Scope and arrangement
The Victor Francis Calverton Papers, 1923-1941, contain general correspondence, personal correspondence, writings, scrapbooks, printed material, photographs and artifacts. The General Correspondence, 1923-1940, is mainly incoming letters to V.F. Calverton, in his capacity as editor of the Modern Quarterly. The correspondents included colleagues, subscribers to the Modern Quarterly and left wing organizations. The personal correspondence consists mainly of Calverton's love letters to Nina Melville 1928-1940. There are some miscellaneous letters to both Calverton and Melville. The writings include manuscripts and notes by Calverton and manuscripts submitted to the Modern Quarterly. The additions to the collection include correspondence, manuscripts by Calverton, notes and memos, writings by others, photographs of Melville and Calverton, and an artifact.
The V.F. Calverton papers are arranged in seven series:
Index of names available in printed copy of finding aid.
The General Correspondence, A-Z, is alphabetical in its arrangement. It consists of incoming letters to V. F. Calverton in his capacity as editor of the Modern Quarterly. The correspondents include the American Civil Liberties Union, Egmont Arens New Masses, Harry Elmer Barnes Marx-Engels Institute-USSR, Alexander Bittelman Daily Worker, Boni & Liveright publishers, Ernest Boyd, Elmer Carter Opportunity: Journal of Negro Life, American-Workers Party, Theodore Dreiser, Daily Worker, John Dos Passos, Max Eastman, W. Z. Hardman Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Abraham L. Harris, John Haynes Holmes, The Nation,Maxwell Perkins Charles Scribner & Co., Herbert Read Criterion, Samuel Schmalhausen, Charles Scribner, Herman Shapiro Monthly Quarterly, Upton Sinclair, Mildred Smith, Irving Sollins, Benjamin Stolberg, Leon Trotsky and Walter White NAACP.
The Correspondence consists chiefly of Calverton's love letters to his wife Nina Melville. Calverton wrote to Melville daily, up to four letters a day. Calverton traveled frequently; therefore, he would write to Melville from different locations. Calverton would include in his love letters the status of his work including book deals, reviews, individuals he had met and parts of typescripts from monographs and articles. In addition there are letters from Melville to Calverton, condolence letters regarding the death of Calverton and Melville's correspondence with others.
Calverton letters listed below include typescripts:
16 May 1928, 22 March 1930, 9 May 1931, 24 April 1932; 17 July 1932, 20 May 1933; 19 June 1933; 30 July 1933, 11 Feb. 1934; 6 May 1934; 1 July 1934, 28 January 1935; 23 March 1935; 23 & 25 May 1935; 21 July 1935; 25 Oct. 1935, 25 April 1936, 31 July 1937; 11 September 1937.
The manuscripts series contain Nina Melville's college papers, incomplete manuscripts, notes and printed material.
The photographs are black and white photographs of Nina Melville and V. F. Calverton.
The additions contain correspondence, manuscripts, notes and memos by Calverton, and writings by others.