Scope and arrangement
The George S. Hellman Papers contain his correspondence, writings, research notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material. The General Correspondence, 1888-1958, contains his letters to and from fellow students and professors at Columbia University, letters concerning his activities as editor of East & West, as art and manuscript dealer and collector, as well as correspondence with fellow scholars and publishers regarding his research and writing on Washington Irving, Robert Louis Stevenson, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Benjamin N. Cardozo, the Seligman Family, and other topics. Included are many letters from prominent artists, scholars, and literary figures. Supplementing the General Correspondence are seven topical files containing correspondence, printed material, research notes, photographs, and other documents: East & West; Art; A. E. F. University School of Fine Arts; Irvingiana; Stevensoniana; Columbia University; and Organizational Memberships. Hellman's essays, reviews, plays, novels, speeches, and biographical and autobiographical works (both published and unpublished) are present in holograph, typescript, galley, and published form. The collection also includes scrapbooks of clippings, writings by others (mostly typescripts), photographs, contracts, and memorabilia. A list of selected correspondents is available. Among them are Jo Davidson, John Erskine, Abby M. Fiske, Julian Hawthorne, Frederick P. Keppel, Beatrix Demarest Lloyd, Joel Spingarn, Edmund C. Stedman, Rose Pastor Stokes, William P. Trent, and Barrett Wendell.
The George Sidney Hellman papers are arranged in fifteen series: