrated)
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26
"Credo,", undated
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27
"Cupid's Practical Dictionary,", undated
13
28
"The Dance Hall,", undated
13
29
"Delicatessen,", undated
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30
"The Dim Nineties,", undated
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31
"The First Days of Clubdom,", undated
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32
"Food For Thought: A Glance into Certain of the World's Distinguished Mess Halls,", undated
13
33
"The Guess-What-I-Am Book,", undated
(illustrated)
13
34
"Heart Failure,", 1929
13
35
"How I Feel about Love and the Rest of It,", undated
13
36
"How I Feel about Chow Emporiums,", undated
13
37
"How I Feel about Things Now (After a Good Many Years of Thinking it Over),", undated
13
38
"How I Learned What I Know About Women,", undated
13
39
"How the Past Told the Future,", undated
13
40
"I Knew the Town,", undated
13
41
"The Important Book,", undated
(illustrated; see also: Box 46)
13
42-43
"In the Matter of Thing Amorous,", undated
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44
"Lady of Fashion -- 1926 Model,", 1926
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45
"The Little Mouse,", undated
(illustrated)
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46
"The Lobbyist,", undated
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47
"Lois Moran,", undated
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48
"London -- Oddly Enough,", undated
(includes incomplete text and addenda, photograph illustrations and captions, "eliminations" and notes)
13
49-53
"The Lover's Lexicon,", undated
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1
"Love's Lexicon,", undated
14
2
"McSwibbs,", undated
14
3
"A Metropolitan Antique" (Boston; with illustrations), undated
14
4
"A Metropolitan Antique" (New York; with illustrations), undated
14
5
"New York -- Oddly Enough,", circa 1938
(includes 2 versions of incomplete text with many photograph illustrations removed)
14
6-13
"Odd Nooks of Modern New York,", undated
14
14-15
"An Old American Custom,", undated
14
16
"Old Mother Booze" (illustrated), undated
14
17
"Paris -- Oddly Enough,", undated
(includes text with photograph illustrations and notes)
14
18-21
"Penny-Blood and Thunder,", undated
(illustrated)
14
22
"The Perfect Gentleman: Observations Selected and Arranged, with a Foreword by Charles G. Shaw,", undated
15
1
"Profile: Lady of Leisure" (Maria Louisa), undated
15
2
"Quick Lunch,", undated
15
3
"The Real Romanoff,", undated
15
4
"The Reason Why" (incomplete, A-C), undated
15
5
"The Reason Why" (incomplete, A-M), undated
15
6-8
"Rhymed Recipes,", undated
(illustrated)
15
9
"Rubber Neck,", undated
15
10
"The Rubber Neck Wagon,", undated
15
11
"She Loves Me; She Loves Me Not,", undated
15
12
"Things I Have Always Liked,", undated
15
13
Travel Writings (A-Z by title), undated
15
14
"The Uncommon Man: Observations Selected and Arranged, with a Foreword by Charles G. Shaw,", undated
15
15
"The What Am I? Book,", undated
(illustrated; parts 1-3 and 5-8)
15
16-19
"A Word or Two on Art,", undated
15
20
"Yesterday's Tabloids,", undated
15
21
3.1.5: Notebooks, 1923-1963
Notes for Fiction include Volume 3, Notes for a Novel, 1920s; Volume 4, "A Notebook," No. 1, circa 1926; Volume 5, "A Notebook," No. 2, 1926-1927; Volume 6, "A Notebook," 1930-1931; and Volume 7, "Note Book," 1931.
Travel Notebooks include Volume 8, Austria; Volume 9, "Notes on Berlin," undated; Volume 10, "London," (including notes on Paris), 1929-1930; Volume 12, "London Notes: Restaurants and Nightclubs," 1930; Volume 13, "Notes on London," 1931; Volume 14, London Restaurants; Volume 15, London; Volume 16, Paris; and Volume 17, Rome.
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Volumes 1 and 2: Lists of Earnings and Stories, 1923, 1925
15
22
Notes for Fiction, Volumes 3-7, undated
15
23-24
Travel, Volumes 8-9, 1930, undated
15
25
Travel, Volume 10-11, 1929-1930
15
26
Travel, Volumes 12-13, 1930, 1931
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1
Travel, Volumes 14-17, undated
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2
Miscellaneous Notes, Volume 18, 1936-1961
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3
Miscellaneous Notes, Volume 19, 1963
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4
3.1.6: Notes, 1939-1971
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Addresses, undated
(2 volumes)
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5
Children's Book Idea, undated
(illustrated)
16
6
First Aid Course Notes, undated
16
7
Illustration Ideas, undated
16
8
Lists of Owners of Paintings by Shaw, undated
16
9
Lists of Poems Accepted for Publication, 1958-1971, undated
16
10
Mailing Lists, 1939-1967, undated
16
11
Miscellaneous, 1950-1959, undated
16
12
Plot and Story Ideas, undated
16
13
Price Lists (Shaw Paintings), 1949-1969, undated
16
14
Sketch Ideas, undated
16
15
Tinsel Print Information for Addison Gallery Exhibition, 1947
16
16
Tobacco Figures, undated
16
17
"Tricks of the Trade,", undated
16
18
Word and Phrase Origins, undated
16
19-20
3.1.7: Plays, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
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"The American Scene" (parts 1 and 2), undated
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21
"High and Dry" (act 2), undated
16
22
"Rouge et Noir" (various versions of a one-act play), undated
16
23
Sketches and One-Act Plays, undated
16
24-25
"Use Your Brain,", undated
16
26
3.1.8: Poems, circa 1920s-1971
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"About Me" -- "Haiku,", undated
17
1-28
"Hail and Farewell" -- "Poem for a Yesterday-Tomorrow,", undated
18
1-23
"Poem for Ago" -- "Zen;" Untitled, undated
19
1-23
Poems, 1963-1971
(9 volumes)
20
1-5
3.1.9: Quizzes, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
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"The All-American Know-Your-Country Quiz,", undated
20
6
"The All American National Game Quiz,", 1940
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7
"The All-American Quiz,", undated
20
8
"Are You a New Yorker?,", undated
20
9
"A Central Park Questionnaire,", undated
20
10
"Comic Strip Quiz,", undated
20
11
"Guess Again,", undated
20
12
"A 'Last Word' Questionnaire,", undated
20
13
"A 'Man's' Questionnaire,", undated
20
14
"Movie Quiz,", undated
20
15
"Name That Place,", undated
20
16
"The New York Quiz Book,", undated
20
17-18
"Popular Song Quiz,", undated
20
19
"Quizzo," nos. 1-3, undated
20
20
"What's the Date?,", undated
20
21
3.1.10: Short Writings, circa 1920s-circa 1960s
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A-Z (by title) and Untitled, undated
20
22-30
"The Important Book" (illustrated), undated
(see also: Box 13)
46
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