Archives of the Corell Publishing Company

Collection Summary

Title: Archives of the Corell Publishing Company
Call Number: MS 89-20
Size: 1.0 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased from Leslie Hindman Auction, 1985
Processed by: AHC, circa 1988; JEF, 3-16-1998; MN, 11-21-2014
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

Literary rights were not granted to Wichita State University. When permission is granted to examine the 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

Correspondence, literary works and engraving plates dating from 1896 to 1943 comprise the greater portion of these papers relating to the Corell Publishing Company. Most of the correspondence and literary works are attributed to Booth Tarkington; however, some also concern Corell's magazine, John-a-Dreams. Correspondents include Edward W. Bryant, Robert T. Sloss, Carolyn Wells, Kenneth Brown, St. George Best, and Barton Currie. The collection also contains copies of the little magazine, John-a-Dreams, including its prospectus and inaugural issues. Also included in the collection is an original copy of Tarkington's The Kisses of Marjorie.

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Box 1 FF 1 Contains correspondence to Edward W. Bryant from various persons dated May 12 and May 29, 1897.
Box 1 FF 2 Contains correspondence to Robert T. Sloss (“Slims”) from Booth Tarkington. A few dates mentioned are August 24, 1896 and November 6, 1896.
Box 1 FF 3 Contains correspondence to Robert T. Sloss (“Slims”) from various persons dated from October 24, 1896 to March 31, 1897.
Box 1 FF 4 Contains correspondence to Corell Press from various persons and companies dated from November 7, 1895 to April 16, 1902.
Box 1 FF 5 Contains correspondence to the magazine, John-A-Dreams, from various persons dated from March 24, 1896 to November 8, 1897.
Box 1 FF 6 Contains correspondence to the editor of John-A-Dreams from Kenneth Brown dated from October 22, 1896 to March 1897.
Box 1 FF 7 Contains correspondence to the editor of John-A-Dreams from Carolyn Wells (an American writer 1869-1942) dated from January 7, 1896 to November 13, 1896.
Box 1 FF 8 Contains correspondence for John-A-Dreams to Carolyn Wells.
Box 1 FF 9 Contains correspondence to the editor of John-A-Dreams from St. George Best dated from March 5, 1897 to August 15, 1897.
Box 1 FF 10 Contains correspondence to the editor of John-A-Dreams from various persons dated from April 14, 1897 to May 29, 1897.
Box 1 FF 11 Contains a letter from E. W. Hofstatter concerning the terms that were used in purchasing the Corell Press, no date.
Box 1 FF 12 Contains copies of poems and plays written by various people. Also contains a copy of the play, The Kisses of Marjorie, by Booth Tarkington.
Box 1 FF 13 Contains financial papers concerning various bills, checks, receipts, etc., dated from August 3, 1896 to February 2, 1898.
Box 1 FF 14 Contains legal documents including copyrights, notes, and contracts between partners of John-A-Dreams dated September 16, 1895 to August 29, 1899. Also contains an indenture between the American University Magazine and the partners of Corell Press dated February 1, 1897.
Box 1 FF 15 Contains clippings from various magazines and newspapers (photocopies have been made of the clippings). The clippings are dated from October 29, 1895 to September 1896.
Box 1 FF 16 Contains the photocopies of the clippings in FF 15.
Box 1 FF 17 Contains several miscellaneous items relating to Corell Press: a blotter printed by the Corell Press for the month of July 1896; a drawing on graph paper of a sign for Corell Press; and a name card with Booth Tarkington's name and the date April 26, 1933.
Box 1 FF 18 Contains a few pages from the magazine, The Bibelot, and two copies of a pamphlet printed by Corell Press to encourage young and unknown writers to send their manuscripts to the magazine, John-a-Dreams.
Box 1 FF 19 Contains correspondence between John Corell and Barton Currie dated from December 9, 1932 to July 20, 1934.
Box 1 FF 20 Contains correspondence between John Corell and Booth Tarkington dated December 23, 1932 and December 24, 1943.
Box 1 FF 21 Contains a yellow paper which shows the number of John-A-Dreams printed with the number of volumes, date and pages, an excerpt from Booth Tarkington by Barton Currie, a photocopy from Booth Tarkington by Barton Currie which has comments about John-A-Dreams, and its relation to Newton Booth Tarkington, an outline which lists the volumes of John-A-Dreams that include illustrations or writing by Booth Tarkington, and a typewritten copy from Princeton Verse which lists the issues of in which any of Booth Tarkington's materials were printed. (He wrote under the name of Cecil Woodford.)
Box 1 FF 22 Contains biographies in WSU Library.
Box 1 FF 23 Contains two bound copies of Volume 1 of John-A-Dreams. One is hard-bound and the other copy is paperback; however, the hard back copy has advertisements in the back and some writing in pencil on the first page.
Box 1 FF 24 Contains a drawing by Booth Tarkington dated 1901.
Box 1 FF 25 Contains the original wooden frame of the drawing in FF 24. On the back is the date 1901.
Box 2 FF 1 Contains three issues of the Prospectus, October, Volume 1, #0.
Box 2 FF 2 Contains the original copies of John-A-Dreams, Volume 1, #1, July and just a cover for issue #1 and Volume 1, #2, published in August.
Box 2 FF 3 Contains the original copies of John-A-Dreams, Volume 1, #3, published in September 1896 and Volume 1, #4, published in December 1896.
Box 2 FF 4 Contains the original copies of John-A-Dreams, Volume 2, #1, published in January 1897 and Volume 2, #2, published in February 1897.
Box 2 FF 5 Contains the original copies of John-A-Dreams, Volume 2, #3, published in March 1897 and Volume 2, #4 published in April 1897.
Box 2 FF 6 Contains the original copies of John-A-Dreams, Volume 2, #5, published in May 1897 and Volume 2, #6, published in June 1897.
Box 3 Contains engraving plates for Corell Press.
Box 3 FF 1 Contains detailed descriptions of the collection’s contents.