Josephine Johnson Papers
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All Series Level Scope and Content Notes

Scope and Contents Note

Accrual I, Series 1, correspondence 1929-1989, bulking 1932-1935, includes letters from principal editors Ellery Sedgwick, Clifton Fadiman, Quincy Howe and Maria Lieper, discussing Now in November, Dark traveler, Sorcerer's son and short stories. Other correspondents include agents Maxim Lieber and Helen Strauss, and Bernard DeVoto, Louis Untermeyer, Tennessee Williams, Stringfellow Barr, Granville Hicks, Mark DeWitt, Theodore Morrison, Alexander Laing, Jack Conroy, Malcolm Cowley, Edward Weeks, Vance Bourjaily, readers of Miss Johnson's novels and colleagues in social reform activity, c.600 items. Accrual I, Series 2, single title poems, short stories and articles, c.33 titled and untitled pieces; Accrual I, Series 3, material toward books, inc. typescripts, manuscripts, business material and/or miscellany relating to Now in November, Winter Orchard, Jordanstown, Paulina Pot, Wildwood, Dark Traveler, The sorcerer's son and other stories, Inland island, Invaded city [unpublished novel] sections of one other untitled, unfinished novel and business papers relating to short stories; Accrual I, Series 4, manuscripts or editorial matter on work by Vera Britten, Malcolm Cowley, and Bernard DeVoto, 4 items; Accrual I, Series 5, personal journals and papers produced at Washington University, clippings and sketches

Accrual II contains correspondence, manuscript, and clippings concerning Johnson.


Largely from editors Ellery Sedgwick, Clifton Fadiman, Quincy Howe and Maria Lieper, discussing Now in November, Dark traveler, Sorcerer's son, and other short stories. Other correspondents, often writing as editors, include agents Maxim Lieber and Helen Strauss, and Bernard DeVoto [5] Louis Untermeyer, Tennessee (Tom) Williams [1] Stringfellow Barr, Granville Hicks, Mark DeWitt, Theodore Morrison, Alexander Laing, Jack Conroy, Malcolm Cowley, Edward Weeks, Vance Bourjaily. Also included are letters from readers of Now in November and colleagues of Josephine Johnson in social reform projects during the 1930's. Folder listing follows.


Letters from publishers, magazines, etc. Includes correspondence from Simon and Schuster, Ohio State University Press, and The Nation.


Separately foldered by title.


Published in Illinois Magazine, July 5, 1936.


Notes on seasons, variously titled Winter, Late winter days, February. Follows through December.


Arranged chronologically by date of publication.


inc. rights to Houghton Mifflin to anthologize unidentified material, notice of payment by Atlantic Monthly for various stories, royalty statement from Viking Press, Inc., for inclusion of story, Night flight in The Best short stories of World War II, other miscellany.


Includes ts. and ms. essays, frequently with instructors' comment, short stories, reviews and sociological studies. Some incomplete, average 3 pages.


Ms., revision and cancellation, incomplete. Ink on notesheet 8 1/2" × 5".


Ink and pencil on yellow paper, notepaper, brown wrapping paper, other stock, with occasional watercolor. Occasional notes.


Assembled from various parts of collection. Includes personal reminders and injunctions, work notes. About 7 sheets.


Reviews of Johnson books, personal interviews.


Accessions: 22952 - Gift of John Fleischman, 22893 - Gift of Robert Hahn, and 23970 - Gift of Kathleen Tinkham


Written on TLS[x], 1 p from Holly Panich to Johnson (1984: August 8).


Includes empty envelope.


Written on TLS[x], 1 p from Kent Carroll to Leona Mosston (1994: June 15).


Enclosure: TLS[x], 1 p from Patricia Clifford to Mosston 91997: January 6).


Written on TLS[x], 1 p from O'Hare to Josephine Johnson (1989: May 15).


Xeroxed pages of Inland Island with annotations by Johnson.

Includes ALS, 1 p from Ann Cannon to John Fleischman (1995: May 1).


Includes clippings featuring Johnson.