Register of the Brand Whitlock papers

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Title: Brand Whitlock papers
Date (inclusive): 1913-1934
Collection Number: 53011
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English, French, and Flemish
Physical Description: 9 manuscript boxes, 4 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder (11.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Writings, diaries, scrapbooks, drawings, printed matter, and photographs relating to Belgian-American relations during World War I, the work of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, and the writings of Brand Whitlock.
Creator: Whitlock, Brand, 1869-1934
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

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Use

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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1953.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Brand Whitlock papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

Brand Whitlock was an American author, politician, diplomat, and ambassador to Belgium from 1913 to 1922. After serving as mayor of Toledo, Ohio from 1906 to 1913, Whitlock was appointed ambassador to Belgium by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913. In 1914, Whitlock's diplomatic duties increased significantly when the outbreak of the First World War and subsequent German occupation of Belgium put him in charge of various relief efforts for Belgian citizens. Whitlock's efforts to ensure that food sent by the Committee for Relief in Belgium went directly to Belgian citizens and not German forces, as well as his frequent appeals to German military authorities on behalf of condemned prisoners in Belgium, earned him the nickname Le Ministre Protecteur. In addition to his diplomatic and political efforts, Whitlock published several novels, biographies, articles, and short essays.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Brand Whitlock papers consist of writings, diaries, photographs, albums, scrapbooks, drawings, illustrations, and printed matter relating to Belgian-American relations during World War I, the work of the Commission for Relief in Belgium, and the numerous writings of Brand Whitlock. Several of the writings in the collection appear to be unpublished.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War, 1914-1918 -- Civilian relief
Diplomats -- United States
International relief
American literature
World War, 1914-1918 -- Belgium
Belgium -- History -- German occupation, 1914-1918
Belgium -- Foreign relations -- United States
United States -- Foreign relations -- Belgium
Commission for Relief in Belgium (1914-1930)

 

Biographical File 1914-1933, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings, articles, certificates, receipts, and other material related to Whitlock's diplomatic and literary careers.
box 1, folder 1-2

Clippings and magazine articles, 1914-1933, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes news clippings and magazine features about Whitlock.
box 1, folder 3

Social ledger, 1920

Scope and Contents note

Contains a social ledger describing calls made to the American Embassy in Belgium, possibly owned by Whitlock, his wife (Mrs. Whitlock), his mother (also Mrs. Whitlock), or his mother-in-law (Mrs. Brainerd).
box 1, folder 4

Miscellaneous, 1926-1928, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes Whitlock's bookplates, hotel receipts, and a program for a banquet held in Washington, D.C. in 1928 honoring the King and Queen of Belgium.
box 12, folder 1

Oversized 1914-1924

Scope and Contents note

Includes additional magazine features about Whitlock (Box 12) as well as a bound certificate of recognition presented to Whitlock on behalf of the Belgian government (Box 13).
box 13, folder 27

Oversized 1914-1924

 

Writings 1913-1933, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains edited manuscripts, notes, prints, and drafts relating to various published and unpublished writings by Whitlock.
box 1, folder 5

"The American Quality in American Literature: A Paper to Be Read Before the National Institute of Arts and Letters," 1915 November

box 1, folder 6

"Barrett Montgomery's Proposal," manuscript undated

box 1, folder 7-9

The Buckeyes, manuscript and notes undated

box 2, folder 1-4

The Buckeyes, manuscript and notes undated

box 2, folder 5

"The City of the Future," address delivered at The Hudson Theatre 1913 October

box 2, folder 6

"Courdray," undated

box 2, folder 7

"Democracy," manuscript, multiple versions undated

box 2, folder 8

"Francis Rabelais," undated

box 2, folder 9

"Frontispiece," The World's Work 1915 December

 

J. Hardin and Son 1923-1928, undated

box 3, folder 1

Draft (excerpts) undated

box 2, folder 10-11

Draft (excerpts) undated

box 3, folder 2

Review, Plain Talk 1928 May

box 12, folder 2

The Delineator 1923 July-December

Scope and Contents note

The novel was published one chapter at a time in The Delineator.
 

"Mr. Jefferson," 1933, undated

Scope and Contents

Relates to an unpublished biography of Thomas Jefferson.
box 3, folder 3-5

Manuscript addressed to Miss Mary Chaldecott undated

box 3, folder 6

"Notes, documents, pictures, memoranda, and divers," 1933, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes various photos of Colonial Williamsburg dated 1933.
box 3, folder 7

Notes undated

box 3, folder 8

"Karla," undated

box 3, folder 9

"The Law of the Land," Atlantic Monthly 1930 August

box 3, folder 10-11

Macochee undated

Scope and Contents

Includes manuscript excerpts as well as an assumed manuscript addressed to Miss Mary Chaldecott.
box 4, folder 1

"Mr. H - A Story," draft undated

box 4, folder 2

"Narcisse," 1931

Scope and Contents

Includes published versions and reviews.
box 4, folder 3-4

Notes and drafts, unidentified undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes drafts, edits, and incomplete manuscripts of works with possible titles such as "The Game" and "A Lincoln Penny." Also includes possible excerpts from The Buckeyes and Walt Whitman: How to Know Him.
box 4, folder 5-8

"Ohio Novel," undated

Scope and Contents

Includes various manuscripts, chapter excerpts, and notes for an unfinished novel.
box 4, folder 9

"On a Little Traverse Bay," poem undated

box 4, folder 10

"The Place at Table," undated

box 4, folder 11

"The Portrait of Maria," unpublished manuscript undated

box 4, folder 12

"Progress and [?] in Glasgow," notes and drafts, undated

box 4, folder 13

"The Rehabilitation of General Todhunter," Sunday Magazine 1915 December

box 5, folder 1-2

"The Ribbon," edited drafts undated

box 5, folder 3

"The Sofa: How a Grave Political Crisis Yielded to Feminine Tact," The Argosy 1931 March

box 5, folder 4

"A Son of a Good-For-Nothing: A Satirical Comedy in Four Acts," by Brand Whitlock and Frank Neilson, manuscript 1914 January-February, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes related correspondence.
 

The Stranger on the Island (also known as "Beaver Island") undated

box 5, folder 5

Manuscript addressed to Miss Mary Chaldecott undated

box 5, folder 6

Manuscript addressed to Miss Agnes F. Pearson undated

box 5, folder 7

Typed, edited draft undated

box 5, folder 8-10

Manuscript and notes, assumed undated

Scope and Contents note

It is not certain that these pages are part of The Stranger on the Island ("Beaver Island").
box 5, folder 11

"Thou Shalt Not Kill," undated

box 6, folder 1-4

Transplanted undated

Scope and Contents

Includes typed manuscript with edits as well as a folder titled "Notes for the Countess of Granvallon," the novel's original title.
box 6, folder 5

"The White Slave in America," The English Review 1914 February

box 6, folder 6

Untitled manuscript 1 undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains pages of an untitled manuscript, possibly Whitlock's biography of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.
box 6, folder 7-8

Untitled manuscript 2 undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes and pages related to an untitled manuscript, possibly J. Hardin and Son.
box 7, folder 1-3

Untitled manuscript 2 undated

 

Correspondence 1914-1934

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters and notes of gratitude from Belgian children, teachers, and citizens as well as some business-related correspondence. Several letters include children's artwork. Material in English, French, and Flemish.
box 7, folder 4

General 1914, 1921, undated

box 7, folder 5

Baelin, Renée 1915 March

box 7, folder 6

Baron Eugène de Moffarts, et. al 1915 January

box 7, folder 7

Baué, Raphael 1915 February

box 7, folder 8

Bertha, Laurent, et. al 1915 March

box 7, folder 9

Book of notes from Belgian citizens 1914-1915

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes from Belgian citizens expressing their gratitude towards relief efforts conducted by the United States.
box 7, folder 10

Chérer, Mouriette 1915 March

box 7, folder 11

China, Aline 1915 March

box 7, folder 12

Clarkson 1934 March

box 7, folder 13

Collard, Jean circa 1915

box 7, folder 14

Collard, Wilhelmina 1915 March

box 7, folder 15

Comité Regional d'Alimentation 1915 February

box 7, folder 16

Commission for Relief in Belgium / Lace Department of the Commission for Relief in Belgium 1917-1919

Scope and Contents note

Includes correspondence, notes, and receipts addressed to Brand Whitlock and Mrs. Whitlock.
box 7, folder 17

Coussaint, Rosa 1915 March

box 7, folder 18

Dautremont, Albine 1915 March

box 7, folder 19

Deglime, Léonie 1915 March

box 7, folder 20

Descotte, Emilie circa 1915

box 7, folder 21

Englebert, Eveline 1915 March

box 7, folder 22

Friends of Belgium 1925 April

box 7, folder 23

G., Céline 1915 March

box 7, folder 24

Genin, Louisa 1915 March

box 7, folder 25

George, 1919 October

box 7, folder 26

Guernier [?], Anaïs 1915 March

box 7, folder 27

Henrottin, Maria, et. al 1915 February

box 7, folder 28

Henry, Pier, et. al 1915 February

box 7, folder 29

Herbriet, Paul 1915 February

box 7, folder 30

Lambot [?], Yvonne circa 1915

box 7, folder 31

Leoloux, André 1915 February

box 8, folder 1

"Letters of gratitude" circa 1915

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters of gratitude from Belgian school teachers and citizens thanking Whitlock and the Commission for Relief in Belgium.
box 7, folder 32

"Letters of gratitude" circa 1915

box 8, folder 2

"Letters from children in Brussels," 1914

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters from children in Brussels thanking Whitlock for his relief efforts in Belgium.
box 8, folder 3

Lison, Armand, et. al circa 1915

box 8, folder 4

Louis, E. 1915 February

box 8, folder 5

Muller, André, 1915 February

box 8, folder 6

Naveaux, Rosa 1915 March

box 8, folder 7

Orìanne, Joseph, et. al 1915 February

box 8, folder 8

Raison, Georges, et. al 1915 February

box 8, folder 9

Rosa, Adam, 1915 March

box 8, folder 10

Toussaint, Ernestine 1915 March

box 8, folder 11

Vander Elst, Philippe 1915 February

box 8, folder 12

Vanderry circa 1915

box 8, folder 13

Wauters, Henri 1915 January

 

Writings by Others 1914, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains two unidentified journals as well as collected poems by Witter Bynner and A. E. Houseman.
box 8, folder 14-15

Unidentified journals 1914

Scope and Contents note

Includes two unidentified journals possibly written by Whitlock's mother-in-law (Mrs. Brainerd), his wife (Mrs. Whitlock), or his mother (also Mrs. Whitlock). The journals describe life and events in Belgium in 1914.
box 8, folder 16

Bynner, Witter, undated

box 8, folder 17

Houseman, A. E., undated

box 10

Scrapbooks 1914-1933, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains two untitled scrapbooks, one with war-related clippings, the other with cartoons and illustrations pasted together to create humorous scenes depicting social and political commentary on current events.
 

Photographs 1905-1929

Scope and Contents note

Contains prints, autographed portraits, and a photo album.
box 8, folder 18

General, 1905-1929

Scope and Contents note

Includes autographed portraits of European leaders and diplomats.
box 11

Album 1914-1918

Scope and Contents note

Includes an album with photos of Whitlock, his family, and several unidentified people, presumably from the family's time in Belgium. Folder 8 : 19 contains loose photographs from the album.
box 8, folder 19

Album 1914-1918

box 12, folder 3-4

Oversized 1914-1918 undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains various prints and mounted portraits. Subjects include Brand Whitlock and family, the American Embassy in Belgium, local sculptures and artwork, and portraits of European military and political figures, many with signatures and inscriptions addressed to Whitlock.
box 13, folder 1-26

Oversized 1914-1918 undated

 

Drawings and Illustrations 1916-1928, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains sketches, illustrations, and watercolors, some with artists' signatures and dedications to Whitlock.
box 11

Sketches by H. Lemaire, 1918

Scope and Contents note

Contains prints of portrait sketches of European officials by H. Lemaire in original foldering.
box 12, folder 5-7

Sketches of military figures, 1916-1918, undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes sketches and watercolor paintings of military figures, some with artists' signatures and inscriptions to Whitlock.
box 12, folder 8

Map of Brussels, undated

Scope and Contents note

Contains a printed map of Brussels with various landmarks identified by hand.
box 12, folder 17

Watercolors by F. Houget, 1928

Scope and Contents note

Contains a collection of watercolor paintings by F. Houget depicting Belgian officials and politicians playing golf. Includes the artist's signature and an inscription to Whitlock.
box 13, folder 28

Oversized undated

Scope and Contents note

Includes sketches dedicated to Whitlock by A. Baertsoen and two unknown artists. The map case contains a large sketch entitled "La Resistance," depicting what appears to be Lady Liberty warding off a black bird, as well as a sketch by A. Baertsoen depicting a snow-covered village in Belgium (1921).
map_case case

Oversized undated

 

Printed Matter circa 1913-1934

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings, articles, sheet music, postcards, and other material.
box 8, folder 20

"Literary Notes," 1913, 1927-1929

Scope and Contents note

Contains clippings, articles, theater programs, and other material related to popular works of literature.
box 8, folder 21

Miscellaneous 1913-1933

Scope and Contents note

Includes clippings, conference proceedings, newspapers, magazines, postcards, travel brochures, and other material. Subjects include European travel, Cannes, Belgium, and the war from 1914-1918.
box 9, folder 1-6

Miscellaneous 1913-1933

box 12, folder 9-16

Oversized, 1913-1934

Scope and Contents

Includes magazines, newspapers, event programs, and sheet music in French and English.