A Guide to the Eleanor H. Porter Collection Porter, Eleanor H. 11109

A Guide to the Eleanor H. Porter Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 11109


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Repository
University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman LibraryUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, Virginia 22903USA
Collection Number
11109
Title
Eleanor H. Porter Collection 1903-1936
Extent
ca. 617 items
Creator
Location
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Eleanor H. Porter, Accession #11109, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information

Purchase 1993 October 20

Funding Note

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


Scope and Content

The collection contains manuscript and typescript drafts, frequently with pencilled corrections, and/or printed versions of over 30 short stories and the serialized novel "Money, Love and Kate" as well as galley sheets for "Mary Marie."

Topics in her correspondence include bookings for the play "Dawn"; royalties; Swedish translation of "Oh, Money! Money!" the dramatization of "Just David"; a controversy over property rights to the name "Pollyanna"; her books A Minstrel of the Hills, Money, Love and Kate, The Nickel, and The Story of Marco Polo; copyright to her short stories; and motion picture rights to "Sister Sue."

There is also correspondence of John Lyman Porter as executor of her estate.

In addition the collection contains legal papers including book contracts and a copy of her will; photographs of Porter and of Fred C. Hodgman; photograph albums of vacation and nature scenes and printed miscellaney.

Item Listing

Manuscripts
  • Box 1
    "According to Rule" by Eleanor H. Porter, 10 p., in The Housewife , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1907
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "According to Rule" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Housewife , pages 6-7
    1907 Nov
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "An Accusative Suit Case" by Eleanor H. Porter, in 10 Story Book , pages 44-47
    1908 Jan
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "As Tom Saw It" by Eleanor H. Porter, 9 p., in The Christian Herald , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1904
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "As Tom Saw It" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Christian Herald, pages 125-126
    1904 Feb
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Atonement of Hustler Joe" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Tom Watson's Magazine , pages 145-179
    1905 Apr
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "Because of Tiglath-Pileser" by Eleanor H. Porter, 9 p., with pencilled corrections and changes
    n.d.
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "Beyond the Stars" by Eleanor H. Porter, 11 p., in Smith's Magazine , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1909
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "Beyond the Stars" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Smith's Magazine , pages 833-838
    1909 Aug
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "Bones of Contention" by Eleanor H. Porter, 7 p., in The Pittsburgh Bulletin , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1904
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "Bones of Contention" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Pittsburgh Bulletin , page 6
    1904 Jan
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "By Aid of Helen Henrietta" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Christian Herald , pages 752-753, 759-760
    1913 Aug
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Cat That Played Cupid" by Eleanor H. Porter, 18 p., in New England Magazine , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1905
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "The Cat That Played Cupid" by Eleanor H. Porter, in New England Magazine , pages 461-467
    1905 Jun
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Cheering Up of Miss Dearing" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Congregationalist and Christian World , pages 727-728
    1913 Nov
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Difference" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine , page 32, in the back of the magazine with the advertisements
    1903 May
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Fall of a Kitchen Barometer" by Eleanor H. Porter
    n.d.
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Flagging of 688" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Young's Magazine , pages 352-357
    1912 Jun
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "For Mikey" by Eleanor H. Porter, pages 11-19
    n.d.
    AMs
  • Box 1
    "For Mikey" by Eleanor H. Porter
    n.d.
    3 Printed
  • Box 1
    "For Miss Rachel -- A Thanksgiving" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Housewife , pages 3-4
    1909 Nov
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "How Patsey Went to Mont-Lawn" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Christian Herald , pages 795-796
    1916 Jul 5
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "Illustrated Proverbs" by Eleanor H. Porter
    n.d.
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "In the Face of Tradition" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Smith's Magazine , pages 78-84
    1911 Apr
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "Keziah" by Eleanor H. Porter, in New England Magazine , pages 723-727
    1904 Aug
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "Lily Ann" by Eleanor H. Porter, 11 p., with pencilled corrections and changes
    n.d.
    TMsS
  • Box 1
    "Little Pard" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Smith's Magazine , pages 411-418
    1909 Jun
    Printed
  • Box 1
    "The Man Who Fought At Home" by Eleanor H. Porter, 12 p., with pencilled corrections and changes
    n.d.
    TMsS
  • Box 2
    Mary Marie by Eleanor H. Porter, 146 sheets
    1920
    galleys
  • Box 2
    Miss Billy Married by Eleanor H. Porter, Partial Draft, Miscellaneous Pages
    n.d.
    AMs
  • Box 2
    "Money, Love and Kate" by Eleanor H. Porter, 137 pages, published as a serial in The Modern Priscilla , formerly titled "A Snowball of the Fates," with pencilled corrections and changes
    ca. 1920
    TMs
  • Box 2
    "On the Trail of the Intangible" by Eleanor H. Porter, 21 p., in Cosmopolitan, with pencilled corrections and changes
    1906
    TMsS
  • Box 2
    "On the Trail of the Intangible" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Cosmopolitan , pages 21-30
    1906 May
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "Polly's Day of Fun" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Congregationalist and Christian World , pages 195-196
    1903 Aug 8
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "Polly's Day of Fun" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Congregationalist and Advance , page 265
    1918 Sep
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "A Snowball of the Fates" by Eleanor H. Porter, published as a serial in 1920 in The Modern Priscilla under the title of Money, Love and Kate
    ca. 1920
    AMs & TMsS
  • Box 2
    "Strayed" by Eleanor H. Porter, 8 p., in Pearson's , with pencilled corrections and changes
    1905
    2 TMs
  • Box 2
    "Strayed" by Eleanor H. Porter, in Pearson's , pages 302-304
    1905
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "Tangled" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Blue Book Magazine , pages 1022-1046
    1908 Mar
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "The Twins' Journey" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Comrade , in six parts
    1911-1912
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "A Vacation Exchange" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Comrade , in seven chapters
    1910 Jun-Jul
    Printed
  • Box 2
    "When Beth Came Home" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Christian Herald , pages 217, 222, 225-226
    1914 Mar
    2 Printed
  • Box 2
    "When Grandma Took to Tangoing" by Eleanor H. Porter, in The Ladies Home Journal , pages 5 and 55
    1915 Aug
    Printed
Correspondence
  • Box 3
    Correspondence re Dawn Bookings (with Houghton Mifflin Company)
    1918-1920
    33 items

    [the list of bookings includes the theater, city, and play date for Dawn ; other topics in this folder include royalties, dedication of the book, and requests for Porter's autograph from the publisher]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence with Houghton Mifflin Company
    1917-1920
    15 items

    [includes a fan letter concerning Just David , letters from Eleanor H. Porter(carbons), R. N. Linscott, Roger L. Scaife, Ferris Greenslet, and letters about the Swedish translation of Oh, Money! Money! ]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re the Just David dramatization
    1916-1924
    54 items

    [includes letters from Eleanor H. Porter(carbons), Ferris Greenslet, Roger L. Scaife, A. F. Houghton(copy), George C. Tyler, Warren E. Benson, and Grace LaSalle; and also discusses sharing the cost of legal representation over the controversy with The L.C. Page and Companyinvolving property rights over the name "Pollyanna" (1916 Apr 21, 27, May 5, 6); and the success of Pollyanna as a play (1916 Jun 5)]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re "A Minstrel of the Hills"
    1910 & 1915
    14 items

    [includes letters from P. W. Hansl, editor of The Circle Magazine , Lewis E. Orcuttof The Thwing Company, Eric Schulerof The Author's League of America, and typed letter signed from Eleanor H. Porter, April 30, 1915, to Edward H. Warren, concerning the copyright to "A Minstrel of the Hills"]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re Money, Love and Kate , including Eleanor H. Porter's Early Records re the manuscript
    1910-1911, 1919-1922
    34 items

    [includes letters from Thomas Newell Metcalf, Lilian D. Rice, Perriton Maxwell, fiction editor of The Modern Priscilla , Eleanor H. Porter (carbons), John Lyman Porter, and Edward H. Warren, Henry W. Newhall; and discusses changing the title of "Snowball of the Fates" (1920 Mar 8 & 10; April 21) the magazine's error in describing the story as her final work (1920 Aug 3, 6, 23, 30); and the motion picture rights to the story (1922 Oct 16,21, 23 & 31)]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re "The Nickel"
    1917-1920
    15 items

    [includes letters from Leon E. Dadmun, Atlas Film Corporation, and Eleanor H. Porter (carbons) about making a serial picture based on her script which was prevented by war conditions]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence with Publishers
    1905-1915
    72 items

    [includes letters from Frances V. Warner, John Phillips, Hollis Corbin, Lilian D. Rice, Elizabeth Jordan, Eleanor H. Porter (copy May 17, 1913), Frederick A. Stokes, Ralph T. Hale, Russell Doubleday, H. J. Jenkins, Robert Hardy, Rutger Jewett, Elizabeth Ansley, Christopher D. Morley(1915 Mar 6, May 26, Oct 1, 7; 1916 Mar 30), and Albert A. Boyden; and mentions the following short stories, "Because of Tiglath-Pileser," "The Man Who Fought At Home," "Angelus and Others," and "Lily Ann"]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence with Publishers
    1916-1936
    63 items

    [includes letters from Lilian D. Rice, Robert J. Shores, Verne H. Porter, Lillian Soskin, Amos R. Wells, Walter H. Baker, James E. Tower, E. V. Durling, Webb Waldron, Ethel M. Colson, Elizabeth Jordan, Eleanor H. Porter(carbons), Erich Brandeis, John T. Faris, John F. Ancona, Frank Howard Clarkfor Willis & Inglis Motion Picture and Theatrical Enterprises, and Edward Hemmer; also includes correspondence of John Lyman Porterwith publishers and others as the executor of Eleanor Porter's estate following her death in 1920]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence with Short Story Magazines re copyright to Eleanor H. Porter's stories (A-L)
    1907-1919
    76 items

    [letters to magazines arranged alphabetically according to the title of the magazine include The American Magazine , The Arena , The Argonaut , The Author's League of America, The Century , Christian Endeavor World , The Christian Herald , Collier's Weekly , The Comrade , The Congregationalist and Christian World , The Cosmopolitan Magazine , Countryside Magazine , The Criterion , The Designer , The Editor , The Farmer's Wife , Harper's Bazaar , Holland's Magazine , Home Progress Magazine , The Housewife , Judge , The Ladies Home Journal , Leslie's Weekly , and Lippincott's Magazine ]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence with Short Story Magazines re copyright to Eleanor H. Porter's stories (M-Y)
    1907-1918
    63 items

    [letters to magazines include McBrides's Magazine , McCall's Magazine , The McClure Newspaper Syndicate, Metropolitan Magazine , Mother's Magazine , The Frank A. Munsey Company, Needlecraft , The New England Magazine , Pearson's Magazine , The People's Home Journal , Pictorial Review , The Pilgrim , The Pittsburgh Bulletin , Red Book Magazine , Scribner's Magazine , Short Stories , Smith's Magazine , The Springfield Republican , Street and Smith Publishers, The Suburban , Ten Story Book , Vogue , Watson's Magazine , Woman's Home Companion , The World , Young's Magazine , Youth's Companion ]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re Sister Sue
    1920-1923
    24 items

    [letters include those from Paul R. Reynolds, John Lyman Porter, Sol Lesser, Frederick H. Chase, and Edward H. Warren, all discussing the motion picture rights and possible deals concerning its production]

  • Box 3
    Correspondence re The Story of Marco , including royalty statements from the Methodist Book Concernand a synopsis of the book
    1911-1925
    46 items

    [letters include a typed letter signed from Eleanor H. Porter, December 8, 1911, responding to a request for personal information]

Miscellaneous Papers & Photographs
  • Box 3
    Legal Papers of Eleanor H. Porter
    1910-1921
    12 items

    [includes book contracts, a printed copy of her will, and blank legal forms]

  • Box 3
    Notes re the Publication of Eleanor H. Porter's Short Stories and Books, kept by the author
    n.d.
    ca. 20 items
  • Photographs of Eleanor H. Porter (sepia)
    n.d.
    4 items
  • Photographs of Fred C. Hodgman(sepia)
    n.d.
    8 items
  • Photograph Albums - Vacation & Nature Scenes
    n.d.
    14 items
  • Box 3
    Printed Material re Eleanor H. Porter
    1902-1920
    7 items

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • A. F. Houghton
  • Albert A. Boyden
  • Amos R. Wells
  • Christopher D. Morley
  • E. V. Durling
  • Edward H. Warren
  • Edward Hemmer
  • Eleanor H. Porter
  • Elizabeth Ansley
  • Elizabeth Jordan
  • Eric Schuler
  • Erich Brandeis
  • Ethel M. Colson
  • Ferris Greenslet
  • Frances V. Warner
  • Frank Howard Clark
  • Fred C. Hodgman
  • Frederick A. Stokes
  • Frederick H. Chase
  • George C. Tyler
  • Grace LaSalle
  • H. J. Jenkins
  • Henry W. Newhall
  • Hollis Corbin
  • James E. Tower
  • John F. Ancona
  • John Lyman Porter
  • John Phillips
  • John T. Faris
  • Leon E. Dadmun
  • Lewis E. Orcutt
  • Lilian D. Rice
  • Lillian Soskin
  • P. W. Hansl
  • Paul R. Reynolds
  • Perriton Maxwell
  • R. N. Linscott
  • Ralph T. Hale
  • Robert Hardy
  • Robert J. Shores
  • Roger L. Scaife
  • Russell Doubleday
  • Rutger Jewett
  • Sol Lesser
  • Thomas Newell Metcalf
  • Verne H. Porter
  • Walter H. Baker
  • Warren E. Benson
  • Webb Waldron