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Catalog Data

Collection Creator:
Bransom, Paul, 1885-  Search this
Extent:
4.5 Linear feet (Box 1-5)
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
circa 1903-1984
Scope and Contents note:
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. See Appendix for a list of selected correspondents from Series 2.
Appendix: Selected Correspondents from Series 2:
This selected index to Series 2: General Correspondence, includes selected artists, writers whose works Bransom illustrated, art editors and directors, collectors, printers and engravers, and other significant correspondents. Illustrated letters are indicated in parentheses. This index is not comprehensive. Agathon, Oshin: 1961, 1963 Agins, Freddie: 1965, 1972 (illustrated letter), 1975, 1977 Albee, Grace: 1961, 1967 Aleshire, Morris: 1929 (illustrated letter) Alexander, Charles: 1923 Astley-Bell (Duis), Rita: 1962-1963, 1973, 1976 Ayres, Douglas: 1942, 1955, 1966-1967, 1971-1972, 1975-1976 Back, Joe and Mary: 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1971, 1979, undated Balch, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn: 1938-1939 Bartholomew, C.L. "Bart": 1921 Beal, Gifford: 1950, 1955 Bellows, George: 1913 Benda, W.T.: 1935, undated Biggs, Walter: 1938, 1944, 1966, 1967 Blair, W. Reid: 1926, 1929, 1933 Bott, Pat: 1964 (sketch), 1967-1971, 1973, 1983, undated Bowden, Harry: 1929 Brand, Eva: 1972, undated Bull, Charles Livingston: 1931, 1933-1934 Cady, Harrison: 1962, 1963 Calfee, William: 1933 Card, Helen Louise: 1950, 1954-1955, 1957, 1962 Chaffee, Allan: 1931, 1932, 1937-1938, undated Chapin, J. H.: 1918-1920 Chapin, James P.: 1942, 1945, 1963 Chapman, Charles: 1931, 1934, 1960, undated Chi, Chen: 1953, 1957, 1958 Clymer, John: 1964, 1970-1976, 1978-1979, undated Collett, Farrell R.: 1951, 1959-1960, 1964, 1969-1970, 1972, 1974, 1978, undated Cooper, Courtney Ryley; 1934 Cooper, Frederic Taber: 1920 Cottrell, Dorothy, 1931-1933 Cox, Warren: 1977 Crane, Alan H.: 1947, 1959-1962, 1967, undated Crowninshield, Frank: 1910 Curwood, James Oliver: 1919 DeFeo, Charles: 1969 Delano, Gerard C.: 1957 Dinsmore, Elizabeth: 1929, 1937-1940 Dirks, Rudy: 1905 (2 illustrated envelopes) Dobie, J. Frank: 1926-1928, 1931, 1933, 1938-1939, 1945, 1962, undated Dower, Walter: 1922-1925, 1927-1928 Drake, A.W.: 1907-1908 Dwiggins, Clare Victor: 1950 (illustrated letter) Edge, Rosalie: 1937, 1939-1940, 1942, 1947, 1961-1962 Eldridge, Paul: 1914 (illustrated letter) Enos, Ben H.: 1913 Evans, George W. "Dub": 1928, 1945, 1961 (see also Notes and Writings, New Mexico Lion Hunt) Evans, Joe: 1928, 1945 Fabian, Harold: 1958, 1973 Fair, Paul: 1928-1929, 1931, 1939, 1945, 1948 Field, Charles K.: 1914 Folmsbee, Beulah: 1940 Gannam, John: 1963 Gatti, Attilio: 1941, 1944, 1947 Gibson, "Pop": 1918-1919 Gibson, Charles Dana: 1903, 1913 Gilbert, Kenneth: 1925, 1928, 1945, 1972 Godfrey, W.C.: 1929 Goldman, Arthur: 1932 Hagen, Grant: 1957, 1959, 1966, 1972 Hahn Vidal, Margarita: 1963 Hargens, Charles: 1970 (illustrated), 1971-1974, 1976, 1978 Hays, Helen Ireland: 1963-1964, 1974-1975, 1977-1979, undated Hibben, Frank C. and Eleanor: 1945, 1972 Hill, Maybel Betsy: 1933 House, Brad: 1951, 1960, undated Howland, Karl V.S.: 1916-1917 Hunt, Lynn Bogue: 1958 Hurst, Dean: 1972, 1978 Johnstone, Jo and Jack: 1945-1946, 1952, 1955, 1963, undated Kappel, Phillip: 1930, 1955 Kent, Norman: 1963 Kirkland, John W., Jr.: 1940 Kuhn, Bob: 1936-1937, 1961, 1963, 1967, 1977-1978, undated Kuhn, Brenda: 1960-1961, 1967, 1971, 1984 Kuhn, Vera: 1949 Kuhn, Walt: 1905 (illustrated envelope), 1945 Kylgaard, James: 1939 Lathrop, Dorothy: 1939, 1942, 1954-1955, 1959, 1961-1964, 1966, 1969, 1971, 1974-1975, 1977, undated Lathrop, Gertrude: 1949, 1964, 1969, 1972-1973, 1978 Lentelli, Leo and Mimi: 1955, 1956, 1962-1963 Lewis, Martin: 1930 Liljefors, Lindorm: 1969 (illustrated), 1970, 1974 Lippincott, Joseph W.: 1933, 1945, 1954, 1975 Logan, Maurice: 1929 London, Charmian (Mrs. Jack London): 1913-1914 Long, Ray: 1912 Lougheed, Robert: 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, undated MacCreagh, Gordon: 1935, undated (illustrated letter) Mattingly, Seth: 1955, 1961-1964, 1969-1970, 1972-1976 (with list of books), 1978, 1980-1981, 1983, undated McClintock, Dorcas: 1973, 1974-1978, 1980, undated McCoy, Garnett: 1966 McCracken, Harold: 1948-1949, 1965, 1972 McLean, George: 1964-1965, 1971, undated Means, Thomas H. and Constance: 1931, 1936, 1947, 1960, 1964 Meigs, Ruth: undated Miller, George C.: 1949 Mills, Dorothy: 1928 Mochi, Ugo: 1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973-1974, 1976, undated Moon, Carl: 1928 Moore, Benson: 1939, 1941, 1945, 1959, 1964-1965, 1967, 1969, 1971-1974, undated Morris, George Ford: undated Moyle, Seth: 1911 Murphy, Robert: 1940-1941 Newell, Dave: 1942-1943 (illustrated letters), 1944-1945 (illustrated letter) Newett, Henry R.: 1927 Nisbet, Bob: 1953-1954 Olenchak, Tom: 1961, 1969, 1973, undated Osborn, Frederick and Margaret: 1930, 1940, 1954-1955, 1973, undated Palmer, Loren: 1926 Peattie, Donald Culross: 1927, 1937 Pierrot, George: 1927, 1932, 1934, 1937-1939, 1945, 1949, 1957, 1960-1963, 1967, 1969-1970, 1972-1979 Platt, Joseph B.: 1926 Richards, George M.: 1913 Roosevelt, Mrs. Kermit: 1941 Ruggles, C.B.: 1933 Rutledge, Archibald: 1939-1940, 1949 Sanborn, Elwin Roswell: undated Sarka, Charles: 1910 (illustrated envelope), 1911 (2 illustrated letters), 1913, 1917 (illustrated), 1934 (illustrated letter), 1941, 1947, 1948 (illustrated), 1950 (illustrated), 1958-1959 Sass, Herbert R.: 1934-1936, 1940, 1942 Saxton, Eugene: 1929 Schaldach, William, 1946, 1958 Schuler, Loring: 1919, 1927, 1931 Schwiering, Connie: 1958, 1961, 1963, 1967 Scott, William J. and Rachel: 1929, 1932-1933, 1956, 1964, 1967, 1973 Scriver, Bob: 1962, 1965, 1967, undated Seimel, Sasha: 1933-1935, 1962-1963, 1967 Sleicher, Bob: undated Sprunt, Alexander: 1932-1933 Stahl, Ben: 1944, 1969, 1972 Stokes, Frederick A.: 1921 Stolper, Joel: 1940 Stone, Walter King: 1933 Taylor, E.H.: 1925-1927, 1930, undated Teague, Donald: 1970, 1972, 1975-1976 Tee-Van, John: 1942 Terhune, Albert Payson: 1926, 1927, 1929 Thomas, J. Sharkey: 1974-1977 Thompson, H.A.: 1907-1909 Thurber, James: 1957 Tillenius, Clarence: 1960, 1963, 1969, 1974, 1975-1978, 1981, undated Washington, Booker T.: 1915 Watson, Ernest: 1951 Weaver, John V.A.: 1928 Wengenroth, Stow: 1962 Williams, Wheeler: 1964, undated (illustrated letter) Wolfe, R. Dietz: 1961, 1963, 1964, undated Wood, Peggy: 1928
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Collection Citation:
Paul Bransom papers, 1862-1985. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.branpaul, Series 2
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Paul Bransom papers
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
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