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mssHM 62960-63160  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing: Subjects
  • Indexing: Added Entries
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Don Blanding Papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1948-1958
    Bulk dates: 1948-1953
    Collection Number: mssHM 62960-63160
    Creator: Blanding, Don, 1894-1957.
    Extent: 201 items in 3 boxes + 1 case and 5 oversize folders
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection chiefly contains correspondence related to American author and illustrator Don Blanding (1894-1957).The majority of the correspondence is by Arthur J. Babcock, Blanding's literary representative with Dodd, Mead and Company, related to scheduling autograph tours.
    Language: English.

    Access

    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Don Blanding Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    Gift of Arthur J. Babcock, November 1982.

    Related Materials in the Huntington Library

    • Photograph of Don Blanding and Charmian London is found in the Jack London Collection Album 21 (JLP 459). View digitized image: Link 

    Biographical Note

    Don Blanding (1894-1957) was an author and illustrator. He was born on November 7, 1894, in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. He married Dorothy Binney Putnam on June 13, 1940 and later divorced her in 1945. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1942-1943. His work include Vagabond’s House, 1928; Virgin of Waikiki, 1929; Hula Moons, 1930; Songs of the Seven Senses, 1931; Stowaways in Paradise, 1931; The Rest of the Road, 1937; Drifter’s Gold, 1939; Floridays, 1940; Pilot Bails Out, 1943; Today Is Here, 1946; Mostly California, 1948; A Grand Time Living, 1950; Joy Is an Inside Job, 1953; Hawaii Says Aloha, 1955. He lived both in California and in Hawaii. He died on June 9, 1957.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains correspondence to, from, and about Don Blanding. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically. The correspondence covers the years of 1948-1958, with the majority in 1948 and 1953. The majority of the correspondence is by Arthur J. Babcock, Don Blanding’s literary representative with Dodd, Mead and Company. Arthur J. Babcock wrote to Don Blanding, Dodd, Mead and Company, and several bookshops in California. The majority of the correspondence deals with scheduling autograph book tours for Don Blanding in 1948 for the book Mostly California and 1953 for the book Joy Is an Inside Job.
    The collection also has 11 photographs and ephemera.

    Arrangement

    Correspondence arranged alphabetically, followed by photographs and ephemera.

    Indexing: Subjects

    Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. A “Blanding Bulletin” in Arthur J. Babcock, letter to Dodd, Mead and Company, 1953, Sept. 21. HM 63016.
    Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 4 photographs in Edythe Hope Genee, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Nov. 4. HM 63129.

    Indexing: Added Entries

    Babcock, Arthur J. Letter sent to Carl K. Wilson Co. In Arthur J. Babcock, letter to Dodd, Mead and Company, 1953, Sept. 10. HM 63013.
    Broadway Department Store, Inc. Letter sent to Dodd, Mead and Company. In Dodd, Mead and Company, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Sept. 3. HM 63113.
    Dodd, Mead and Company. Letter sent to booksellers on cooperative advertising. In Dodd, Mead and Company, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Aug. 20. HM 63109.
    Dodd, Mead and Company. Letter sent to Don Blanding, 1894-1957. In Don Blanding, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Nov. 6. HM 63067. Catalogued separately.
    Dodd, Mead and Company. Letter sent to Don Blanding, 1894-1957. In Don Blanding, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1955, Aug. 29. HM 63073.
    Dodd, Mead and Company. Letter sent to Security-First National Bank. In Dodd, Mead and Company, letter to Arthur J. Babcock, 1957, Dec. 27. HM 63123.
    The Harris Company. Letter sent to Arthur J. Babcock. On Arthur J. Babcock, letter to Harris Company, 1948, Sept. 7. HM 63023.
    Mercury Book Store. Letter sent to Dodd, Mead and Company. In Dodd, Mead and Company to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Aug. 4. HM 63108.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Subjects

    Babcock, Arthur J.
    Blanding, Don, 1894-1957.
    Authors, American -- 20th century -- Archives.
    Illustrators -- United States.

    Forms/Genres

    Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 20th century.
    Photographs -- United States -- 20th century.
    Ephemera -- United States -- 20th century.

    Additional Contributors

    Babcock, Arthur J.
    Dodd, Mead & Company.