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Subseries 1.2
Professional correspondence and papers, 1880-1918
Boxes 1-3; OP4-6, 231-235, 238-243; BV2; FR1-3

Scope and Content Note

This subseries contains correspondence between Harris and his book and magazine publishers, as well as publishing contracts and copyright notices. A second section of the subseries contains correspondence, sketches and drawings of the illustrators of the Uncle Remus stories and others Harris volumes.

Correspondence from publishers dates from 1880 to 1918. Letters dating after Harris's death up to 1918 are to Esther, Julian or Julia Harris. The correspondence includes letters from publishers soliciting articles and new volumes, inquiring about long-promised but never delivered stories, and discussing royalties and plots. Several letters of the 1880s mention problems with a European copyright infringement and the proposed new copyright law then being considered by Congress. Names of many of the publishers and agents appearing in this subseries are included in the personal name index to the correspondence.

The two boxes of correspondence and sketches of illustrators house correspondence of Harris, Arthur Burdett Frost, and Frederick Stuart Church, plus drawings, prints and lithographs of six artists, including Frost and Church. The letters between Harris and Church concern illustrations for Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and Nights with Uncle Remus (1883). Letters between Frost and Harris reveal the warm friendship the two shared and the mutual respect each had for the other's artistry. In one letter, Harris comments on his happiness at finally seeing how his characters really looked. Other papers of illustrators include biographical materials about Arthur Burdett Frost, pencil drawings and sketches, page proofs of illustrations, and color prints by Karl Moseley, James Henry Moser, E. Boyd Smith, and Joseph Keppler. Related large oversized illustrations are part of Series 3, Photographs and Illustrations.

The final section of this subseries contains sketches and illustrations by Barry Moser for Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Harcourt Brace Joranovich, 1986). The illustrations have been grouped, then arranged by subject and in the order in which they appear in the published book, with a few miscellaneous sketches placed at the end of the sketches. In some instances, there is more than one item relating to each illustration, and many groups include both sketches which are similar to the published version and sketches which differ. In the listing below, descriptive notes and approximate measurements are included to distinguish one item in each group from another and/or to distinguish a sketch from the published illustration rather than to provide precise and detailed descriptions. Other materials at the end of this group concern the production of the book Jump!

Arrangement Note

Arranged by type of record and then mostly in alphabetical order by publishing company.

Finding Aid Note

Index to selected correspondents in Series 1 (Subseries 1.2-1.3) available.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Due to the fragile nature of the originals, researchers are required to use the microfilm copy of materials in boxes 1-3.

Scope and Content Note This subseries contains correspondence between Harris and his book and magazine publishers, as well as publishing contracts and copyright notices. A second section of the subseries contains correspondence, sketches and drawings of the illustrators of the Uncle Remus stories and others Harris volumes. Correspondence from publishers dates from 1880 to 1918. Letters dating after Harris's death up to 1918 are to Esther, Julian or Julia Harris. The correspondence includes letters from publishers soliciting articles and new volumes, inquiring about long-promised but never delivered stories, and discussing royalties and plots. Several letters of the 1880s mention problems with a European copyright infringement and the proposed new copyright law then being considered by Congress. Names of many of the publishers and agents appearing in this subseries are included in the personal name index to the correspondence. The two boxes of correspondence and sketches of illustrators house correspondence of Harris, Arthur Burdett Frost, and Frederick Stuart Church, plus drawings, prints and lithographs of six artists, including Frost and Church. The letters between Harris and Church concern illustrations for Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings (1880) and Nights with Uncle Remus (1883). Letters between Frost and Harris reveal the warm friendship the two shared and the mutual respect each had for the other's artistry. In one letter, Harris comments on his happiness at finally seeing how his characters really looked. Other papers of illustrators include biographical materials about Arthur Burdett Frost, pencil drawings and sketches, page proofs of illustrations, and color prints by Karl Moseley, James Henry Moser, E. Boyd Smith, and Joseph Keppler. Related large oversized illustrations are part of Series 3, Photographs and Illustrations. The final section of this subseries contains sketches and illustrations by Barry Moser for Jump! The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (Harcourt Brace Joranovich, 1986). The illustrations have been grouped, then arranged by subject and in the order in which they appear in the published book, with a few miscellaneous sketches placed at the end of the sketches. In some instances, there is more than one item relating to each illustration, and many groups include both sketches which are similar to the published version and sketches which differ. In the listing below, descriptive notes and approximate measurements are included to distinguish one item in each group from another and/or to distinguish a sketch from the published illustration rather than to provide precise and detailed descriptions. Other materials at the end of this group concern the production of the book Jump!
Microfilm copy [see content details below]
Box Folder Content
MF2 Professional correspondence and papers, Box 1 (folders 1-15)
MF3 Professional correspondence and papers, Box 1 (folders 16-21) - Box 3
MF4 Professional correspondence and papers, BV2, OP5, OP5, and OP7
Publishers and Business Papers
1 1 D. Appleton and Co., 1880-1902
1 2 D. Appleton and Co., 1903-1911 and undated
1 3 Century Magazine, (Century Company), 1881-1884
1 4 Century Magazine, (Century Company), 1885-1887
1 5 Century Magazine, (Century Company), 1889-1900
1 6 Century Magazine, (Century Company) 1901
1 7 Century Magazine, (Century Company) 1902-1906 and undated
1 8 Doubleday and McClure Co., 1899-1900
1 9 Doubleday, Page and Co., March-September, 1900
1 10 Doubleday, Page and Co., October-December, 1900
1 11 Doubleday, Page and Co., 1901-1920
1 12 The ERA, Henry T. Coates and Co., 1901-1902
1 13 Harris, J.C. to various editors and publishers (typed copies), undated
1 14 Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1882-1899
1 15 Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1900-1918
1 16 Martin and Hoyt Co. (Library of Southern Literature), 1910-1911
1 17 McClure's Magazine, 1885-1900
1 18 McClure's Magazine, 1901
1 19 McClure's Magazine, 1902
1 20 McClure's Magazine, 1903-1904
1 21 McClure's Magazine, 1905-1906 and undated
2 1 James R. Osgood and Company, 1881-1891
2 2 Paul R. Reynolds (Publishing Agent), 1903-1906
2 3 Saturday Evening Post (Curtis Publishing Company), 1899-1900
2 4 Saturday Evening Post (Curtis Publishing Company), 1901-1905
2 5 Charles Scribner's Sons, 1881-1887
2 6 Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893-1901, 1918
2 7 Ticknor and Company, 1884-1889
2 8 Youth's Companion, 1883-1902
2 9 Miscellaneous Publishers, 1880-1899
2 10 Miscellaneous Publishers, 1904-1925
2 11 Copyright Notices, 1880-1899
2 12 Contracts with Publishers, 1883-1895
2 13 Miscellaneous Publishers, 1896-1902
2 14 Miscellaneous Publishers, 1904-1907
2 15 Miscellaneous Publishers, 1907-1918 and undated
Illustrators and Illustrations
3 1 Church, Frederick Stuart, 1880-1883 (4 letters, 4 sketches)
3 2 Frost, Arthur Burdett, 1886-1893 (11 letters)
3 3 Frost, Arthur Burdett, 1895-1905 and undated (11 letters)
3 4 Frost, Arthur Burdett, 1917-1933 (7 letters)
3 5 Frost, Arthur Burdett, pencil sketches for Uncle Remus (18 sketches)
3 6 Frost, Arthur Burdett, pencil sketches for Uncle Remus (14 sketches)
3 7 Frost, Arthur Burdett, 9 signed printed illustrations
3 7a Frost, Arthur Burdett, signed illustration from Legends of the Old Plantation, page 23
3 8 Frost, Arthur Burdett, 6 photographs of Frost and his sketches
BV2 Frost, Arthur Burdett, "Album" (1 item: sketchbook, ca. 1887)
3 9 Frost, Arthur Burdett, Art Student magazine, "The Works of A.B Frost" (May 1897)
OP4 5 Frost, Arthur Burdett, The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann: drawing entitled "She wuz cryin' -- sittin' dar cryin'"
OP4 6 Frost, Arthur Burdett, The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann: drawing entitled "Wash Day at the Plantation"
OP4 7 Frost, Arthur Burdett, Free Joe, framed drawing of Free Joe
OP4 8 Frost, Arthur Burdett, Calderwood reads Free Joe's pass," August 1884
FR1 Frost, Arthur Burdett, The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann, a Negro woman [inscribed" "Drawings of Aunt Minervy Ann presented in memory of Joel Chander Harris, Jr., by his wife"]
FR2 Frost, Arthur Burdett, The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann, A Negro woman and a white man [inscribed" "Drawings of Aunt Minervy Ann presented in memory of Joel Chander Harris, Jr., by his wife"]
FR3 Frost, Arthur Burdett, The Chronicles of Aunt Minervy Ann, Three men in an office [inscribed" "Drawings of Aunt Minervy Ann presented in memory of Joel Chander Harris, Jr., by his wife"]
OP4 9 Frost, Arthur Burdett, "Like dey was sumpin' runnin' after him"
OP4 10 Frost, Arthur Burdett, A Negro boy and cat
OP4 11 Frost, Arthur Burdett, "If only fer ter warm my hans"
OP4 12 Frost, Arthur Burdett, Told by Uncle Remus, "Does you call dis good luck?"
OP4 13 Frost, Arthur Burdett, "An unfinished drawing for an Uncle Remus story"
3 10 Frost, Arthur Burdett, pamphlets (four about Frost)
OP20 1 Gregg, Cartoon, pen and ink, of Joel Chandler Harris
OP5 1 Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "They paused-then she pointed to the darkest corner"
OP21 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop, the Boogerman, and the Right of Way, "The end of the story of a truly-girl, who grew up," title page
OP22 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "It seemed to Adelaide that it held a whole bushel of fried chicken and biscuits"
OP23 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "The child stared at her uncle so seriously that he was actually embarrassed"
OP5 2 Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "Old Jonas would listen by her bedside to convince himself that she was really breathing"
OP24 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "They began to creep forward, making as little noise as possible"
OP25 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "You are pouting,' she said, 'or you'd never be sitting in this room where nobody ever comes"
OP26 - Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "That's why you see these shoes lookin' like they're spang new'"
OP5 3 Harding, Charlotte, The Bishop and the Boogerman, "Mr. Sanders went from the courthouse with a sweeping stride"
OP20 2 Harding, Charlotte, "The Bishop, the Boogerman, and the Right of Way," Uncle Remus Magazine, Volume, 1, 1907. Drawing of characters gathered around title
OP20 3 Haynes, ?, Pen and ink sketch of Joel Chandler Harris with Uncle Remus, inscribed "To 'Uncle Remus' from one of his 'little boys'"
OP20 4 Kelley, Charles J., drawing of "The Old Bascom Place," a man and a woman by a fence
OP5 4 Keppler, Joseph, "Uncle Remus" (1 item: color print, probably a "Puckograph" in Puck magazine)
OP5 5-6 Mathews, Elizabeth, water-color paintings from "The Tar-Baby Story" [#3 and #4 are of Brer Fox and Tar-Baby]
3 11 Moseley, Karl, proofs of illustrations for Wally Wanderoon (10 items)
3 12 Moseley, Karl, proofs of illustrations for Wally Wanderoon (10 items)
3 13 Moseley, Karl, proofs of illustrations for Wally Wanderoon (12 items)
OP5 7 Moser, James Henry, etching - scenes depicting a courtroom during a trial (1 item: pen and ink drawing with white highlights, 1882)
3 14 Moser, James Henry, lithographic drawings (7 drawings)
3 15 Plates of original Uncle Remus and list of works (2 items)
OP20 5 Smith, E. Boyd, drawing of "The Colonel's Nigger Day," a black man, a white man, a horse and dogs in the woods.
3 16 Smith, E. Boyd, plates from Plantation Pageants (4 plates)
OP5 8 Smith, E. Boyd, sketches for Plantation Pageants [not used] (15 sketches) [1 of 4]
OP5 9 Smith, E. Boyd, sketches for Plantation Pageants [not used] (15 sketches) [2 of 4]
OP5 10 Smith, E. Boyd, sketches for Plantation Pageants [not used] (15 sketches) [3 of 4]
OP5 11 Smith, E. Boyd, sketches for Plantation Pageants [not used] (15 sketches) [4 of 4]
OP5 12 Unknown artist, sketches of rabbit and frog with oriental writing
OP5 13-15 Unknown artist, water color paintings of Brer Rabbit on bucking horse, rabbits rolling log, Tar-Baby, Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit
Illustrators and Illustrations: Barry Moser, Jump! : The Adventures of Brer Rabbit: Preliminary Sketches
OP6 1 (1) Brer Rabbit (2 sketches) the published version and sketches which differ: (1) ink; body only, 12 1/2" x 9" and (2) ink; with walking stick, 11" x 81/2"
OP6 1 (2) Briars (1 sketch) ink; straight branch at bottom, 8 1/2" x 10 7/8"
OP6 1 (3) Mr. Moon (1 sketch) pencil; moon, shoreline with trees and water, 8 1/2" x 10 7/8"
OP6 1 (4) Brer Wolf Requited (5 sketches): (1) pencil; small wolf figure, 8" x 8"; (2) pencil; larger wolf figure, 8" x 8"; (3) pencil; small wolf figure with trees, 10" x 8"; (4) pencil; small wolf figures, 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"; (5) ink; Brer Wolf as published, 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"
OP6 1 (5) Brer Fox (3 sketches): (1) pencil; Brer Fox as published, 11 1/8" x 8 3/8"; (2) pencil; front view with teeth, 10 7/8" x 8 1/2"; (3) pencil; front view with mouth closed, 10 7/8" x 8 1/2"
OP6 1 (6) Brer Fox Studies the Situation (4 sketches): (1) pencil; rabbit, reverse detail, 9 1/2" x 7 7/8"; (2) pencil/ink; Brer Fox with gun detail, 9 1/2" x 8"; (3) ink/pencil; Brer Rabbit with gun detail, 10" x 17"; (4) ink; full view, 9 7/8" x 19 3/8"
OP6 1 (7) Brer Fox Meets Mr. Man (2 sketches): (1) pencil; as published, 11" x 17" and (2) ink; fox under cart wheels, 8" x 9 1/2"
OP6 1 (8) Brer Fox Makes Tracks for Home (1 sketch): pencil; as published, 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"
OP6 1 (9) Brer Terrapin (1 sketch): pencil; as published, 11 1/8" x 8 1/2"
OP6 1 (10) Brer Judge T. Buzzard (1 sketch): ink; without spectacles, designed border, 11" x 8 1/2"
OP6 1 (11) The Day of the Race (2 sketches): (1) pencil; animals facing forward, 8 1/2"x 10 7/8" and (2) pencil; more people characters 8 1/2"x 11 1/8"
OP6 2 (12) Brer Rabbit in the Agony of Defeat (4 sketches): (1) pencil; bust-length view, wearing #15, 11 1/8" x 8 3/8"; (2) pencil; bust-length view, wearing stripes and #15, 11 1/8" x 8 3/8"; (3) pencil; bust-length view, wearing #1, 9 5/8" x 8", (4) pencil; bust-length view, 11" x 8 1/2"
OP6 2 (13) Miss Molly Cottontail (5 sketches): (1) pencil; body only, wearing striped stockings, 11" x 8 1/2"; (2) pencil; full figure, wearing striped stockings, 10 3/8" x 8 3/8"; (3) pencil; bust-length view, wearing ruffled bodice, 11" x 8 1/2"; (4) pencil; bust-length view, wearing hat, 11" x 8 1/2"; (5) pencil; as published, 10 7/8" x 8 1/2"
OP6 2 (14) Brer Rabbit's Home in the Briar Patch (2 sketches): (1) pencil/ink; front porch view, 10 7/8" x 8 1/2" and (2) ink; front porch view, 8 1/2" x 11"
OP6 2 (15) The Rabbit Family's Riding Horse (5 sketches): (1) pencil; rabbit without face on walking horse, 9 1/2" x 8"; (2) pencil; rabbit with face on walking horse, 14 1/8" x 10 7/8"; (3) pencil; faceless figure on bucking horse, 14" x 11 1/4"; (4) pencil; rabbit on bucking horse, 14" x 11 1/8"; (5) pencil; rabbit on bucking horse in oval line frame, 14" x 11 1/8"
OP6 2 (16) Brer Rabbit Jumps (2 sketches): (1) pencil: rabbit with out-stretched arms and no cigar, 8 1/2" x 10 7/8" and (2) pencil; rabbit with front paws on suspenders and cigar, 8 3/8" x 11 1/4"
OP6 2 (17) Mr. Moon Done Dropped in the Water (1 sketch): (1) pencil; in oval line frame, 8 3/8" x 11 1/8"
OP6 2 (18) [Rabbit Studies] (8 sketches): (1) pencil/ink; bust-length view with pole over shoulder, 9" x 12 5/8"; (2) ink; 4 rabbit heads, 1 rabbit tipping hat, 9" x 12 5/8"; (3) pencil; full-length view of standing rabbit with walking stick, 9" x 12 5/8"; (4) pencil; full-length view with front paw touching brim of top hat, 9" x 12 5/8"; (5) pencil; full-length back view of rabbit vest with knap-sack on pole over shoulder, 9" x 12 5/8"; (6) ink; full-length view of moving rabbit with right hind leg extended, 9" x 12 5/8"; (7) ink; full-length view of leaping rabbit with no face and right hind leg raised, 9" x 12 5/8"; (8) ink; full-length view of rabbit leaning back, 9" x 12 5/8"
OP6 2 (19) Miscellaneous (3 sketches): (1) pencil; view of country road, oval, 8 1/2" x 11 1/8"; (2) pencil; mailboxes with upright animal figure in distance, 8 1/2" x 11"; (3) pencil; view of front of country store and gas station, 8 1/2" x 10 7/8"
OP6 2 (20) Miscellaneous unidentified (2 sketches): (1) pencil, 8" x 9 1/2" and (2) pencil, 7 7/8" x 9 1/2"
OP6 3 Poster for Jump! Color, 12" x 34" featuring illustrations of "Brer Rabbit Jumps," and oval bust-length portraits of Brer Fox, Brer Bear, Brer Terrapin, and Miss Molly Cottontail, along with bibliographic information about the book
Illustrators and Illustrations: Barry Moser, Jump! : The Adventures of Brer Rabbit: Preliminary Wash Sketches
OP6 4 (21) Brer Fox Studies the Situation: color wash; grey/brown coloring, fox with rifle standing over rabbit, 15 3/8" x 11 1/8"
OP6 4 (22) Brer Fox Studies the Situation: color wash; brown/black coloring, fox with rifle standing over rabbit, 15 3/4" x 11 1/4"
OP6 4 (23) Brer Fox Studies the Situation: color wash; wide view, no coloring, inside outline of stump, 10 1/2" x 18 7/8"
OP6 4 (24) Brer Fox Studies the Situation: color wash; wide view, more detail with coloring inside outline of stump, 9 7/8" x 19"
OP6 4 (25) The Rabbit Family's Riding Horse: color wash; coloring on fox and in background, rabbit in outline only, 11 3/8" x 14 7/8"
OP6 4 (26) Mailboxes: color wash; four rural mailboxes, 7 5/8" x 11 1/4"
Illustrators and Illustrations: Barry Moser, Jump! : The Adventures of Brer Rabbit: Finished Artwork
OP6 4 (27) Briars, 11 1/2" x 7 7/8"
OP6 5 (28) Mr. Moon, 11 3/4" x 7 5/8"
OP6 5 (29) Scalded Wolf and the Night Sky [published with title "Brer Wolf Requited"], 15 1/4" x 11 1/4"
OP6 5 (30) Brer Fox Makes Tracks [for Home], 15 1/4" x 11 1/8"
Illustrators and Illustrations: Barry Moser, Jump! : The Adventures of Brer Rabbit: Files Concerning the Development and Production of the Book
OP6 6 (31) Calligraphic studies for title Jump! by Cara Moser, colored ink on card-weight paper (21 items)
OP6 6 (32) Calligraphic studies for titles, captions, and dedication, by Barry Moser, ink on paper (5 items)
OP6 6 (33) Design dummy of Jump! with pasted-up text, some illustrations, corrections, blue pencil notes
OP6 6 (34) Unbound sheets and dust jacket for first edition of Jump! (two folio gatherings: pp. i-viii, 1-16 and pp. 17-60)
OP6 6 (35) Correspondence (photocopies) exchanged among Pennyroyal Press, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich staff, and Barry Moser re Jump! project, 1985-1986. Includes copies of letters, postcards, titles and captions, handwritten notes, and a review (33 pp.)
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