Don Blanding Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Alison Dinicola, December 11, 2001.
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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.

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Administrative Information

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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.


Collection Contents

 

Correspondence, Photographs, and Ephemera

Box 1

Correspondence, A-Babcock

 

A.C. Vroman, Inc. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Sept. 29, Pasadena. HM 62960

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Itinerary of book tour for Don Blanding, MS and A.MS. (partly carbon copy, typewritten: 3p.), 1948, Los Angeles. HM 62961

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Itinerary of book tour for Don Blanding, MS. (carbon copy, typewritten: 5p.), 1948, Oct. 8, Los Angeles. HM 62962

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Itinerary of book tour for Don Blanding, MS. (carbon copy, typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Oct. 11, Los Angeles. HM 62963

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Itinerary for book tour for Don Blanding, MS. (carbon copy, typewritten: 1p.), 1948. HM 62964

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Note on photograph distribution of Don Blanding, MS. and A. MS. (partly carbon copy, typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Aug. 27. HM 62965

 

Babcock, Arthur J. Schedule of book tour for Don Blanding, MS. and A.MS. (partly typewritten: 1p.), 1953. HM 62966-62967

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 13 letters to Don Blanding, 1948-1955. HM 62968-62980

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 2 letters to The Bon Marche (Firm), 1953. HM 62981-62982

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 3 letters to The Book Nook, 1948. HM 62983-62985

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 2 letters to Brentano’s (Firm), 1948. HM 62986-62987

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Broadway Department Store, Inc, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, July 21. HM 62988

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 3 letters to Carl K. Wilson Co., 1953. HM 62989-62991

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Cavalcade of Books, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, July 21. HM 62992

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Chancellor Hotel, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Oct. 5. HM 62993

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 2 letters to Corrick’s (Firm), 1948. HM 62994-62995

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 25 letters to Dodd, Mead and Company, 1948-1956. HM 62996-63020

Box 2

Correspondence, Babcock (continued)-C

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Estrellita’s Books, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Nov. 6. HM 63021

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Fran Howell books, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Oct. 6. HM 63022

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 3 letters to The Harris Company, 1948. HM 63023-63025

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 2 letters to Hobson’s (Firm), 1948. HM 63026-63027

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Hotel Stockton, 1948. HM 63028

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 2 letters to The J. K. Gill Company, 1953. HM 63029-63030

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Meier & Frank Co., Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Oct 6. HM 63031

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Olds and King (Firm), Carbon copy (L., typewrirtten: 1p.), 1953, Oct 19. HM 63032

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 7 letters to Evelyn Ollson, 1948. HM 63033-63039

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Personal Book Shop, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p), 1948, Oct. 5. HM 63040

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Rouse’s Inc., Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Nov. 4. HM 63041

 

Babcock, Arthur J.> 1 letter to Sacramento Hotel, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Oct. 5. HM 63042

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to Sainte Claire Hotel, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Oct. 5. HM 63043

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 3 letters to Spencer’s House of Cards, 1948. HM 63044-63046

 

Babcock, Arthur J. 1 letter to The Wold Book Shop, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Sept. 4. HM 63047

 

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 32 letters and postcards to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948-1956. HM 63048-63079

Twelve letters are oversize and 4 are extra-oversize.
 

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to Book and Author Luncheons, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Aug.25. HM 63080

 

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to …, N. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948. HM 63081

Message typewritten below photograph of Winkie the Super-Cat.
 

The Bon Marche (Firm). 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A.L.S. (1p.), 1953, Oct. 7, Seattle. HM 63082

 

Book and Author Luncheons. 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948. HM 63083-63084

 

The Book Nook (Firm). 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948. HM 63085-63086

 

Brentano’s (Firm). 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Oct. 9, San Francisco. HM 63087

 

Broadway Department Store, Inc. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A. L. S. (1p.), 1953, July 22, Los Angeles. HM 63088

 

Carl K. Wilson Co. Miscellaneous notes on Don Blanding book tour, Carbon copy (A.N.S., 1p), 1948, Seattle. HM 63089

 

Carl K. Wilson Co. 5 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Seattle. HM 63090-63094

 

Carl K. Wilson Co. 1 letter to Dodd, Mead and Company, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Sept. 15, Seattle. HM 63095

 

Cavalcade of Books. 1 letter to Dodd, Mead and Company, Carbon copy (L., typewritten: 1p.), 1953, July 11, Los Angeles. HM 63096

 

Church of Truth. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L. S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Oct. 15, Sacramento. HM 63097

 

Corrick’s (Firm). 4 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948,Santa Rosa. HM 63098-63101

Box 3

Correspondence (D-W), Photographs, and Ephemera

 

Correspondence, D-W

 

Dodd, Mead and Company. 22 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948-1957, New York. HM 63102-63123

 

Dodd, Mead and Company. 2 letters to Don Blanding, 1953, New York. HM 63124- 63125

 

Dodd, Mead and Company. 1 letter to Carl K. Wilson Co., Carbon copy (L. typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Sept. 8, New York. HM 63126

 

Dodd, Mead and Company. 1 letter to “Dear Friend” form letter, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1953, New York. HM 63127

 

Estrellita’s Books. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Nov. 4, Santa Ana. HM 63128

 

Genee, Edythe Hope. 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953-1956, Hollywood. HM 63129-63130

One folder contains 4 photographs of Don Blanding.
 

Harris Company. 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948. HM 63131-63132

 

H.E. Hattuck Institute of Religious Science. 1 telegram to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Aug. 13, San Francisco. HM 63133

 

Hobson’s (Firm). 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 3p.), 1948, Nov. 15, Phoenix. HM 63134

 

The J. K. Gill Company. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L. S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Sept. 2, Portland. HM 63135

 

Kahn’s (Firm). 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A.L.S. (1p.), 1953, Jan. 12, Oakland. HM 63136

 

Kisselburg, N. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A.L.S. (1p.), 1948, Oct. 29, Riverside. HM 63137

 

Meier & Frank Company, Inc. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A.L.S. (1p.), 1953, Sept. 31, Portland. HM 63138

 

Olds and King (Firm). 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1953, Portland. HM 63139- 63140

 

Ollson, Evelyn. 3 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948, Oakland. HM 63141-63143

 

Personal Book Shop. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), San Francisco, HM 63144

 

Rhodes Brothers (Firm). 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, A.L.S. (1p.), 1953, Nov. 4, Tacoma, HM 63145

 

Rolleri, Kay Walsh. 1 letter to Don Blanding, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1953, Oct. 9, Alameda. HM 63146

 

Rouse’s Inc. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Sept. 13, Riverside. HM 63147

 

Security-First National Bank. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1958, Jan. 9, Los Angeles. HM 63148

 

Security-First National Bank. 2 letters to Dodd, Mead and Company, 1958, Los Angeles. HM 63149-63150

 

Spencer’s House of Cards. 2 letters to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948 and 1953, Carmel. HM 63151-63152

 

The Wold Book Shop. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock, L.S. (typewritten: 1p.), 1948, Aug. 31, Oakland. HM 63153

 

Photographs

 

----. Autograph photograph of Don Blanding to Arthur J. Babcock, 1948, Dec. 23. HM 63154

 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding surrounded by fans. HM 63155

 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding signing a book for a fan. HM 63156

 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding surrounded by female fans. HM 63157

 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding in his office. HM 63158

 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding and Arthur J. Babcock. HM 63159

Two similar photos are with the photographs Edythe Hope Genee sent in HM 63129.
 

----. Photograph of Don Blanding signing the book Joy Is an Inside Job. HM 63160

Enclosed: The 2 negatives used to create this image.
 

Ephemera

Folder 1

Flyers

 

Oversize

 

Don Blanding Correspondence to Arthur J. Babcock (HM 63057-63059, 63062)

Extra-oversize folder

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock. 1953 May 31 HM 63057 

Extra-oversize folder

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock [98 cm, handwritten notes interspersed within typewritten letter]. 1953 July 15 HM 63058

Extra-oversize folder

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock [99 cm, typewritten with envelope]. 1953 July 15 HM 63059 

Extra-oversize folder

Blanding, Don, 1894-1957. 1 letter to Arthur J. Babcock [63 cm, typewritten letter]. 1953 September 1 HM 63062 

Tan Case

Don Blanding Correspondence to Arthur J. Babcock (HM 63049-63051, 63053, 63064-63066, HM 63069-63070, HM 63073-63074, HM 63076)

Oversize folder

Newspaper clipping from the Saturday Star-Bulletin, 1953 December 5.