Scope and arrangement
The Elton Fax Papers, 1930-1974, consist of correspondence, writings, artwork, and printed material concerning Fax's career as a writer and artist. The writing and the artwork comprise by far the bulk of the collection; there is virtually no personal material. Aside from the handwritten and typewritten manuscript copies of Garvey,most of the material is printed. Except for the Garveymanuscript, arrangement throughout the collection is chronological. The papers have been divided into four series: Correspondence, Writings, Artwork, and Printed Material.
The Elton C. Fax papers are arranged in four series:
The series is very small, consisting of only one small folder. The letters are mostly routine correspondence concerning Fax's trips to Africa and South America, the books which resulted from these trips, and lectures given in schools. Some of the letters, which concern his travels and lectures, are neither to nor from Fax. All the letters are photocopies.
The series includes full manuscripts of Garvey,in both handwritten and typewritten versions. In addition, there is a folder of miscellaneous writings composed of typescript essays and several printed articles on various subjects. This folder also contains an incomplete resume dated 1946. Newspaper articles have been photocopied.
ARTWORK, 1934-1962,is comprised of numerous samples of Fax's art, such as magazine illustrations and bookjackets. Additional material includes clippings of newspaper photographs of Fax's work and pamphlets designed by him. The clippings and magazine illustrations have been photocopied.
PRINTED MATERIAL, 1930-1974,includes material about Fax from a number of sources, a large proportion of which is biographical. The file consists of programs, invitations, broadsides, and clippings concerning Fax's career. Reviews of his books are also included. Clippings have been photocopied.