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Manuscripts, letters, documents, clippings, photographs, filmstrips, film reels,
notecards, cassette tapes, bound photocopies, medals and awards by, to, or about E.B.
White, spanning the entire range of his activities throughout his life. Letters consist
of ca. 3,000 letters by White and 25,000 letters to him from others; manuscripts include
drafts, notes, and some galley proofs for his books Charlotte's Web,
The Elements of Style, the Essays of E.B. White, the
Letters of E.B. White, One Man's Meat, The
Points of My Compass, Poems and Sketches, and Stuart
Little, as well as drafts of his "Notes and comment" and "Talk of the Town"
columns for the New Yorker magazine from 1934-1953. Printed items include
White's contributions to the New Yorker and other magazines, his
editorials for his high school newspaper, and ca. 350 articles about him, including
interviews and reviews. Photographs include a large portrait photo of White, ca. 1950,
and a family group photo taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Samuel T. White and
Jesse White in 1929, with E.B. and Katherine Sergeant White included in the group. Films
include Maine Lobsterman, narrated by White and produced for the television show Omnibus
in 1954, and The Family That Dwelt Apart, written and also narrated by White. Also
included in the collection are objects such as E.B. White's typewriter, desk, and
Correspondents include: Katharine Sergeant White (his wife), James Thurber, Frank
Sullivan, Harold Ross, William Shawn, Gus Lobrano, S.J. Perelman, Nathaniel Benchley,
Howard Cushman, Alice Burchfield Sumner, Scott Elledge, and publishers such as Harper
& Row, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and Macmillan.