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Edward William Bok correspondence

Ms. Coll. 944

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
Creator:
Bok, Edward William, 1863-1930
Title:
Edward William Bok correspondence
Date [inclusive]:
1881-1913
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 944
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet (1 box)
Language:
English
Abstract:
Edward William Bok was a publisher who came to the United States from the Netherlands with his parents at the age of six. This collection contains correspondence to Bok from various writers and actors spanning the years 1881 to 1913.
Cite as:
Edward William Bok correspondence, 1881-1913, Ms. Coll. 944, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

Edward William Bok was a publisher who came to the United States from the Netherlands with his parents at the age of six. He began working in publishing at the age of thirteen. He founded the Brooklyn Magazine and, in 1886, he established the Bok Syndicate Press. Mr. Bok became editor of  Ladies' Home Journal in 1889. In 1896, Bok married Mary Louise Curtis (1876-1970), the daughter of  Ladies' Home Journal publisher, Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis (1850-1933). He worked as an editor at Curtis Publishing for thirty years before retiring at the end of 1919. He wrote a Pulitzer Prize winning autobiography entitled the  Americanization of Edward Bok. Mr. Bok also had an autograph letter collection that he kept and expanded throughout his life.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence to Bok from various writers and actors spanning the years 1881 to 1913. Some letters from authors are in response to requests by Bok for stories or poems. Other letters are requests meetings and social events. Some letters respond to articles printed in Ladies' Home Journal. The letters are arranged alphabetically by correspondent and some letters are undated.

There is original poetry and verse included in the correspondence as well. There are two typescript poems by James Whitcomb Riley (Folder 13). Correspondence from Oliver Wendell Holmes contains an original verse and a signed photograph to Bok dated 1890 (Folder 7). A letter from Eugene Field contains a clipping of a false engagement, relating to a practical joke he played on Bok (Folder 2). Another letter from Field contains an original Valentine verse. Algernon Charles Swinburne wrote a note fulfilling Bok's request for an autograph (Folder 14). There is one image signed by Frederic William Goudy.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts,  2015 April 14

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Nicole Love

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may exist. For most library holdings, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Custodial History note

Sold by David J. Holmes Autographs (Hamilton, New York), 2013.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Correspondence
  • Manuscripts, American--19th century
  • Manuscripts, American--20th century
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Poems
Subject(s)
  • Authors and publishers
  • Authors, American--19th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
  • Autographs--Collections
  • Periodical editors
  • Publishers and publishing--United States--History--20th century

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Alcott, Louisa May, 1853-1888.

1 1

Field, Eugene, 1891-1892.

1 2

Fiske, Minnie Madden, undated.

1 3

Forbes-Robertson, Johnston, Sir, 1913.

1 4

Garland, Hamlin, undated.

1 5

Goudy, Frederic W. (Frederic William), undated.

1 6

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1881-1890.

1 7

Howe, Julia Ward, 1881-1891.

1 8

Jefferson, Joseph, 1903.

1 9

Mansfield, Richard, 1900.

1 10

Palmer, Alice Freeman, 1886.

1 11

Patti, Adelina, 1882-1892.

1 12

Riley, James Whitcomb, 1888-1892.

1 13

Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1884.

1 15

Wilson, Francis, 1891.

1 16