University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the William B. Shrimplin Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Shrimplin, William B.
Collection Title William B. Shrimplin Papers
Dates 1850-1970
Identification 1970-007
Physical Description 1.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

This collection contains notebooks, correspondence, and other works by William B. Shrimplin. A particular focus is on the development of Shrimplin's personal bookplate. Also included are correspondence and works both by and relating to Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain). Collected correspondence from Jack London, Carl Sandburg, Calvin Coolidge, and other figures is also present. In addition to documenting Clemens, the collection provides insight into the mid-twentieth century world of bibliographers, book dealers, publishers, and collectors. Materials date from 1850 to 1970, with the bulk of Shrimplin's work and correspondence occurring from the 1920s to 1940s.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Bookplates
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Sketches
Personal Name:
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Topical Term:
Book collecting

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

William B. Shrimplin papers, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting. See the Citing Special Collections Materials page for more information.

Processing Information:

Processed by Alison Ward, 2006. Revised by Matt Richardson, June 2016.


Detailed List of Contents

William B. Shrimplin

Works
Box Folder
1 1 "A Mark Twain Collection of First Editions," handwritten undated
2 William. B. Shrimplin's notes on "Glimpses of the Authors" chapter on Twain, on Shrimplin Book Shop letterhead undated
3 Bibliography of Mark Twain undated
4 Checklist of First Editions undated
5 The Human Hair: A Study undated
6 Scrapbook undated
7 "The Evolution of a Bookplate" undated
8 Bookplate production
8 Bookplate model, proofs, and sketches: Mark Twain, "Be Good and You will be Lonesome"
8 Bill from Butcher Engraving, Etching 5"x3 3/8" December 17, 1941
Including photograph and art work
8 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Harper and Brothers Publishers November 7, 1941
Correspondence
Box Folder
1 9 Bookplate Correspondence 1923-1942
9 Postcard February 18, 1942
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from The Library of Congress January 5, 1942
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Nadle's Book Nook January 16, 1942
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Nadle's Book Nook November 7, 1941
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from David Magee Books December 31, 1941
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Collector's Bookshop January 2, 1941
9 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Collector's Bookshop February 10, 1942
9 Letter to Professor Ewing French (Ohio State University) from W. B. Shrimplin September 10, 1923
9 Letter from Professor Ewing French to W. B. Shrimplin September 18, 1923
10 Bookplate Correspondence, Atlantic Monthly Press 1923
10 Letter to Atlantic Monthly from W. B. Shrimplin November 16, 1923
10 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Wallace Peck November 13, 1923
10 Letter to Atlantic Monthly from W. B. Shrimplin November 16, 1923
4 pages
10 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from Atlantic Monthly December 3, 1923
11 Blank, Jacob to W. B. Shrimplin March 7, 1941
Letter to W. B. Shrimplin, December 22, 1948 and February 18, 1949 with accompanying notes about the states of the Twain editions.
12 Blandich, John B. to W. B. Shrimplin January 2, 1945
Two articles about Shrimplin's Barber Shop in Columbus Evening Dispatch, December 26, 1944.
13 Brownell, George Hiram to W. B. Shrimplin November 16, 1936
14 Fiske, Dorothy of Harper and Brothers to W. B. Shrimplin, re: Albert Bigelow Paine December 29, 1941
15 Henkels, Stan V. to W. B. Shrimplin undated
Includes clipping.
16 Huntsberger, Fred E. correspondence under various pseudonyms and letterheads 1927-1937
In envelopes and various salutations.
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from University Book Store June 6, 1927
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin from The Huntsberger Memorial Library undated
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin October 1, 1929
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin September 11, 1929
16 Telegrams to W. B. Shrimplin 1927, 1934
May 31, 1927, June 1, 1927, June 2, 1927, June 2, 1927, June 2, 1927, January 5, 1934
16 Banquet Program with readings from James Whitcomb Riley October 7, 1932
16 Postcards 1932-1933
December 22, 1932, December 13, 1932, December 9, 1937, January 17, 1934, January 16, 1934, November 21, 1932, December 16, 1932, December 19, 1932, December 15, 1932, December 20, 1932, December 14, 1932, November 22, 1932, January 4, 1934, December 30, 1933, December 30, 1933, December 29, 1933, December 28, 1933
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 4, 1935
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 20, 1933
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 26, 1933
16 Letter(s) written on postcards to W. B. Shrimplin undated
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 22, 1933
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 20, 1933
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 20, [?]
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin April 28, 1928
16 Manuscript undated
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin undated
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin, includes clipping undated
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin January 3, 1937
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin Novemer 1, [?]
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin December 13, 1932
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin April 24, 1928
16 Letter to W. B. Shrimplin undated
17 Huntsberger, Fred E. to W. B. Shrimplin December 28, 1926
18 Johnson, Merle to W. B. Shrimplin May 7, 1930 and December 16, 1930
19 Lee, Dr. Alfred P. to W. B. Shrimplin (re: Christopher Morley) December 11, 1933 and January 19, 1934
20 Long, R. G. to W. B. Shrimplin April 30, 1934
21 Newton, A. Edward
21 Newton, A. Edward to W. B. Shrimplin September 11, 1923, March 11, 1924, and March 17, 1924
21 Letter to A. Edward Newton from W. B. Shrimplin September 10, 1923
22 Ohio National Bank "to whom it may concern" regarding W. B. Shrimplin November 23, 1932
23 Russo, Anthony J. of the Indiana Historical Society to W. B. Shrimplin February 26, 1940, March 16, 1940, and March 27, 1940
24 Shaffer, Ellen to W. B. Shrimplin May 19, 1942
Biographical
Box Folder
1 25 Photograph of Shrimplin
26 Clippings
26 "Barber Shop (1944 Model) is Said to be on Way Out," Columbus Evening Dispatch December 26, 1944
26 "Columbus Bookplates," The Ohio State Journal undated
26 "E. Town Street Barber Spends Off-Time Getting First Editions," The Columbus Dispatch April 21, 1939
26 "Barber Completes Set of Mark Twain First Editions After 17 Years' Search," The Columbus Dispatch March 2, 1940
26 "Columbus Barber Collects Many Twain First Editions," The Columbus Dispatch June 27, 1930
26 "Columbus Barber Collects First Editions of Mark Twain's Works" undated



Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835-1910

Works by Clemens
Box Folder
2 1 "Be Good, Be Good: A Poem," Privately Printed December 19, 1931
Includes envelope from Merle Johnson to W. B. Shrimplin.
2 "'The Jumping Frog' and ‘The ₤1,000,000 Bank Note': Two Complete Stories by Mark Twain," Section of the Washington Herald February 4, 1917
3 Letter concerning a "Clover Club" dinner engagement January 2, 1891
4 Letter to Mr. Hall concerning European trip May 8, 1894
Works by others about Clemens
Box Folder
2 5 "Mark Twain Manuscript Discovered," in the Houston Chronicle Wednesday, September 16, 1970
6 Mark Twain Number in The Mentor with many photos, loose leaves, etc. May 1924
7 The Twainian, Volume 1, Nos. 1-5 January-May 1939
8 Twainiana, clippings, 1930s-1940s (Mailed to W. B. Shrimplin) April 28, 1949
1 Mark Twain's Patent Scrapbook, No. 1908
London: Slote, Woodman, and Co. Scrapbook filled with clippings regarding Clemens.



Miscellaneous literary materials and correspondence

Box Folder
1 27 Berthune, Rev. Dr. from Don G. Mitchell, on the back of Prospectus of The American Examiner July 22, 1850
28 Coolidge, President Calvin to The Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana (enclosures included) February 14, 1930
29 "Ecclesiastical embroidery," reprint from Church Eclectic 1901
30 Huntsberger, Fred E. from Percy L. Crosby November 7, 1931
31 London, Jack to Houghton, Mifflin, and Co. February 6, 1900
32 Loyd, John Uri to Miss Carrie H. Pope August 24, 1903
33 Letter to Naylor, Dr. James Ball A.L.T. to L.H. Huxley and L. T. from Mr. Huxley September 15, 1907
34 Riley, James Whitcomb, Copy of "To Almon Keefer" Christmas 1895
35 Riley, James Whitcomb to Waltar C. Nunemacher November 4, 1889
36 Sandburg, Carl to Fred E. Huntsberger May 24, 1932