Wichita Bibliophiles Collection


Collection Summary

Title: Wichita Bibliophiles Collection
Call Number: MS 2010-01
Size: 6.25 linear feet
Acquisition: Gift of members of the Wichita Bibliophiles and their families
Processed by: JCD: 10-14-2010
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine manuscripts, it is not an authorization to publish them. Manuscripts cannot be used for publication without regard for common law literary rights, copyright laws and the laws of libel. It is the responsibility of the researcher and his/her publisher to obtain permission to publish. Scholars and students who eventually plan to have their work published are urged to make inquiry regarding overall restrictions on publication before initial research.


Content Note

The Wichita Bibliophiles Collection is comprised of invitations, meeting minutes, membership lists, photographs, correspondence, book collecting materials, papers, and ephemera involved with the history of this group. The records range from 1919 to 2010. The Wichita Bibliophiles has been in existence from 1932 to the present.


Administrative History

The Wichita Bibliophiles formed in late 1932 and is composed of a small group of avid male book collectors from the Wichita area. The club generally holds meetings on the last Saturday evening of each month. The group also holds an annual gathering early each January in which each club member brings a book of special interest to share. The Bibliophiles still holds monthly meetings, almost 80 years since the group’s inception.

Each member exhibits a passion for book-collecting, but members hold different interests within this subject, including, but not limited to, printing, art, and writing. Members come from various professions: law, academics, writing, engineering, management, art, and journalism.

Members take turns hosting the monthly meetings. The host is responsible for the location of the meeting, food and drink, and a paper on a subject of his interest. Hosts mail personally designed invitations before each meeting announcing the date, time, location, and title or subject of the paper to be presented.

The Wichita Bibliophiles have never assigned offices to their members, although meeting minutes were officially taken in the earlier decades of the club. The group has also never created a constitution or by-laws. Perspective members are voted in. The only distinction given to a Bibliophile is “emeritus,” which is used to denote the most senior member of the club.

Present members include Judge Paul Buchanan, J. Eric Engstrom, Jim Hellman, Dr. Schulyer Jones, Jerry Leisy, Hal Ottaway, Chuck Potter, Hal Ross, and Jim Yarnell. Mike Heaston is an out of town member.

Former members include Philip Kassebaum and Mike Kelly.

Deceased members include Robert T. Aitchison, Henry Amsden, Wayne Bartlett, Charlie Basom, Ed Carroll, Howard Darling, S. Allen Daugherty, R. Potter Hill, Bill Jackson, Roetzel Jochems, Harry Kurdian, Mike McCutcheon, Phil Metzger, H. Craig Miner, Harold Null, Jose Olivares, George Parks, Ford Rockwell, Homer Shaw, Jack C. Stewart, Jim Stewart, Jr., Dale Stinson, Edward Tihen, Paul Uhlig, Manly Wade Wellman, and Paul I. Wellman.


Series Listing

Series 1

Box 1 FF 1-3

Biographical Information. This series contains biographical information about the members of the Bibliophiles, obituaries and funeral programs, and membership lists, 1955-2010.

Series 2

Box 1 FF 4-Box 2 FF 12

Meeting Invitations. This series contains invitations sent by each member for club meetings, listed chronologically, 1935-2010. Also includes invitation rough drafts by R. Potter Hill and two folders of invitations to related events.

Series 3

Box 2 FF 13-18

Meeting Minutes and Receipts. This series contains transcribed meeting minutes, 1936-1964, and receipts from previous meetings, 1939-1995.

Series 4

Box 3 FF 1-Box 4 FF 5

Paper Presentations. This series includes presentation lists and papers presented at meetings, including research used for papers. Papers are separated by author and then listed chronologically, 1932-2010.

Series 5

Box 4 FF 6-12

Correspondence and Holiday Cards. This series contains correspondence, 1919-2008, and holiday greeting cards, 1925-1995.

Series 6

Box 4 FF 13-16

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings. This series includes newspaper and magazine clippings about the Bibliophiles, and books and literature, 1935-2006.

Series 7

Box 4 FF 17-18

Photographs. This series contains photographs taken by and of members of the club, 1936-1986.

Series 8

Box 4 FF 19-22-Box 5

Bibliophile Publications. This series contains small books and papers printed by Bibliophiles who owned printing presses, 1956-1993. Includes several publications by James Yarnell in an oversized box, 1983-1984.

Series 9

Box 6 FF 1-Box 6 FF 8

Book Collecting Activities. This series includes literary calendars, book and catalog order forms, catalogs, magazines, information about other literary clubs, literary newsletters and related materials, 1921-1984.

 


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 – Biographical Information

 

 

 

Box 1

FF 1

Includes biographical information about the Wichita Bibliophiles, its existence, and short descriptions about its members, 1955-1997.

Box 1

FF 2

Obituaries and funeral programs of members, 1971-2010.

Box 1

FF 3

Bibliophiles membership lists, 1974, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1991-1992, 1995-1999, and 2001-2010. Includes earlier undated membership lists. Documents beginning in 1995 also have meeting presentation schedules photocopied on the reverse side.

 

 

 

Series 2 – Meeting Invitations

 

 

 

Box 1

FF 4

Meeting invitations, 1935. Handmade booklets and invitations sometimes contain small photographs of the meeting host, meal menus, paper topics, poems and humorous remarks.

Box 1

FF 5

Meeting invitations, January-June 1936.

Box 1

FF 6

Meeting invitations, July 1936-May 1937.

Box 1

FF 7

Meeting invitations, 1957-1968.

Box 1

FF 8

Meeting invitations, 1969-1970.

Box 1

FF 9

Meeting invitations, 1971-1972.

Box 1

FF 10

Meeting invitations, 1973-1974.

Box 1

FF 11

Meeting invitations, 1975-1976.

Box 1

FF 12

Meeting invitations, 1977-1978.

Box 1

FF 13

Meeting invitations, 1979-1980.

Box 1

FF 14

Meeting invitations, 1981-1982.

Box 1

FF 15

Meeting invitations, 1983-1984.

Box 1

FF 16

Meeting invitations, 1985-1986.

Box 1

FF 17

Meeting invitations, 1987-1988.

Box 1

FF 18

Meeting invitations, 1989-1990.

Box 2

FF 1

Meeting invitations, 1991-1992.

Box 2

FF 2

Meeting invitations, 1993-1994.

Box 2

FF 3

Meeting invitations, 1995-1996.

Box 2

FF 4

Meeting invitations, 1997-1998.

Box 2

FF 5

Meeting invitations, 1999-2000.

Box 2

FF 6

Meeting invitations, 2001-2002.

Box 2

FF 7

Meeting invitations, 2003-2004.

Box 2

FF 8

Meeting invitations, 2005-2006.

Box 2

FF 9

Meeting invitations, 2007-2010.

Box 2

FF 10

Meeting invitation rough drafts, mostly by R. Potter Hill, 1970s-1980s.

Box 2

FF 11

Invitations to related events, 1960-1992. Events include the opening of the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas; Wichita State University campus activities; bookbinding and papermaking events by Jim Yarnell and Bill Jackson; book release parties for Dr. H. Craig Miner; and viewings of Dr. Edward Tihen’s library.

Box 2

FF 12

Invitations to related events, 1993-2009. Events include a reception to honor Dr. Edward Tihen; additional lectures and presentations given by Jim Yarnell and Bill Jackson; a lecture by Dr. Schulyer Jones; a farewell reception for Special Collections curator Mike Kelly; and various Special Collections exhibitions on James R. Mead and Fern Mead Jordan.

 

 

 

Series 3 – Meeting Minutes and Receipts

 

 

 

Box 2

FF 13

Meeting minutes, August 1934-September 1936.

Box 2

FF 14

Meeting minutes, October 1936-January 1939.

Box 2

FF 15

Meeting minutes, March 1939-January 1946.

Box 2

FF 16

Meeting minutes, February 1946-December 1950.

Box 2

FF 17

Meeting minutes, January 1951-October 1964.

Box 2

FF 18

Club receipts, 1939-1995. Receipts mostly from dinner meetings held in restaurants or catered.

 

 

 

Series 4 – Paper Presentations

 

 

 

Box 3

FF 1

Lists of paper presentations, 1932-2005. This folder includes the typed versions of the meeting presentations. One list is chronological; one list gives names and dates of papers by author alphabetically.

Box 3

FF 2

Lists of paper presentations, 1932-1992. This folder includes rough drafts of paper presentation lists, typed, photocopied, and handwritten.

Box 3

FF 3

Lists of paper presentations, 1933-2010. This folder contains additional rough drafts of paper presentation lists.

Box 3

FF 4

Papers presented by Robert Aitchison, 1943, 1957. Includes paper on Thomas Bewick, May 1943, and “Interesting of Right,” February 1957.

Box 3

FF 5

Papers presented by Paul Buchanan, 1989-1999. Includes “A Sabbath Afternoon on the Greasy Grass (Or a Part of the Story of Custer’s Last Battle),” September 1989; “‘What Mean Ye By These Stones?’ Santa Fe Trail Markers Placed By the DAR,” September 1990; “Jaysieph (John C. Fremont),” September 1991; “Windwagon Smith, You’re a Latecomer (Lewis and Clark Expedition),” August 1992; “Twenty-Seven Months Without a President (Woodrow Wilson),” July 1994, two copies; “The Great American Ass (Roy Bradley),” July 1996; and “War: An Account of the Legislative War of 1893 in the House of Representatives,” September 1999.

Box 3

FF 6

Papers presented by Paul Buchanan, 2001-2008. Includes “Oregon,” March 2001; “John Brown’s Colt Navies (Pistols),” April 2002; “Ames Mountain Howitzer Number 1,” May 2003; “Before the Beginning,” June 2004; “Unintended Consequence,” June 2008; and “Unintended Consequences II,” n.d., two copies.

Box 3

FF 7

Papers presented by R. Potter Hill, 1949-1987. Includes “St. Andrews University,” January 1949; “Everette Lee DeGolyer,” May 1958; “The Printing Press as an Agent of Change,” March 1981; “The Wichita Bibliophiles,” December 1982, two copies; “George Ade,” April 1984; and “A Tale of Two Book Clubs – Plus …,” May 1987.

Box 3

FF 8

Papers presented by Roetzel Jochems, 1950-1980, and n.d. Includes “Maps and Cartography,” n.d.; “Eric Gill,” March 1968; “Son of Lady of Quality,” February 1970; “The Anatomy of Oenophilia,” February 1972; and “Audubon Revisited,” January 1980.

Box 3

FF 9

Paper presented by Harry Kurdian, 1959. Includes “Twenty-Five Years of Wichita Bibliophiles,” March 1959.

Box 3

FF 10

Papers presented by H. Craig Miner, 1979-1994. Includes “Our Century of Mars,” August 1979; “Books on Success,” October 1980; “Modest When Compared with That of Birds: Wright Brothers and 3-D Control,” November 1986; “‘Tout Bien ou Rien’: The Houghton-Mifflin Limited Editions, 1900-1910,” February 1991, two copies; “Library Associates,” April 1993, two copies; paper from Bibliophiles Annual Meeting, January 1994; “To Print is Human: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press,” January 1993; and “Francesco Petarcha and His Books,” December 1994.

Box 3

FF 11

Papers presented by H. Craig Miner, 1995-2010. Includes “Don Drenner and the Zauberberg Press,” December 1995; “Of Freemen, Forgeries, and Facsimiles,” March 1999; “Books on Kansas,” May 2001; “Monumenta et Libelli,” July 2003; “Bill Jackson: Our Friend, the Genius,” September 2007; and “Henry James: The New York Edition,” August 2010.

Box 3

FF 12

Paper presented by Harold Null, 1960. Includes bound copy of “A Resume of Type Design to 1800,” by Harry M. Crain, April 1960.

Box 3

FF 13

Paper presented by Hal Ottaway, 1988. Includes “The Taos Society of Artists,” by Ernest L. Blumenschein, February 1988.

Box 3

FF 14

Papers presented by George Parks, 1934, 1939. Includes “The Indian Removal,” August 1934; and “Early English Book Clubs,” January 1939.

Box 3

FF 15

Papers presented by Homer Shaw, 1955-1974. Includes “The Strange Case of Sir Thomas Phillips: Bibliophile Extraordinary,” November 1955; “Popol Vuh,” February 1958; “Hand-made Paper in Japan,” October 1963; “The Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tales,” February 1973; and “Thomas Jefferson: A Lover of Books,” March 1974.

Box 3

FF 16

Paper presented by James Stewart, Jr., 1942. Includes “A Little About Thomas Frognall Dibdin,” April 1942.

Box 3

FF 17

Papers presented by Dale Stinson, 1966-1969. Includes “A Few Ramblings about Law Books,” November 1966; “The Alexandrian Library,” November 1967, two copies; “William Allen White: ‘The Sage of Emporia,’” September 1968; and “General Information on Copyright,” November 1969.

Box 3

FF 18

Papers presented by Dale Stinson, 1970-1995. Includes “Pornography and Obscenity in Literature,” August 1970; “Harold Bell Wright,” October 1971; “American Heritage,” October 1972; “A Bibliophile in the British Isles,” May 1982; “Bibliophile Miscellanea,” August 1986; and “Legal Monuments: A Few Famous Law Books,” November 1995.

Box 3

FF 19

Papers presented by Dale Stinson, 2002, 2008. Includes “Civil War Drummer Boys,” July 2002, three copies; and “Books about Books,” January 2008.

Box 3

FF 20

Papers presented by Manly Wade Wellman, n.d. Includes two manuscripts: one untitled (two copies); and “The Black Drama,” both n.d.

Box 3

FF 21

Papers presented by Paul I. Wellman, 1935-1937. Includes “How to Write a Book,” October 1935, two copies; and “Cabbages and Kings or Who Struck Billy Patterson: A Collection of Lies,” May 1937, three copies.

Box 3

FF 22

Papers presented by Jim Yarnell, 1967-1998. Includes “The Initial Letter as a Decorative Device in Books from Early Manuscripts to the Present,” September 1967; “The Westvaco Christmas Books,” May 1982; “Burma,” December 1990; “Sand Paper,” February 1992; and “Cartographically Speaking,” March 1998.

Box 3

FF 23

Related papers. Includes “He Who Has Ears” by Dr. Ralph G. Nichols, Professor of Speech at University of Minnesota, n.d.; unidentified author, “Captain Charles Johnson: Enigma Historian,” n.d.; unidentified author, “The Glory of the Marciana,” October 1960; and “In the Time of Geoffory Tory,” by Sara [Hill], n.d.

Box 3

FF 24

Paper research, 1936-1974. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

Box 4

FF 1

Paper research, 1938-1955. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

Box 4

FF 2

Paper research, 1931, and n.d. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

Box 4

FF 3

Paper research, 1966-1999. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

Box 4

FF 4

Paper research, n.d. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

Box 4

FF 5

Paper research, 1961-1970, and n.d. This folder contains notes and research from the Bibliophiles on subjects for meetings.

 

 

 

Series 5 – Correspondence and Holiday Cards

 

 

 

Box 4

FF 6

Correspondence, 1919-1966. Includes letters regarding McCormick-Armstrong Press, bootlegging, conferences, history of the Bibliophiles, and fire-damaged paintings owned by Robert Aitchison.

Box 4

FF 7

Correspondence, 1967-1976. Includes information requests about the Bibliophiles, regrets from members about not attending meetings, gifts of books, and catalog subscriptions.

Box 4

FF 8

Correspondence, 1977-1982. Includes funeral service remarks, food bills for meetings, additional meeting regrets, and gifts of books to libraries.

Box 4

FF 9

Correspondence, 1983-1995. Includes letters about invitations to meetings, dinner parties, regrets for missing meetings, additional gifts of books, and membership lists.

Box 4

FF 10

Correspondence, 2000-2008. Includes letters regarding donations to museums, invitations to meetings, regrets for missing meetings, a resignation from the Bibliophiles, and book orders.

Box 4

FF 11

Holiday greeting cards, 1925-1953. This folder includes holiday cards sent by Paul Wellman, Jim H. Stewart, Jr., and Robert Aitchison.

Box 4

FF 12

Holiday greeting cards, 1963-1995. This folder contains holiday cards sent by Dale Stinson, Jim H. Stewart, Jr., Jim Yarnell, Bill Jackson, Roetzel Jochems, and R. Potter Hill. Several cards are undated.

 

 

 

Series 6 – Newspaper and Magazine Clippings

 

 

 

Box 4

FF 13

Newspaper clippings regarding the Bibliophiles, 1935-1988. These newspaper clippings detail donations made by the Bibliophiles to museums and libraries, professional accomplishments, dedications, books published, and lectures given.

Box 4

FF 14

Newspaper clippings regarding the Bibliophiles, 1990-2006. These newspaper clippings detail book collections, research projects, lectures to the public, book and art exhibitions, and accomplishments.

Box 4

FF 15

Newspaper clippings related to books and book collecting, 1950-1991. This folder contains clippings saved by various Bibliophiles concerning book collections, libraries, literary discoveries, and other related subjects.

Box 4

FF 16

Magazine clippings related to books and book collecting, 1949-1988. This folder contains clippings saved by various Bibliophiles from magazines concerning authors, books, exhibits, libraries, archaeological discoveries, and book collecting.

 

 

 

Series 7 – Photographs

 

 

 

Box 4

FF 17

Photographs, 1936-1986, and n.d. This folder contains pictures of Bibliophile members, mainly 1970s-1980s, with copies of earlier photographs. Includes photographs of group trips, meetings, individual shots, and photographs of “The Shanty,” the former meeting place in the 1930s-1940s. Contains twenty color photographs, four black and white photographs, two color photo negative strips, and one black and white photocopy of a picture from the Aitchison collection (MS 98-05, Box #1, FF 25).

Box 4

FF 18

Photographs, 1987-2004, and n.d. More recent photographs of Bibliophile members, 1980s-2000s. Includes photographs from annual club meetings, regular meetings, and outdoor functions. Contains eleven color photographs and one black and white autographed photograph.

 

 

 

Series 8 – Bibliophile Publications

 

 

 

Box 4

FF 19

Books and prints, 1956-1959. This folder includes works created by those Bibliophiles who owned private presses.

Box 4

FF 20

Books and prints, 1961-1964. This folder includes works created by those Bibliophiles who owned private presses.

Box 4

FF 21

Books and prints, 1966-1993. This folder includes works created by those Bibliophiles who owned private presses.

Box 4

FF 22

Books and prints, n.d. This folder includes works created by those Bibliophiles who owned private presses.

Box 5

 

Books, reports, and other materials, 1962-1984. This oversized box contains a Forbal prospectus, 1962; copies of The Four Ducks Press Annual Report, 1967; two miniature books by James Yarnell, Guacamole According to Luke, 1983; and Casey at the Bat, 1984; and a book page from Tanganyika Africa, n.d.`

 

 

 

Series 9 – Book Collecting Activities

 

 

 

Box 6

FF 1

Catalogs and magazines, 1958, 1962. This folder contains a review of Paul I. Wellman’s book, Ride the Red Earth, by Harnett Kane, “’Twixt Patriot and Rascal,” in the Saturday Review, February 22, 1958, p. 20. Also contains a copy of “Literature for Children” catalog, 1962.

Box 6

FF 2

Catalogs and magazines, 1964. This folder contains a copy of The New Yorker, October 31, 1964, with an article on book collecting, “Profiles: Quiet, Beneficent Things,” p. 63, saved by R. Potter Hill.

Box 6

FF 3

Catalogs and magazines, 1971-1973. This folder contains copies of “The American Heritage Catalogue,” 1971-1972, and 1972-1973.

Box 6

FF 4

Information on other book clubs, 1954, and n.d. This folder contains information collected by the Bibliophiles concerning other literary clubs. Also contains excerpts of a thesis written by Mary Iddings in 1954 at Case Western Reserve University about the Bibliophiles and other clubs.

Box 6

FF 5

Literary date books, 1968-1979. This folder contains calendars noting birth dates of famous authors.

Box 6

FF 6

Newsletters and pamphlets, 1936-1977. This folder contains newsletters and pamphlets from museum and library exhibits.

Box 6

FF 7

Ephemera, 1921-1984. This folder contains various ephemera, including a birth announcement for Robert Aitchison’s son, 1921; a hand-drawn diagram of Jim Yarnell’s book cases; a list of photographs by Jim Yarnell; a tape marked “Ed Tihen Feb. 25, ’84”; menus; and other ephemera.

 


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