A Guide to the James Branch Cabell Papers, 1860s-1960s James Branch Cabell Papers M 214

A Guide to the James Branch Cabell Papers, 1860s-1960s

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library
Collection Number M 214


[logo]

Virginia Commonwealth University, James Branch Cabell Library

Special Collections and Archives
James Branch Cabell Library
Box 842003
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2003
USA
Phone: (804) 828-1108
Fax: (804) 828-0151
Email: libjbcsca@vcu.edu
URL: http://www.library.vcu.edu/about/special-collections/cabell/

© 2002 By Copyright Virginia Commonwealth University. All Rights Reserved.

Funding: Web version of the finding aid funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Processed by: Wayne Decker and Ray Bonis

Repository
Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Collection number
M 214
Title
James Branch Cabell Papers, 1860s-1960s
Physical Characteristics
10 linear feet and 3000 volume library
Collector
James Branch Cabell
Language
English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

None.

Preferred Citation

Box/folder, James Branch Cabell Papers, M 214, Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Special Collections and Archives Department by Margaret Freeman Cabell in 1976.

Processing Information

Collection Processed in March 1989 and revised in December 1993 and March 2002.


Biographical/Historical Information

Richmond author James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) is best known for his controversial Jurgen (1919), one of several ironic fantasies he wrote that took place in Cabell's mythical medieval world of Poictesme (Pwa- tem). Jurgen, laced with erotic overtones, was considered pornographic by some and a trial over its content brought the reclusive writer national fame. Throughout the 1920s, Cabell was highly regarded by his literary peers -- H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and others praised his works. His medieval romanticism and fantasy were in fact thinly disguised commentary on the manners of those times.

Cabell was born April 14, 1879 at 101 E. Franklin St., the present site of the Richmond Public Library. His father was Robert Gamble Cabell, II (1847-1922), a physician; his mother Anne Harris (1859-1915), daughter of Col. and Mrs James R. Branch. Cabell's great grandfather was William H. Cabell, governor of Virginia from 1805-1808. Cabell had two brothers, Robert Gamble Cabell, III (1881-1968) and John Lottier Cabell (1883-1946). His parents separated and were later divorced in 1907.

After attending William and Mary College (1893-1898), where he taught courses in French and Greek while an undergraduate, Cabell worked briefly at the Richmond Times as a copy-holder. Beginning in 1899 he lived for two years in New York City, working for the New York Herald as a social reporter, serving for a time in the paper's Harlem office. In 1901 he returned to Richmond and worked several months on the staff of the Richmond News. During the next ten years he performed genealogical research and wrote many short stories and articles, contributing to national magazines such as Harper's Monthly Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post.

In 1911, he was employed as a bookkeeper in the office of his uncle's (James R. Branch) coal mine in West Virginia. He returned to Richmond in 1913 and married Rebecca Priscilla Bradley Shepherd (1874-1949), a widow with five children by her previous marriage. They had one son, Ballard Hartwell Cabell (1915-1980).

Although he had written for newspapers, Cabell's first work to be published in a journal was a college paper entitled The Comedies of William Congreve which appeared in the April 1901 edition of International. His first book, The Eagle's Shadow, was published in the autumn of 1904 after it appeared serially in the Saturday Evening Post during that summer. Whether it was his highly mannered prose or the fact that he was writing ironic romances, his work was slow to draw critical attention. By 1918 he had published 10 major works and began to attract critical admirers. In an article published that year in the New York Evening Mail, H.L. Mencken described Cabell as "the only first-rate literary craftsman that the whole South can show." Cabell's stature and fame as an author grew immensely with the 1919 publication of Jurgen.

On January 14, 1920, the New York State Society for the Prevention of Vice charged Cabell's publishing editor, Guy Holt, with violation of the anti-obscenity provisions of the New York State Penal Code by publishing Jurgen. The controversy over the charges and the attempt at censorship brought the shy Cabell much notoriety. Writers defended the artistry of Jurgen and Cabell's right to publish it. College students and others read it because it had been banned.

The obscenity trial over Jurgen began October 16, 1922, and ended three days later with an acquittal of all charges. Judge Charles C. Nott, the presiding judge, wrote in his decision that "...the most that can be said against the book is that certain passages therein may be considered suggestive in a veiled and subtle way of immorality, but such suggestions are delicately conveyed" and that because of Cabell's writing style "...it is doubtful if the book could be read or understood at all by more than a very limited number of readers."

Throughout the 1920s, he continued to publish in the style of Jurgen, a combination of satire, symbolism and fantasy, set in a mythical medieval French provence, called Poictesme (Pwa-tam). The name was a compound of two provinces located in the south of France, Poitiers and Angouleme. In these books, Cabell blended an assortment of myths and legends laced with puns, anagrams, and allegories. These works eventually became part of an eighteen-volume collection entitled The Biography of the Life of Manuel. The last volume was published in 1930.

Cabell had become well regarded by prominent writers of the period and maintained an extensive correspondence with a wide circle of literary artists and friends, including Mencken, Joseph Hergesheimer, Burton Rascoe, Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Carl Van Vechten, and fellow Richmonder and close friend Ellen Glasgow. He had known Glasgow since his days at William and Mary College. He also served as editor of the Virginia War History Commission (1919-1926) and later joined Dreiser, Eugene O'Neil and others on the editorial board of the American Spectator (1932-1935). In 1937, Cabell was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

While the controversy over Jurgen insured Cabell an audience throughout most of the 1920s, interest in his books dropped sharply in the New Deal era of the 1930s and continued to decline. His work was considered outdated, his writing too stylized.

In 1932, in an attempt to break away from his past, he began to publish work under the name Branch Cabell. During the next three decades he wrote and published nearly twenty more books. They were grouped in a series of trilogies. He returned as James Branch Cabell in 1947 with the publication of Let Me Lie. It was the first installment of his fifth and last trilogy, consisting largely of semi-autobiographical essays, filled with remembrances of Virginia.

Cabell continued to live and work in Richmond, residing at 3201 Monument Avenue. He and his family began to spend most of their winter months in St. Augustine, Florida after Cabell began to suffer from attacks of pneumonia in 1935. During their stay in Florida in 1949, his wife died of heart failure. In 1950, he married Margaret Waller Freeman (1893?-1983), whom he had known for many years. Cabell suffered a cerebral hemorrhage in 1958 and on May 5, he died at his home in Richmond.

Cabell's writings, published in various magazines, newspapers and anthologies, included numerous short stories, poetry, essays, book reviews and one play. He had authored more than 52 volumes of work, including three devoted to genealogy.

Cabell is recognized as one of the first contemporary writers from the South. Like his friend and fellow Richmond writer Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), Cabell was not afraid to satirize what he saw as the South's contradictions. Others, noting Cabell's unique blending of classic myths and legends with his own imagination, consider him a pioneer of fantasy writing. His work has been admired by a diverse group of writers, including Carl Van Vechten, Margaret Mitchell, Edmund Wilson, Robert Heinlein, and Neil Gaiman.

Soon after Virginia Commonwealth University was established in 1968, when the Medical College of Virginia merged with Richmond Professional Institute, the University began plans for a new library for the Academic Campus. In 1970, the James Branch Cabell Library, named for one of Richmond's most respected writers, opened its doors.

Scope and Content Information

The collection is composed of a great deal of material that had been placed by Cabell in books that made up his personal library which numbered about 3,000 volumes and was donated to the library in the 1970s.

The collection includes correspondence with a number of noted American and British writers of the 20th century including H.L. Mencken, Ellen Glasgow, Sinclair Lewis, and Theodore Dreiser. There is also correspondence with family, friends, editors and publishers.

The collection also contains manuscripts of Cabell's work dating primarily from 1900 through 1930. Published reviews and criticisms of Cabell's work by various editors and writers is also included. The papers also contain a large collection of periodicals where Cabell's essays, reviews and fiction were published. Published and unpublished dramatic and musical interpretations of Cabell's work by others is included in the collection. Newspaper clippings, photographs, periodicals, criticisms, printed material, and publishers' agreements and statements of sales are also found in the collection. The collection also contains notebooks and scrapbooks compiled by Cabell documenting his early years as a writer.

The papers dating from 1963-1971 of the Cabell Society and correspondence between its founders is included in the collection as well as materials concerning Between Friends: Letters of James Branch Cabell and Others which was published in 1962.

Much of the material in Series I, II, III and VIII was taken from the nearly 3,000 volumes in Cabell's personal library. Cabell placed letters, newspaper clippings, photographs, illustrations, typed and written revisions of his works and other memorabilia in his books. In 1967, Cabell's library was cataloged by then doctoral student Jean Maurice Duke. He assigned each volume a "Duke" number and gave a description of each book and its contents. Prof. Duke would later serve as a long time faculty member of VCU's English Department.

In the 1970s his library (some 3,000 volumes) was moved from his home on Monument Avenue to VCU's James Branch Cabell Library. A sizable portion of that material was laminated at the Barrow lab at the Virginia State Library, paid for by Margaret Freeman Cabell.

Items taken from Cabell's library will have a Duke number written in pencil on it, indicating what volume the material was taken from. See James Branch Cabell's Library: A Catalogue by Jean Maurice Duke to determine from which book the item came.

Arrangement

Arrangement

Collection is arranged alphabetically.

Organization

Series I--Correspondence (1860s-1960s)
Series II--Manuscripts
Series III--Ephemera, printed material, illustrations, newspaper clippings, etc.
Series IV--Cabell Society (1963- 1971)
Series V-- Between Friends
Series VI--Criticisms of Cabell's work
Series VII--Periodicals (essays, reviews and fiction by Cabell)
Series VIII--Dramatic and musical interpretations of Cabell's work
Series IX- -Scrapbooks, notebooks and oversized items

Contents List

Series I--Correspondence 1860s-1960s
  • Box-folder 1.1
    Adler, Elmer 1929-1936
  • Box-folder 1.2
    Anderson, Sherwood 1922-1942
  • Box-folder 1.3
    Alden, H.M. 1906-1910
  • Box-folder 1.3
    Althouse, James A.W. 1920
  • Box-folder 1.3
    Amateis, Edmond 1924-1925
  • Box-folder 1.3
    Abramson, Ben 1930
  • Box-folder 1.3
    Abramson, Ben 1930
  • Box-folder 1.4
    Beer, Thomas 1922-1931
  • Box-folder 1.5
    Benet, Stephen Vincent 1939-1943
  • Box-folder 1.6
    Bernhard, William J.
  • Box-folder 1.7
    Bjorkman, Edwin 1921-1931
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bacheller, Irving 1940
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Balch, Emily Clark 1927
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Baldwin, Charles C. 1919
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Ballou, Robert O. 1936
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Barnhard, Ruth Loomis 1931
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Baskin, Norton 1956
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bassett, Mrs. John S. 1949
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bates, Ernest S. 1927
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Baugh, Hansell 1921
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Becker, May Lamberton 1947
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Benet, William Rose 1920, 1942
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bierstadt, Edward Hale 1920
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bishop, John Peale 1922
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Blackstone, Florence 1925
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bley, Franz 1922
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bochroch, Albert R. 1933
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Boni, Albert 1925
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Boni and Liverright 1928
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Boyd, Ernest, n.d. 1921, 1932
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Boynoton, Percy H. 1924
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bradley, D. (McBride Co.) 1932
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Branch, Anna Hempstead 1929
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bregenzer, Helen M. 1931
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Brett, George P., Jr. 1936
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Brewster, Paul C. 1942
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Bruce, Philip A. 1915-1922
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Brussell, I.R. 1927
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Buck, Mitchell S. 1922-1946
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Burgess, Gelett 1922
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Burleigh, Louise 1926
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Burnett, Whit 1937-1946
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Burt, Katherine N., n.d.
  • Box-folder 1.8
    Byrne, Donn 1921
  • Box-folder 1.9
    Copies and Originals of letter sent by Cabell
  • Box-folder 1.10
    Cabell, Margaret 1950s
  • Box-folder 1.11
    Cabell Family Correspondence 1860s-1870s
  • Box-folder 1.12
    Crowley, Aleister 1920-1942
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Canby, Henry S. 1920-1933
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cerf, Bennett A. 1932
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Charles Scribner's Sons 1912
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Chidsey, Donald B. 1923-1928
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Child, Charles 1938-1940
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Chubb, Thomas C. 1923-1930
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Clark, Alice, n.d.
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Clark, Barrett H. 1921
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cleaton, Allen 1930
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Coleman, Mary Haldane 1948
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Collins, Joseph 1925
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Collins, Seward 1930
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Coman, Morris 1926
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Conklin, Goff 1929
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cooper, A. Page (Dblday) 1927, 1934
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Corley, Donald 1927, 1930
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cosgrave, John O'Hara II 1946
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cover, James P. 1928
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Coyle, Ray 1923
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cranwell, John P. 1932
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Croft-Cooke, Rupert 1927, 1929
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Culver, Henry B. 1945, 1946
  • Box-folder 1.13
    Cutting, Mary Steward 1922
  • Box-folder 1.14
    Dreiser, Theodore 1928-1937
  • Box-folder 1.15
    Dallet, Morris 1922, 1923
  • Box-folder 1.15
    Daniel, Frank 1946
  • Box-folder 1.15
    Davis, Elmer 1928
  • Box-folder 1.15
    DeCassares, Benjamin 1920-1945
  • Box-folder 1.15
    DeLuca, Angelo 1927
  • Box-folder 1.15
    Drinkwater, John 1931
  • Box-folder 1.15
    Dunham, David R. 1941
  • Box-folder 1.16
    Empty envelopes addressed to JBC
  • Box-folder 1.17
    Eddison, E.R. 1935
  • Box-folder 1.17
    Eddy, Frederick B. 1927
  • Box-folder 1.17
    Emmons, Earl H. 1938
  • Box-folder 1.17
    Evans, Montgomery 1949
  • Box-folder 1.18
    Farrar, John 1927-1946
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Fadiman, Clifton P. 1930
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Ferrier, Gladys 1929
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Fischer, John 1947
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Fisk, Earl E. 1932
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Follett, Wilson 1918-1920, 1960
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Forman, Justin Miles 1902-1905
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Freeman, D.S. 1932
  • Box-folder 1.19
    Fuller, H.B. 1920
  • Box-folder 1.20
    Glasgow, Ellen 1923-1945
  • Box-folder 1.21
    Letters

    Letters from six different governors of six different states each thanking JBC for autographing a copy of one of his books. Pinchot, Gov. Gifford (Pennsylvania); Pollard, Gov. Jno Garland (Va.); Ritchie, Gov. Albert C. (Maryland); Seligman, Gov. Arthur (New Mexico); Wilson, Gov. Stanley C. (Vermont).

  • Box-folder 1.22
    Gallagher, Marie 1932-1935
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Garnett, David 1923
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Geffen, Felicia 1942
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Gekle, William F., Jr. 1950, 1957
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Giroux, Robert 1946
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Glenn, Garrard 1922-1932
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Goldsmith, Alfred, n.d.
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Goudy, Frederick W. 1938
  • Box-folder 1.22
    Greenslet, Ferris 1928
  • Box-folder 2.23
    Hellman, George S. 1924-1931
  • Box-folder 2.24
    Hergesheimer, Joseph 1920-1930
  • Box-folder 2.25
    Hotlt, Guy 1917-1929
  • Box-folder 2.26
    Horan, Tom, n.d. 1930-1931, 1949, 1966
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Haardt, Sara, n.d. 1920s
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hallock, R.F. 1942
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hambidge 1920
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hamilton, Kay
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hanna, Fred 1946
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Harper and Brothers 1904, 1912
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hartwick, Harry 1934
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Haverlin, Carl 1955
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hawkins, Arthur Jr. 1934
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Helm, Florence, n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Henderson, Archibald 1922
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hervey, Harry 1941
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hewlett, Maurice 1919
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Heyward, DuBose 1932
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Himler, Mary Rose 1929
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Hobson, Thayer 1928
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Holliday, Robert C. 1919
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Holt, Rackam 1935, 1947
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Horton, Mary Beatty 1920s
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Houdini, Beatrice, n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Howells, W.D. 1909
  • Box-folder 2.27
    Huneker, James 1916
  • Box-folder 2.27
    H.E. Janee, n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.28
    Irwin, William Wallace 1947
  • Box-folder 2.29
    Johnson, Merle 1920-1921
  • Box-folder 2.30
    Jester, David Jr. 1924
  • Box-folder 2.30
    John Lane Company 1916
  • Box-folder 2.30
    Johnson, A. 1945
  • Box-folder 2.30
    Johnson, James Sydney 1927
  • Box-folder 2.30
    Johnston, Mary 1919
  • Box-folder 2.31
    Karsner, David 1927
  • Box-folder 2.32
    Keating, George T. 1929-1933
  • Box-folder 2.33
    Kipling, Rudyard 1919
  • Box-folder 2.34
    Kelson , J.D. 1922
  • Box-folder 2.34
    Kelpner, A.H. 1949
  • Box-folder 2.34
    Kenan, William R., Jr. 1946
  • Box-folder 2.34
    Klinefelter, Walter 1928-1936
  • Box-folder 2.35
    Lewis, Sinclair 1920
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lambright, E.D. 1946
  • Box-folder 2.36
    LaMonte, John L. 1927
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lange, W.W. 1926
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lanier, Henry W. 1904, 1908
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Laverack, Belle R. 1919, 1934
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lawson, Katherine S. 1940
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lee, Doris 1943
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lerew, Laurie Mrs. 1960
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lever, H. Randolph 1922
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lewis, Grace Hegger 1931
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lewis, Gracie 1956
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Licht, Michael 1927
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Lilly, Josiah K. Jr. 1944
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Linscott, R.N. 1919
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Littell Robert 1922
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Liveright, Horace D. 1926
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Liveright, Horace (Pub.) 1928
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Locher, Robert E. 1928
  • Box-folder 2.36
    Loverman, Samuel 1927
  • Box-folder 2.36
    L'Engle, William 1946
  • Box-folder 2.37
    Macy, John 1919-1932
  • Box-folder 2.38
    McCarthy, Catherine 1960
  • Box-folder 2.39
    Mencken, H.L. 1919-1946
  • Box-folder 2.40
    MacGill, Patricia 1947
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Machen, Arthur 1918-1919
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Macrae, John Jr. 1935, 1940
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Malcomson, David 1941
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Mann, W.D. 1904
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Mason, Harold T. 1932
  • Box-folder 2.40
    McBride, Robert M. 1927-1942
  • Box-folder 2.40
    McCormick, Elsie 1929
  • Box-folder 2.40
    McKaughan, J.A. 1934
  • Box-folder 2.40
    McNeill, Warren A. 1925-1931, 1947
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Meade, Julian R. 1932, 1937
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Mitchell, David M. 1926-1927
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Morrissette, Bruce Archer, n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Morse, Willard S. 1928
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Mukerji, Dhan G. 1923, 1930
  • Box-folder 2.40
    Mullins, Helene, n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.41
    Nathan, George Jean 1921-1934
  • Box-folder 2.42
    Nathan, Robert 1921-1946
  • Box-folder 2.43
    Newman, Frances 1920-1928
  • Box-folder 2.44
    Norman, Charles 1929-1939
  • Box-folder 2.45
    Newman, Henry A. 1928
  • Box-folder 2.45
    Nichols, Robert M. B. 1923-1928
  • Box-folder 2.45
    Niles, Edward A. 1925
  • Box-folder 2.46
    O'Neill, Eugene 1934
  • Box-folder 2.47
    Obernodorfer, H.W. 1940
  • Box-folder 2.47
    Orcutt, William Dana 1927-1929
  • Box-folder 2.47
    Overton, Grant 1925
  • Box-folder 2.47
    O'Neil, Mary Coyle 1942
  • Box-folder 2.48
    Pape, Frank 1921-1935
  • Box-folder 2.49
    Posselt, Erich 1928-1929
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Page, Walter H. 1904
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Parsons, Charles 1924
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Paterson, Isabel 1930s
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Patterson, Margaret N. 1928
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Patton, J.G. (postcard) 1912
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Payne, L.W., Jr. 1925
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Peterkin, Julia M., n.d.
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Pollak, Valentin 1931
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Powell, Louise, Mrs John 1932
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Pruette, Lorine 1930
  • Box-folder 2.50
    Pyle, Howard 1906
  • Box-folder 3.51
    Rascoe, Burton 1918, 1920
  • Box-folder 3.52
    Rawlings, Margaret K 1942-1953
  • Box-folder 3.53
    Roosevelt, Theodore 1905
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Redman, Ben Ray 1922, 1942-1946
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Remenyi, Joseph 1935
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Reniers, Perceval 1941
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Ridgely, Charles 1927
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Robertson, P.W. 1922
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Robinson, James H. 1923-1924
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Rosenberger, Francis C. 1947
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Rosenfeld, Paul 1926
  • Box-folder 3.54
    Rouse, Blair 1960
  • Box-folder 3.55
    Stagg, Hunter 1920s-1940s
  • Box-folder 3.56
    Starrett, Vincent 1920-1928, 1940, 1960
  • Box-folder 3.57
    Sterling, George 1920-1930
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Salisbury, William 1929
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Sandfort, J.A. 1929
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Saunders, Margaret V. 1921
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Schaeffer, Samuel B. 1932-1933
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Schaeffer, Samuel B. 1933
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Seymour, George Steele 1920-1921
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Shanks, Lewis P. 1921
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Shawn, Ted 1928
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Sheed, Frank 1947
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Sherer, Adelaide R. 1942
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Shipley, Joseph T., n.d.
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Smith, Douglas 1926
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Smith, T.R. 1920-1927
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Spingarn, J.E. 1924
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Stevenson, Burton 1925
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Stevenson, Burton E. 1923-1924
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Steward, Sam M. 1928-1930
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Stewart, Donald O. 1921
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Street, Julian Jr. 1944-1945
  • Box-folder 3.58
    Sutliff, Milo J. 1932
  • Box-folder 3.59
    Taylor, Deems 1921-1925
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Taylor, Walter F. 1956
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Thompson, Dorothy 1949
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Tietjens, Sybil Miss 1927
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Tompkins, Ellen 1913
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Trotti, Lamar 1928
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Troubetzkoy, Amelie 1920-1921
  • Box-folder 3.60
    Tutwiler, Carrington C. 1960
  • Box-folder 3.61
    Underwood, Leon 1920-1926
  • Box-folder 3.62
    Unsigned Letter, New York City address, n.d.
  • Box-folder 3.63
    Untermeyer, Louis, n.d. 1920-1923
  • Box-folder 3.64
    Van Doren, Carl 1908, 1921-1942
  • Box-folder 3.65
    Van Vechten, Carl 1926-1932
  • Box-folder 3.66
    Viereck, George S. 1920-1932
  • Box-folder 3.67
    Van Doren, Mark 1925
  • Box-folder 3.67
    Van Nortwick, Virginia 1938
  • Box-folder 3.67
    Verlaine, Dee 1930
  • Box-folder 3.68
    Wharton, Edith 1920
  • Box-folder 3.69
    Wilson, Edmund 1922, 1953-1956
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Wall, Bernhardt 1926
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Walpole, Hugh, n.d. 1920-1923
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Walsh, Richard J. 1926
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Ward, Harold 1922-1923
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Waterhouse, Francis A. 1940
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Webb, Mrs. J.A. 1919
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Weil, Maurice K. 1929
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Wells, James R. 1938
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Westlake, Neda M. 1960
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Whitty, J.H. 1927
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Wilgers, E.D. 1921
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Williams, Blanche Colton 1920-1927
  • Box-folder 3.70
    Wylie, Elinor 1925
  • Box-folder 3a.70a
    Personalized Christmas cards from James Branch Cabell and family
  • Box-folder 3a.70b
    Christmas cards sent to James Branch Cabell and Family
Series II--Manuscripts

Manuscripts of various Cabell writings, many heavily edited in Cabell's handwriting, are contained in these folders. Most of the material has Duke numbers written in pencil on it. Materials include story ideas, notes, early drafts, drawings, school work, essays, poems, and prefaces. Folders 72-76 are labeled with Duke numbers. See also Series IX.

  • Box-folder 4.71
    Manuscripts of various Cabell writings
  • Box-folder 4.72
    Manuscripts: D139-478
  • Box-folder 4.73
    Manuscripts: D 479-499
  • Box-folder 4.74
    Manuscripts: D500-501
  • Box-folder 4.75
    Manuscripts: D502-518
  • Box-folder 4.76
    Manuscripts: D848-2323
Series III--Ephemera, printed material, illustrations, newspaper clippings, etc.

Much of the material in this series was taken from the books in Cabell's library. It includes printed material, newspaper clippings, illustrations, and other ephemeral.

  • Box-folder 5.77
    Six copies of an acrostic written by Branch Cabell 1938

    In Goudy Text celebrating the 35th anniversary of The Village Press

  • Box-folder 5.78
    Newman, Francis-Dust Jacket for Francis Newman
  • Box-folder 5.78
    Letters, preface by Cabell
  • Box-folder 5.79
    Dust jacket for JBC's The Witch Woman 1948
  • Box-folder 5.80
    Pamphlets, offprints, etc. in Cabell's library
  • Box-folder 5.81
    Various illustrations, drawings, book jackets, bookplates, cards, etc.

    Taken from books in Cabell's library.

  • Box-folder 5.81a
    Illustrations and various advertisements for The Eagles's Shadow
  • Box-folder 5.82
    Rockbridge Alum Springs, Mountain Lake and Dumbarton brochures
  • Box-folder 5.83
    Early versions of map of Poictesme
  • Box-folder 5.83a
    First drawing of the Kalki design by JBC
  • Box-folder 5.84
    Newspaper clippings of various writers
  • Box-folder 5.85
    Our Lady of the Cenacle membership certificate 1958
  • Box-folder 5.86
    Pamphlets 1932, 1933, 1938, 1953, 1965
  • Box-folder 5.87
    Photocopied newspaper articles found in books in Cabell's Library
  • Box-folder 6.88
    Printed material: publication notices, invitations, advertisements etc.
  • Box-folder 6.89
    Printed material: publication notices, invitations, advertisements etc.
  • Box-folder 6.89a
    Printed Material: Publication notices, advertisements and illustrations
  • Box-folder 6.90
    Publisher agreements and copyrights 1907-1938
  • Box-folder 6.90a
    American Spectator stock certificate
  • Box-folder 6.91
    Statements of sales 1930, 1937, 1943
  • Box-folder 6.91a
    Newspaper clippings--articles
    Physical Location: moved to Box 3-A
  • Box-folder 7.91b
    Joseph Hergesheimer letter to Cabell with article about JBC 1927
  • Box-folder 7.91c
    The Reviewer, Endorsements
  • Box-folder 7.91d
    Aliester Crowley letter to Cabell with Songs for Italy
  • Box-folder 7.91e
    Cape Henry Day Program, with phrase composed by Cabell 1957
  • Box-folder 7.91f
    Telegram to Cabell regarding Jurgen; Letter from Lawyer about acquittal
  • Box-folder 7.91g
    Summons delivered to Guy Holt in Jurgen case
  • Box-folder 7.91h
    Jack Woodford's A Break for Poictesmein the New York Magazine Program 1931
  • Box-folder 91i
    Various advertisements for Cabell books
  • Box-folder 7.91j
    Ballad of Brobdinnagby Vincent Starrett
  • Box-folder 7.91L
    Virginia and U.S. political convention ephemeral late 19th century
  • Box-folder 7.91m
    Sheet music for "Canzonet", a song by Reginald C. Robbins and James Branch Cabell 1934
  • Box-folder 7.91n
    The United States in Literaturetextbook, containing a Cabell reference
  • Box-folder 7.91p
    Cumulative Index-Works of James Branch Cabell (A-Jol) by John M. Campbell, Jr. and Emmett Peter, Jr. 1900-1930, 1930-1955
  • Box-folder 7.91q
    Cumulative Index-Works of James Branch Cabell (Jon-Z) by John M. Campbell, Jr. and Emmett Peter, Jr. 1900-1930, 1930-1955
  • Box-folder 7.91r
    Cabell: A Reconsideration-Edward Wagenknecht 1946
  • Box-folder 7.91r
    The Later Romantics-Edward Wagenknetch 1945
  • Box-folder 7.91r
    James Branch Cabell: The Anatomy of Romanticism-Edward Wagenknetch 1945
  • Box-folder 7.91s
    Ellen Glasgow Triumph and Despair-Edward Wagenknetch 1945
  • Box-folder 7.91s
    Poems by David Kemple Eichler
  • Box-folder 7.91T
    Poems by Harlan Umansky
  • Box-folder 7.91u
    Rothman, Julius Lawrence, James Branch Cabell, Satirist
  • Box-folder 7.91v
    Schmidt, Otto-journal article inscribed by Schmidt to Cabell
  • Box-folder 7.91w
    Robert M. McBride and Co. published booklist 1923-1943
  • Box-folder 7.91x
    The Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Virginia-Minutes 1956
  • Box-folder 7.91y
    Misc. material -In Memoriam, Alice M. Tyler, by James Branch Cabell May 15, 1913
Series IV--Cabell Society 1963-1971

Includes Papers of the Cabell Society, correspondence between its founders, a collection of correspondence between Cabell and Nelson Bond, Cabell and Frederick Eddy.

  • Box-folder 8.92
    Bond, Nelson: galley proof--Thirty-first of February 1949
  • Box-folder 8.93
    Bond-Rothman correspondence 1967-1971
  • Box-folder 8.93a
    Bond-Cabell Collection, includes correspondence and part of a manuscript of a bibliography of Cabell
  • Box-folder 8.94
    Cabell Society general information
  • Box-folder 8.95
    Fox, Lawrence (Larry): correspondence 1964-1967
  • Box-folder 8.96
    Fox, Lawrence (Larry): miscellaneous 1963-1965
  • Box-folder 8.97
    Rothman-Fox correspondence 1967-1968
  • Box-folder 8.97a
    Eddy, Frederick-Galley proof of Figures of Earthand letters to Eddy
  • Box-folder 8.97b
    Material removed from Fox, Applebaum and Bond copies of books by JBC
Series V--Between Friends

Materials concerning Between Friends: Letters of James Branch Cabell and Others edited by Padraic Colum and Margaret Freeman Cabell, published in 1962.

  • Box-folder 9.98
    Copies of letters considered for inclusion #1
  • Box-folder 9.99
    Copies of letters considered for inclusion #2
  • Box-folder 9.100
    Copies of letters and text of Chapter 10
  • Box-folder 9.101
    Proofs
Series VI--Criticisms of Cabell's work

The majority of these criticisms of Cabell and his work were copied from various periodicals (many from microfilm) for Jean Maurice Duke's James Branch Cabell: A Reference Guide published in 1979. Others have been collected by Special Collections & Archives.

  • Box-folder 10.107-10.120
    Criticisms 1904-1922
  • Box-folder 10.121-10.131
    Criticisms 1923-1933
  • Box-folder 10.132-10.162
    Criticisms 1934-1977
Series VII--Periodicals (essays, reviews and fiction by Cabell)

Most of the material contained in this series is located in twenty-two bound volumes containing magazines where many of Cabell's book reviews, essays, short stories and other fiction originally appeared before they were later revised into book form. Each volume is named for a published Cabell book and contains the original magazine contribution. There are also two boxes of non-bound journals.

  • Box-folder 13.163
    "A Note as to Sinclair Lewis"- American Mercury, August 1930
    oversize
  • Box-folder 13.164
    "Autobiographic Summary"- TrendJan. 7, 1922
    oversize
  • Box-folder 13.165
    "Between Worlds"- American Mercury-Sept. 1926
    oversize
  • Box-folder 13.166
    "The Comedies of William Congreve"- International-June 1929
    oversize
  • Box-folder 13.167
    "The Eagles's Shadow"- Saturday Evening PostOct. 1, 1904
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.168
    "Ellen Glasgow"-Book-of-the-Month Club News-August 1935
    oversize (2 copies)
  • Box-folder 14.169
    "Kindly Omit Flowers"- American Mercury-June 1929
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.170
    "Lady into Facts"-photocopy- The Saturday ReviewFebruary 18, 1933
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.171
    "Messer Marco Polo: A Very Magically Beautiful Book"- The Centurion-June 1922
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.172
    "Of Messer Marco Polo, Sixteen Years Later"- Reading and Collecting-October 1937
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.173
    Near a Flag-American Mercury-July 1931
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.174
    "Once More the Immortals"- American Mercury-January 1924
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.175
    "Prince Fribble's Burial"- Red Book-May 1911
    oversize
  • Box-folder 14.176
    "They Buried Me Alive"- American Mercury-December 1951
    oversize (2 copies)
  • Box-folder 14.177
    William and Mary College Quarterly
    oversize
  • Box-folder 13.178
    American Spectator Vol. 1 no. 1-12, Vol. 2 no. 13-21, Vol.2 no. 22-28
  • Blue Bound Volumes

    Twenty-two bound volumes containing magazines where many of Bell's book reviews, essays, short stories and other fiction originally appeared before they were later revised into book form. Each blue bound volume is titled after a Bell book and contains the original magazine contribution.

    • "The Second Chance"- Harper's Monthly-October 1909
    • "Balthazor's Daughter"- Smart Set-May 1913
    • "Belhs Cavaliers"- Lippincott's Magazine-June 1915
    • "Judiths's Creed"- Lippincott's Magazine-July 1915
    • "A Brown Woman"- Lippincott's Magazine-August 1915
    • "Pro Honoria"- McBride's Magazine-Sept. 1915
    • "The Irresistible Ogle"- McBride's Magazine-October 1915
    • "The Fox Brush"- Harper's Monthly-August 1905
    • "The Sestina"- Harper's Monthly-January 1906
    • "The Housewife"- Harper's Monthly-August 1906
    • "The Tension"- Harper's Monthly-December 1906
    • "The Navarrese"- Harper's Monthly-September 1907
    • "The Rat-Trap"- Harper's Monthly-December 1907
    • "The Choices"- Harper's Monthly-March 1908
    • "The Scabbard"- Harper's Monthly-April 1909
    • "The Satraps"- Harper's Monthly-April 1909
    • "Afternoon in Arden"- Smart Set-July 1902
    • "As the Coming of Dawn"- Smart Set-September 1902
    • "An Incarnation of Helen"- Smart Set-October 1902
    • "The Story of Stella"- Smart Set-August 1903
    • "Old Capulet's Daughter"- Smart Set-September 1903
    • "The Ultimate Master"- Harper's Monthly-November 1908
    • "The Soul of Mervisaunt"- Harper's Monthly-April 1911
    • "The Feathers of Olrun"- Century Magazine-December 1919
    • "The Designs of Miramen"- Century Magazine-August 1920
    • "The Image of Sesphra"- Romance-October 1920
    • "The Hour of Freydis"- McClure's Magazine-May 1920
    • "The Head of Misery"- McClure's Magazine-July 1920
    • "The Hair of Melicent"- McClure's Magazine-September 1920
    • "As Played Before His Highness"- Smart Set-March 1902
    • "In the Summer of Saint Martin"- Smart Set-August 1902
    • "Heart of Gold"- Smart Set-April 1905
    • "Simon's Hour"- Ainslee's Magazine-April 1905
    • "Actors All"- Appletons-May 1906
    • "In the Second April"- Harper's Monthly-April, May 1907
    • "The Rhyme to Porringer"- Collier's WeeklyApril 15, 1907
    • "Balthazar's Daughter"- Smart Set-July 1921
    • "An Amateur Ghost"- Argosy-February 1902
    • "Some Ladies and Jurgen"- Smart Set-July 1918
    • "To Ananias, Citizen of Jerusalem"- Direction-Autumn Issue 1934
    • "Books I Have Never Read"- The NationNovember 8, 1933
    • "His Excellency, George Washington"- American Spectator-August 1934
    • "The Pompadour"- American Spectator-September 1934
    • "Love Letters of Falstaff"- Harper's Monthly-March 1902
    • "In Ursula's Garden"- Harper's Monthly-May 1903
    • "The Conspiracy of Arnaye"- Harper's Monthly-June 1903
    • "The Castle of Content"- Harper's Monthly-August 1903
    • "The Story of Adhelmer"- Harper's Monthly-April 1904
    • "In Necessity's Motor"- Harper's Monthly-October 1904
    • "Sweet Adelais"- Harper's Monthly-October 1905
    • The Line of Love Vol. III
    • "The Wedding Jest"- Century Magazine-September 1919
    • "Porcelain Cups"- Century Magazine-November 1919
    • "The Shadowy Past"- Smart Set-January 1903
    • "The Husbands' Comedy"- Smart Set-June 1903
    • "The Awakening"- Smart Set-February 1904
    • "A Fordyce of Westbrook"- Red Book-July 1909
    • "His Relics"- Ainslee's Magazine-November 1909
    • "Above Paradise"- American Mercury-February 1925
    • "The Candid Footprint"- Century Magazine-May 1922
    • "The Mathematics of Gonfal"- Century Magazine-August 1925
    • "What Saraide Wanted"- Red Book-November 1925
    • "In the Sylan's House"- Red Book-March 1926
    • "Cloth at Portasa"- Red Book-May 1926
    • "A Little More About Eve"- American Mercury-January 1929
    • "Confusions of the Golden Travel"- Bookman-September 1927
    • "Ruth Universal"- Bookman-February 1933
    • "Breast of the Nymph"- Bookman-March 1933
    • "For Rhadamanthus, Smiling"- Bookman-January 1933
    • "Study in Sincerity"- American Spectator-January 1933
    • "Prose of a Pall Bearer"- American Spectator-December 1932
    • "Art, Beauty and Balderdash"Saturday Review of Literature-June 1932
    • "Common Places"- American Spectator-February 1933
    • "The Genteel Tradition in Sex"- American Spectator-November 1932
    • "Mirror and Pigeons"- Bookman-December 1932
    • "In Respect to Jeseph Hergeshimer"- Bookman-November/December 1919
    • "It is of Linda"- Bookman-January 1920
    • "The Thin Queen of Elfame"- Century Magazine-December 1922
    • "Once More, The Immortals"- American Mercury-January 1924
    • "Roque's March: To a Flemish Air"- DialFebruary 22, 1919
    • Beauty and Wizardry- The NationNovember 2, 1921
    • "A Note on Alcoves"- New RepublicApril 12, 1922
    • "Portrait of the Artist: Full Length"- Intrn. Book Review-November 1923
    • "The Delta of Radegonade"- Vanity Fair-June 1921
    • "Romantics About Them"- Literary Review-N.Y. Eve. PostMarch 1, 1921
    • "Before Aesred"- Virginia Quarterly Review-October 1931
    • "Near a Flag"- American Mercury-July 1931
    • "Kindly Omit Flowers"- The American Mercury-June 1929
    • "Between Worlds"- The American Mercury-September 1926
    • Bound edition of Harper's Monthly-Vol. 102-contains "In Ursula's Garden" 1903
    • Bound edition of Harper's Monthly-Vol. 4-Contains "Love Letters of Flastaff" 1902
Series VIII--Dramatic and musical interpretations of Cabell's work
  • Box-folder 15.179
    Jurgen, A Comedy of Justiceby James Branch Cabell and Charlton Andrews play 1922
  • Box-folder 15.180
    The Irresistible Ogle-A One-Act Playby A. Eugene Dieaderick 1923
  • Box-folder 15.181
    The Rivet in Grandfather's Neck, A Comedya screenplay by Sidney Howard and Barrett Clark 1920
  • Box-folder 15.182
    Rendezvous A Romantic Drama in One Acta play by Knight 1920s
  • Box-folder 15.183
    A Brown Womana play by Peter Ridgeway 1930
  • Box-folder 15.184
    Light O'Love-A Play in One Actby Lucile Rutland 1909
  • Box-folder 15.185
    The Fox-Brush-A Play in One Actby Lucile Rutland 1909
  • Box-folder 15.186
    Manual's Adventurea play by Katherine J. Townsend 1920s
  • Box-folder 15.187
    The Cream of the Jest-Radio Play 1947
  • Box-folder 15.188
    Jurgen, symphonic poem by Deems Taylor, program notes
  • Box-folder 15.189
    Jurgen, satirical movie treatment 1927
  • Various advertisements, photos and other memorabilia of Cabell theatre productions 15.190
  • Box-folder 15.191
    Bayes Theatre program with Simon's Hour written by Cabell performed in Conneticut 1926
  • Box-folder 15.192
    Stadium Concerts Review program, Jurgen production 1930
Series IX--Scrapbooks, notebooks and oversized items
  • Box 16
    Scrapbook One 1902-1905
    oversize, 51 sheet bound volume

    A 51 sheet (8 1/2 x 10 1/2) bound volume of material about Cabell. Contains many newspaper and magazine articles by and about Cabell, most regarding his published fiction and book reviews at this time. They are pasted in the volume and many are identified and dated. Most of the dates are 1902-1905. It also contains a letter to Cabell from an editor at Smart Set, dated Sept. 30, 1902, suggesting Cabell write them a novelette.

    It also has a 15 page (7 1/2 x 10 1/2) folder in which several newspaper advertisements of The Eagle's Shadow are pasted. All are dated 1904.

  • Box 16
    Scrapbook Two
    oversize, 83 sheet bound volume

    The first 35 sheets contain newspaper clippings of articles written by Cabell for the Richmond News during the first few years of the century.

    The next 25 sheets are newspaper clippings about Cabell and his family, dated around 1910. These pages also include genealogical articles written by Cabell and others.

    The remaining sheets contain letters to Cabell regarding genealogy dating form 1909 to 1919; obituaries and articles about John R. Branch, newspaper society columns; a New York Herald style pamphlet; a 1895 Navy Department letter to Cabell regarding a post for him in the Navel Academy; a 1906 letter from the U.S. State Department regarding an appointment for Cabell as Secretary of Legation in Athens, Greece or in South America and a 1906 letter from the White House regretting Cabell's decision not to accept the position in the State Department. There are also programs of plays performed in 1896 by the Virginia Comedians. Cabell was in five of them.

    On the verso of p. 82 and recto of p. 83 is pasted a printed article entitled "That Opera Bouffe Court Martial." It describes a court martial at the U.S. Naval Academy where midshipman James Robinson Branch, Jr. died after a boxing match with another student named Meriwether. Branch was the son of James R. Branch, James Branch Cabell's uncle.

  • Box 17
    Scrapbook Three 1911-1917
    oversize, bound volume of 112 sheets

    This is a bound volume of 112 sheets (8 1/2 x 10 1/2) containing a large amount of many kinds of material concerning Cabell and his writings.

    There are almost 100 letters to him. Many are from publishers to whom he had sent, or offered to send, a manuscript. In some of these the publishers offered to read his book. In others they gave their opinions of it and their decision on publishing. Most of these say that while they appreciated the quality of his work they cannot publish it, usually because they do not think it would be profitable. There are a few letters asking him to submit material to them. Many others are from individuals who have read something by or about him. Most of this material is dated from 1911-1917.

    There are also more than 100 newspaper and magazine clippings about him, his family and his books. Some are advertisements, some are reviews. They come from all over the country and nearly all are dated and have the name of the source. It appears that a clipping service must have supplied many of them. There are also a few photographs of Cabell.

  • Box 18
    Notebook One
    oversize, notebook with 200 numbered pages

    Bound note book with 200 numbered pages. Pages 3-34 are missing. The remaining pages have a variety of material in Cabell's hand, including lists of stories written year by year, where published, amount paid him, books published, copies received, number sold, royalties, etc. Also, poems; many pages of genealogical materials on his family; wills of family members; notes on his books, including to whom submitted and results; other material on his writing, such as "Suppressed Foreword to the Cords of Vanity: rough draft."

  • Box 18
    Notebook Two
    oversize, Bound note book with 144 numbered pages

    Bound note book with 144 numbered pages. First page has a note written and signed by Cabell stating: "Verses, etc., as written 1896-1898. Selected, revised, and copied in this book 1898-1899. James Branch Cabell."

  • Box-folder 18.1
    Folder 1

    Unbound material which was found in notebook two.

    Most of this material concerns The Majors and Their Marriages (1915). Some is typed, some printed. Includes genealogical notes, lists, etc. and correspondence concerning these families. Includes a little material on the Cabells.

  • Box-folder 18.2
    Folder 2

    Unbound material which was found in notebook two.

    This has Cabell materials inserted in the covers of two typewriter paper covers.

    In the first typewriter paper cover material includes two typewritten Cabell manuscripts of poems, "The Ways of Women." There are some textual differences and some pencil changes (9 & 7 pages). There is also a two-page typewritten manuscript of Cabell's reminiscences written when he was 77. Has a few pencil corrections and additions. A one page Cabell typewritten manuscript entitled "Frail Rymes, with Studrdy Morals."

    In the second typewriter paper cover material includes two copies of a four page list of manuscripts, etc. of his writings. A 15 page typewritten manuscript entitled "Composition book No. 341." An eight page typewritten manuscript entitled "List of Horses in the collection." A four page typewritten manuscript entitled "Unpublished Matter." and a one page typewritten list of some of his books, some including the color of binds, etc.

  • Box 18
    Notebook Three
    oversize, spring back notebook with about 60 leaves

    They contain photographic copies of Cabell manuscripts, both poetry and prose. Some are identified.

  • Box 19
    Notebook Four
    oversize, spring back notebook

    A spring back notebook with more than 100 typewritten pages containing information on the ancestry of Priscilla Bradley (Mrs. James Branch Cabell). Includes genealogical notes, abstracts from books and magazines, correspondence, etc. Some of the items are dated after the publication of the genealogy of her family, The Majors and Their Marriages (1915). One folder includes an essay written by Cabell when he was 77 years old, discussing his lack of literary recognition and awards.

  • Box 19
    Notebook Five
    oversize, spring back notebook

    A spring back notebook with about 150 pages, mostly typewritten, about the Cabell family genealogy. The material was collected over many years and was compiled and supplied by many people.

    Inserted inside the front cover was more material on the Cabell family. There are about 40 pages, some typewritten, and some newspaper clippings and other items. This material is now is a folder.

  • Box 20
    Cabell Biblio
    oversize

    A bound volume containing a 37 page check list of Cabell's books and other material held by ULS' Special Collections & Archives made by Daniel E. Jones in 1973.

    A bound volume with about 30 pages of bibliographic notes on Cabell and his writings, described as a supplement to I.R. Brussel's A Bibliography of the Writings of James Branch Cabell, 1932.

    A folder contains copies of nine Cabell letters to Desmond Tarrant, 1953-1959, and one letter to Tarrant from Margaret Freeman Cabell, 1964. They are concerned with Tarrant's proposed book on Cabell, later published as James Branch Cabell: The Dream and the Reality, 1967. Also contains copies of two letters Cabell wrote to Guy Holt, 1917 and 1918.

    The material in a small box labelled Cabellianawas transferred to Series III. A list of the few items in that box has been left in it.

  • Box 21
    Cabell Letters
    oversize

    Contains the letters labelled "Apfelbaum-Cabell Letters", which include Cabell letters to the editor of The Literary Review, 22 letters to Mourice Speiser, one letter from Herbert Speiser to Robert McBride & Co., and an answer to it from McBride.

    A 14 page photocopied list of Cabell books taken from The National Union Catalog Pre-1956 Imprints

    23 pages of genealogical oversized photocopied notes on the Branch family. Material includes photocopies of family Bibles, lists of marriages and births with dates up until 1981.

  • Map-case 23.1
    Miscellaneous Oversize Material
    oversize

    A 24 x 9 inch poster of Cabell's review of The Adventures of the Black Girl in her search for God by Bernard Shaw. A book review reprinted from the New York Herald Tribune Books Section, Sunday, February 26, 1933.

    Painting of Family Tree by Cabell

    Miscellaneous Drawings and Advertisements