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Groff Conklin Files for The Smart Set Anthology
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.4 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box B-001550


Consists of correspondence and documents American science fiction anthologist and author Groff Conklin compiled during the creation of The Smart Set Anthology (1934).

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection is a volume of correspondence as well as handwritten notes, lists of contributors to previous editions, and printed proof sheets, American science fiction anthologist and author Groff Conklin assembled while working on The Smart Set Anthology (1934), the first collection of stories from the literary magazine that was published from 1900 to 1930. Letters from publishers and authors consist of one piece of correspondence each with the exception of F. Scott Fitzgerald. One autograph letter and one typed letter signed from Fitzgerald concern the inclusion of his short story "Benediction" in the Anthology as well as others he had written for the magazine.

The following are also represented: Eleanor (for Sherwood) Anderson, P. Y. Anderson, Lilith Benda, Barry Benefield, William Rose Benet, Herman Bernstein, Myron Brinig, Catharine Brody, Louise Bryant, Struthers Burt, Henry S.Canby, Mazo De la Roche, Beatrice (for Lord) Dunsany, John Erskine, Harvey Fergusson, Arthur Davison Ficke (signature), Grace Flandrau, Wilson Follett, Waldo Frank, Oliver Gogarty, Theresa Halburn (signature), Dashiell Hammett, C. Y. Harrison, Ben Hecht (signature), John Held, Jr., Edgar Jepson, F. Tennyson Jesse, Orick Johns, Alfred Knopf, Andreas Latzko, Charmian London, Arthur Machen, John Macy, Edwin Markham, Marriet Monroe, John McClure, Elsie McCormick, Christopher Morley, Gorham Munson, George Jean Nathan, Isabel Paterson, Ezra Pound, Burton Rascoe, Ben Ray Redman, Felix Reisenberg, Emanie Sachs, W. B. Seabrook (signature), Louis Sherman, Arthur Symons (signature), Charles Hanson Towne, Louis Untermeyer, Mark Van Doren, Hendrik Willem Van Loon, Harold Ward, John Weaver, Steward Edward White, Margaret Widdemer, Thornton Wilder (signature), Thyra Samter Winslow, and William Huntington Wright.

Based on dealer description.


Files are in original order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Groff Conklin (1904-1968) was an American science fiction anthologist and author. Conklin began his career as an editor of fiction as an assistant manager at New York's Doubleday Bookstore. In 1929, he began circulating proposals for The Smart Set Anthology, the first collection of stories from the literary magazine, which he and Burton Rascoe published in 1934. (It was reissued in 1944 as The Bachelor's Companion.)

Collection History


Purchased from Peter Harrington Antiquarian Bookseller in 2019 . AM 2021-14.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were removed from the collection during 2020 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in November 2020. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in November 2020.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form.

Credit this material:

Groff Conklin Files for The Smart Set Anthology; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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