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James Branch Cabell collection

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 566

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters, manuscripts, and printed material related to the life and work of James Branch Cabell. The letters in Series I were written by Cabell to his publishers, literary collaborator, and colleagues; in most cases the folders include carbon copies of responses sent back to Cabell. Writings in Series II are typescripts and proofs of several works, and include correspondence related to their publication, as well as designs by John O'Hara Cosgrave for Cabell's work There Were Two Pirates. Series III holds biographical material and published reviews of Cabell's work in the form of clippings, pamphlets, and other ephemera, along with portrait photographs of Cabell by Carl Van Vechten and by the Foster Studio, Richmond.

Dates

  • 1912 - 1971
  • Majority of material found within 1927 - 1954

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The James Branch Cabell Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was assembled by library staff and was acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded at the folder level in the contents list. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Arrangement

Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, 1918-1958. II. Writings, 1928-1949. III. Printed Material and Photographs, 1912-1971.

Extent

2.1 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.cabell

Overview

The collection contains letters, manuscripts, and printed material related to the life and work of James Branch Cabell. The letters in Series I were written by Cabell to his publishers, literary collaborator, and colleagues; in most cases the folders include carbon copies of responses sent back to Cabell. Writings in Series II are typescripts and proofs of several works, and include correspondence related to their publication, as well as designs by John O'Hara Cosgrave for the cover and end papers of Cabell's work There Were Two Pirates. Series III holds published material about Cabell, including reviews of his work, in the form of clippings, pamphlets, and other ephemera, and portrait photographs by Carl Van Vechten and Foster Studio, Richmond.

James Branch Cabell (1879-1958)

James Branch Cabell, American author of works of fiction and non-fiction, including novels, comedies, short stories, essays, poetry, and writings on genealogy. He was a native of Richmond, Virginia, and a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

For a full biography and bibliography of his work, see Cabell's entry in the online Encyclopedia of Virginia at http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Cabell_James_Branch_1879-1958 (accessed November 12, 2012).

Processing Information

Collection are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing and minimal organization, in 2012.

This finding aid was produced from previously existing cards in the Manuscripts Catalog. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained.

This collection includes materials previously identified by the following call numbers: Za Cabell, Za C109 +1, Za C109 +S1, Za C109 +G1, and Za Obj Art.
Title
Guide to the James Branch Cabell Collection
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2012
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 2018: Added folder of Carl Van Vechten letters to Cabell as folder 25a.

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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