Scope and arrangement
The Clarence Day Papers document the literary career, business activity, personal life and family background of the popular author and illustrator. The date span of the papers is 1796-1993, with the bulk of the material being from the period 1890-1935. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence; notebooks, manuscripts, typescripts, galley proofs and publication tearsheets; business and financial records; family papers; news clippings and literary reference files; drawings, photographs and artifacts. The Clarence Day Papers are an important resource for the study of American magazine literature during the 1910s-1930s, and provide essential background information regarding Day's most popular and enduring work, Life With Father.
The Clarence Day papers are arranged in six series:
- 1817-199344 linear feet
- 1804-195717 linear feet
Papers filed here document the education, careers, legal affairs and personal lives of several members of the Day family. The various subseries include such materials as account books, business correspondence, diaries, estate papers, expense receipts, financial records, genealogical notes, legal records, news clippings, notebooks, obituaries, passports, real estate documents, school and college records and wills.
- 1880s-194219 linear feet
- 1833-1930s9 linear feet
These alphabetically arranged subject files contain news clippings, lists of books, notes, printed material, publication tearsheets, typescripts of the writings of other authors and a few pieces of correspondence. These items, many annotated, document Clarence Day's wide-ranging interests, his research methods, his broad reading and his support for fellow writers. The files provide an interesting cross-section of the literary production of Day's wide circle of friends and offer a glimpse of Day's thinking on subjects ranging from advertising and money to marriage and religion.
- 1891-193915 linear feet
- 1796-1940s6 linear feet
Items filed here are arranged in three subseries: A. Visual Materials, which include photographs of Clarence Day, and his family, friends and associates, unaddressed postcards and a few small paintings; B. Artifacts, such as locks of hair, buttons, eyeglasses and visiting cards; C. Books, including volumes from Clarence Day's personal library and several prayer books and hymnals owned and inscribed by his relatives.