Special Collections Department
Carl Haverlin Papers
relating to Carl Sandburg
Manuscript Collection Number: 144
Accessioned: Purchase, June 1987.
Extent: ca. 535 items (.7 linear ft.)
Content: Correspondence, typescript drafts, contract, galley proofs,
clippings, speeches, tear sheets, broadsides, press releases, poems,
photocopies, transcripts, sheet music, lectures, essays, photographs
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: 1988-1991 by Anita A. Wellner.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
His career in broadcasting began in 1924, when, at the age of 25, he took a job working at Station KFI in Los Angeles. He conceived the idea of broadcasting the Rose Bowl football game and sold the idea to NBC. The 1927 Rose Bowl game was one of NBC's first coast-to-coast broadcasts. The play-by-play account was called by Haverlin and Graham MacNamee.
After working at Station KFI for a number of years, Haverlin left radio to enter the business of music transcription. In 1940 he became vice president for station relations at Broadcast Music Inc. BMI had been formed in 1940 to compete with the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers in licensing radio broadcasters to use copyrighted material.
Carl Haverlin became president of BMI in 1947, returning to BMI after serving as vice president of the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1944 to 1947. He continued as president of BMI until his retirement in 1964. Haverlin died in 1985 at the age of 86.
During Haverlin's years at BMI he developed a close working relationship and friendship with Carl Sandburg. They worked together on Lincoln's Devotional and The New American Songbag. In addition to the correspondence and material related to their work together, Haverlin collected various printed items and manuscripts written by Carl Sandburg. It is this collection of Sandburg material which composes the Carl Haverlin Papers.
Source(s):"Carl Haverlin, Leader in Radio and Historian," The New York Times, August 30, 1985. p.D15.
Scope and Content Note
The files reflect the friendship between Haverlin and Sandburg, Sandburg's publication projects connected with Broadcast Music Incorporated, and their shared study of the life and times of Abraham Lincoln.
The first series of these papers consists of Carl Haverlin's correspondence with Carl Sandburg or with other persons on topics related to Carl Sandburg. The second series includes material toward the publication of Lincoln's Devotional, for which Carl Sandburg wrote the introduction. Series III consists of material related to Carl Sandburg's The New American Songbag, published by BMI in 1950.
Series IV includes various printed or typescript copies of speeches, addresses, and remarks delivered by Carl Sandburg as collected by Carl Haverlin. Series V consists of copies of poetry written by Carl Sandburg. Series VI includes a variety of material related to Carl Sandburg, including a preface for Sandburg's Complete Poems, a prologue for "The Family of Man" (photography exhibition by Edward Steichen), and a transcript of "Lincoln on Pennies," which was Sandburg's first printed piece.
Series VII consists of programs of events honoring or involving Carl Sandburg. Series VIII includes clippings, tear sheets, and photocopies of articles about Sandburg. Series IX consists of photographs of Carl Sandburg.
I. Correspondence, 1947-1963 II. Lincoln's Devotional, 1957 III. The New American Songbag, 1950 IV. Addresses, Speeches and Remarks by Sandburg, 1943-1961 V. Poetry Written by Sandburg, 1946-1963 VI. Other Material Written by Sandburg, 1909-1955 VII. Programs of Events Involving or Honoring Sandburg, 1953-1961 VIII. Clippings and Photocopies of Articles About Sandburg, 1925-1964. IX. Photographs of Carl Sandburg, 1956 and [n.d.]
Series I. Correspondence, 1947-1963. Consists of the correspondence between Carl Haverlin and Carl Sandburg, in addition to correspondence among Haverlin, the staff of Broadcast Music Inc., and other individuals. Much of the correspondence relates to publishing projects on which Haverlin and Sandburg worked jointly or events including Sandburg. Series I.1. Haverlin-Sandburg Correspondence, 1947-1960. Includes original letters from Sandburg and in most cases, the carbon responses of Haverlin. Also included are a number of enclosures such as music for songs and photographs. The correspondence concerns publishing projects and personal matters. 1 F1 1947-1952. ANSs, TLSs, TL (carbon)s, photograph, TL, TNSs, telegrams, and photocopies. Includes photocopies of songs written by Russell Garmong. 19 items (19 leaves) 21 pp. F2 1954-1956. TLSs, TL (carbon)s, and TL. Includes a TL from Captain William T. Walker to Sandburg. 13 items (13 leaves) 13 pp. F3 1957-1960 and [n.d.]. TLSs, TL (carbon)s, ANS, photograph, TL (photocopy), and ALS (photocopy). Includes two photographs of Sandburg taken November 22, 1960. 17 items (17 leaves) 17 pp. F4 [1950: June]. ANS, TLS, and photocopies. Includes ANS from Sandburg to Haverlin with enclosures: a TLS to Sandburg from Steven M. Lestina and photocopies of the music which he has written to accompany the words of the poem, "Wizard Oil," written by Carl Sandburg. 4 items (4 leaves) 25 pp. Series I.2. Haverlin Correspondence, 1950-1963. Includes numerous carbons of letters written to Sandburg as well as correspondence with a variety of other persons at BMI, Harcourt & Brace (Sandburg's publisher), and other organizations. Much of the correspondence concerns Carl Sandburg, his life, honors, writings, and his activities. 1 F5 1950-1956. TL (carbon)s, TLSs, telegram, Ts (carbon), AN, Ts, and program. Includes interoffice correspondence at BMI, a list of book titles with autograph additions made by Carl Sandburg, a TLS from Buchanan & Co., and letters from organizations regarding public events involving Sandburg. Also includes a Library of Congress program for "An Evening with Carl Sandburg," and lists of records requested by Sandburg. 74 items (81 leaves) 85 pp. F6 1957. TL (carbon)s, ALSs, TLS, clippings, tear sheets, and TNS. Includes clippings about Carl Sandburg, most of which document Sandburg's visit to Chicago in 1957 and a meeting with Frank Lloyd Wright. 40 items (47 leaves) 51 pp. F7 1958-1959. TNSs, TL (carbon)s, clippings, TLSs, printed material, AN, and autograph. Includes Haverlin's transcription of a phone message from Carl Sandburg to honor Herbert Lehman, notes to Jimmie Cairns of BMI, the February 1958 issue of Vasastjarnan featuring articles on Carl Sandburg and his poetry. 28 items (32 leaves) 49 pp. F8 1960-1963. TL (carbon)s, clippings, Ts (mimeograph), Ts (carbon), and TLSs. Includes a TLS from the Library of Congress concerning Abraham Lincoln; a TLS from Iowa Congressman, Fred Schwengel; a Ts (mimeograph) copy of an address by Haverlin about Lincoln titled "The Last Best Hope;" and a Ts (carbon) copy of the essay, "Marintha Wilming to Robert Winshore." 37 items (54 leaves) 54 pp. 2 Series II. Lincoln's Devotional, 1956-1957. Concerns the publication of a reprint of a devotional book carried by Abraham Lincoln. The reprint was published as Lincoln's Devotional by Channel Press in 1957. Sandburg wrote an introduction for this book and Haverlin edited the book. Includes various correspondence, typescripts of the introduction, research material, and a photocopy of the original devotional book. F9 Correspondence, 1956-1957. TL (carbon)s, TLSs, and Ts (photocopies). Includes correspondence among Sandburg, Haverlin, and the publishers; information from the Library of Congress verifying the signature of Abraham Lincoln in a copy the original devotional owned by Haverlin; and a photocopy of the typescript introduction written by Sandburg. 48 items (60 leaves) 60 pp. F10 Introduction by Sandburg, . Ts and ANS. Introduction. Original Ts draft of Sandburg's introduction and selected passages from Lincoln's Devotional. Both bear the author's autograph corrections. This draft of the introduction varies from the final printed version. Also included is an ANS from Sandburg stating: "the piety in the rhymed verses stinks with cant and hypocrisy and is abhorrent and loathsome. That's my testimony and evaluation." 2 items (28 leaves) 28 pp. F11 Revisions of introduction, . Ts (carbon), Ts (photocopy), and Ts bearing autograph revisions and deletions by Haverlin. Three copies of a revision of the introduction written by Sandburg. This draft varies from the final version. 3 items (27 leaves) 27 pp. F12 The Believer's Daily Treasure, 1852. Ts (carbon). Carbon copy of a transcript of the text of the devotional book which was used by Lincoln and the basis of Lincoln's Devotional. 1 item (191 leaves) 191 pp. F13 "How Many `Lincoln Bibles'?" [n.d.]. Ts (photocopy). Article from an unknown source written by Robert S. Barton. 1 item (12 leaves) 12 pp. F14 Miscellaneous, . Ts, photograph, and autograph. Includes a Ts statement by Bruce Catton to be used for advertising, a photograph of the printed blurb, and an autograph manuscript in an unidentified hand titled, "Chapter XI: Lincoln's Religion." 3 items (5 leaves) 5 pp. 2 Series III. The New American Songbag, 1949-1951. Compiled by Carl Sandburg with the assistance of Haverlin and BMI, the book was published by Harcourt, Brace and Company. This series includes letters to Sandburg from Haverlin, memoranda and notes among the BMI staff, correspondence with Harcourt, Brace and Co., and fan mail form radio stations about the book. Also included are carbons and drafts of the contract, ideas for songs to be included in the book, and other information. The material is arranged in ten folders: the first folder contains an endorsement by Bing Crosby, the second and third folders contain the remainder of the correspondence arranged chronologically. The remaining seven folders contain a contract, drafts of the foreword, proofs, material from Songs of America, and the publication announcement for The New American Songbag. F15 Bing Crosby endorsement, 1950. Telegram and ANS. ANS from Bing Crosby praising The New American Songbag. The statement was used in the advertising for the book. 2 items (2 leaves) 2 pp. F16 Correspondence, 1949-1950. TLSs, TL (carbon), TN, Ts, telegrams, autograph, TCS, and TNS. 78 items (86 leaves) 86 pp. F17 Correspondence, 1951-1963. TLSs, ALSs, TL (carbon)s, ACS, autograph, TN, Ts (mimeograph), drawing, and leather samples. 71 items (73 leaves) 73 pp. F18 Publishing Contract, 1950. TLSs, TL (carbon), and Ts (carbon) with Ts insertions and deletions. The contract is signed by Sandburg and Haverlin and each change in the contract bears the initials of both. Correspondence related to the contract is also included. 4 items (5 leaves) 5 pp. F19 Foreword, . Ts with autograph corrections by Sandburg. Original Ts of a draft of the foreword. 1 item (16 leaves) 16 pp. F20 Foreword, . Ts (carbon). Carbon copy of a revised draft of the foreword. 1 item (9 leaves) 9 pp. F21 Foreword, . Ts and Ts (carbon). Draft of the final version of the foreword. 1 item (9 leaves) 9 pp. 2 F22 "Second Proof," 1950. Galley Proofs with autograph corrections in an unidentified hand, dated October 18, 1950. Includes two sets of text with some duplicate galleys and one set of galleys for the index and foreword. 3 items (24 leaves). F23 Songs of America, [n.d.]. Photocopy. Photocopy of the title page and pages 1-11 of the text of Songs of America which was the predecessor to The New American Songbag. 1 item (7 leaves). F24 Announcement, [1950-1951]. Printed brochure. Three copies of the brochure announcing The New American Songbag. 3 item (3 leaves) 12 pp. 3 Series IV. Addresses, Speeches, and Remarks by Carl Sandburg, 1943-1961. Includes printed material and typescripts of various verbal presentations made by Carl Sandburg. Arranged chronologically by date of the address. F25 1943 February 7. "Meditation at Arlington." Printed broadside signed with autograph envelope. A broadside of the meditation delivered by Carl Sandburg on the G-E Mazda Lamp Hour of Charm. Inscribed to Carl Haverlin by Sandburg. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F26 1954 December 13. "Remarks by Carl Sandburg at Dedication of Overseas Press Club's Memorial Center (as Telecast on NBC-TV's `Dateline' Program." Ts (mimeograph) with autograph note. Ts (mimeograph) copy of a press release of remarks made by Carl Sandburg. The press release is dated January 10, 1955. Includes two copies, one bearing an autograph note to Haverlin. 2 items (4 leaves) 4 pp. F27 1959 February 12. "Carl Sandburg's Address Before Joint Session of Congress, February 12, 1959, to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Birth." Ts (photocopy) and printed. Ts (photocopy) of the advance release of the speech and an offprint of the speech from the Congressional Record. Also includes advertisements for a recording of this speech. 6 items (21 leaves) 34 pp. 3 F28 1959 November 19. "Speech of Carl Sandburg on the Gettysburg Battlefield, November 19, 1959." Ts and Ts (carbon) with Ts corrections. Includes a Ts (carbon) with Ts corrections of the original speech and a Ts transcript of the speech as delivered by Sandburg. Sandburg's additions to the speech are in parentheses. 2 items (10 leaves) 10 pp. F29 1961 March 4. "Address of Carl Sandburg Upon the Occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln, East Front of the United States Capitol, March 4, 1961." Ts (mimeograph). Transcript of the address. 1 item (7 leaves) 7 pp. F30 1961 Autumn. "Carl Sandburg." Printed copy and TN. Two copies of Envoy containing Carl Sandburg's "Address of Carl Sandburg Upon the Occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary Inaugural of Abraham Lincoln...." One copy has attached a TN. 3 items (15 leaves) 61 pp. Series V. Poetry Written by Carl Sandburg, 1946-1963. Includes printed, facsimile, and Ts (carbon) poems by Sandburg, as well as one poem set to music by E. Lang. Arranged alphabetically by titles of the poems. F31 "Culture Vultures," [n.d.]. Ts (carbon). Flat Rock, N.C. Poem bears a two-line note written by Sandburg. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F32 "The Gong on Time," 1963 January 3. Clipping. Poem by Sandburg printed in The Los Angeles Times Magazine. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F33 "Names," 1952 December 25. Printed facsimile. Includes printed facsimiles of both the autograph and Ts forms of this poem. The facsimiles were printed by Broadcast Music, Inc. as a keepsake to commemorate Carl Sandburg's 75th birthday. Also included is BMI reprint done in 1953. 3 items (3 leaves) 12 pp. F34 "Sunsets (Songs for a Sailor)," 1946. Printed score. Words for the song are from Sandburg's poem, "Sunsets," and the music is by E. Lang. Published by The Boston Music Company. 1 item (3 leaves) 11 pp. 3 Series VI. Other Material Written by Carl Sandburg, 1909-1951. Includes a preface, a prologue, and two essays by Sandburg. Also includes a galley for the introduction to a play written by Otto Harbach and based on Sandburg's Prairie Years. This series is arranged alphabetically by title of the work. F35 "Ever Normal Turmoil," 1950 October. Broadside. These words by Sandburg were originally written July 9, 1944. Two hundred copies were printed by Peregrine Press in San Francisco. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F36 "The Family of Man," . Broadside. "An Exhibition of Creative Photography, Dedicated to the Dignity of Man, with Examples from 68 Countries, conceived and executed by Edward Steichen, assisted by Wayne Miller; installation designed by Paul Rudolf." Carl Sandburg wrote the prologue. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F37 Galley Proof for Unidentified Title, 1950 September 21. Galley proof with autograph editorial markings in an unidentified hand and an autograph revision by Carl Sandburg. This galley is related to a playlet written by Otto Harbach based on Sandburg's Prairie Years and printed by Carl Haverlin. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F38 "Lincoln on Pennies," 1909 August 3. Ts transcript. A transcript of Sandburg's first printed piece. This piece on Abraham Lincoln appeared in the Milwaukee Daily News, August 3, 1909. 1 item (1 leaf) 1 p. F39 "Notes for a Preface to Complete Poems," . Ts (carbon). Bears an autograph note by Sandburg to Haverlin on the title page. Copy of Sandburg's draft for a preface for his Complete Poems. 1 item (13 leaves) 13 pp. Series VII. Programs of Events Involving or Honoring Sandburg, 1953-1961. Three programs include the Annual Lincoln Award Dinner, Carl Sandburg's 75th Birthday, and a program of the Modern Poetry Association. Arranged chronologically by date of the event. F40 1953 January 6. "Carl Sandburg: 75th Birthday Dinner." Printed program. Program includes a menu and a list of guests at the speaker's table. 2 items (2 leaves) 6 pp. 3 F41 1956 November 18. "An Afternoon With Carl Sandburg." Printed program. Program presented by the Modern Poetry Association. Includes a facsimile of an autograph copy of Sandburg's poem, "Chicago." 1 item (1 leaf) 5 pp. F42 1961 February 11. "The Annual Lincoln Award Dinner." Printed program. Washington, D.C. Program is signed by Carl and Helga Sandburg and bears an autograph inscription to Haverlin from Sandburg: "Let Carl Haverlin take the oath and be discharged. A. Lincoln." 1 item (1 leaf) 4 pp. with envelope. Series VIII. Clippings and Photocopies of Items About Sandburg, 1925-1964. Includes news stories about Sandburg, reviews of some of his books, reports of his public readings or speeches. F43 Clippings, 1951-1964. Taken from newspapers and magazines. 19 items (20 leaves) 24 pp. F44 Photocopies of Clippings, 1925-1960. Photocopies and Ts (carbon). Most of the copies are from 1939 and consist of reviews of Sandburg's Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. Also includes a typescript carbon transcript of various reviews. 31 items (36 leaves) 36 pp. Series IX. Photographs of Carl Sandburg, 1956 and [n.d.]. F45 Photographs, 1956 and [n.d.]. Includes photographs of Sandburg at various times and places. Some of the photographs are credited to Broadcast Music Inc. One photograph has an ANS attached which identifies the persons in the photograph. 41 items (41 leaves).
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