Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

WENNING MSS.

The Wenning mss., 1958-1987, consist of appraisals, correspondence, invoices and sales records, and catalogues of Henry W. Wenning, 1911-1987, a rare book dealer specializing in modern first editions. Wenning entered the rare book business in 1958, as the proprietor of Henry W. Wenning Rare Books in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1967 he closed this business, selling his entire stock to York University, and accepted a position at Washington University Library in St. Louis, Missouri. At the last minute, however, Wenning changed his mind about the library position, and instead joined the firm of C. A. Stonehill in partnership with Robert Barry, Sr. and Robert Barry, Jr. He continued in the rare book trade until July 1971, when he returned to his previous career as a consultant with the Martin E. Segal Company.

The collection is arranged in the following series: Biographical; Appraisals; Correspondence; Invoices; Business and Sales Records; Catalogues; Henry W. Wenning, Publisher records; Printed Materials. The bulk of the material in this collection dates from the period 1967-1971, when Wenning was at C.A. Stonehill. However, some of the appraisals, catalogues, and book publishing records date from his earlier business, 1958-1967.

The correspondence includes other book dealers such as Andreas Brown, Robert Hawley, Peter Howard, Richard Mohr, Anthony Rota, and Robert Wilson; private collectors, including Matthew Bruccoli, Jonathan Goodwin, and Murrell Lewis; and libraries, including Indiana University, Kent State, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, University of Wisconsin, and Yale. There is a particularly large amount of correspondence between Wenning and his main institutional customer, Washington University in St. Louis. Some of the individual albeit less frequent correspondents include Leonie Adams, Samuel Beckett, Alan Brilliant, C.E. Frazer Clark, Alan Clodd, Malcolm Cowley, Robert Creeley, Babette Deutsch, Donald Clifford Gallup, Walter Samuel Hamady, John Clendennin Burne Hawkes, Granville Hicks, David Ignatow, James Laughlin, Walter Lowenfels, William John Matheson, David Meltzer, Michael Millgate, Breon Mitchell, Anais Nin, Norman Holmes Pearson, and Jonathan Chamberlain Williams.

Henry W. Wenning, Publisher files include records for: Book of Resemblances by Robert Duncan (1966); Blowing of the Seed by William Everson (1966) and T.S. Eliot & Ezra Pound: A Collaboration in Letters, edited by Donald Gallup (1970). Printed items include a file of three catalogues of Roman Books, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Wenning provided Jim Roman the majority of the books that formed that dealer's beginnings.

Purchase. Serendipity Books, Berkeley CA. 1998

Contents
  • Series:
    • Box 1:
      • Biographical
      • Appraisals
      • Correspondence: A - Black Sparrow Press, 1970
    • Boxes 2-6: Correspondence: Black Sparrow Press, 1971 - Z
    • Boxes 6-8: Invoices
    • Box 8:
      • Business and Sales Records
      • Catalogues
      • Henry W. Wenning, publisher
      • Printed Material
Box/Folder List
  • Box 1
    • Biographical: Recollection of Wenning] by Robert Barry, Jr. Talk given at Henry Wenning Memorial Service, June 22, 1987 at the New York office of Martin E. Segal Co.
    • Appraisals
      • Aiken, Conrad
      • Brooks, Van Wyck
      • Carpenter, Margaret
      • Cowley, Malcolm
      • cummings, e.e.
      • Gordon, Dorothy
      • Ignatow, David
      • Kerr, Sophie
      • Laughlin, James
      • Maas, Willard
      • Mack, Maynard
      • Norman, Dorothy
      • Odets, Walter W.
      • Olson, Charles
      • Philbrick, Charles
      • Washington University, 1964-1968 (3 folders)
      • Washington University: George Marion O'Donnell
      • Wesleyan University
      • Wesleyan University: Albert Schweitzer
      • Wisdom, William B.
      • Yale University
      • Yale University: Barnaby Conrad
      • Yeats, W.B.
    • Correspondence, 1961-1963: miscellaneous
    • Correspondence, 1964-1971: A-Z
      • A Miscellaneous (3 folders)
      • Adams, Leonie
      • Asphodel Bookshop (3 folders)
      • Atkins, Thomas R.
      • B Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Barker, George, Collection
      • Baskin, Leonard
      • Beckett, Samuel
      • Black, Robert K.
      • Black Sparrow Press, 1967-1970 (8 folders)
  • Box 2
    • Correspondence (cont.):
      • Black Sparrow Press, 1971
      • The Bookman (3 folders)
      • Brown, Andreas, 1966 [for later correspondence See Gotham Book Mart]
      • Bruccoli, Matthew (4 folders)
      • Busfield, Bernard
      • Butterworth, John R. (2 folders)
      • C Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Calder and Boyars, Ltd. (4 folders)
      • California State Polytechnic College
      • Clark, C.E. Frazer (3 folders)
      • Clifford, Stanley (5 folders)
      • Clodd, Alan (4 folders)
      • Country Squires Books (4 folders)
      • Creeley, Robert
      • Currey, Lloyd W. (3 folders)
      • D Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Deutsch, Babette
      • Dzierbicki, Ronald L. (4 folders)
      • E Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Les Editions de Minuit (3 folders)
      • Everson, William
      • F Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Faber and Faber, Ltd. (5 folders)
      • G Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Goodwin, Jonathan (Mr. and Mrs.) (4 folders)
      • Gotham Book Mart (4 folders)
  • Box 3
    • Correspondence (cont.):
      • H Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Hamady, Walter (2 folders)
      • Harvard University Library (3 folders)
      • Hawkes, John
      • Hicks, Granville
      • Hoagland, Clayton
      • Hollings, Frank (Bookseller) (3 folders)
      • I Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Indiana University (3 folders)
      • International Bookfinders (7 folders)
      • J Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • K Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Kent State University (4 folders)
      • Keynes, Quentin (4 folders)
      • Kiphuth, Delaney
      • Kobler, John (4 folders)
      • L Miscellaneous (6 folders)
      • Laughlin, James
      • Lewis, Murrell (4 folders)
      • Lowenfels, Walter (3 folders)
      • M Miscellaneous (6 folders)
  • Box 4
    • Correspondence (cont.):
      • Manus Presse (5 folders)
      • Meltzer, David (3 folders)
      • Miller, A. T. (Dusty)
      • Millett, Fred B. (2 folders)
      • Millgate, Michael (3 folders)
      • Mitchell, Breon (3 folders)
      • N Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Newman, Julia (2 folders)
      • Nin, Anais
      • Nothmann, N. C. (3 folders)
      • O Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Ohio State University (3 folders)
      • Oyez (Robert Hawley) (7 folders)
      • P Miscellaneous (5 folders)
      • Pearson, Norman Holmes (2 folders)
      • Phoenix Bookshop (4 folders)
      • Publishers (6 folders)
      • Q Miscellaneous (3 folders)
      • R Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Rota, Bertram Ltd. (4 folders)
      • S Miscellaneous, 1966-1969 (5 folders)
  • Box 5
    • Correspondence (cont.):
      • S Miscellaneous, 1970 (2 folders)
      • Serendipity Books (5 folders)
      • Siegel, Daniel G. (2 folders)
      • Simon Fraser University (2 folders)
      • Stonehill (Bob Barry, Jr.)
      • T Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Tenney, Charles H. (3 folders)
      • U Miscellaneous, 1968 (2 folders)
      • Unicorn Press and Bookshop (4 folders)
      • University of California, Los Angeles
      • University of California, Santa Cruz (3 folders)
      • University of Iowa
      • University of Wisconsin (4 folders)
      • V Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • W Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • Wallrich, Larry A. (4 folders)
      • Washington University, 1964-1969 (21 folders)
  • Box 6
    • Correspondence (cont.):
      • Washington University, 1970-1971 (7 folders)
      • Wesleyan University (5 folders)
      • Williams, Jonathan (2 folders)
      • Y Miscellaneous (4 folders)
      • York University (3 folders)
    • Invoices
      • 1967-1969 (arranged alphabetically) (31 folders)
      • Misc. invoices, 1968-1970 (incl. Manus Presse & G.R. Minkoff, etc.)
      • 1970-1971 (arranged alphabetically), A-B (2 folders)
  • Box 7
    • Invoices
      • 1970-1971 (cont.), C-Z (21 folders)
      • 1967-1970 (arranged chronologically) (16 folders)
  • Box 8
    • Invoices
      • 1971 (arranged chronologically) (2 folders)
    • Business and sales records:
      • "Release of Lease" Dec. 1966
      • "Credits Issued" 1967-1971
      • Postal insurance receipts, 1967-1971
      • Postal ledgers (i.e. packages mailed), 1969-1971
      • Sales Ledger, Vol. I: 1967-1969; Vol. II: 1970-1971
      • Sales Records: 1967-1971 (2 folders)
      • Sales Totals: 1967-1971
    • Catalogues
      • Henry W. Wenning, Rare Books: Catalogues 1-10 (1958-1966) [cat. #2 is marked copy]; Supplementary Lists 1 & 2 (1962, 1965) (3 folders)
      • Henry W. Wenning/C.A. Stonehill, Inc. Rare Books: Catalogues 1-2 (1968; 1969. 2 copies of each, both marked); Supplementary Lists 1-2 (Oct. 1969; Oct. 1970. 2 copies each, both marked); Recent Acquisitions 1 (1970. 2 copies, both marked); Recent Acquisitions 2 (1970. 3 copies, 2 marked); Recent Acquisitions 3 (1971. 3 copies, 2 marked) (5 folders)
    • Henry W. Wenning, Publisher, records
      • Record book of expenses in publishing Book of Resemblances, by Robert Duncan. 1966
      • Record book for Blowing of the Seed by William Everson. 1966
      • Re: Wenning/Stonehill publication of T.S. Eliot & Ezra Pound: A Collaboration in Letters, edited by Donald Gallup. 1970
    • Printed materials
      • Roman Books, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL: catalogues #2 & 3; Supplementary List One
      • Miscellaneous printed (2 items)

Collection size: 9,000 items

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