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Ernest James Wessen Collection

Manuscript Collection No.39
Overview | Biography | Scope and Content | Container List

OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

3.2 cu. ft. in 9 boxes 1961-1968

Provenance: This small collection of letters written by Ernest James Wessen was purchased by the Ohio University Libraries in 1985 from the Ohio Bookhunter. The collection was inventoried in April of 1985.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Libraries owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Although it is assumed that no copyrights or literary rights are held by other parties, responsibility for verification rests with the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is available for use under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.

Photoduplication: The library will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name, collection number and Ohio University Libraries in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

Related Materials: There is a copy of a book writen by Ernest J. Wessen entitled "Ernest J. Wessen and Jim Scott: a correspondence" in the Alden Archives Ohioana collection. The call number is: Z473. W4 E7 1987x.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF THE COLLECTION

Ernest J. Wessen is remembered as a superbly knowing, if sometimes irascible, antiquarian book dealer, whose particular interest lay in America. His catalogs, MIDLAND NOTES, represent models of their kind, combining scholarships and humor. A complete and bound collection of MIDLAND NOTES may be found in the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Ohio University Library.

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SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Nearly all of these letters are addressed to Paul A. Lundgren, who served Mr. Wessen as a book scout. The letters are simply good reading; they are those of a strong willed teacher and mentor, sometimes scolding, sometimes encouraging. Of particular interest is Wessen's repeated emphasis on the importance of ephemeral, the pamphlet or broadside so likely to be thrown away.

The earliest letter addressed to Paul A. Lundgren is dated December 30, 1961; the last letter is dated September 2, 1968.

Also included in the collection is an envelope containing detailed biographical information on Wessen himself.

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CONTAINER LISTS FOR THE COLLECTION

Box 1

  • Correspondence - Van Allen Bradely
    • - TLS, January 16, 1958, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 27, 1958, 3p.
    • - TLS, September 16, 1969, 1p.; attached
  • Folder 1 - CTS addressed to E.S.W. and dated September 8, 1969
  • Folder 2 - J.C. Davis
    • - TLS, May 29, 1964, 1p.
  • Folder 3 - Paul A. Lundgren
    • - TLS, December 30, 1961, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 27, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 16, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 25, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 4, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 5, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 15, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 25, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, November 5, 1962, 1p.
    • - TLS, February 23, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 22, 1963, 2p.
    • - TLS, May 27, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 1, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 10, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 14, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 18, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, July 7, 1963, 2p.
    • - TLS, July 12, 1963, 2p.
    • - TLS, July 19, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, July 27, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 11, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 19, 1963, 1p.
  • Folder 4
    • - TLS, August 20, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 21, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 26, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 30, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, September 30, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 16, 1963, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 7, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 11, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 14, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 24, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 28, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 1, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 4, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 18, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 20, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 23, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 27, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 8, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 11, 1965, 2p.
    • - TLS, August 19, 1965, 2p.
    • - TLS, September 15, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 28, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, November 17, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, November 21, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, November 27, 1965, 1p.
  • Folder 5
    • - TLS, December 7, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 9, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 21, 1965, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 6, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 11, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 25, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 29, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, February 3, 1966, 2p.
    • - TLS, February 8, 1966, 2p.
    • - TLS, March 25, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 2, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 4, 1966, 2p.
    • - TLS, April 15, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 18, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 12, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, August 9, 1966, 1p.
  • Folder 6
    • - TLS, October 1, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 6, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 8, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 14, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, October 31, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 6, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 16, 1966, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 7, 1967, 1p.
    • - TLS, June 8, 1967, 1p.
    • - TLS, July 5, 1967, 2p.
    • - TLS, July 23, 1967, 1p.
  • Folder 7
    • - TLS, September 22, 1967, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 8, 1967, 1p.
    • - TLS, December 26, 1967, 1p.
    • - TLS, January 23, 1968, 1p.
    • - TLS, February 18, 1968, 1p.
    • - TLS, April 25, 1968, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 4, 1968, 1p.
    • - TLS, May 5, 1968, 2p.
  • Folder 8
    • - TLS, May 18, 1968, 2p.
    • - TLS, July 4, 1968, 1p.
    • - TLS, September 28, 1p.

    Letters

    • - Van Allen Bradely, CT, January 5, 1958.
    • - Van Allen Bradely, CT, November 10, 1960.
    • - Van Allen Bradely, CTS, March 20, 1962.
  • Folder 9 - TLS as follows: August 8, 1954; August 25, 1956; February 6, 1957; April 5, 1957. Also a Christmas card.

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