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Box: 1 Fold: 1 Harry L. Binsse
March 8, 1949

DESCRIPTION: ALS with envelope, dated March 8, 1949, from Harry L. Binsse (1905-71) to Harry Sylvester. Reference to family and miscellaneous reading materials including work by Sylvester.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Paul Beecher Blanshard
January 2 and April 10, 1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Paul Beecher Blanshard (1892-1980):

TLS dated January 2, 1948 (1 page), requesting meeting with Sylvester, and references to the latter's book, "Moon Gaffney" and article, "Problems of the Catholic Writer," (in "The Atlantic Monthly," 1948).

TLS dated April 10, 1948 (1 page), with references to trouble with the Catholic journal, "Commonweal"; the question of annulment and divorce, which he wished to discuss with Sylvester; and a book in progress, entitled, "Plain Talk about the Catholic Church."

Box: 1 Fold: 3 Harvey Breit
July 14, 1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Harvey Breit (1909-1968), American writer: TL dated July 14, 1947 (1 page). Reference to a review of "Moon Gaffney" (?) by Brendan Gill and the latter's reference to Evelyn Waugh.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 Beth Carroll
undated

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Beth Carroll: 3 ALS and 1 TLS, all undated. Reference to planning a literary symposium arranged by Henry Rago, to include Sylvester, Jerome O'Grady and James Farl Powers, among others.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Herbert Cerwin
1946-1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Herbert Cerwin: 6 ALS dated from 1946-1948. Reference to reading Sylvester's article, "Problems of the Catholic Writer," (in "The Atlantic Monthly," 1948).

Box: 1 Fold: 6 John Cogley
August 18, 1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from writer John Cogley (1916-1976): TLS with envelope, dated August 18, 1947 (2 pages/2 sheets). Reference to a review of "Moon Gaffney" in "The Catholic Worker."

Box: 1 Fold: 7 John Cort
1946-47

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend John Cort: 2 ALS, 3 TLS dated 1946 to 1947. References to Gouverneur Paulding; Sylvester's relations with the Catholic journal, "Commonweal"; and to Cort's visit to Guatemala.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 John Cort
January-December 1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from John Cort: 2 ALS, 3 TLS dated January to December 1948. References to birth control and the Catholic Church; and to a prospective visit by Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway to Guatemala.

Box: 1 Fold: 9 John Cort
October 1985-December 1987

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from John Cort: 3 TLS dated 1985 to 1987. Reference to "Moon Gaffney"; attitude of the "Catholic Worker" and "Commonweal" to the Spanish Civil War; and death of Sylvester's wife Janet Hart Sylvester.

Note: TLS dated 10/30/1985 includes copy of TLS from Norman McKenna to William Callahan, dated August 10, 1947, which refers to "Moon Gaffney."



Box: 1 Fold: 10 Robert Gorham Davis
September 23, 1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Robert Gorham Davis (1908- ), American educator: TLS dated September 23, 1948. Reference to reviews of a recent book by Sylvester, probably "All Your Idols," (1948), a collection of short stories.

Box: 1 Fold: 11 William Anthony Stanislaus Dollard
May 6, 1942

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from William Anthony Stanislaus Dollard (1901- ), American educator: TLS dated May 6, 1942 (1 page). Reference to Sylvester's interest to enlist as a means of earning a living; Sylvester's book, "Dearly Beloved"; and to American journalist Lewis Gannett (1891-1966) "...with whom (Dollard) was discussing (Sylvester's) book enthusiastically..."

Box: 1 Fold: 12 Francis Downing
1947-48

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Francis Downing: 5 ALS (only 2 bear complete dates). Reference to reading F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as Henry James' notebooks; Sylvester's article, "Problems of the Catholic Writer" (in "The Atlantic Monthly," 1948); the Catholic Church and birth control.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Charles W. Ferguson
October 30, 1940

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Charles W. Ferguson (1901-87), associate editor, Reader's Digest: TLS dated October 30, 1947, with envelope (1 page). Reference to article on the Alamo and Moses Rose.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Waldo Frank
1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Waldo Frank (1889-1967), American writer: 1 ALS dated July 6, 1947 (1 page); and 1 TLS dated September 12 (no year; 1 page). Frank requests a copy of Sylvester new work, probably, "Moon Gaffney"; and comments on Sylvester's short stories, distinguishing him from Ernest Hemingway and Erskine Caldwell.

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Brendan Gill
June 20, 1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Brendan Gill (1914- ), American writer and critic: TLS undated with TL carbon from Sylvester, dated June 20, 1947. Reference to Gill's review in the "New Yorker" of "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Louis Hasley
1947-48

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Louis Hasley (1906- ), writer: 7 ALS dated 7/23/1947, 9/4/1947, 9/10/1947, 9/29/1947, 1/4/1948, 2/14/1948, 4/4/1948. Reference to "Moon Gaffney" and to Sylvester's article, "Problems of the Catholic Writer," (in "The Atlantic Monthly," 1947). Note, Hasley's letter dated 1/4/1948 includes carbon copy of a letter he wrote to Edward Weeks, editor of the "Atlantic Monthly," with attached copy of a response to Sylvester's article.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 (Ernest Hemingway)
May 31, 1939

DESCRIPTION: Check for $100 written by Harry Sylvester to Ernest Hemingway. Verso is endorsed by Hemingway. Dated May 31, 1939.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Nathan Irving Hentoff
February 1, 1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Nathan Irving Hentoff (1925- ), writer and radio broadcaster: TLS dated February 1, 1948. Reference to "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Edward L. Hirsh
June 24, 1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Edward L. Hirsh (1910- ), American educator: ALS with envelope (8 pages/4 sheets) dated June 24, 1947. Reference to "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Matthew Hoehn
April 1948 to March 1950

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Matthew Hoehn, editor of "Catholic Authors": 3 TLS dated 4/28/1948, 5/11/1948, 3/29/1950. Includes typed carbons from Sylvester. Reference to Hoehn's book, "Catholic Authors," a biographical dictionary of Catholic authors which includes an entry for Sylvester.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Louise L. Hoguet
June 10, 1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Louise L. Hoguet (Mrs. Robert Louis Hoguet): 1 ALS dated June 10, 1947. An invitation to dine with other guest to include G. Howland Shaw, former assistant secretary of state.

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Joseph Gerard Edward Hopkins
1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Joseph Gerard Edward Hopkins (1909- ), editor and writer: 2 TLS dated May 14 and June 6, 1947. Reference to "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Don and Mary Humphrey
1946

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Don Humphrey: 2 ALS with envelopes and newsclipping. Also from Mary Humphrey: 5 ALS.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Emerson Hynes
1946-47

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Emerson Hynes: 7 TLS with typed carbons from Sylvester. Reference to "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Paul Kneeland
1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Paul Kneeland: 2 TLS dated 5/28/1947 and 6/9/1947 with envelope, both on letterhead of "The Boston Globe." Reference to a series of author interviews published by the "Globe"; and to a prospective visit to Sylvester.

Box: 1 Fold: 26 George Kubler
July 1, 1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from George Kubler (1912- ), art historian and writer: TLS with envelope, dated July 1, 1948 (1 page). Reference to information about Lima, Peru, where Kubler was soon to move.

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Stanley Kunitz
1943-46

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Stanley Kunitz (1905- ) writer: 2 ALS dated 1/19/1943 with envelope (4 pages/2 sheets), and 5/7/1943 with envelope (2 pages/1 sheet); and 2 TLS dated 1/15/1946 (2 pages), and 2/6/1946 (1 page). Reference to life in the army in 1943; and later, a visit to New Mexico, in 1946.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Murray Ley
1947-1965

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Murray Ley: 9 ALS including ALS dated June 3, 1947 with attached telegram to Rita Sylvester. Reference to "Moon Gaffney."

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Murray Ley
1948 and undated

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Murray Ley: ALS dated May 3, 1948, and 2 ALS undated. Reference to Sylvester's article in the "Atlantic Monthly," entitled, "Problems of the Catholic Writer" (1947).

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Murray Ley
1944-1967

DESCRIPTION: 2 typed manuscripts by Murray Ley: "All Must Say" and "Jeep to Paris" report on experiences during the Second World War, both dated 1944. 1 typed manuscript, undated: "Notes for the Time." Also, printed pamphlet by Ley: "Coffee in Scrambled Eggs" (1967).



Box: 1 Fold: 31 Denver Lindley
1944-46

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley (1904-82), editor and writer: 4 TLS dated 9/25/1944, 4/9/1945, 10/22/1946, 10/17/1946. Includes typed carbon from Sylvester dated 7/23/1944. Reference to publication progress for "Moon Gaffney."

Note: TLS dated 4/9/1945 quotes a letter from writer Anne Lindbergh commenting on Sylvester's book. Also, TLS dated 10/17/1946 includes postscript typed note signed by Ruth Stark congratulating Sylvester on the birth of his daughter.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Denver Lindley
1947

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: 14 TLS dated 3/21/1947, 4/8/1947, 5/5/1947, 7/2/1947, 7/18/1947, 7/22/1947, 7/23/1947, 7/25/1947, 7/30/1947, 8/6/1947, 8/29/1947, 11/10/1947, 12/24/1947, 12/31/1947. Includes typed carbon from Sylvester dated 3/23/1947. Reference to "Moon Gaffney" sales and royalties, and Lindley family news.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Denver Lindley
1948

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: 5 TLS dated 2/20/1948, 2/13/1948, 3/29/1948, 4/12/1948, 4/22/1948; and ALS undated. Reference to a Vernon Smith painting acquired by Lindley, and to Sylvester's proposed dedication of "All Your Idols" to Lindley.

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Denver Lindley
1949-50

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: 14 TLS dated 8/30/1949, 9/21/1949, 9/30/1949, 10/6/1949, 10/10/1949, 10/17/1949, 10/20/1949, 11/3/1949, 11/10/1949, 12/6/1949, 12/14/1949, 12/19/1949, 12/23/1949, 12/29/1949. Includes typed carbon from Sylvester to Edgar T. Rigg, Henry Holt & Co., dated 9/1/1949. Reference to book contracts; Sylvester's books, "Dayspring" and "A Golden Girl."

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Denver Lindley
1954-55

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: 11 TLS dated 11/8/1954, 12/3/1954, 12/13/1954, 1/7/1955, 1/25/1955, 3/3/1955, 3/21/1955, 3/29/1955, 4/7/1955, 5/12/1955, 5/20/1955. Includes typescript of comments probably by Lindley of a book proposed by Sylvester entitled, "The Failure at the Fort." Correspondence appears to be primarily about this work.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Denver Lindley
1956

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: 4 TLS dated 6/4/1956, 6/4/56 (first page only) commenting on a manuscript submitted by Sylvester, 6/8/1956, 7/12/1956. Reference to a book Sylvester was apparently working on at the time.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Denver Lindley
undated

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Denver Lindley: Telegram and 2 ALS, undated.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Haniel Long
1942

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long (1888-1956), writer: 3 ALS dated 1/4/1942, 2/15/1942, 11/4/1942 with envelope. Reference to reading Sylvester's "Dearly Beloved"; life in New Mexico.

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Haniel Long
January-February 1943

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: TLS dated 1/1/1943 with envelope; and 2 ALS dated 1/11/1943 with envelope, and 2/11/1943 with envelope. Reference to a review by Sylvester of Long's work in "The Commonweal."

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Haniel Long
March 1943

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: 2 ALS dated 3/6/1943 with envelope, and 3/26/1943 with envelope. Reference to the progress of Long's own work and to reading Sylvester's work in "Collier's."

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Haniel Long
April and June 1943

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: 2 ALS dated 4/7/1943 with envelope, and 6/10/1943 with envelope. Reference to Rita Sylvester.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Haniel Long
1946-48

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: 3 TLS dated 4/4/1946, 1/17/1948, 5/9/1948. Reference to Kurt Wolff with Pantheon Books who was responsible for publishing Long's "Interlinear to Cabeza de Vaca; his Relation of the Journey, Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536," in German translation; and to Long's work on a book later to be entitled, "A Letter to St. Augustine After Re-reading his Confessions" (New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1950).

Also reference to visit of writers Martin Gardner (1914- ) and John B. Shaw (1913- ) of Tulsa Oklahoma, with mention of artist Eric Gill. Of the latter two, Long wrote: "...John is a charming fellow, I love the way in which he shares enthusiasms. The purpose of his visit is to tell me a lot about Eric Gill and to show me some of Gill's work. I knew the name of course, because of my Whitman, done in his Perpetua type. I feel a great stirring of love in me for Gill on account of what John has told me..."

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Haniel Long
December 23, 1950

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: 1 TLS dated 12/23/1950. Reference to reading "A Golden Girl."

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Haniel Long
undated

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Haniel Long: 3 ALS with incomplete dates. Reference to Harry Binsse, C. Gouverneur Paulding and his uncle James K. Paulding (1778-1860), American poet, novelist, historian and politician, about whom Long wrote: "...J.K. Paulding is one of my three oldest & most intimate friends, and I've followed Guv (Gouverneur) from the day he was born. JK & I met by chance - I was a sophomore at college, & one afternoon with nothing to do I dropt (sic) in aimlessly at a club. There was no one there except the stranger who was to become a life-long friend!..."

Also, reference to sales on Long's own book, "Interlinear to Cabeza de Vaca; his Relation of the Journey, Florida to the Pacific, 1528-1536."

Includes typescript entitled, "Collects for a New Time," (by Long?).

Box: 1 Fold: 45 Albert L. McAloon
1946-49

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from friend Albert L. McAloon, prevention coordinator, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Juvenile Court: 7 TLS dated 1946 to 1949. Reference to "Moon Gaffney"; and Sylvester's article, "Problems of the Catholic Writer," (in the "Atlantic Monthly," 1947).



Box: 1 Fold: 46 John K.M. McCaffery
1947 & 1948

DESCRIPTION: Typed carbon from writer John K.M. McCaffery (1913/14-1983) to Thomas H. Chalmers, dated 12/22/1947, recommending Harry Sylvester for membership in The Players.

Printed notice (card) for talk by McCaffery at the National Broadcasting Company, New York City, on January 5, 1948.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 Abigail Q. McCarthy
1949-51

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry and Rita Sylvester from Abigail Q. McCarthy, wife of Eugene J. McCarthy: 2 ALS dated 8/8/1949 with envelope, 3/30/1951 (to Rita Sylvester); and ALS undated (to Rita Sylvester). Reference to proposed visit of Francis Scott Key and family to home of the Sylvesters.

Box: 1 Fold: 48 Eugene J. McCarthy
February 23, 1951

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Eugene J. McCarthy, U.S. congressman: TLS dated 2/23/1951.

Box: 1 Fold: 49 John W. McCormack
1950

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from John W. McCormack, U.S. congressman: 2 TLS dated 6/12/1950 with envelope and 8/14/1950 with envelope. Reference to Sylvester's recommendation of Everett L. Smith for the position of rural carrier at Orleans.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 Charles H. McGrath
1949-51

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from Charles H. McGrath, attorney: TLS dated 8/30/1949 with envelope. Includes typed carbon from Sylvester dated 5/14/1951. Also includes TLS from McGrath to J. John Fox, chief secretary, Executive Offices, State House, Mass. Reference to the Democratic Town Committee, Brewster, Mass. of which Sylvester was chairman.

Box: 1 Fold: 51 C. Gouverneur Paulding
undated

DESCRIPTION: Correspondence to Harry Sylvester from C. Gouverneur Paulding (1897-1965), editor for "The Commonweal," and nephew of James K. Paulding: 3 TLS with incomplete dates. Reference to reading "Dearly Beloved" and "Moon Gaffney."

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