Series I. General
Subseries Ia. A chronological
arrangement of general correspondence
Subseries Ib. Correspondence of a
particular topic arranged chronologically
Series II. Family
Boxes: 4-17, F.10
Family correspondence of ten or more letters arranged
chronologically. Family members include Hendrik's immediate family of parents, aunts,
uncles, and two sons, and Eliza Bowditch van Loon's parents, her siblings, and cousins.
Also postcards to and from family members. Major correspondence of ten or more letters
between those friends with whom Hendrik maintained a regular correspondence is included
in this series. Also included is correspondence between his second wife, Helen Criswell
van Loon, and his third wife, Frances Ames Goodrich. This material is listed
alphabetically by correspondent and arranged chronologically.
Series III. Major
Boxes: 17, F. 11-19
Major correspondents include those individuals who were
considered important personalities in the 1900's-1940's, with whom Hendrik wrote
irregularly (less than ten letters). This material is listed alphabetically and includes
number of letters and inclusive dates. Also included in this series are draft copies of
correspondence and microfilmed correspondence.
Series IV. Manuscript
Manuscript material includes carbons, drafts, and typescripts for
articles, books, broadcasts, lectures, serials, and Hendrik Willem van Loon's thesis.
Book material is arranged alphabetically by title. Articles, broadcasts, lectures,
serials, and the thesis are arranged separately in chronological order when possible.
The letters N/A were used when no title was available.
Series V. Printed material
Printed material consists mainly of English and foreign
translations of various van Loon books: articles about van Loon in both foreign and
American papers and magazines; reviews; promotional book material; cruise ship
pamphlets; copies of illustrations that appeared in various newspapers and magazines;
and miscellaneous clippings.
Series VI. Illustrative
Illustrative material includes the illustrations made for many van
Loon books arranged by book title; sketches for unfinished books; sketchbooks;
illustrated stories and unpublished material; illustrated folders, envelopes, and menus;
small pen-and-ink and watercolor sketches either mounted or on mats; ornate matted
sketches; book jackets; many miscellaneous sketches; and portraits of van Loon by other
Series VII. Memorabilia
Boxes: 53-62 Map Case Special locations
Subseries VIIa. Includes
scrapbooks, guestbooks, photograph albums and photographs, notebooks, diaries,
passports, pamphlets, certificates, diplomas, phonograph records, games, puzzles, and
Subseries VIIb. Collected
memorabilia includes various miscellaneous documents, volumes, and reprints collected
by van Loon.
Series VIII. Papers of Helen
Criswell "Jimmie" van Loon
Papers of Helen Criswell "Jimmie" van Loon include an original
play, diaries, "Mad Hatter Mutterings," and other miscellaneous material.
Series IX. Papers of Gerard
Willem van Loon
Papers of Gerard Willem van Loon includes drafts and photos for
his biography about Hendrik Willem van Loon, and correspondence pertaining to his father
and the manuscript.