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DIARIES, SCRAPBOOKS, AND OTHER AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL EFFORTS
Word and Deed
for the International News Service, has written a novel about
Willie Jim, a Georgia Negro, and his encounters with white society.
Actually a tract pleading for racial tolerance, "Trumpet to the World"
resulted from Harris being stationed as a soldier in the South...
The commonplace book, where an individual might collect personal records, quotations, and miscellaneous facts, was a precursor to the scrapbook. Men's scrapbooks are often collections of news clippings or any printed documentation of their work and activities. Journalists, especially, are prone to keep record of their bylines, authors keep reviews of their work, and public figures keep scrapbooks of their press coverage. Brian Coffey, the Irish poet, stands apart as a creative artist with his highly personal self book/scrapbooks.
Commonplace book,  - 1845.
1 volume (107 pp.)
from Diaries, Journals, Ships' Logs
Bradley, an employee between 1814 and 1826 of Berry Smith, owner of a cotton spinning mill in Kighley, York County, England, recorded all sorts of personal notes and miscellaneous facts in this commonplace book, including Smith's breach of promised compensation for millwork. A sort of textual scrapbook of life events, this notebook collects Bradley's widely assorted observations: local histories of buildings, events, political elections, mill owners, and death dates of Kighley residents. Mathematical problems, mechanical and scientific notes, and brief mention of international events project Bradley's fascination for discoveries, inventions, and political affairs around the world. The notebook presents a transitional historical moment when one small-town laborer could record his curious awareness of civilization's progress around the world.
Bradley's brother John sailed to Philadelphia on the Algonquin on July 8, 1831 and returned to Liverpool on March 21, 1832. Bradley's wife died at age fifty-five on November 6, 1831, and their son John began business in the machine trade in May 1836. On January 4, 1834 "there was a child exhibited with two heads in the New Markit Kighley." On January 14 of the same year Bradley attended the Mechanics Institute for a chemistry course on electricity and, later, a lecture on construction of a telescope. He noted odd facts such as dimensions of York Cathedral, the death of sixty-nine Yorkshire centenarians between 1740 and 1822, the death of a man at age 117 in France, and the abundance of large pines near "Spokan" and the Columbia River. Bradley thought it worthwhile to remember the birth of George Washington in 1732, the birth of Isaac Newton in 1727, and the 1785 Channel crossing by balloon of Jeffries Blanchard. Bradley recorded Queen Victoria's succession to the throne, Frederick William of Prussia's death, and the removal of Napoleon's remains from St. Helena to Paris. But Bradley's characteristic enthusiasm for change and progress is revealed best in entries such as the one for April 6, 1845, which notes a game of chess was to be played by telegraph between one party in London and another in Southampton; and another entry realizing that a journey between London and Bath which had taken two days to complete by stage coaches in 1745 could be completed by railway coaches in two and three quarter hours in 1845.
David M. Nelson, 1920-1991.
from David M. Nelson papers
Harold Brayman, 1900-1988.
Scrapbook, January - June 1930.
Notebook: "The Political Week," United States News, March 29 - November 1, 1940.
from Harold Brayman papers
Harold Brayman, pioneering leader of the modern public relations industry and director of public relations at Du Pont Company from 1944-1965, had an earlier career in journalism as a Washington correspondent and syndicated columnist. It was this journalistic background in politics and government, the power of the media, and the usefulness of communications networks which shaped his effectiveness in the public relations field. As a specialist in reporting and analyzing political events, Brayman attended all national political conventions from 1928 through 1940. He criss-crossed the nation as a correspondent on the presidential campaign trains of Alfred E. Smith in 1928, President Roosevelt in 1932, Alfred M. Landon in 1936, and Wendell L. Wilkie in 1940. Brayman was president of the National Press Club in 1938 and president of the Gridiron Club in 1941, one of the very few Washington correspondents to have been elected president of both of these organizations. Ten scrapbooks of newsclippings with Brayman bylines (1928-1939), notebooks of press badges and campaign ephemera, and two scrapbooks related to books which he authored are included in the Harold Brayman papers.
John J. Williams, 1904-1988.
Scrapbook, January - May, 1964.
from papers of Senator John J. Williams
Brian Coffey, 1905-1995.
Self Books, 1973-1974, 1974-1975, 1976, 1977-1978, 1978-1982.
from Brian Coffey papers
- September 9, 1974 This volume here is Self-Book 2. Self-Book 1 is in a filing box
in study and was made 73/4. Earlier attempts have now been destroyed.
The self-titled "self books" of Irish poet, translator, critic, teacher, artist, and printer Brian Coffey are sketch books, correspondence files, poetry workbooks, draft books, and scrapbooks for newspaper clippings, postcards, photographs, feathers, and family memorabilia. In addition to blank books, he used old phone directories and scrapbooks to collect his thoughts and whatever caught his fancy or sparked his creative mind. Coffey began writing poetry when he was a student at University College, Dublin, between 1924-1930. During this period, Coffey met the aspiring poet Denis Devlin, who became one of his closest friends and literary colleagues. In the '30s, Coffey moved to Paris where he made the acquaintance of Thomas MacGreevy and Samuel Beckett, and studied philosophy under Jacques Maritain. His interests in French poetry, Catholic philosophy, and the avant-garde movement were lifelong pursuits, all reflected in the self books. Coffey emerged as a poet of significance with the publication of Poems (1930, jointly authored with Devlin) and Three Poems (1933). After teaching in the United States, Coffey returned to live in England where he taught, studied printing, and began his own press, Advent Books. Coffey's self books are source books for all manner of his creative endeavors and represent fascinating working laboratories for the creative process itself.
Mark Harris, 1922- .
Scrapbooks, 1946-1948, 1949-1957.
from Mark Harris papers
|Considering self works||Creating self works||Living & learning||Domestic diaries|
|Business & adventure||War diaries||Keepsakes||Word & deed|
|Inner journeys||Travel diaries||Professional writers||Avocational efforts|
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