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Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985, bulk 1904-1979

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Series 2: Correspondence , circa 1903-1984
4.5 Linear feet
Box 1-5

This series includes personal and professional correspondence of Paul Bransom from the beginning of his career until the end of his life. Correspondence includes letters from other artists, art directors and editors, writers, nature and wildlife conservators and zoologists, curators, collectors, printers, engravers, family, and friends. Also found are letters Bransom wrote to his wife, Grace Bond Bransom, early in their relationship, and scattered correspondence to Grace Bond Bransom and Althea Bond, Bransom's niece and heiress. Many illustrated letters are found among the correspondence, including several lavishly illustrated letters from Charles Sarka. Photographs, clippings, and other enclosures such as membership cards, are scattered throughout the series.
Correspondence is divided into three groups: that between Paul Bransom and his wife, general correspondence, and cards. General correspondence is arranged chronologically except for occasional instances where letters were originally grouped together by author or subject. Drafts and carbon copies of outgoing letters written by Paul Bransom are interfiled with general correspondence, and undated drafts are filed at the end of the general correspondence. Greeting cards with significant written messages are interfiled with general correspondence, and cards without messages are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series. Many of the cards are made with original artwork, as indicated in the folder notes below.
General correspondence contains letters and records of transactions with Bransom's publishing clients, as well as letters from many authors whose stories Bransom illustrated, especially between the 1900s and the 1940s. Among the authors are Albert Payson Terhune, Donald Culross Peattie, J. Frank Dobie, Dorothy Cottrell, Attilio Gatti, Charmian London (wife of Jack London), and Herbert Sass. Artists represented in Bransom's correspondence include Charles Sarka, Joe Back, Walter Biggs, Patricia Bott, Chen Chi, John Clymer, Paul Fair, Charles Hargens, Bob Kuhn, Dorothy and Gertrude Lathrop, Bob Lougheed, George McLean, Ugo Mochi, Bill and Rachel Scott, Donald Teague, and Clarence Tillenius.
Letters and envelopes are often annotated by Bransom giving the full name of the author and sometimes the nature of their relationship or other biographical information. Additional correspondence can be found in Personal Business Records, and some drafts of outgoing letters are found in the notebooks filed in Notes and Writings.
Description Container Select
Letters of Introduction for Paul Bransom, undated
1
7
Letters from Paul Bransom to Grace Bond (Bransom), 1905-1908, 1926
(3 folders)
(Contains illustrated letters)
1
8-10
Notes Between Paul and Grace Bransom, 1942, undated
1
11
General Correspondence, 1888, 1903-1909
1
12
General Correspondence, 1910-1911
1
13
General Correspondence, 1912-1913
1
14
General Correspondence, 1914-1916
1
15
General Correspondence, 1917
1
16
General Correspondence, 1918
1
17
General Correspondence, 1918-1920
1
18
General Correspondence, 1921, undated
1
19
General Correspondence, 1922-1924
1
20
General Correspondence, 1925-1926, undated
1
21
General Correspondence, 1926
1
22
General Correspondence, 1927
1
23
General Correspondence, 1928
(2 folders)
1
24-25
General Correspondence, 1929
(2 folders)
1
26-27
General Correspondence, 1930
1
28
General Correspondence, 1931
(2 folders)
1
29-30
General Correspondence, 1932
(2 folders)
1
31-32
General Correspondence, 1933
(2 folders)
1
33-34
General Correspondence, 1934
1
35
General Correspondence, 1935
1
36
General Correspondence, 1936
1
37
General Correspondence, 1937
1
38
General Correspondence, 1938
1
39
General Correspondence, 1938-1939
1
40
General Correspondence, 1939
(2 folders)
1
41-42
General Correspondence, 1940
(2 folders)
1
43-44
General Correspondence, 1941
(2 folders)
1
45-46
General Correspondence, 1942
(2 folders)
1
47-48
General Correspondence, 1943
1
49
General Correspondence, 1944
(2 folders)
2
1-2
General Correspondence, 1945
(2 folders)
2
3-4
General Correspondence, 1946
2
5
General Correspondence, 1947
2
6
General Correspondence, 1948
2
7
General Correspondence, 1949
2
8
General Correspondence, 1950
2
9
General Correspondence, 1951-1952
2
10
General Correspondence, 1953
2
11
General Correspondence, 1954-1955
2
12
General Correspondence, 1955
2
13
General Correspondence, 1956
2
14
General Correspondence, 1957
(2 folders)
2
15-16
General Correspondence, 1958
(2 folders)
2
17-18
General Correspondence, 1959
(2 folders)
2
19-20
General Correspondence, 1960
(3 folders)
2
21-23
General Correspondence, 1961
(4 folders)
2
24-27
General Correspondence, 1962
(2 folders)
2
28-29
General Correspondence, 1963
(6 folders)
2
30-35
General Correspondence, 1964
(6 folders)
2
36-41
General Correspondence, 1965
(3 folders)
3
1-3
General Correspondence, 1966
(3 folders)
3
4-6
General Correspondence, 1967
(2 folders)
3
7-8
General Correspondence, 1968
3
9
General Correspondence, 1969
(2 folders)
3
10-11
General Correspondence, 1970
(4 folders)
3
12-15
General Correspondence, 1971
(3 folders)
3
16-18
General Correspondence, 1972
(5 folders)
3
19-23
General Correspondence, 1973
(2 folders)
3
24-25
General Correspondence, 1974
(5 folders)
3
26-30
General Correspondence, 1975
(5 folders)
3
31-35
General Correspondence, 1976
(4 folders)
3
36-39
General Correspondence, 1977
(2 folders)
4
1-2
General Correspondence, 1978
(3 folders)
4
3-5
General Correspondence, 1979
(2 folders)
4
6-7
General Correspondence, 1980-1982
4
8
General Correspondence, 1983-1984
4
9
General Correspondence, A-B, undated
4
10
General Correspondence, C-F, undated
4
11
General Correspondence, G-H, undated
4
12
General Correspondence, I-L, undated
4
13
General Correspondence, M, undated
4
14
General Correspondence, N-R, undated
4
15
General Correspondence, S-Y, undated
4
16
General Correspondence, First Names Only, undated
(2 folders)
4
17-18
Drafts of Letters by Paul Bransom, undated
4
19
Cards
Paul Bransom's Outgoing Christmas Cards, circa 1930, 1963-1965, undated
(2 folders, including duplicates)
4
20-21
Wendy Astley-Bell, 1966, undated
(Contains original artwork)
4
22
Alice Atkinson, undated
(Contains original artwork)
4
23
Miscellaneous A, 1955-1968, undated
4
24
Wladislaw, Romola, and Emilia Benda, undated
(Contains original artwork)
4
25
Miscellaneous B, 1953-1978, undated
(2 folders)
(Contains cards made by Harry Beckhoff, Frank Bensing, Ed Bierly, Walter Biggs, Pat Bott, Bob Brikerhoff, and Joseph Burgess)
4
26-27
Chen Chi, undated
(2 folders, including duplicates)
4
28-29
Miscellaneous C, 1956-1979, undated
(2 folders)
(Contains cards made by Harrison Cady, Bob Carroll, Charles Chapman, John Clymer, Kent Day Coes, Farrell Collett, Elizabeth Cowan, and a photograph of John Clymer)
4
30-31
Gerard Curtis Delano, undated
4
32
Rita Duis (Astley-Bell), 1971-1980, undated
4
33
Miscellaneous D, 1961-1968, undated
(Contains cards made by Bob Davenport, Joe Davis, Gladdys Davis, and Charles DeFeo)
4
34
Miscellaneous E, 1950-1977, undated
(Contains cards made by Rosalie Edge)
4
35
Miscellaneous F, 1963-1967, undated
(Contains cards made by Bill Freeman, O.E. von Feuher, and Elisabeth Fulda)
4
36
Miscellaneous G, 1957-1977, undated
(Contains cards mdae by Rube Goldberg, Frank Gervasi, and Al Gilbert)
4
37
Malthe Hasselriis, undated
(Contains original artwork)
4
38
Miscellaneous H, 1954-1974, undated
(Contains cards made by Grant Hagen, Charles Hargens, John Hamburger, Helen Ireland Hays, Lynn Bogue Hunt, and photographs of Frank and Brownie Hibben)
4
39-40
Miscellaneous I-J, undated
(Contains cards made by Helen Ingliss, Joseph C. Jones, Anders Jordahl, and Hazel Brill Jackson)
4
41
Bob and Dorie Kane, undated
4
42
Bob Kuhn, 1963-1974, undated
4
43
Walt Kuhn, 1940, undated
4
44
Miscellaneous K, 1977-1978, undated
(Contains cards made by Phil Kappel, Isabelle Knobloch, and Les Kouba)
5
1
Miscellaneous L, 1959-1981, undated
(Contains cards made by Jack Lehrer, Dorothy Lathrop, William R. Leigh, Kay Lichty, and an original drawing by Bob Lougheed)
5
2-3
Ugo and Edna Mochi, 1974-1980, undated
(Contains original artwork)
5
4
Benson Moore, 1969, undated
(2 folders, including duplicates)
(Contains original artwork)
5
5-6
Miscellaneous M, 1962-1980, undated
(Contains cards made by Joseph Margulies, Dorcas MacClintock, Don Miller, and Olaus Murie)
5
7-8
Miscellaneous N, 1981, undated
(Contains cards made by A. Henry Nordhausen)
5
9
Tom Olenchak, undated
5
10
Miscellaneous O-R, 1967-1968, undated
(Contains cards made by Karl Plath and O. Plancy)
5
11
Charles Sarka, 1938, 1957, undated
(Contains original artwork)
5
12
William Schaldach, undated
5
13
Conrad Schwiering, undated
5
14
Bob Scriver, 1970, undated
(Contains original artwork)
5
15
Alexander Seidel, undated
5
16
Bob Sleicher, undated
5
17
The Streeters, 1958-1978, undated
5
18
Tom Suggs, undated
5
19
Miscellaneous S, 1967-1978, undated
(Contains cards made by Lloyd Sandford, Tona Soglow, Ben Stahl, the Spiro's, and Dolf Swing)
5
20-21
Kilpurdy Tee-Van, 1965-1966, undated
5
22
Clarence Tillenius, undated
5
23
Wayne Trimm, undated
5
24
Miscellaneous T, 1932, undated
(Contains cards made by Don Teague, Anice and Albert Payson Terhune, and Ed Tomasieriez)
5
25
Wheeler Williams, undated
5
26
James Perry Wilson, 1957-1974
5
27
Miscellaneous V-Z, 1955-1975, undated
(Contains cards made by Pietro Valerio, Vilma and F. Warren, Ernest Watson, Katherine Lane Weems, Grant Hagen, and William Zimmerman)
5
28-29
Miscellaneous First Names Only, 1962-1978, undated
5
30-32

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