Frank Pierce Donovan bibliography

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Pierce Donovan bibliography
Dates: 1970-1974
Collection Number: MS 707
Creator/Collector: Donovan, Frank Pierce
Extent: 1 half-box
Repository: California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Revision of Frank Pierce Donovan's bibliography, THE RAILROAD IN LITERATURE.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Frank Pierce Donovan bibliography. California State Railroad Museum Library and Archives

Acquisition Information

From the collection of David D. Graeber

Biography/Administrative History

Frank Pierce Donovan was born on October 4, 1909 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1938. He worked in the freight department at Pacific Electric Railway, then for the Assocation of American Railroads as a research assistant handling domestic travel for the American Friends Service Committee. From 1946 to 1948 he was an editor of TRAINS magazine. Mr. Donovan wrote or edited several railroad books, including HEADLIGHTS AND MARKERS : AN ANTHOLOGY OF RAILROAD STORIES, with Robert Selph Henry (1946), MILEPOSTS ON THE PRAIRIE (1950), HARRY BEDWELL : LAST OF THE GREAT RAILROAD STORYTELLERS (1959), WHEELS FOR A NATION (1965), a history of the First National Bank of Saint Paul, and several periodical articles. Just before his death (September 7, 1970), Mr. Donovan completed a manuscript updating his book, THE RAILROAD IN LITERATURE : A BRIEF SURVEY OF RAILROAD FICTION, POETRY, SONGS, BIOGRAPHY, ESSAYS, TRAVEL AND DRAMA IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, PARTICULARLY EMPHASIZING ITS PLACE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, originally published in 1940 by the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. Upon his death, Mr. Donovan's papers were donated to the James Jerome Hill Reference Library in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In June of 1973, a publications committee was formed to edit and publish Mr. Donovan's revised bibliography; however, the project was never completed.

Scope and Content of Collection

One folder contains a photocopy of Frank Pierce Donovan’s revisions to THE RAILROAD IN LITERATURE. The original document is held by the James Jerome Hill Reference Library in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The CSRM copy is for reference use only and cannot be photocopied. Another folder contains copies of correspondence between member of the publications committee and others interested in updating Mr. Donovan's bibliography. Correspondents include Marilyn Mauritz, Research and Public Relations Librarian, James Jerome Hill Reference Library, David D. Graeber, Merrill O. Skidmore, Mrs. Frank P. (Janice G.) Donovan, James R. Fair, Jr., Wes Stead, and Edward A. Shaw, Director of the University of Oklahoma Press.