A Guide to the Poe Foundation Business records, 1913-2008 Poe Foundation Business records, 1913-2008 43972

A Guide to the Poe Foundation Business records, 1913-2008

A Collection in
the Library of Virginia
Accession Number 43972


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Processed by: Renee M. Savits

Repository
The Library of Virginia
Accession Number
43972
Title
Poe Foundation Business records, 1913-2008
Extent
15.1 cu. ft. (44 boxes)
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Poe Foundation Business records, 1913-2008. Accession 43972. Organization records collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia September 2008.


Biographical Information

The Old Stone House, or the Edgar Allan Poe Museum, opened in April 1922 in Richmond, Virginia. The Poe Museum contains the world's largest collection of Edgar Allan Poe's manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia, and personal belongings. The first officers were J. H. Whitty, President, and W.G. Stanard and Douglas Freeman, Vice Presidents. In 2009 the museum will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allen Poe.

Scope and Content

Business records, 1913-2008, of the Edgar Allan Poe Museum of Richmond, Virginia. Includes admission ledgers, annual reports and minutes, book shop accounts, card catalogs, correspondence, daily journals, finances, guest registers, newsletters, photographs, programs, and receipts.

Of note are the numerous letters from Poe scholars, board members, donors, and various dignitaries, including presidents and senators. Beginning in 1921 the museum embarked on an initiative to collect Poe memorabilia and personal effects, and letters tracing these efforts are included. The correspondence also includes numerous requests for information on Poe and purchases from the book shop, as well as copies of poetry and stories submitted by Poe scholars. Also included are letters appointing board members and announcing board meetings, and membership dues. Included is an interesting collection of letters from Olaf Bjorkman regarding a sculpture of Poe and the Raven. Other correspondents include: William Sumner Appleton, Senator Harry F. Byrd, James Branch Cabell, Douglas S. Freeman, Honorable Vaughan Gary, President Warren G. Harding, John Calvin Metcalf, Bentley Munford, George Foster Peabody, Senator A. Willis Robertson, Chief Justice William H. Taft, Morton G. Thalhimer, Mary Traylor (secretary), and Governor William M. Tuck.

The annual reports, 1922-1974, include financial statements, minutes, tour notes, meeting announcements, and reports to the president and board members. Included are copies of the newsletters, Evermore and The Poe Messenger. The financial organization of the museum can be traced through the account cash ledgers, annual reports, book shop accounts, daily journals, and receipts. Also of note are the guest registers, 1921-2006, which record visitors to the Poe Museum, including celebrities such as Gertrude Stein, and track the attendance and popularity of the museum. The collection also includes card catalogs containing information on donations, lists of books, pamphlets, and articles located at the Poe museum, and miscellaneous card catalogs.

Arrangement

This collection is alphabetically by folder title, with the card catalogs arranged at the end.

Contents List

Box 1
Accession register, 1976-1997.

(see also the accession file card catalogs)

Box 1
Accession register, 1998-2006.

(see also the accession file card catalogs)

Box 1
Account and membership ledger, 1923.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1975 November-1980 January.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1980 January-1982 January.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1982 January-1983 October.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1985 May-1987 January.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1987 January-1988 August.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1990 April-1991 November.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1991 November-1993 June.
Box 1
Admissions cash ledger, 1993 June-1994 May.
Box 2
Folder 1
Advertisements, Events, 1977.
Box 2
Folder 1a
Annual reports and minutes, 1922-1925.
Box 2
Folder 2
Annual reports and minutes, 1926-1927.
Box 2
Folder 3
Annual reports and minutes, 1930-1939.
Box 2
Folder 4
Annual reports and minutes, 1940-1949.
Box 2
Folder 5
Annual reports and minutes, 1950-1959.
Box 2
Folder 6
Annual reports and minutes, 1960-1974.
Box 2
Folder 7
Appraisal, nd.
Box 2
Folder 8
Articles of incorporation, 1922-1982.
Box 2
Folder 8a
Board members, 1954-1978.
Box 2a
Book shop account journal, 1923 October-1929 December.
Box 2a
Book shop account journal, 1962 November-1964 June.
Box 2a
Book shop account journal, 1972 August-1974 March.
Box 2
Folder 9
Clippings, 1945-2005.
Box 3
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1913-1918.
Box 3
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1920.
Box 3
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1921.
Box 3
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1922 January-June.
Box 3
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1922 July-December.
Box 3
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1922-1931.

Olaf Bjorkman

Box 3
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1923 January-June.
Box 3
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1923 July-December.
Box 3
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1924 January-June.
Box 3
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1924 July-December.
Box 3
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1925 January-June.
Box 3
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1925 July-December.
Box 3
Folder 13
Correspondence, 1926 January-June.
Box 4
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1926 July-September.
Box 4
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1926 October-December.
Box 4
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1927 January-June.
Box 4
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1927 July-December.
Box 4
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1928 January-June.
Box 4
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1928 July-December.
Box 4
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1929 January-June.
Box 4
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1929 July-December.
Box 4
Folder 9
Correspondence, Davenport Insurance Co., 1921-1925.
Box 4
Folder 10
Correspondence, Davenport Insurance Co., 1926-1934.
Box 5
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1930 January-June.
Box 5
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1930 July-December.
Box 5
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1931.
Box 5
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1932.
Box 5
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1933.
Box 5
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1934.
Box 5
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1935.
Box 5
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1936.
Box 5
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1937.
Box 5
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1938.
Box 5
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1939.
Box 6
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1940.
Box 6
Folder 2
Correspondence, 1941.
Box 6
Folder 3
Correspondence, 1942.
Box 6
Folder 4
Correspondence, 1943.
Box 6
Folder 5
Correspondence, 1944.
Box 6
Folder 6
Correspondence, 1945.
Box 6
Folder 7
Correspondence, 1949.
Box 6
Folder 8
Correspondence, 1958-1959.
Box 6
Folder 9
Correspondence, 1960-1964.
Box 6
Folder 10
Correspondence, 1965-1969.
Box 6
Folder 11
Correspondence, 1970-1979.
Box 6
Folder 12
Correspondence, 1980-1986.
Box 6
Folder 13
Correspondence, 1987.
Box 6
Folder 14
Correspondence, 1988-1989.
Box 7
Folder 1
Correspondence, 1990-1997.
Box 7
Folder 2
Correspondence, 2000-2006.
Box 7
Folder 3
Correspondence, nd.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1962.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1962.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1963.
Box 8a
Folder 1
Daily journal/diary, 1962 October-1963 September.
Box 8a
Folder 2
Daily journal/diary, 1963 October-1964 September.
Box 8a
Folder 3
Daily journal/diary, 1964 October-1965 December.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1976-1977.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1978.
Box 8
Daily journal/diary, 1987.
Box 7
Folder 4
Donations, 1989-2006.
Box 7
Folder 5
Exhibit loans, 1993.
Box 7
Folder 6
Finances, 1925-1933.
Box 7
Folder 7
Financial report, 1932.
Box 7
Folder 8
Financial report, 1955-1960.
Box 7
Folder 9
Financial report, 1975.
Box 7
Folder 10
Financial report, 1990-2008.
Box 7
Folder 11
Genealogy, Poe family.
Box 7
Folder 12
Histories/biographies of Poe.
Box 7
Folder 13
Histories/biographies of Poe, Museum package.
Box 9
Guest register, 1921 October-1926 April.
Box 10
Guest register, 1926 April-1929 April.
Box 11
Guest register, 1929 April-1932 March.
Box 12
Guest register, 1932 March-1936 July.
Box 13
Guest register, 1936 September-1939 October.
Box 14
Guest register, 1939 October-1943 September.
Box 15
Guest register, 1944 May-1947 August.
Box 16
Guest register, 1947 August-1951 November.
Box 17
Guest register, 1954 May-1955 August.
Box 17
Guest register, 1955 August-1956 May.
Box 17
Guest register, 1956 May-1957 August.
Box 17
Guest register, 1957 August-1959 May.
Box 17
Guest register, 1959 May-1960 October.
Box 18
Guest register, 1960 October-1962 April.
Box 18
Guest register, 1962 May-1963 April.
Box 18
Guest register, 1963 April-1964 March.
Box 18
Guest register, 1964 March-October.
Box 19
Guest register, 1964 October-1965 August.
Box 19
Guest register, 1965 August-1966 June.
Box 20
Folder 1
Guest register, 1966 June-December.
Box 20
Folder 2
Guest register, 1966 December-1967 December.
Box 20
Folder 3
Guest register, 1967 December-1968 December.
Box 20
Folder 4
Guest register, 1968 December-1969 December.
Box 20
Folder 5
Guest register, 1969 December-1970 December.
Box 20
Folder 6
Guest register, 1970 December-1971 December.
Box 21
Folder 1
Guest register, 1971 December-1972 December.
Box 21
Folder 2
Guest register, 1972 December-1973 December.
Box 21
Folder 3
Guest register, 1973 December-1974 December.
Box 21
Folder 4
Guest register, 1975 January-June.
Box 21
Folder 5
Guest register, 1975 July-December.
Box 22
Folder 1
Guest register, 1976 January-December.
Box 22
Folder 2
Guest register, 1977 January-December.
Box 22
Folder 3
Guest register, 1978 January-December.
Box 22
Folder 4
Guest register, 1979 January-December.
Box 23
Folder 1
Guest register, 1980 January-December.
Box 23
Folder 2
Guest register, 1981 January-December.
Box 23
Folder 3
Guest register, 1982 January-December.
Box 23
Folder 4
Guest register, 1983 January-December.
Box 23
Folder 5
Guest register, 1984 January-December.
Box 24
Folder 1
Guest register, 1985 January-December.
Box 24
Folder 2
Guest register, 1986 January-December.
Box 24
Folder 3
Guest register, 1987 January-December.
Box 24
Folder 4
Guest register, 1988 January-December.
Box 24
Folder 5
Guest register, 1989 January-December.
Box 25
Folder 1
Guest register, 1990 January-December.
Box 25
Folder 2
Guest register, 1991 January-December.
Box 25
Folder 3
Guest register, 1992 January-December.
Box 25
Folder 4
Guest register, 1993 August-1994 March.
Box 25
Folder 5
Guest register, 1994 March-1995 January.
Box 26
Folder 1
Guest register, 1995 January-October.
Box 26
Folder 2
Guest register, 1995 October-1996 March.
Box 26
Folder 3
Guest register, 1996 March-October.
Box 26
Folder 4
Guest register, 1996 October-1997 June.
Box 26
Folder 5
Guest register, 1999 March-October.
Box 26
Folder 6
Guest register, 2000 March-2001 January.
Box 26
Folder 7
Guest register, 2001 January-2004 January.
Box 26
Folder 8
Guest register, 2004 January-2006 April.
Box 27
Folder 1
Long range interpretive plan, 2003.
Box 27
Folder 2
Mail account ledger, 1975-1977.
Box 27
Folder 3
Manuals/museum guides, 1969-1978.
Box 27
Folder 4
Membership, 1926-c. 1950.
Box 27
Folder 5
Memorial contributions ledger, 1976-1980.
Box 27
Folder 6
Miscellaneous.
Box 27
Folder 7
Newsletters, Evermore, 1998-2006.
Box 27
Folder 8
Newsletters, The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, 1985.
Box 27
Folder 9
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, 1969-1973.
Box 27
Folder 10
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, 1974-1975.
Box 27
Folder 11
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, 1977-1978.
Box 27
Folder 12
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, 1988.
Box 27
Folder 13
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, 1992.
Box 28
Folder 1
Newsletters, The Poe Messenger, Notes, etc., 1973-1978.
Box 28
Folder 2
Newsletters, Miscellaneous, 1983.
Box 28
Folder 3
Pamphlets, The Edgar Allan Poe Museum, c. 1970-1990.
Box 28
Folder 4
Pamphlets, Richmond Walking Tour, ca. 1970.
Box 28
Folder 5
Pamphlets, Miscellaneous, ca. 1940-1790.
Box 28
Folder 6
Permission forms, 1941-2005.
Box 28
Folder 7
Petty cash ledger, 1963-1975.
Box 28
Folder 8
Photographs, Labeling of James William Carlings unmarked grave, 1984.
Box 28
Folder 9
Photographs, Douglas Southall Freeman, ca. 1950.
Box 28
Folder 10
Photographs, Mrs. William Northrop home "Norcroft", ca. 1940-1950.
Box 28
Folder 11
Photographs, Poe Shrine/Museum building and furniture, 1978.
Box 28
Folder 12
Photographs, Miscellaneous, ca. 1960.
Box 28
Folder 13
Photographs, Transparencies, nd.
Box 28
Folder 14
Plat of Richmond (copy), nd.
Box 28
Folder 15
Policies regarding gifts, loans, and appraisals, 1979.
Box 28
Folder 16
Programs, "None Sings So Wildly Well", An Evocation of the World of Edgar Allan Poe, nd.
Box 28
Folder 17
Programs, International Edgar Allan Poe Conference, 1999.
Box 28
Folder 18
Programs, Miscellaneous, 1937.
Box 28
Folder 19
Proposal, Biggs Antique Company, 1962.
Box 28
Folder 20
Receipts, 1923-1971.
Box 28
Folder 20a
Richmond Passport, 1983.
Box 28
Folder 21
Short stories of J.E. Orschel, nd.
Box 28
Folder 22
Sketches, nd.
Box 28
Folder 23
State license application, 1925.
Box 28
Folder 24
Stationary, Poe Museum postcards, envelopes, nd.
Box 29
Folder 1-2
Stationary, The Witty Bookstore (blank).
Box 29
Folder 3
Tax returns, 1992-1993.
Box 29
Folder 3a
Time line, 1920-1979.
Box 29
Folder 4
Virginia State Travel Service, 1971.
Box 29
Folder 5
Workmen's compensation policy, 1974-1977.
Box 29
Folder 6
Exhibition labels, nd.
Box 30-31
Card catalogs, Accession file (numerical), 1921-1975.
Box 32-33
Card catalogs, Accession file (numerical), 1976-2005.
Box 34-37
Card catalogs, Materials housed in Poe Museum (alphabetical).
Box 38-40
Card catalogs, Materials housed in Poe Museum (subject).
Box 41-43
Card catalogs, Materials housed in The Library of Virginia (alphabetical).
Box 44
Card catalogs, Museum board members, ca. 1975-1979.
Box 44
Card catalogs, Magazines, pamphlets, miscellaneous (alphabetical).