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MADELEINE STERN PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0936
1932-1972 [1942-1968]
4.80 cu.ft. (16 boxes)

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Provenance

Material received from Madeleine Stern between 1967 and 1972.

Restrictions

Non-circulating; available for research.

Copyright

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.


Biographical Sketch

Madeleine Stern was born in New York City on July 1, 1912. Although she has traveled widely, she has spent most of her life in New York. She received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College in 1932 and a master's from Columbia University in 1934. She taught high school English in New York from 1934 to 1943, when she began writing full-time. In 1945 she became a partner in Leona Rostenberg's rare book store where she specializes in sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth-century volumes published in French, Italian, Latin, and English.

At the age of eight, when the boys and girls on her block wanted to act out an original play, Stern began to write. She has written articles, stories, poems, and biographies. She is drawn irresistibly to literary and biographical detective work, and loves to explore untraveled fields of the American past. Stern specializes in 19th-century Americana, especially feminist biographies and publishing history. She is also interested in phrenology, the study of the shape of the skull.

Stern was the 1991 co-recipient of the Children's Literature Association Award for Excellence in Literary Criticism for The Journals of Louisa May Alcott (1989).

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Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from Stern to the de Grummond Collection, her 1932 senior honor's thesis from Barnard College, material for five books published between 1942 and 1968, material for eight articles published between 1963 and 1969, and undated miscellaneous prose, poetry and photographs. These materials are representative of Stern's interest in historical characters who were forerunners in fields such as feminism, abolition, and phrenology.

In her letters (1966-1972) to the de Grummond Collection, Stern expresses her concern about sending materials from decidedly liberal books and articles to the South of the 1960s where the atmosphere surrounding some of the sensitive political issues of the day was charged with tension.

The material for the books and articles is arranged alphabetically by title. Correspondence relating to a title has been retained with the title and placed first; the remainder of the material is organized to reflect the probable order in which it was created. The correspondence for a title relates to Stern's requests for data about the persons and topics she was researching. "Research notes and miscellaneous materials" indicates one or more of the following: handwritten notes, photocopies of nineteenth or twentieth-century materials such as a journal and newspaper articles, land deeds, and birth, death and marriage certificates.

The Life of Margaret Fuller (1942) is the biography of a remarkable nineteenth-century Massachusetts woman who was educated at a young age in Latin, Greek, philosophy and literature. She was a teacher, editor of The Dial, and literary critic for The Tribune. In 1850, on a return trip from Italy, Fuller, her husband, and their young son drowned within sight of the New Jersey coast when hurricane winds capsized their ship. For this title the collection contains correspondence, research notes, and miscellaneous research materials.

The Pantarch: A Biography of Stephen Pearl Andrews (1968) recounts the life of a nineteenth-century man who practiced law in Louisiana, fought to abolish slavery in Texas, and invented a universal language called Alweto, a universal science called Universology, and a philosophical/political system called Pantarchy. One of the most brilliant minds of his day, speaking over 30 languages, Andrews is little known because his plans for social change often started out brilliantly but came to naught. The collection includes correspondence, extensive research notes and materials, various typescripts, photographs, galleys, proofs and the dust jacket copy for this title.

Queen of Publisher's Row: Mrs. Frank Leslie (1965) tells of Miriam Follin, who learned about journalism firsthand while editing Frank Leslie's Lady's Magazine and Frank Leslie's Chimney Corner. Follin and Frank Leslie married; when he died, she became owner of a large publishing house, which she immediately rescued from bankruptcy. Leslie believed in equality for women and left the bulk of her 2 million dollar estate to further the cause of women's suffrage. In the collection there are correspondence, outlines, genealogical materials and a typescript.

So Much In a Lifetime: The Story of Dr. Isabel Barrows (1964) is the biography of the first woman eye surgeon in the United States, the first woman to work as a stenographer for Congress, and the first woman to be private secretary to the head of the State Department. Isabel Barrows was also a brilliant writer and editor who refused to allow the rigid conventions of the Victorian era to thwart her vision of social reform. For this title the collection has correspondence, research notes and materials, a typescript, and a dust jacket.

Each of the twelve chapters of We The Women: Career Firsts of Nineteenth-Century America (1962) is devoted to a woman, or group of women, who had successful careers in areas considered inappropriate for women. The collection contains material for five of the twelve chapters. For the chapters on architect Harriet Morrison Irwin, telegrapher Sarah Bagley, and textile and interior designer Candace Wheeler the collection has correspondence, research notes and materials, and a typescript. For the chapter on Ellen Richards, the first female graduate of M. I. T., the collection has correspondence, research materials, a handwritten manuscript, and four typescripts. For the chapter on Isabel Barrows the collection has a typescript. Also included for this title are photographs and proofs of artwork used in the book and for the jacket.

The collection contains materials for nine articles published between 1963 and 1969. There are two about Stephen P. Andrews: "Pothooks for Freedom: Stephen Pearl Andrews and the Introduction of Phonography into America" and "Stephen Pearl Andrews, Abolitionist, and the Annexation of Texas." There are three articles on phrenology: "Mark Twain had His Head Examined," "William N. Byers Had His Head Examined" and "The Head of a Poet: A Phrenograph of Edwin Markham." There are also articles on publishers and other book enthusiasts: "Henry Frank: Pioneer Hebrew-American Publisher" and "A Rocky Mountain Book Store: Savage and Ottinger of Utah." The collection includes materials for "William Henry Channings Letters on 'Woman in Her Social Relations,'" and Stern's introduction to a reprint of The Forerunner, a nineteenth-century journal. For seven of the articles, the collection includes correspondence, research material, and one or more typescripts. For the two others, the collection has a typescript and a copy of the article.

There are 26 miscellaneous prose typescripts, which include short essays and fairy tales, and 67 poems, some of which were published in Stern's college journal the Barnard Quarterly. There is one unidentified photograph labeled "Cooleemee."



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Series and Subseries


A. Correspondence (1966-1972)

B. Honors Thesis (1932)

C. Books

  • THE LIFE OF MARGARET FULLER (1942)
  • THE PANTARCH: A BIOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN PEARL ANDREWS (1968)
  • QUEEN OF PUBLISHER'S ROW: MRS. FRANK LESLIE (1965)
  • SO MUCH IN A LIFETIME: THE STORY OF DR. ISABEL BARROWS (1964)
  • WE THE WOMEN: CAREER FIRSTS OF NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICA (1962)

    D. Articles

    "The Head of a Poet: A Phrenograph of Edwin Markham" (1968)

    "Henry Frank: Pioneer Hebrew-American Publisher" (1968)

    "Introduction," The Forerunner (1969)

    "Mark Twain Had His Head Examined" (1969)

    "Pothooks for Freedom: Stephen Pearl Andrews and the Introduction of Phonography into America" (1963)

    "A Rocky Mountain Book Store" (1969)

    "Stephen Pearl Andrews, Abolitionist, and the Annexation of Texas" (1964)

    "William Henry Channing's Letters on 'Woman in her Social Relations'" (1960)

    "William N. Byers Had His Head Examined" (1969)

    E. Miscellaneous Prose (1930s and undated)

    F. Miscellaneous Poems (1930s and undated)

    G. Miscellaneous Photograph (undated)


    Box Inventory


        Box/Folder
    

    A. Correspondence

    1/1 To the de Grummond Collection, 1966-1972, 14 items.

    B. Honors Thesis

    1/2 "Studies in Elizabethan Literature," Barnard College, 2 May 1932.

    C. Books

    THE LIFE OF MARGARET FULLER by Madeleine B. Stern (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1942). 1/3 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1938-1941 and undated, 17 items. 1/4 - 7 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 2/1 - 4 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. THE PANTARCH: A BIOGRAPHY OF STEPHEN PEARL ANDREWS by Madeleine B. Stern (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968). [See also "Pothooks for Freedom," box 14, folder 10 and "Stephen Pearl Andrews, Abolitionist, and the Annexation of Texas," box 15, folder 2.] 2/5 - 7 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1958-1967 and undated, 139 items. 3/1 - 5 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 4/1 - 6 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 5/1 - 7 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 6/1 - 5 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 7/1 - 3 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 7/4 - 8/1 Typescript, 7/4 chapter 1, 102 pp.; 7/5 chapters 3 and 4, 44 pp.; 7/6 chapter 5, 26 pp.; 7/7 chapter 6, 14 pp.; chapter 6 (?), 29 pp.; chapter 6 (?), 20 pp.; 7/8 chapter 7, 21 pp.; 8/1 chapter 8, 60 pp.; 8/2 Typescript, notes and sources, 47 pp; and table of contents and acknowledgements, 3 pp. 8/3 - 7 Typescript, marked for typesetter, 8/3 front matter, acknowledgements, introduction and chapters 1-4, pp. 1-84; 8/4 chapters 5-8, pp. 85-164; 8/5 chapters 9-10, pp. 165-210; 8/6 endnotes, pp. 211-285; 8/7 index, 25 pp. 8/8 Photographs, pp. 29, 66, 67, 80 (3 items), unnumbered pages (8 items), pp. 126, 136, 145; and 5 unpublished items. 9/1 Galleys, corrected, pp. 1-70, and index (8 pp.). 9/2 - 3 Galleys with page breaks, 9/2 pp. 1-31; 9/3 pp. 32-70. 9/4 - 5 Proofs, author's copy, corrected, 9/4 front matter and chapters 1-5, pp. 1-72; 9/5 chapters 6-10, pp. 73-197. 9/6 Proofs, front matter, 11 pp. Dust jacket copy, 3 pp. QUEEN OF PUBLISHER'S ROW: MRS. FRANK LESLIE by Madeleine B. Stern (New York: J. Messner, 1965). 10/1 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1953 and undated, 16 items. 10/2 Outline, 7 pp., 2 versions. Genealogical material, 2 items. 10/3 - 6 Typescript, corrected, 10/3 front matter and pp. 1-55; 10/4 corrected, pp. 56-115; 10/5 corrected, pp. 116-177; 10/6 corrected, pp. 178-235 and 18 pp. index. SO MUCH IN A LIFETIME: THE STORY OF DR. ISABEL BARROWS by Madeleine B. Stern (New York: Messner, 1964). 10/7 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1958-1959 and undated, 42 items. 10/8 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 11/1 - 4 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 12/1 - 2 Typescript, front matter and chapters 1-7, pp. 1-93; 12/2 chapters 8-15, pp. 94-171; Typescript, miscellaneous, pp. 41, 71, 80, 91, 102, 142-154. 12/3 Typescript, "changes and additions" (4 pp.), selected bibliography (3 pp.), and jacket flap text. Dust jacket. WE THE WOMEN: CAREER FIRSTS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA by Madeleine Stern, wood engravings by John De Pol (New York: Schulte, 1962). Chapter 3: Harriet Morrison Irwin 12/4 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1958-1960 and undated, 28 items. 12/5 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, 7 pp. Chapter 4: Sarah Bagley 12/6 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1956-1957 and undated, 54 items. 12/7 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 13/1 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, corrected, pp. 1-17. Chapter 6: Ellen Richards 13/2 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1958-1961, 33 items. 13/3-13/6 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. 13/7 Manuscript, 10 pp. Typescript, edited, 7 pp. Typescript, 7 pp. Typescript, edited, 30 pp. Typescript, 33 pp. Chapter 8: Isabel Barrows 14/1 Typescript, 32 pp. Chapter 12: Candace Wheeler 14/2 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1959-1960 and undated, 64 items. 14/3 Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, 36 pp. Typescript, 4 pp. 14/4 Photographs, facing pp. 52, 84, 85, 116, 117, 148, 149, 212, 213, 245, 11 items. 14/5 Photographs, unpublished, 7 items. Proofs, artwork, 4 items. Proof, dust jacket, 3 items.

    Articles

    "The Head of a Poet: A Phrenograph of Edwin Markham" by Madeleine B. Stern, Coranto, University of Southern California (1968). 14/6 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1968-1969 and undated, 8 items. Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, edited, 4 pp. Typescript, edited, 4 pp. "Henry Frank: Pioneer Hebrew-American Publisher" by Madeleine B. Stern, American Jewish Archives (November 1968). 14/7 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1968-1969, 12 items. Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, edited, and manuscript endnotes, 12 pp. Typescript, 7 pp. "Introduction" by Madeleine Stern, The Forerunner (New York: Greenwood Reprint Corporation, 1969). 14/8 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1967-1969, 11 items. Research notes. Typescript, 10 pp. "Mark Twain Had His Head Examined" by Madeleine Stern, American Literature 41:2 (May 1969): 207-218. 14/9 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1960, 1968-1969 and undated, 7 items. Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, edited, and manuscript endnotes, 6 pp. Typescript, 9 pp. Typescript, 15 pp. "Pothooks for Freedom: Stephen Pearl Andrews and the Introduction of Phonography into America" by Madeleine B. Stern, Bulletin of the New York Public Library, 67:1 (January 1963):33-56. [See also The Pantarch: A Biography of Stephen Pearl Andrews, chapter 5, box 7, folder 6.] 14/10 Typescript, edited, 26 pp. Copy of article. "A Rocky Mountain Book Store: Savage and Ottinger of Utah" by Madeleine B. Stern, Brigham Young University Studies, 9:2 (Winter 1969): 144-154. 15/1 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1968-1969, 12 items. Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, edited, and manuscript endnotes, 14 pp. Typescript, edited, 12 pp. "Stephen Pearl Andrews, Abolitionist, and the Annexation of Texas" by Madeleine B. Stern, Southwestern Historical Quarterly (April 1964): 491-523. [See also The Pantarch: A Biography of Stephen Pearl Andrews, chapters 1 and 3, box 7, folders 4 and 5.] 15/2 Typescript, edited, 38 pp. Copy of article. "William Henry Channing's Letters on 'Woman in Her Social Relations'" by Madeleine B. Stern, Cornell Library Journal, (Autumn 1968). 15/3 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1967-1969, 16 items. Research notes and miscellaneous materials. Typescript, edited, 9 pp. Typescript, 9 pp. Typescript, 12 pp. "William N. Byers Had His Head Examined" by Madeleine B. Stern, Occasional Notes, Norlin Library, University of Colorado (April 1969). 15/4 Correspondence to and from Stern, 1968-1969 and undated, 7 items. Research material. Typescript, 2 pp.

    E. Miscellaneous Prose

    15/5 "The A, B, C of a New York Spring," typescript, 1 p. "An Analysis of The Tempest," typescript, 21 pp. "Boston Blue," typescript, 4 pp. "Bottle Bellies," typescript, 3 pp. "Brighty Re-Butts the Chief: A Futuristic Fairy Tale," typescript, 8 pp. 15/6 "Demons Underground," typescript, 3 pp. "East . . . the Callow Fledglings Fly," typescript, 21 pp. "Ends in Tragedy," typescript, 10 pp. "The Final Variation on a Well Scrapped Theme," typescript, 3 pp. "Hand-some Is as Hand-some Does," typescript, 7 pp. "Imitation of Life?" typescript, 3 pp. "It Takes Nine Tails to Make One Tale: A Futuristic Fairy Tale," typescript, 7 pp. 15/7 "Last Supper," typescript, 4 pp. "Literary Upholstery," typescript, 6 pp. "Mary Arundell and I," typescript, 3 pp. "Mr. Greenback Loses His Breath: A Futuristic Fairy Tale," typescript, 8 pp. "The Monkeys in the Boot: A Futuristic Fairy Tale," typescript, 9 pp. 15/8 "The Old Adam: Physical Consciousness in Literature," typescript, 73 pp. 16/1 "On Reading Marx in a Local," typescript, 5 pp. "The Pebble in the Pool," typescript, 11 pp. "Reading for Ballast," typescript, 6 pp. "Rollo and Rover," typescript, 5 pp. "Sincerely, Your Brother," typescript, 4 pp. "True Story Number 1," typescript, 6 pp. "Woodcuts and Utopia," typescript, 4 pp. "Work Never Killed Any One," typescript, 9 pp.

    F. Miscellaneous Poems

    16/2 Titled, 49 items. 16/3 Untitled, 18 items.

    G. Miscellaneous Photograph

    16/4 "Cooleemee," undated.


    Processed: May 1991
    Revised: July 2001

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