A Guide to the Joel Chandler Harris Collection Harris, Joel Chandler. 6322-b

A Guide to the Joel Chandler Harris Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 6322-b


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
6322-b
Title
Joel Chandler Harris Collection 1881-1907
Extent
49 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Joel Chandler Harris Collection, Accession 6322-b, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Information

Deposit, 1964 Oct 20

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities



Item Listing

Manuscripts
  • "A Negro Love Song" and "Hog Feeder's Song"
    [c. 1892]
    AMsS/AMs, 5 p.

    [Songs; manuscript of two Afro-American songs with a one page introduction on the remarkable range of a hog-caller's voice.]

  • "The Plow-Hand's Song"
    n.d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [Song]

  • "A Latch fer de gate..."
    n.d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [Poem]

Letters
  • Joel Chandler Harristo Jeannette L. Gilder
    1881 Oct 10
    ALS, 1 p. w/env

    [Sending something for The Critic; asks her to return it with a "literary note" if she cannot use it; praises a sketch of Uncle Remus.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Unknown
    1881 Dec 28
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Says that The Centuryhas first refusal; can be published in book form after the serial rights have been exercised.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo B[enjamin] H. [Ticknor]
    1884 Mar 15
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Writes him about a new short book; could have "A Plot for a Play" finished in a week; wants Blue Davesent to Scotlandfor copyright; asks for the opinion of the firm's reader on Blue Dave. Signed "Uncle Remus."]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo William Carey
    1884 Jun 21
    ALS, 2 p. w/env

    [Discusses the ownership of a song sent by Carey; believes that the song underwent changes as it was passed down from one generation to the next.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo B[enjamin] H. [Ticknor]
    1884 Jul 29
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Reluctant to send in poems; feels that Nights with Uncle Remusand Mingo [and other Sketches in Black and White]were failures; believes poems will fail as well; is willing to release the firm from its agreement to print three books. Signed "Uncle Remus."]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo James R. Osgood
    1885 Mar 2
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Says Ticknor unwell and acting strangely: requests an account of sales of unnamed Remus story and Mingo [and other Sketches in Black and White]which he had already requested from Ticknor; chides him for refusing to publish J[ames] W[hitcomb] Riley's book.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Richard Waston] Gilder
    1886 Dec 21
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Says that the ballad Mr. Smith referred to was an Afro-American song he published in The Criticsome years ago; will send a copy; asks him to intervene in a dispute between Stoddard and Edgar Farwellin the Author's Club; claims that Mr. Buell is a womanizer.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Richard Watson] Gilder
    1887 May 26
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Feels that Kemble is a suitable illustrator; urges Kemble to maintain the dignity of the Afro-American and to remember the differences of various Afro-American types.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Robert Underwood] Johnson
    1890 Mar 6
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Comments on a lost list of names of people supporting a congressional bill; will send another list; suggests getting support for the bill from other less southern newspapers.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Robert Underwood] Johnson
    1890 May 8
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Sends extracts from The Atlanta Constitution; also hopes to get a statement in writing from his congressman.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Unknown
    1891 Feb 13
    ANS, 1 p.

    [Sends autograph; hopes the recipient and his boys will outgrow their bad habits.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Julius] Chambers
    1892 May 16
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Requests scope and length desired for articles; lost the original letter that contains the terms for the new work; the articles will highlight the condition of the Afro-American in the South since the war.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Samuel Sidney] McClure
    1892 May 19
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Accepts his proposition to publish a book in installments; declares that the illustration will be done to his own satisfaction; will create illustration in partnership with [Arthur Burdett] Frost; would like to get this matter settled soon.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Samuel Sidney] McClure
    1896 Mar 31
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Requests further details from him for a short story because he had been busy.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Francis Jackson] Garrison
    1896 Oct 18
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Discusses slavery in the South and his writings about the Afro-American; defends the relationship of the southern whites to the blacks.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Francis Jackson] Garrison
    1897 Jul 22
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Discusses the theme and characters of the book Aaron in the Wildwoods. ]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Francis Jackson] Garrison
    1898 Mar 22
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Discusses the illustrations for a Remus book by [Fred Stuart] Churchand [Elmer Boyd] Smith; sends illustration of a fence designed to keep animals out of the garden.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1903 Mar 16
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Has outlines for ten to fifteen Uncle Remus stories; asks for contact with the party who wanted two stories; mentions Mr. Shepard, the London artist.] (w/electrostatic copy

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1903 Mar 20
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Has a series of Remus stories in contemplation; will send them through McClure; asks Reynolds to return "A Romantic Tragedy" so he can make the necessary corrections.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1903 May 8
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Asks him if he could sell six or eight more Remus stories to Collier's Weekly. ]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1903 Jun 26
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Inquires about the status of the ten Remus stories that he had sent for Collier's; has another place for them if Collier'sdoesn't want them.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Jun 2
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Will send a story concerning a Union scout when finished; discusses requests for a book and some Uncle Remus stories.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Jun 4
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Asks him to secure English copyright on whatever work he receives from Harris; can furnish six stories to Reynolds if he wants them.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Jun 10
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Suggests that he should not wait for Russell to agree on a price for stories; might offer them to St. Nicholas Magazine. ]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Jul 23
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Believes that Reynolds got a good offer from Mr. Russell; should complete the deal at once.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Aug 12
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Denies that British readers could not comprehend the Remus stories because they have been very popular in England; believes [Arthur Burdett] Frostis better than Verbeek at illustrating his stories.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Aug 19
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Mailing two stories; says the sixth and last story will be slightly delayed; reports that the New York Heraldis undecided about asking him to write a story on Southern life.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    1904 Sep 5
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Received the check; comments on photo of a Mr. Russell taken with Anthony Hope. ]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Hamilton] Holt
    1904 Sep 22
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Will contribute a series of articles and sketches for The Independentunder the title "At the Sign of the Wren's Nest."]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Mr. Miller
    1904 Oct 3
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Will finish a story by the 15th; reexamining photographs and will send them in a few days.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo James H. Manning
    1905 Jan 17
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for letter and compliments; says Major LaRose is his wife's first cousin; autograph quotation of stanza of "At the Sign of the Wren's Nest" on verso.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Francis] Garrison
    1906 Oct 22
    TLS, 3 p.

    [Gives some details of the recent riots in Atlanta; complains that most newspapers sensationalized these events; gives information on Uncle Remus's Magazine; will control the editorial department and give a balanced view of life in the South.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Colonel [John T.] Graves
    1907 Oct 30
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Will be unable to fulfill his engagement this evening with Graves; compliments him on his career as an editorial writer; wishes him continued success in New York. ] (w/autograph corrections)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Richard Watson] Gilder
    n.y. May 25
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Recommends that lobbyists should be hired to promote the Congressional bill rather than sending literary men.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    n.y. May 25
    TLS, 2 p.

    [Believes that the sale of serial rights includes all the available serial rights; asks that Collier'sto arrange for simultaneous serial publication in Englandwhich would secure the English copyright for him.] (w/electrostatic copy)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    n.y. Jul 11
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Authorizes him to secure serial publication and book rights to a series of Remus stories if possible.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    n.y. Jul 30
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Terms made with Russell are satisfactory; AN at bottom says that he is enclosing "Brer Rabbit and the Gizzard Eater" which he has just published.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    n.y. Sep 23
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Sending him the last of the Uncle Remus material.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Paul R[evere] Reynolds
    n.y. Oct 21
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Inquires about his remittance for October.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Samuel Sidney] McClure
    n.y. Oct 26
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Has sent the manuscript for Aaron; will have some additional stories in January.] (w/photograph of Harris attached)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo "Dear Madam"
    n.y. Oct 30
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discusses the publication of his latest book and critics' comments; will send a copy to Hayne when available; states preference for serialized publication of Remus stories in newspapers to their publication in book form.] (w/typescript copy.)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [James Ripley] Osgood
    n.y. Nov 14
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Requests payment for royalty on sales of a Remus story and Mingo [and Other Sketches in Black and White]to July 1. Signed "Uncle Remus."] (w/typescript copy.)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo [Richard Watson] Gilder
    n.y. Dec 2
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Requests an extra proof of "Baalam and his Master"; sends a recent Constitutioneditorial for [Robert Underwood] Johnson; comments on the uselessness of sending literary men to Washingtonto push the copyright bill through Congress.]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Charles A. Dana
    n.y. Dec 11
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Thanks him for his kind words about "Uncle Remus."]

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Samuel Sidney McClure
    n.d.
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Writes that he is just finishing fifteen installments of Uncle Remus fables and asks what McClure will pay for the serial rights.] 1 p. (w/printed sketch of Harris)

  • Joel Chandler Harristo Unknown
    n.d.
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Feels that he no longer wants to write "these legends."] (fragment)

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Anthony Hope
  • B[enjamin] H. [Ticknor]
  • Charles A. Dana
  • Edgar Farwell
  • J[ames] W[hitcomb] Riley
  • James H. Manning
  • James R. Osgood
  • Jeannette L. Gilder
  • Joel Chandler Harris
  • Paul R[evere] Reynolds
  • Samuel Sidney McClure
  • William Carey
  • [Arthur Burdett] Frost
  • [Elmer Boyd] Smith
  • [Francis Jackson] Garrison
  • [Francis] Garrison
  • [Fred Stuart] Church
  • [Hamilton] Holt
  • [James Ripley] Osgood
  • [John T.] Graves
  • [Julius] Chambers
  • [Richard Waston] Gilder
  • [Richard Watson] Gilder
  • [Robert Underwood] Johnson
  • [Robert Underwood] Johnson
  • [Samuel Sidney] McClure

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Atlanta
  • England
  • New York
  • Scotland
  • Washington