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Paul Bunyan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CLRC-1946

Scope and Contents

The Paul Bunyan Collection is divided into eleven series. The collection contains approximately 200 books, 20 boxes of manuscript material, and 10 boxes of art and realia.

Dates

  • undated

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Paul Bunyan Collection of the Children's Literature Research Collections, at the University of Minnesota, was established in 1960 with the gift of an extensive group of books, pamphlets, photographs, etc., the result of many years' active collecting by the late Professor W. W. Charters of Ohio State University. Since then gifts from a variety of friends and purchases by the library have produced a sizeable assemblage of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, reprints, newspaper clippings, drawings, photographs, phonograph records and other memorabilia.

Among much noteworthy material are the W. B. Laughead papers, secured through the good offices of Elwood Maunder, Executive Director, Forest History Foundation, and which include inter alia original cartoons, extensive correspondence - mainly with Max Gartenberg, Louis A. Maier, Franklin J. Meine and Archie Walker, sketches and finished drawings, a file of Red River Lumber Company ads from the American Lumberman and Mississippi Valley Lumberman from 1915 to 1949, and stories both in pamphlet and manuscript form. From James Stevens of Seattle we have received an extensive collection of his manuscripts (again thanks to Mr. Mauder), correspondence - mainly with Alfred Knopf and H. L. Mencken, but including letters from Stuart Chase, Louis Adamic and William Green of the AFL, clippings, photographs, and so on. Mrs. Dorothy Moulding Brown of Madison, Wisconsin, another notable collector of Paul Bunyan lore, donated a variety of material, which is now a part of the collection.

Extent

000 Linear Feet

Arrangement

The records are organized into eleven series:
  1. Series 1a: Books - Paul Bunyan Collection (listed in tray order)
  2. Series 1b: Books - Archival Collection
  3. Series 2: Periodicals
  4. Series 3: W.W. Charters Papers
  5. Series 4: James Stevens Papers
  6. Series 5: Red River Lumber Company Papers (W.B. Laughead)
  7. Series 6: Paul Bunyan Story Manuscripts, Poetry, Plays, and Recordings
  8. Series 7: Paul Bunyan Art
  9. Series 8: Paul Bunyan Collection Miscellaneous Holdings
  10. Series 9: Paul Bunyan Ephemera
  11. Series 10: Paul Bunyan Collection Correspondence

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Paul Bunyan Collection of the Children's Literature Research Collections, at the University of Minnesota, was established in 1960 with the gift of an extensive group of books, pamphlets, photographs, etc., the result of many years' active collecting by the late Professor W. W. Charters of Ohio State University. Since then gifts from a variety of friends and purchases by the library have produced a sizeable assemblage of books, manuscripts, pamphlets, reprints, newspaper clippings, drawings, photographs, phonograph records and other memorabilia.

Gift of: Charters, W.W.
Title
Paul Bunyan Collection
Author
John Barneson, Jim Eyer, and E.B. Stanford
Date
7/07/2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library