Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers collection

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Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers collection

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Special Collections and Archives

Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers collection

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers collection
Inclusive Date(s): 1800-1999
Author: Finding aid prepared by Dean H. Keller and Cara Gilgenbach
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Cara Gilgenbach using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2018
Origination: Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974
Extent: .83 cubic feet (1 document case + 1 half-size record storage box)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0164
Abstract: This collection contains selected manuscript materials created by, about, and collected by Vincent Starrett. The material was formerly owned by David O. Borowitz, who added some material to the collection.
Language(s): The records are in English

Biography of Vincent Starrett

Charles Vincent Emerson Starrett was born in Toronto, Canada, but his family moved to Chicago, Illinois when he was still young. He was an author, bibliographer, and book collector best known for his work related to Sherlock Holmes. He also known for his interest in the Welsh writer Arthur Machen, whose works he helped to reintroduce to Americans in the 1920s.

Scope and Content

This collection is primarily comprised of manuscripts, papers, and publications created by and collected by Vincent Starrett. It includes a series of Montgomery Evans manuscripts, Starrett manuscripts, and an assortment of papers, publications, and other works by and about authors and artists including George Cruikshank, Watts Phillips, and H. P. Lovecraft.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is organized into three series as follows.
Series 1: Montgomery Evans manuscripts and papers
Series 2: Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers
Series 3: Other Authors' and Artists' manuscripts and papers


Restrictions on Use

Kent State University does not own the copyright to materials in this collection.

Preferred Citation

Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers collection. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Kent State University Libraries by Albert and Helen Borowitz.

Custodial History

The material in this collection was originally created or collected by Vincent Starrett. It was later owned by David O. Borowitz of Chicago, Illinois, who appears to have made some additions to the collection.

Controlled-access Headings
The following are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Starrett, Vincent, 1886-1974 -- Archives
British literature -- History -- 19th century
British literature -- History -- 20th century
American literature -- History -- 19th century
American literature -- History -- 20th century
Horror tales
Fantasy fiction
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894
Persons:
Evans, Montgomery
Cruikshank, George, 1792-1878
Phillips, Watts, 1825-1874
Lovecraft, H. P. (Howard Phillips), 1890-1937
Browning, Robert, 1812-1889
Chambers, Robert W. (Robert William), 1865-1933
Collier, John, 1901-1980
De la Mare, Walter, 1873-1956
Eichin, Fred C.
Molesworth, Mrs., 1839-1921
Gedik, Simon, 1551-1631
Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964
Middleton, Richard, 1882-1911
Organizations/Corporations:
John Lane Company
Functions:
Authorship
Collectors and collecting
Occupations:
Authors
Collectors and collecting
Material Types:
Correspondence
Publications
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Manuscripts for publication



Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Montgomery Evans manuscripts and papers, 1924-1945
Box 1 / Folder 1
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, March 28, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 2
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, June 4, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 3
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, June 30, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 4
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, November 27, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 5
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, November 29, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 6
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, July 31, 1926
Box 1 / Folder 7
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, April 17, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 8
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, November 9, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 9
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, June 21, 1929
Box 1 / Folder 10
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, August 11, 1929
Box 1 / Folder 11
Correspondence: Sime, Sidney H. to Montgomery Evans, undated
Box 1 / Folder 12
Check: Evans, Montgomery to Sidney H. Sime, November 17, 1927
Box 1 / Folder 13
Envelopes: Addressed to Montgomery Evans to Sidney H. Sime?, 1923, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 14
Publication: Bogey Beasts. Jingles &c. By S. H. Sime. Music by Holbrooke. London: Goodwin and Tabb, undated, but 1923
Physical Description: Inscribed by Sime for Evans. Includes Evans' bookplate and a letter from Sime to an unknown correspondent is pasted inside the lower cover.
Box 1 / Folder 15
Publication: Paintings and Drawings. By Sidney H. Sime. London: St. George's Gallery, 1924
Physical Description: Two copies.
Box 1 / Folder 16
Publication: The London Program, volume 1, numbers 1 and 2, June 16, 1924, June 23, 1924
Physical Description: Cover drawing by Sidney H. Sime on both issues.
Box 1 / Folder 17
Correspondence: Sims, Judith E. D. to Montgomery Evans, May 5, 1945
Box 1 / Folder 18
Correspondence: Sims, Judith E. D. to Montgomery Evans, undated
Physical Description: Accompanied by a birthday card.

Series 2: Vincent Starrett manuscripts and papers, 1920-1971
Box 1 / Folder 19
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, May 5, 1920
Box 1 / Folder 20
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, September 13, 1920
Box 1 / Folder 21
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, February 17, 1921
Box 1 / Folder 22
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, June 27, 1921
Box 1 / Folder 23
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, December 15, 1922
Box 1 / Folder 24
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, February 6, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 25
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, June 13, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 26
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, July 23, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 27
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, October 11, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 28
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, December 8, 1923
Box 1 / Folder 29
Correspondence: Starrett, Vincent to C. S. Millard, March 26, 1924
Box 1 / Folder 30
Correspondence: Millard, C. S. to Vincent Starrett, 1920, 1922, 1923
Physical Description: Typed copies of letters.
Scope and Content
Includes letters from May 5, 1920; May 18, 1920; August 27, 1920; February 21, 1922; July 12, 1922; September 5, 1922; September 25, 1922; November 9, 1923.
Box 1 / Folder 31
Publication: Let Shakespeare Speak.... By Wilfred Hansford Gallienne. Chicago: The Norman Press., 1942?
Physical Description: Inscribed by Vincent Starrett for Montgomery Evans.
Scope and Content
"Note" by Vincent Starrett, signed.
Box 1 / Folder 32
Publication: Ink. By John McClure. [Ysleta, TX: Edwin B. Hill], undated, but 1939
Physical Description: Initialed by Vincent Starrett for Montgomery Evans. Two copies.
Scope and Content
Note by Vincent Starrett.
Box 1 / Folder 33
Publication: Fifteen More Poems. By Vincent Starrett. Ysleta, TX: Edwin B. Hill, 1927
Physical Description: One of 110 Copies. Inscribed by Vincent Starrett for David Borowitz.
Box 1 / Folder 34
Publication: Persons from Porlock. By Vincent Starrett. The Bookfellows, 1923
Physical Description: Inscribed by Vincent Starrett for David Borowitz.
Box 1 / Folder 35
Clippings: By or about Vincent Starrett, 1964-1971, undated

Series 3: Other Authors' and Artists' manuscripts and papers, 1900

Arrangement
This series is arranged alphabetically by the name of the author or artist whose manuscripts or papers are included.

Box 2 / Folder 1
Browning, Robert. Notebook of Browning's Father Containing Titles of Books, undated
Scope and Content
Accompanied by a note by David Borowitz: "above in Vicent Starrett's handwriting--a gift to me from him in 1960."
Box 2 / Folder 2
Bennett, John. Correspondence to Vincent Starrett, 1929, 1930, 1933
Scope and Content
Includes letters from February 6, 1929; March 11, 1930; April 13, 1933.
Box 2 / Folder 3
Chambers, Robert. Manuscript: "The Mask", March 4, 1929
Physical Description: Manuscript dialogue of Act 1, Scene 2 the The King in Yellow. Inscribed to Vincent Starrett.
Box 2 / Folder 4
Collier, John. Correspondence and Manuscript, 1950, undated
Scope and Content
Includes two letters from John Collier to Vincent Starrett dated July 11, 1950; August 8, 1950. Also includes a typed manuscript of Evening Primrose by John Collier, inscribed to Starrett by Collier and bearing the note: "Dear Vincent Starrett / This is the first typescript of the short story published as "Evening Primrose." The M.S. first draft from which this was typed has been destroyed. I like this story better than any other I have written. / Yours v. sincerely / John Collier." The original title of the story Group of Three -- Easter Styles is struck out in ink by Collier.
Box 2 / Folder 5
Cruikshank, George. Correspondence to Dr. Elliotson, July 18, 1841
Physical Description: Autograph letter, signed, with envelope.
Scope and Content
Includes a carte de visite photograph of Cruikshank.
Box 2 / Folder 6
Cruikshank, George. Correspondence to Preston, Esq., November 1, 1851
Physical Description: Autograph letter, signed, on mourning paper.
Box 2 / Folder 7
Cruikshank, George. Correspondence to Mr. Dorsett, October 31, 1864
Physical Description: Autograph letter, signed, with envelope, both mounted onto paper sheet by a prior owner.
Box 2 / Folder 8
Cruikshank, George? Diary: They Lady's & Gentleman's Annual Pocket Ledger..., 1831
Physical Description: This item is very fragile.
Scope and Content
144 pages. Diary contains autograph entries on 64 pages. The plates listed on pages 125-126 as being part of the diary volume are lacking. Diary includes "memorandums" and "cash account" ruled sections for each date, accompanied by other material such as significant events of the prior year, enigmas for amusement, poems, songs, hackney/coach/cabriolet fares, dances, and other printed information.
Box 2 / Folder 9
Cruikshank, George. Diary: Harwood's Diamond Diary with an Almanack, 1840
Physical Description: This item is very fragile.
Scope and Content
"Geo Cruikshank" on first entry leaf (January). Autograph entries on 79 pages, including sketches throughout.
Box 2 / Folder 10
Cruikshank, George? Diary: F. Arnold's Monthly Pocket Diary, August 1872
Scope and Content
Includes several pages of advertisements at front and back of diary. Autograph entries on 10 pages.
Box 2 / Folder 11
Cruikshank, George. Drawings: "If" and "They", July 31, 1873
Scope and Content
Two small pen sketches of decorative lettering of the words "if" and "they." In a folder inscribed with Cruikshank's name and addressed to C. E. Mathews.
Box 2 / Folder 12
Cruikshank, George? Notebook: Account Book, January 1838-August 1848
Scope and Content
Includes autograph entries of expenditures on 50 pages of the volume.
Box 2 / Folder 13
Cruikshank, George. Notebook: Account Book, "King Grocer &c. 8. Everett St.", July 1846-March 1850
Scope and Content
First page is headed "G. Cruikshank, Esq." Includes autograph entries on 47 pages. Accompanied by an autograph letter, signed, John King to George Cruikshank, April 22, 1852, with a receipt on verso.
Box 2 / Folder 14
Cruikshank, George. Title page or cover sheet for Cruikshank print, 1969
Scope and Content
A title page or cover sheet presented with an "Impression from Original Steel Plate Engraved by George Cruikshank...For One of the Illustrations for 1851, or the Adventures of Mr. & Mrs. Sandboys....From a plate in the possession of Eugene Stevens, Jr., Printed by Letterio Calapai, December, 1969." At top of sheet is an autograph note, signed, by Stevens that reads "Compliments of the [illegible] from one admirer of the great George to another." Please note that the print referred to is not part of this collection.
Box 2 / Folder 15
de la Mare, Walter. Correspondence to Vincent Starrett, February 1916, undated
Box 2 / Folder 16
Eichin, Fred C. Publications, 1952-1959
Scope and Content
Includes issues of the following periodicals, each of which includes a piece of writing by Eichen: The Bookery (n.1, winter 1952-53); Cerebrations (n.7, January 1959); The Chimes (July 1957). Each is inscribed by Eichen to David Borowitz.
Box 2 / Folder 17
Gedik, Simon. Defensio Sexus Muliebris..., 1707
Scope and Content
Gedik's work is a reply to the anonymously written Disputatio Nova Contra Mulieres... a copy of which is also present in this file. Both are dis-bound.
Box 2 / Folder 18
Goldstone, Dorothy and Adrian. Holiday card, undated
Box 2 / Folder 19
Hecht, Ben. The Bewitched Tailor, 1941
Scope and Content
One of 850 copies, with an illustration by George Grosz and signed by Hecht and Grosz. Includes a form letter from the Viking Press about Hecht's 1001 Afternoons in New York (in which Bewitched Tailor is one story). Also includes a bill of sale for this item to David Borowitz, dated 1968.
Box 2 / Folder 20
John Lane (publisher). Catalog for Keynotes Series, 1896
Scope and Content
A catalog for the Keynote Series of Novels and Short Stories, with Twenty-one Designs by Aubrey Beardsley.
Box 2 / Folder 21
The Lantern. Volume 2, Numbers 3 and 4, August and October 1913
Box 2 / Folder 22
Lovecraft, H. P. Works by, 1916-1945
Scope and Content
Includes the following works by Lovecraft: "Celephais" in The Garden of Fear by Robert E. Howard, and Other Stories of the Bizarre and Fantastic (1945); "A Rural Summer Eve" in The Trail, v.1 (January 1916); "A Voice from the Grave" in The Scarlet Cockerel, n.15 (January 1941) (two copies); Two issues of The Conservative, n.12 and 13 (March and July 1923) of which Lovecraft was the editor.
Box 2 / Folder 23
Lovecraft, H. P. Works about, 1940-1970
Scope and Content
Includes the following works about Lovecraft: Cook, Paul W. In Memoriam Howard Phillips Lovecraft (Driftwood Press, 1941); Kleiner, Rheinhart. "Howard Phillips Lovecraft" in The Phoenix, v.3 (September 1943); The Lovecraft Collector, n. 1-3 (1949); "In Memoriam: Howard Phillips Lovecraft 1890-1937" in The Olympian, new series, n.1 (Autumn 1940); Schevill, James. Lovecraft's Follies playbill for Rhode Island production of the play (1970); Wesson, Helen V. "The Phenomenon of HPL" in The Fossil, v.55 (July 1957); "World fame had not yet come to Howard Phillips Lovecraft..." in The National Amateur, v.72 (December 1949).
Box 2 / Folder 24
Middleton, Richard. Manuscript fragment, undated
Scope and Content
1-page autograph manuscript by Middleton from his story The Ghost Ship. At bottom of page Henry Savage has written the following autograph note, signed: "My dear Starrett--Here's an interesting fragment for you--Richard Middleton's great story, The Ghost Ship, as originally conceived and abandoned. Very different, you will note, from the beginning as printed. Yours, Henry Savage 6/30." Also present is a portrait of Middleton by E. Masson.
Box 2 / Folder 25
Molesworth, M. L. Correspondence to unknown recipient, April 24, 1896
Scope and Content
2-page autograph letter, signed, on mourning paper. Year of letter has been supplied.
Box 2 / Folder 26
Newberry Library. A Selection...from the Louis H. Silver Collection, 1964
Scope and Content
Full title: A Selection of Books and Manuscripts from the Louis H. Silver Collection Now in the Newberry Library. A Handlist.
Box 2 / Folder 27
Phillips, Watts. Correspondence, undated
Scope and Content
8 autograph letters, signed to "Dicks," "Maria," and "John and Walter." Most of the letters include drawings by Phillips. 1 of the letters is a fragment. Also included is a captioned drawing, a photocopy of an article about Phillips, and an invoice for the purchase of 7 Phillips letters to David Borowitz. Although letters include day and month of writing, no years are included, but they were written in the 19th century.
Box 2 / Folder 28
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Advertisement for A Second Collection of Moral Emblems, 1882