Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Rensch mss., 1950-1969, consist of letters to Carl Harrison Rensch, 1888-1982, accountant and book collector of Terre Haute, Indiana, and other papers regarding the works of George Alfred Henty, 1832-1902, author of books for boys.

Rensch, born in Omaha, Nebraska, and a graduate of Alexander Hamilton Institute, became employed in accounting procedures for the Union Pacific Railroad and Burroughs Corporation. Later he installed machine accounting systems for defense plants in the Chicago area and at Northwestern University. Upon retirement he served in a research capacity for firms in Wilmette, Illinois, and at Terre Haute.

Biographical material for Rensch includes a photograph taken at age ninety.

The correspondents are Bernard James Farmer, Peter Martin, and Carl Harrison Rensch.

The Henty bibliography by Roderick Stuart Kennedy and Farmer, published in mimeo form in 1955, accompanies the collection. Inscribed by Farmer, 8-1-57, it bears additional notes in Rensch's hand. Another Henty bibliography (17 typed pages), and five printed Blackie & Sons leaflets advertising Henty books, are filed with the Kennedy and Farmer work.

Notes by Rensch on the topic Cure for Insomnia, undated, supported by several printed and typed articles, 1947-1974, complete the material. The articles are concerned with book lists and other information about Henty, Horatio Alger, L. Frank Baum, Rider Haggard, Rex Stout, and Jules Verne.

Collection size: 15 items

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