Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Mellett mss., 1920-1973, are the correspondence and writings of John Calvin Mellett, 1888-1976, author and journalist. Member of a prominent Indiana journalist family, Mellett graduated from Indiana University, taught at the University of Maine, worked with the federal government in Washington, D.C. during World War I, and later became active as an executive with Indiana utilities. His short stories and novels reflect his experiences in the field of sports, in the newspaper and magazine world, in the utilities industry, and with the government during the time of President Wilson. He sometimes wrote under the pseudonym of Jonathan Brooks.

Biographical accounts of Mellett may be found in Arthur W. Shumaker, A History of Indiana Literature, Indiana Historical Society, 1962, pages 551-554, and in Gretchen Alise Kemp, Representative Hoosiers in Journalism, Master's thesis at the University of Wisconsin, 1942, pages 80-85.

Correspondents in this collection are Hugh Arthur Barnhart, Edwin Harrison Cady, Hubert Howard Hawkins, Gretchen Alise Kemp, James Arthur Stuart, Fred Wellman, Kenneth Leon Wilson.

Related materials to this collection may be found in the John Calvin Mellett file of the Bobbs-Merrill mss.

The writings of Mellett, a Gaar Williams drawing for one of his stories, and an article on football as seen by the author's nephew David L. Mellett are described in more detail in the Manuscripts Catalog.

Collection size: 18 items

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.