Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Randall mss., 1910-1975, consist of the papers of David Anton Randall, 1905-1975, bookman and first Lilly Librarian.

Career: Born April 5, 1905 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania; graduated cum laude from Harrisburg Academy in 1924; received his B.A. from Lehigh University in 1928; entered Harvard Law School but left shortly to join an antiquarian book firm in New York; 1935 became manager of the Rare Book Department of Charles Scribner's Sons in New York Scribner Bookstore and remained so until 1956; July 1, 1956 joined the faculty of Indiana University as Lilly Librarian and Professor of Bibliography; died May 25, 1975 in Bloomington, Indiana, one month before his retirement from the University.

The papers consist of correspondence, bibliographical notations, notes for talks and addresses, and some of John Carter's Scribner's London Office files that were in Mr. Randall's possession. The vast majority of the papers date between 1940 and 1956, or just prior to the Lilly Library position.

Correspondents include: Reginald Allen, Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith, Edwin John Beinecke, Josiah Qunicy Bennett, Whitman Bennett, Jacob Nathaniel Blanck, Fredson Thayer Bowers, Witter Bynner, Cecil Kash Byrd, John Waynflete Carter, Bennett Alfred Cerf, Harry Bacon Collamore, Hawley Harvey Crippen, Barton Wood Currie, Loren K. Davidson, Estelle Betzold Doheny, Edmund Hunt Dring, Max Eastman, Bernard James Farmer, Charles E. Feinberg, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Constance Kyrle Fletcher, Douglas Southall Freeman, Harry James Greenwall, Edward T. Guymon, Menno Hertzberger, Arthur Amory Houghton, Warren R. Howell, William Alexander Jackson, Elizabeth Jennings, James Keddie, Meyer Kestnbaum, Raphael King, Eli Lilly, Josiah Kirby Lilly, Sr., Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Evrett Weir MacDiarmid, Frederic Gershom Melcher, Lucille V. Miller, Robert Alexander Miller, James Montgomery, Christopher Darlington Morley, Percival Horace Muir, Lawrence Clark Powell, John Cowper Powys, Charles Russ Richards, Michael Sadleir, George Schieffelin, Victor Scholderer, Ellen Kate Shaffer, Robert Metcalf Smith, Daisy (Stieber) Squandra, Frederic Dorr Steele, Aubrey Drummond Tennyson, Nathan Van Patten, Alexander D. Wainwright, Edgar Huldekoper Wells, Carroll Atwood Wilson, Shelley Wilson, Donald Goddard Wing, Robert Lee Wolff, James Aiken Work.

John Carter's Scribner files follow the Randall papers proper and have been retained as arranged by Carter. The folders in this group are: Alder-Barrett, P.H., Alice in wonderland, 1951; Munby, A.N.L., correspondence, 1951-52; Murray-Hill, Peter, 1947-52; Miscellaneous correspondence, 1952-1953; Oakeshott, Dr. Walter-Raleigh mss. notebook, 1952- 1953; Sencourt, Robert - Esdaile-Shelley mss., 1950-1951; Zaehnsdorf ltd. - completed orders, 1952-1953.

See the Manuscripts catalog for further description of some 40 of the items transferred to Manuscripts by David A. Randall prior to his death.

The remainder were transferred from the Lilly Library Administrative Office, June 1975.

The autobiographical work of Randall entitled Dukedom Large Enough, published by Random House in 1969 (Lilly Z280 .R18) was transferred to the Public Services Department in September, 1977. This included a letter of transmittal from the publisher in 1969, typescript and xerox copies of the volume, four galleys with corrections, a set of page proofs, and a publicity notice.

993 items

Additions to the collection include Randall's files relating to the Bibliographical Society of America and to the funding and establishment of the Bibliography of American Literature. Correspondents are Jacob Nathaniel Blanck, William Alexander Jackson, Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., David Anton Randall, Thomas Winthrop Streeter, and Carroll Atwood Wilson. Other items present include two progress reports by Jacob Blanck, 1944, a Preface and Plan for the Bibliography, and copies of the reports for 1971 and 1973.

61 items

Collection size: 61 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.