Hendrik Willem van Loon Papers. (Archival material, 1884) [WorldCat.org]
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Hendrik Willem van Loon Papers.

Author: Hendrik Willem Van Loon; John L De Forest
Publisher: 1884-1972
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Collection consists of correspondence with family, friends, literary and other public figures, pertaining to his career as an author and his varied humanitarian concerns; much of the correspondence between 1939 and 1942 deals with refugees from Nazi persecution and van Loon's participation in war relief fund raising and committees.
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Genre/Form: sketchbooks
photographs
passports
Drawings
diaries
Named Person: Eliza Ingersoll Bowditch; George Lincoln Burr; Leon Gordon; Eleanor Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; Gerard Willem Van Loon; Helen Criswell Van Loon; Hendrick Willem Van Loon; Hendrick Willem Van Loon; Henry Bowditch Van Loon; Eleanor Roosevelt; Franklin D Roosevelt; George Lincoln Burr; Leon Gordon; Gerard Willem Van Loon; Helen Criswell Van Loon; Henry Bowditch Van Loon; Eliza Ingersoll Bowditch
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Hendrik Willem Van Loon; John L De Forest
OCLC Number: 64072054
Language Note: Collection material in English.
Notes: Physical Description note: Correspondence, manuscripts, publications, journal clippings, illustrations, and photographs.
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Description: 36.1 cubic feet.
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Abstract:

Collection consists of correspondence with family, friends, literary and other public figures, pertaining to his career as an author and his varied humanitarian concerns; much of the correspondence between 1939 and 1942 deals with refugees from Nazi persecution and van Loon's participation in war relief fund raising and committees.

Collection consists of correspondence with family, friends, literary and other public figures, pertaining to his career as an author and his varied humanitarian concerns; much of the correspondence between 1939 and 1942 deals with refugees from Nazi persecution and van Loon's participation in war relief fund raising and committees.

Also included are condolence letters received after Hendrik's death. A substantial portion of the papers are comprised of manuscripts for many of his books and their illustrative materials in pen-and-ink, pencil, and watercolors. There are many sketchbooks and miscellaneous sketches as well as those for the publications. Other documents include a manuscript of his Ph.D. in German, notes for a history course taught at Cornell, manuscripts for radio broadcasts (1935-42), articles by and about van Loon,including a recollection by John L. De Forest; phonograph records, photographs, picture puzzles, foreign language editions of his books, reviews, menus, the Newberry Medal which was presented to him at the meeting of The American Library Association in 1921, an unfinished portrait by the painter Leon Gordon, his and Helen Criswell van Loon's ("Jimmie's") passports, and pamphlets from the Cunard Cruise Ship FRANCONIA. Documenting his activities in literary circles in New York City are copies of MAD HATTER MUTTERINGS, 1920-21, which were satirical journals circulated in the Greenwich Village coffee shop where "Jimmie" worked and later became the owner; also included are her diaries, 1920-54; and Gerard Willem van Loon's correspondence and draft copies for his book about Hendrik. Includes a film and a video. Correspondents include Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, George Lincoln Burr, and others.

Also, "Histoire fameuse du sieur Jean Nepomuc Pantagruel, und von der hochlobigen Jungfrau Kunigunde," a fanciful manuscript story written and illustrated by Van Loon on a series of 93 postcards which he sent to the Misses Jones in Cambridge, Massachusetts over a period of months in 1912 (shelved as Bd. Ms. 1).

Letters from van Loon in America to the Netherlands commenting on the general atmosphere in wartime America (box 74).

Twenty-one drawings from late 1930's and 1940's.

Note that there are gaps in box numbers. Boxes 30-33 used to contain books - the boxes have been removed and the books cataloged separately. Boxes 70-73 used to contain microfilm reels 1-21 - the boxes have been removed and the reels have been individually located.

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