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Fred E. Pond papers related to fishing

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 904

Scope and Contents

The papers contain correspondence, photographs, drawings, writings, and ephemera primarily related to fishing, publications on fishing, and the history of fishing. Much of the correspondence is in regard to the life and work of the author Henry William Herbert ("Frank Forester") and includes letters from his daughter Margaret Herbert Mather, various authors, booksellers, and independent researchers, and floor plans of his home in Newark, New Jersey. The papers also hold correspondence and material on three other writers of interest to Pond: Kit Clarke, Charles Hallock and Isaac McLellan. Also present are more than fifty photographic portraits of notable men active in field sports and sporting publications, ephemeral items such as cigarette and trade cards bearing images of fish and fishing, and a group of letters and manuscripts related to the sport.

Dates

  • 1750 - 1947
  • Majority of material found within 1876 - 1922

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Fred E. Pond Papers Related to Fishing 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

Gift of Lindley Eberstadt, 1975.

Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Correspondence and Writings, 1876-1922. II. Papers Related to Authors, 1863-1918. III. Visual Materials, 1875-1930. IV. Other Papers, 1750-1947.

Extent

1.33 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

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.pond

Overview

The papers contain correspondence, photographs, drawings, writings, and ephemera primarily related to fishing, publications on fishing, and the history of fishing. Much of the correspondence is in regard to the life and work of the author Henry William Herbert ("Frank Forester") and includes letters from his daughter Margaret Herbert Mather and various authors, booksellers, and independent researchers. The papers also hold correspondence and material on three other writers of interest to Pond: Kit Clarke, Charles Hallock and Isaac McLellan. Also present are more than fifty photographic portraits of notable men active in field sports and sporting publications, ephemeral items such as cigarette and trade cards bearing images of fish and fishing, a book of sketches of fishermen by Wakeman Holberton, a watercolor by Joseph F. Sabin inscribed to collector David Wagstaff, and a group of letters and manuscripts related to the sport of fishing.

Fred E. Pond (1856-1925)

The American sporting editor and bibliographer Frederick Eugene Pond, also known as "Will Wildwood," was born in Packwaukee, Marquette County, Wisconsin, on April 8, 1856, one of four children born to Simeon and Flora Hotchkiss Pond. Especially interested in the history of field sports in America and in the bibliography of sporting publications, Pond's particular focus was the work of Henry William Herbert (1807-1858), a British-born author who wrote under the name "Frank Forester" and was the most prominent sporting writer in nineteenth-century America.

Pond moved to New York in 1881 to become the field editor of Turf, Field, and Farm, after which he returned to Wisconsin to publish and edit Wildwood's Magazine from 1888 until it merged with Turf, Field, and Farm in 1889. He served as editor of Sportsmen’s Review (Cincinnati) from 1897 to 1917 and of American Angler (New York) from 1917 to 1918, and wrote the "rod and gun" column in the New York Herald-Herald Tribune from 1923 to his death. Works of other authors edited by Pond include two volumes of writings by Henry William Herbert in 1879 and 1881, Isaac McLellan's Poems of the Rod and Gun (1886), and Charles Hallock's An Angler's Reminiscences (1913). Among Pond’s own writings were Hand-book for Young Sportsmen (1876), Memoirs of Eminent Sportsmen (1878), Gun Trial and Field Records of America (1883), The Sportsman’s Directory (1891), and Fishcraft, a Treatise on Fresh Water Fish and Fishing (1922); his Life and Adventures of “Ned Buntline” was first serialized in Wildwood's Magazine and later released in a limited edition volume (1919). Pond died in New York on November 1, 1925, and was buried in Warwick, New York, near a memorial erected to the memory of Henry William Herbert.

Processing Information

The collection was examined, described, and appraised in 1975 by Jerry E. Patterson, and some of the description in this finding aid come from his appraisal document.

Further organization, rehousing, and description were carried out in 2012.

This collection contains materials previously identified by the following call number: Uncat MS Vault 255
Title
Guide to the Fred E. Pond Papers Related to Fishing
Author
by Beinecke Staff
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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Location

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Access Information

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