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Guide to the Allan Seager papers, 1906-1968
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Key to Arrangement

Boxes 1-4:


Scope and Content Note

Box l contains Seager's outgoing letters, 1930-1968?, many of them from his days at Oxford (l folder). Incoming letters have been arranged alphabetically by author. with single letters in miscellanies. A partial list of correspondents may be consulted at the end of the report.
Box 5:

Diaries and diary notes

Scope and Content Note

Diary for Oxford year, 1930-1931.

See also separate volumes 1-4.
volume v. l:

Diary, 1924-June 1925.

Scope and Content Note

Contains accounts for October 1925
volume v. 2:

Diary, June 1925-Mar. 1926

volume v. 3:

Diary, Mar. 1926-Aug. 1927

volume v. 4:

Diary, Aug. 1927-1928.

See also later diaries in Box 5.

Box 5:

Diary notes, 1931-196

Ctn. 1:



Printer's copy


Screen treatment


Review of French edition


Amos Berry:




Printer's copy


Death of Anger:




Revised typescript and variants (incomplete)


Typescript (2 copies, one of them incomplete)


The Inheritance:




Simon & Schuster's reader's comments


Printer's copy

Ctn. 2:

A Frieze of Girls:


Collection of short stories, autobiographical in nature, including


“Under the Big Magnolia Tree”


Powder River in the Old Days


"Dear Old Shrine, One Hearrs Round Thee Twine"


The Nicest Girl in Cook County


Actress with Red Garters


Miss Anglin's Bad Martini


The Old Man, a Nineteenth-Century Steel Engraving


The Drinking Contest


Joys of Sport at Oxford


The Cure


The Last Return


Manuscripts, printed versions, printer's copy, galleys, plate proofs


Old Man of the Mountain:


Collection of short stories, including


The Street


This Town & Salamanca


Pommery 1921






Pro Arte


Berkshire Comedy


Fugue for Harmonicas




The Conqueror


Game Chickens


No Son, No Gun, No Street-car


Manuscripts, printed versions, printer's copy.


Stendhal's Mémoires d'un touriste:

Scope and Content Note

Printed copy. 3 v., and Seager's incomplete holograph translation and a typescript.
Ctn. 3:

Short stories, arranged alphabetically by title. Manuscript and/or printed copy.


Untitled stories




Notes for stories



Scope and Content Note

Including article on Arthur Miller; radio script for portion of the Scattergood Baines radioscript

Book reviews by Seager

Ctn. 4:

The Glass House


Letters of Theodore Roethke from various sources, 1931-1960. Photocopies. 4 folders


Letters to or about Roethke, 1930-1959

Scope and Content Note

Including letters from William W. Johnston. June Roethke, R. Gale Noyes. James W. Tupper, Theophil Klingman, Louis A. Strauss, Lloyd C. Emmon, Lewis Webster Jones, George Lundberg, T. S Eliot, W. Wilbur Hatfield, Judson Jerome, Beatrice Roethke, Marianne Moore, Robert B. Heilman, Daniel Hoffman, L. S. Woodburne and Patricia Coombs. Photocopies, many from the Roethke Collection. University of Washington.

Roethke's notebooks, Xerox copies. 2 folders


Roethke's poems; miscellaneous writings; miscellaneous records, 1923-1926; list of books belonging to Roethke; clippings and reviews concerning Roethke.


Notes on Roethke - bibliography, reviews, chronology, interviews, letters, notebooks, etc.


Comments by Beatrice Roethke on The Glass House


Malkoff, Karl: The Poetry of Theodore Roethke: A Critical Study


Unrevised draft of The Glass House (Xerox copy)

Ctn. 5


Scope and Content Note

Including revised Xerox copy; printer's copy; galleys; and corrected galleys

Reviews of The Glass House

Ctn. 6:

Miscellaneous papers


Papers of John Braithwaite Allan, Seager's grandfather, including

Scope and Content Note

3 v. of Civil War diaries, 1861-1864; miscellaneous letters and papers, 1852-1920, and 2 v. of Alexander Fletcher's Scripture History which had belongs to Mr. Allan.

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1917-1942, and papers, 1901-1923, of Arch and Emma Seager, parents of Allan Seager, including partial autobiography of Arch Seager.


Allan Seager's school papers while at the University of Michigan and at Oxford.


Publisher's agreements, 1940-1965


Biographical information and publicity


Account books:


v. 1: Swimming lessons


v. 2: Farm accounts, 1938-1940


Accounts for fellowships, 1965-1966; applications for fellowships


Address books, 2 v.


Notes for proposed courses on the novel


Miscellaneous personalia, 1917-1967


Poems [some by Seager?]


Miscellaneous photographs.

Additional Note

Several photographs of Seager have been cataloged separately in the Portrait Collection
volume v. 5:

Scrapbook of clippings relating to swimming meets, in many of which Seager participated.

Partial List of Correspondents


A Miscellany


Adams, Franklin Pierce, 1881-


Letter, Sept. 13, 1943, re Equinox.


Allen, sir Carleton Kemp, 1887-


Letter, May 26, 1963


Appleman, Philip, 1926-


Letter, July 19, 1966


Atlantic Monthly


Letter, Dec. 29, 1965, by Peter Davison concerning the Roethke biography and containing copy of an article by Davison on Roethke.


Ader, Richard M.


3 letters, 1967. Xerox copies of letters to McGraw-Hill. Ader represented Beatrice Roethke in the matter of Seager's biography of her husband.


Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-


4 letters, 1940


Auden, Wystan Hugh, 1907-


2 letters, n. d. and 1965?


B Miscellany


Blunden, Edmund Charles, 1896-


Letter, Feb. 3, 1944


Burger, Knox


Letter, n. d.


Burnett, Whit, 1899-


Letter, June 4, 1937


Bagster - Collins, Mary (Kunkel) (Mrs. Jeremy Felix Bagster-Collins)


3 letters, 1967 and n. d. Re Theodore Roethke


Bennington College

see Jones, Lewis Webster


Bloom, Robert, 1930-


3 letters, 1964-1966


Bogan, Louise, 1897-


3 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Booher, Edward E.

see McGraw-Hill Book Co.


Bredvold, Louis Ignatius, 1888-


2 letters, 1945, written while chairman, English Dept., University of Michigan.


Brockway, Wallace, 1905-

see Simon and Schuster


Burke, Kenneth Duva, 1897-


4 letters, 1950-1966. Some re Theodore Roethke.


Burlingame, William Roger, 1889-


5 letters, 1950-1966. Include his memo on Seager's Lightening Before Dark, and the first chapter of his own book on Franklin.


C Miscellany


Caldwell, Erskine, 1903-


Letter, June 5, 1952


Char, René, 1907-


Letter, Dec. 26, 1965, in French, re Roethke. Seager's translation included.


Cousins, Margaret, 1905-


Letter, May 23, 1950, written while editor, Good Housekeeping, re Seager's "The Lion on the Bicycle".


Crowninshield, Frank, 1872-1947


Inscribed photograph, Sept. 1935.




2 letters, 1937-1943, by Kenneth Littauer and Denver Lindley.


Coombs, Patricia


Letter, n. d., in ctn. 4


Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-


9 letters, 1957-1964


D Miscellany


De Vries, Catherine (Mrs. Peter H. De Vries)


Letter, Dec. 27, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Davenport, John, d. 1966


8 letters, 1939-1965, commenting on Roethke and on Seager's biography of Roethke.


Davison, Peter Hubert, 1928-

see Atlantic Monthly


De Vries, Peter Hugh


2 letters, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Dickey, James, 1923-


7 letters, 1963-1967. Some re Theodore Roethke. Galley and copy of his article on Roethke included.


Doubleday & Company, Inc.


3 letters, 1965-1967. 1967 letter is Xerox copy. Re Theodore Roethke's published works.


Eliot, Thomas Stearns, 1888-1965


Letter, Aug. 5. 1953, in ctn. 4.


Emmon, Lloyd C.


Letter, Apr. 14, 1936, in ctn. 4


Engle, Paul Hamilton, 1908-


3 letters, 1953-[ca. 1965]. 1953 letter includes copy of Engle's review of Amos Berry.




2 letters, 1960 and n. d., by Gene Lichtenstein and A. T. McIntyre.

See also Gingrich. Arnold, Hills, L. Rust, and Solomon, David.


Fair, James R.


5 letters, 1939-1947


Farrar, John Chipman, 1896-

see P.E.N.


First Person


4 letters, 1962, by Morton D. Elevitch. Two are copies of letters to Robert Erwin, managing editor of Northwestern University Press, (q. v.), re copyright for Seager's translation of Stendhal's Memoires of a Tourist.


G Miscellany


Graves, Harold F.


Letter, June 1, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Gehman, Richard


2 letters, 1964-1967


Gingrich, Arnold, 1903-


6 letters, 1960-1966. Some written for Esquire.


Gosling. Veronica


2 letters, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Goodman, Jack A.

see Simon and Schuster


H Miscellany


Haber, William, 1899-


Letter, July 27, 1966. Copy.


Hall, Donald, 1928-


Letter, Dec. 13, 1963


Hamburg, Sam


Letter, Apr. 19, 1960. Enclosure: letter from Sanford E. Feldman re Seager's article on Hamburg.


Hanna, Allan


Letter, Mar. 11, 1961, enclosing copy of letter from Warner G. Rice. copy of an article by Hanna on Seager, and a poem, entitled "The Emperor's Secretary to the Field".


Hellman, Lillian, 1907-


Letter, Jan. 21, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Hoffer, William


Letter, June 21, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Hoffman, Daniel


Letter, Sept. 28, 1965, re Theodore Roethke. See also ctn. 4.


Hoffman, Lyne Starling Sullivant


Letter, June 9, 1965


Houghton Mifflin Company


Letter, Sept. 11, 1945, re reprinting of "This Town and Salamanca"


Hovde, Frederick Lawson, 1908-


Letter, Dec. 10, 1946


Hatfield, Walter Wilbur, 1882-


Letter, May 27, 1957, in ctn. 4.


Heilman, Robert Becktold, 1906-


3 letters, 1959, in ctn. 4.


Hendrick, Leo


2 letters, n. d. One re Robert Penn Warren.


Hills, L. Rust


4 letters, 1959-1964, written for Esquire and Saturday Evening Post.




2 letters, 1964, re article on swimming by Seager.


J Miscellany


Jackson, Blyden, 1910-


Letter, Apr. 10, 1953, re reviewing Seager's Amos Berry for the Nashville Tennessean.


Jackson, Joseph Henry, 1894-1955


Letter, Jan. 17, 1953. Proof for Jackson's "Allan Seager; an Appreciation". included.


Jones, Barbara (Slatter) (Mrs. Lewis Webster Jones)


Letter, Oct. 4, 1948.


Jackson, James Turner


12 letters, 1941-1966. Some re Theodore Roethke.


Javet, Pierre


2 letters, 1946-1948, for René Juillard, re publication of French edition of Equinox.


Jerome, Judson


Letter, June 3, 1957, in ctn. 4


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


3 letters, 1965-1966, by Gordon Norton Ray and James F. Mathias.


Johnston, William W.


10 letters, 1935-1938, in ctn. 4


Jones, Lewis Webster, 1899-


2 letters, 1944-1945, written while president, Bennington College.

See also ctn. 4.


K Miscellany


Kees, Weldon, 1914-1955?


Letter, Aug. 21, 1943


Kunitz, Stanley Jasspon, 1905-


Postcard, Oct 25, 1965


Kaufman, Schima


2 letters, 1943-1956


Kenner, Hugh, 1923-


14 letters, 1962-1966


Kinsella, Thomas, 1928-


4 letters, 1965-1966. 1966 letter re Theodore Roethke.


Klingman, Theophil


Letter, Jan. 17, 1936, in ctn. 4


Kuhn, Edward


2 letters, 1965. Jan. 27 letter written for McGraw-Hill; Sept. 22, for New American Library.


L Miscellany


Lewis, Clive Staples, 1898-1963


Letter, July 2, 1943


London Mercury


Letter, Nov. 9, 1933


Luckey, Robert


Letter, May 7, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Lid, Richard Wald, 1928-


2 letters, 1963-1965. 1963 letter includes copy of letter by Mark Schorer.


Lindley, Denver, 1904-

see Collier's


Lundberg, George


Letter, Aug. 21, 1947, in ctn. 4


M Miscellany


Marquand, John Phillips, 1893-


Letter, Nov. 24, 1952. Copy of letter to Richard Simon.


Matthiessen, Francis Otto, 1902-1950


Letter, Jan. 11, 1950


Meisel, James Hans, 1900-


Letter, June 22, 1953


Michener, Earl Cory, 1876-


Letter, June 21, 1940, re his position on American involvement in World War 11.


Mortensen, Violeta (Roethke)


Letter, ca. 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Munch, Dora


Letter, May 18, 1937, re translation of Seager's "Fugue for Harmonica" into German.


McGraw-Hill Book Company


19 letters, 1963-1967, by Robert Gutwillig, Roger Donald, William Goyen and Edward E. Booher. Many re publication of The Glass House.

See also Kuhn, Edward.


McGregor, Donald, 1908-


28 letters, 1939-1952


Macmillan Company


2 letters, 1945-1953, re Seager's They Worked for a Better World.


McWilliams, Carey, 1905-


3 letters, 1964. Sept. 22 letter writ ten for the Nation.


Michigan. University


4 letters, 1965. July 22, 1966 letter re Theodore Roethke.


Milburn, George, 1906-1966


17 letters, 1939-1953


Milburn, Mary M. (Sullivan) (Mrs. George Milburn)


3 letters, 1966


Miller, Arthur, 1915-


7 letters, 1958-1961. One letter incomplete.


Mills, Ralph J.


3 letters, 1966, re work on Theodore Roethke letters.


Moore, Marianne, 1887-


Letter, July 21, 1958, in ctn. 4


Myrer, Anton


3 letters, 1953-1962


N Miscellany


Nipson, Herbert, 1916-


Letter, Mar. 13, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.



see McWilliams, Carey


New Yorker


3 letters, 1954-1963, by Robert Henderson


New American Library

see Kuhn, Edward


Nichols, Edward


2 letters, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Northwestern University. Press


3 letters, 1962, by Robert Erwin. Copies of letters to Morton D. Elevitch, editor of First Person re copyright for Seager's translation of Stendhal's Memoires of a Tourist.


Noyes, Robert Gale, 1898-


Letter, Nov. 21, 1935, in ctn. 4.


Odegaard, Charles Edwin, 1911-

see Washington. University.


Orrmont, Arthur


6 letters, 1943-1960


P Miscellany


P. E. N.


Letter, May 16, 1964, by John Farrar


Pasinetti, Pier Maria


5 letters, 1944-1952


Pickerell, Albert G.


2 letters, 1940-1945. 1940 letter re George Milburn.


R Miscellany


Rauh, Joseph L., 1911-


Letter, Jan. 10, 1959, re Arthur Miller.


Reinhard, John Revell


Letter, Aug. 30, 1964


Renz, Janet (Mrs. Arnold H. Renz)


Letter, Feb. 2, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Rice, Elmer, 1892-


Letter, Apr. 4, 1955


Ridings, Eugene Ware, 1899-


Letter, July 23, 1948


Rosenfeld, Eva M.


Letter, June 23, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Randlett, Mary


2 letters, 1967, re her photographs of Theodore Roethke for use in The Glass House.


Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915-

see John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


Rice, Warner G., 1899-

see Hanna, Allan


Rockefeller Foundation


2 letters, 1965, by Gerald Freund


Roethke, Beatrice Heath (O'Connell) (Mrs. Theodore Roethke)


33 letters, 1964-1967, mainly re Seager's biography of Roethke.

See also ctn. 4.


Roethke, Harriet (Mrs. William A. C. Roethke)


2 letters, 1965. Roethke's sister-in-law


Roethke, June


2 letters, 1965-1967. Roethke's sister.

See also ctn. 4.


Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963


14 letters, 1941-1963. See also letters and other material relating to Roethke in ctn. 4. Letter of Nov. 28, 1946 is incomplete copy. Letter Feb. 4, 1954, written for him by his secretary.


S Miscellany


San Francisco Review


Letter, Dec. 22, 1962


Sandburg, Carl, 1878-


Letter, [Mar. 29, 1944], an appraisal of Equinox.


Saturday Evening Post


Letter, Nov. 16, 1964, by David McDowell. See also Hills, L. Rust.


Scannell, Maidie Alexander (Mrs. Austin J. Scannell)


Letter, Nov. 11, 1965, re her mother, Louise Bogan.


Sewell, Herbert Mathieu, 1902-


Letter, Nov. 11, 1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Simpson, Percy, 1865-


Letter, Mar. 7, 1932


Sparks, Dorothy Elizabeth


Letter, May 11, 1944


Spender, Stephen, 1909-


Letter, [Sept. 1933]


Stevens, Roger L., 1910-


Letter, Oct. 11, 1966


Sweeney, John L.


Letter, Nov. 16, 1965


Swinton, Stanley Mitchell, 1919-


Letter, Sept. 23, 1966, re George Milburn.


Sylvester, Harry, 1908-


Letter, Sept. 23, 1948


Salinger, Herman, 1905-


2 letters, 1953


Schorer, Mark, 1908-

see Lid, Richard Wald


Segal, David I., 1928-1970


8 letters, 1953-1964. Some written while editor, McGraw-Hill Book Co. Letter, Feb. 20, 1964, includes copy of letter from Jessamyn West.


Shaw, Harry Lee, 1905-


2 letters, 1947


Shelley, Philip Allison, 1907-


2 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Simon, Richard Leo, 1899-

see Simon and Schuster


Simon and Schuster, Inc.


23 letters, 1943-1958, by Wallace Brockway, James Holsaert, Richard Leo Simon and Jack Goodman.


Solomon, David


3 letters, 1958-1959. Some written for Esquire.


Stevens, Christine (Gesell) (Mrs. Roger L. Stevens)


3 letters, n. d. and 1943


Stokes, Katharine Martin, 1906-


3 letters, 1965-1966, re Theodore Roethke.


Strauss, Louis A.


Letter, Feb. 25, 1936, in ctn. 4


Swados, Harvey, 1920-


10 letters, 1943-1946. Poem, "America Carcinoma" and article, "Why Resign from the Human Race?" at end of folder.


Tupper, James Waddell, 1870-


2 letters, 1935, in ctn. 4.


V-W Miscellany


Vivian, Weston Edward, 1924-


Telegram, Nov. 18, 1966, announcing grant for study on Roethke.


Vonnegut, Kurt


Letter, n. d.


Warre, Michael


Letter, Oct. 4, 1965


Warriner, John E.


Letter, Dec. 5, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Weybright, Victor, 1903-


Letter, July 15, 1948, re New American Library of World Literature.


White, Eric Walter, 1905-


Letter, Aug. 30, 1965, re Theodore Roethke.


Wurzburg, Francis Lewis


Letter, Aug. 2, 1943


Wagner, Robert Wilhelm, 1905-


3 letters, 1940-1964


Walsh, Chad, 1914-


2 letters, 1965. April letter is a copy of a letter to Mrs. Roethke re a proposed critical study of Roethke's poetry.


Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-


4 letters, 1944-1966


Washington. University, Seattle


7 letters, 1964-1965. 1964 letter written by Charles E. Odegaard re Roethke papers.


Watkins, Ann, d. 1967


11 letters, 1936-1959. Seager's literary agent. See also Watkins, Armitage, and Watkins (A) Inc.


Watkins, Armitage


32 letters, 1959-1967, written while Seager's literary agent. Many re negotiations for the Roethke biography.


Watkins (A) Inc.


22 letters, 1944-1967, re contracts, royalties, etc.


Webster, Harvey Curtis, 1906-


2 letters, 1957-1963


West, Jessamyn, 1907-

see Segal, David I.


Wilkinson, Maxwell P.


6 letters, 1936-1967


Woodburne, Lloyd Stuart, 1906-


Letter, Apr. 6, 1959, in ctn. 4.