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Guide to the Will Cuppy Papers circa 1884-1949

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Cuppy, Will. Papers

Dates:

circa 1884-1949

Size:

70 linear feet (125 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

William Jacob ("Will") Cuppy was an American humorist and journalist, best known for his satirical books: How to be a Hermit (1929), How to Tell your Friends from the Apes (1931), How to Attract the Wombat (1949), and The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950), as well as his numerous articles and book reviews. The Will Cuppy Papers consist largely of index card files containing story leads, jokes, factoids, trivia, and personal reminders. The collection also contains correspondence, drafts and manuscripts of his writings, clippings, magazines, books, photographs, illustrations, scrapbooks, artifacts and journals.

Information on Use

Access

Series IX: Journals includes material restricted by the donor. Researchers will need to consult with staff before requesting materials from this series. The remainder of the collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Cuppy, Will. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

William Jacob ("Will") Cuppy was an American humorist and journalist, best known for his satirical books How to be a Hermit (1929), How to Tell your Friends from the Apes (1931), How to Attract the Wombat (1949), and The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950). He also wrote numerous essays, scripts, and reviews dealing with the animal kingdom, world history, crime fiction, and his personal life.

Cuppy was born and grew up in Auburn, Indiana, spending his summers at the family farm near South Whitley, where he discovered his first interest in the animal world. In 1902, he entered the University of Chicago and remained there for the next 12 years studying literature, although he devoted more attention to his work as a campus reporter for the Chicago Record-Herald and the Chicago Daily News. He was also involved in amateur theatre. Upon finishing his BA in 1907, he decided to stay on and pursue a PhD in English literature. Cuppy's first book, Maroon Tales (1910), was a collection of humorous stories about student life at the University of Chicago. Cuppy eventually lost interest in his PhD and left the university in 1914, after turning in his Master's thesis, "The Elizabethan Conception of Prose Style."

Cuppy then moved to New York City and began working as a copywriter to support himself while pursuing his own literary projects. He briefly served in the US military near the end of the First World War, but did not leave the country in his post in the motor transport corps. Around this time, he began writing for the New York Tribune (and later its successor, the New York Herald Tribune) where his old college friend, Burton Rascoe, was literary editor. From 1924 until his death, he was a staff reviewer at the New York Herald Tribune.

Cuppy despised the noise and hectic pace of life in Manhattan, blaming it for his lack of success as a serious writer. He retreated to a shack made of clapboard, tarpaper, and tin sheeting on Jones Island off the coast of Long Island's South Shore in 1921. He later named his 'estate' "Tottering-on-the-brink". Though he continued to publish, he led a hermit-like existence there for the next eight years. He noted occasional encounters with the crew of the Zachs Inlet Coast Guard Station, who provided food and assistance to the writer, even rowing him ashore for his meetings in the city. Cuppy was eventually forced to give up permanent residence on the island with the expansion of the Jones Beach State Park near the end of the decade, but he received a special dispensation from the chairman of the New York state council of parks, which allowed him to keep the shack. Cuppy's second book, How to be a Hermit, published in 1929, was a humorous look at home economics and the life of a confirmed bachelor, based on his experiences. The book was a best-seller.

Though he became a well-known figure in the New York literary scene and also enjoyed popular success, Cuppy was a self-proclaimed curmudgeon, who often avoided social interaction. After being forced back to the city in 1929, he became an urban hermit in his apartment in Greenwich Village, sleeping during the day and working until the early hours of the morning. Though it was now in the middle of a state park, he continued to periodically retreat to his shack in search of solitude.

In the early 1930s, Cuppy tried his hand at radio and the lecture circuit, but was unsuccessful, due in part to his nervous manner of speaking. He briefly had a 15-minute long radio program with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in 1933, in which he and an actress discussed being a hermit, historical figures, food, animals and Cuppy's pet peeves. It was cancelled within six months due to its lack of broad appeal.

Many of the essays that would form his next three books, How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes (1931), How to Become Extinct (1941), and How to Attract the Wombat (1949), were first published as articles in the Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, the magazine For Men, and other publications. A compilation, The Great Bustard and Other People, containing How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes and How to Become Extinct, was published in 1944.

Cuppy's steadiest source of income was reviewing mystery and crime fiction for the weekly column "Mystery and Adventure" in the New York Herald Tribune. Cuppy reportedly read and reviewed more than 4,000 novels over the course of his career. He claimed to have an alter ego, "Oswald Terwilliger," whom he put to work reviewing murder mysteries while Cuppy pursued more dignified literary projects. Cuppy also edited several collections of murder mysteries, including World's Great Mystery Stories: American and English Masterpieces (1943), World's Great Detective Stories: American and English Masterpieces (1943) and Murder Without Tears: An Anthology of Crime (1946).

Near the end of his life, Cuppy suffered from depression and chronic poor health. Threatened with eviction from his apartment, he committed suicide by a fatal dose of sleeping pills on September 19, 1949. His cremated remains were buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Auburn, Indiana in an unmarked grave until 1985, when local donors erected a granite headstone with the inscription, "American Humorist".

Cuppy's last book, The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, was published posthumously in 1950. It was based on Cuppy's notes and drafts, sorted and assembled by Cuppy's long-time editor and literary executor, Fred Feldkamp, and Feldkamp's wife, Phyllis. Cuppy had been researching the book for more than sixteen years and was close to completing it. The book spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list, and went through several reprints. Feldkamp also arranged for another unfinished project to be published in 1951: the satirical almanac How to Get from January to December, featuring a humorous essay for every day of the year.

Scope Note

The Will Cuppy Papers consist largely of index card files containing story leads, jokes, factoids, trivia, and personal reminders. The collection also contains correspondence, drafts and manuscripts of his writings, clippings, magazines, books, photographs, illustrations, scrapbooks, artifacts and journals. The collection spans the 1880s-1949, though most materials are undated.

Cuppy's writing method involved jotting ideas down on index cards, filed according to categories of his own devising. He collected a variety of research material related to the topic, primarily clippings. Cuppy continually reorganized the material as he added to his research on a given topic. The original organization of the collection has been preserved as much as possible, retaining the original labels and Cuppy's hierarchy of categories.

The collections is organized into ten series:

Series I: Books, consists of index card files and clippings related to Cuppy's published books How to be a Hermit (1929), How to Attract the Wombat (1949), The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950) and How to Get from January to December (1951).

Series II: Topical, consists of index card files and clippings on a variety of topics that Cuppy wrote about, including the animal kingdom, world history, and food. As a reviewer of crime fiction, Cuppy also kept notes related to this genre.

Series III: Correspondence, contains incoming and outgoing correspondence between Will Cuppy and his family, friends, and professional connections. Material spans the 1920s-1940s. It is organized alphabetically by correspondent.

Series IV: Manuscripts, Notes and Clippings, contains manuscripts, notes, and clippings related to Cuppy’s books. Material is organized alphabetically by subject and title.

Series V: University of Chicago, contains materials from Cuppy’s time as a student at the University of Chicago, 1902-1914. These include convocation programs and course work, including a manuscript for his thesis, “The Elizabethan Conception of Prose Style.” It also contains clippings related to Maroon Tales, his first book. Material is undated unless otherwise specified, and organized alphabetically by subject.

Series VI: Scrapbooks, contains Cuppy’s bound scrapbooks, dating from the 1920s through 1940s. They document publicity for Cuppy’s books, arranged chronologically. Publicity scrapbooks are followed by his “Thought for the Day!” scrapbooks from the 1930s.

Series VII: Photographs and Illustrations, contains photographs documenting Cuppy’s childhood, student days, and life as a hermit. It also contains illustrations by William Steig.

Series VIII: Publications, contains magazines and pamphlets collected by Cuppy. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series IX: Journals, contains Cuppy’s journals and personal index file cards. The journals begin in 1916 and are numbered but undated. The journals are followed by index files on various topics, listed with Cuppy’s headings and arranged in the order in which he bundled them. This series requires donor permission for access.

Series X: Oversize and Artifacts, contains advertisements, clippings, and typescripts from Series IV. It includes a framed certificate from the Guild of Former Pipe Organ Pumpers. They are arranged alphabetically by topic.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Series I: Books

This series is primarily comprised of index card files and clippings related to Cuppy's published books How to be a Hermit (1929), How to Attract the Wombat (1949), The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950) and How to Get from January to December (1951).

Materials are organized into four subseries:

Subseries 1: How to Be a Hermit (1929), consists of material relating to How to be a Hermit (1929) and a later reprint.

Subseries 2: How to Attract the Wombat (1949), consists of material about the animals represented in How to Attract the Wombat (1949). This series is organized roughly according to the original chapter order of the book; however, some animals represented in the notes did not receive an essay in the final publication, and not all of the animals in the book are represented in the notes.

Subseries 3: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950), consists of material on the historical figures represented in Cuppy's posthumously published book The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950). Though Cuppy collected notes on Betsy Ross, the seamstress credited with making the first American flag, she also was not included in the published book. This series is organized according to the chapter order of the book, with the notes on Betsy Ross at the end of the subseries.

Subseries 4: How to Get from January to December (1951), consists of material relating to Cuppy's almanac project, posthumously published as How to Get from January to December (1951).

Manuscripts, drafts, large clippings, and other material related to Cuppy's books are found in Series IV: Manuscripts, Notes and Clippings.

Subseries 1: How to be a Hermit (1929)

Box 1

Hermit, introduction to reprint

Box 1

Old house décor, hermiting

Box 2

Old hermit memoirs

Subseries 2: How to Attract the Wombat (1949)

Box 3

Mouse, rat, squirrel

Box 4

Rabbit, armadillo, porcupine

Box 5

Tapir, llama and alpaca, anteater, yak

Box 6

Warthog, opossum, kangaroo, koala

Box 7

Koala, Tasmanian wolf, bandicoot, wombat

Box 8

"The Poet and the Nautilus," frog

Box 9

Toad

Box 10

Salamander, newt

Box 11

Oyster, clam

Box 12

Snail, octopus

Box 13

Squid, sea serpent

Box 14

Ant

Box 15

Bee

Box 16

Cricket, mosquito

Box 17

Gnat, butterfly

Box 18

Beetle, firefly, ladybug

Box 19

Flea, fly

Box 20

Ostrich, emu, kiwi

Box 21

Moa, pelican

Box 22

Duck, goose

Box 23

Swan, scorpion

Box 24

Earthworm

Subseries 3: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody (1950)

Box 25

Cheops

Box 26

Cheops, Hatshepsut

Box 27

Hatshepsut, Pericles

Box 28

Pericles

Box 29

Alexander the Great

Box 30

Hannibal

Box 31

Hannibal, Cleopatra

Box 32

Nero

Box 33

Attila the Hun

Box 34

Charlemagne

Box 35

Charlemagne, Lady Godiva, Lucrezia Borgia

Box 36

Lucrezia Borgia, Philip the Sap, Louis XIV

Box 37

Louis XIV

Box 38

Madame DuBarry

Box 39

Peter the Great

Box 40

Catherine the Great

Box 41

Frederick the Great

Box 42

William the Conqueror

Box 43

William the Conqueror, Henry VIII

Box 44

Henry VIII, Elizabeth

Box 45

George III, Leif the Lucky

Box 46

Columbus

Box 47

Montezuma

Box 48

John Smith, Miles Standish

Box 49

Miles Standish, Betsy Ross

Subseries 4: How to Get from January to December (1951)

Box 50

Months by dates

Box 50

Months with dates

Box 51

Months, dates

Box 51

Months

Box 52

Months - subjects, sorted but no dates

Series II: Topical

This series consists mainly of index card files and clippings on a variety of topics that Cuppy wrote about, including the animal kingdom, world history, and food. As a reviewer of crime fiction, Cuppy also kept notes related to this genre.

Materials are organized into seven subseries, each organized alphabetically: Subseries 1: Animals; Subseries 2: History; Subseries 3: Humor and Quotes; Subseries 4: Lectures and Speeches; Subseries 5: Food; Subseries 6: Crime Fiction; and Subseries 7: General.

Manuscripts, drafts, large clippings, and other material related to Cuppy's books are found in Series IV: Manuscripts, Notes and Clippings; and in Series X: Oversize.

Subseries 1: Animals

Box 52

Animal talk (Our Dumb Friends)

Box 53

Animal talk, monkeys, Argosy article

Box 53

Apes, for Times article

Box 54

Apes, for Times article

Box 54

Bat, whale, beaver, bear, platypus, aardvark

Box 55

Birds used in apes book

Box 55

Buffalo, cat, dog, cow, etc., camel, hog, goat

Box 56

Buffalo, cat, dog, wow, etc., camel, hog, goat

Box 56

Carlton Brown, Mom, Strange Pets

Box 57

Elephant, giraffe, sloth, hyena, lion, tiger, rhino, hippo, zebra

Box 57

Extinct - 6 Animals

Box 58

Extinct - 6 Animals

Box 58

Fish, out of water

Box 59

Fish, blenny, s. mackerel, perch, salmon, pike, silurus

Box 59

Fish, carp, minnow, goldfish, herring, cod, stickleback

Box 60

Fish, carp, minnow, goldfish, herring, cod, stickleback

Box 60

Fish, sex, seahorses

Box 61

Fur

Box 61

Garters, boas, viper, rattler, cobra, hog-nosed

Box 62

Gibbon & I

Box 62

Glen snake, chameleon, crocodile, alligator, tortoise, turtle

Box 63

Groundhog, woodchuck, antelopes (funny ones), bear, eras, ages of earth

Box 63

Horse

Box 63

I ought to know, vanishing birds, whooping crane

Box 64

In the water

Box 64

Insect article - spider

Box 64

Insect - pests

Box 65

Insect - pests

Box 65

Language of fish, noisy fish, intelligence of brain, experiments

Box 66

New snake article, own your own

Box 66

Pets

Box 67

Pets

Box 67

Pets, tasmanian devil, Miss Hobley's slow-worm

Box 68

Robin, display, peacock, spring - magnolias

Box 68

Skink, marsupial stuff, display bird, mating-sex

Box 69

Skink, marsupial stuff, display bird, mating-sex

Box 69

Steller's sea cow, fossils

Box 70

Wren, penguin, hen and rooster

Subseries 2: History

Box 70

Dauphin, eccentrics, humor, sayings, art

Box 71

Foreword, why write the past?, history, before the Greeks

Box 71

Individuals - forces, twerp theory, great men

Box 72

Man of feeling - Faust, fur hat cossack piece

Box 72

Names

Box 73

Names

Box 73

Thais III

Box 74

Thais III

Box 74

Thais IV

Box 75

Thinkers - Arist., Socrates, Greeks, Diogenes

Box 76

Thinkers - more slant on murderers and some suspects, some ancients

Box 76

Thinkers - Egypt, wisdom - wise men, science - religion, calendar

Box 77

Thinkers - Egypt, wisdom - wise men, science - religion, calendar

Box 77

Wilberforce

Box 78

Wilberforce

Subseries 3: Humor and Quotes

Box 78

Art of conversation

Box 79

Art of conversation

Box 79

For an article on humor

Box 79

Humor comments

Box 80

Humor of great

Box 80

Royal romps

Box 80

Sayings

Box 81

Sayings

Box 81

Theory of humor, books - serious, comedy, farce

Subseries 4: Lectures and Speeches

Box 81

Earlier lecture

Box 82

Lecture, career

Subseries 5: Food

Box 83

Favorite foods, aversions to

Box 84

Food

Box 84

Food of the great

Box 85

Food of the great

Box 85

More food of great, coffee

Subseries 6: Crime Fiction

Box 86

Caledonia

Box 86

MBM articles, murders in good taste, ("We are all talented killers!"), the ideal murder (no Chinaman), college

Box 86

Reviewing

Box 86

Unidentified files

Box 87

Suspense, psychological novel, love life of detectives, play fair

Subseries 7: General

Box 87

Allergies

Box 88

Am I Musical

Box 88

Blanket, alphabet

Box 89

Budget, memoirs

Box 89

OED, garden book

Box 89

Unidentified files

Box 90

Unidentified files

Box 91

Radio program, mystery man

Box 91

Science

Box 91

Unidentified files

Box 93

Science

Box 93

Unidentified files

Box 94

Food

Box 94

Noise

Box 94

Unidentified files

Box 95

Unidentified files

Series III: Correspondence

Box 96   Folder 1

Correspondence, A-B

Box 96   Folder 2-3

Correspondence, Chambrun, Jacques

Box 96   Folder 4

Correspondence, Christmas cards

Box 96   Folder 5

Correspondence, C-D

Box 96   Folder 6

Correspondence, Editors

Box 96   Folder 7

Correspondence, E-F

Box 96   Folder 8-9

Correspondence, Family

Box 96   Folder 10

Correspondence, General, 1929

Box 96   Folder 11

Correspondence, General, 1940s

Box 96   Folder 12

Correspondence, G-H

Box 96   Folder 13

Correspondence, "IMP"

Box 96   Folder 14

Correspondence, I-J

Box 96   Folder 15

Correspondence, K-L

Box 96   Folder 16

Correspondence, "Murder Without Tears"

Box 96   Folder 17

Correspondence, M-N

Box 96   Folder 18

Correspondence, M-P

Box 96   Folder 19

Correspondence, NBC

Box 96   Folder 20

Correspondence, New Yorker

Box 96   Folder 21

Correspondence, "New Yorker readers"

Box 96   Folder 22

Correspondence, O-Q

Box 96   Folder 23

Correspondence, R-S

Box 96   Folder 24

Correspondence, Steig, William

Box 96   Folder 25

Correspondence, Sullivan, Frank

Box 96   Folder 26

Correspondence, T-U

Box 96   Folder 27

Correspondence, V-W

Box 96   Folder 28

Correspondence, X-Z

Series IV: Manuscripts, Notes and Clippings

This series contains manuscripts, notes, and clippings related to Cuppy’s books. Material is organized alphabetically by subject and title. It is divided into 9 subseries:

Subseries 1: How to Attract the Wombat, contains notes and manuscripts for the book, as well as clippings on various animals.

Subseries 2: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody, contains notes and manuscripts for the book, as well as clippings on various historical figures.

Subseries 3: Animals, contains animal clippings and typescripts for short pieces by Cuppy.

Subseries 4: History, contains typescripts for short pieces written by Cuppy on historical topics.

Subseries 5: Lectures and Speeches, contains drafts of speeches given by Cuppy. These are arranged by title and by the place in which the lecture was given.

Subseries 6: Food, contains menus from restaurants and cafes, as well as short pieces by Cuppy.

Subseries 7: Crime Fiction, contains notes and essays by Cuppy on crime fiction.

Subseries 8: Radio Scripts, contains transcripts of interviews Cuppy gave on the radio.

Subseries 9: General, contains general and unidentified manuscripts, notes, and clippings.

Subseries 1: How to Attract the Wombat

Box 97   Folder 1

Anteater, clippings

Box 97   Folder 2

Armadillo, clippings

Box 97   Folder 3

Bandicoot, clippings

Box 97   Folder 4

Beetle, clippings

Box 97   Folder 5

Chambered nautilus, manuscript

Box 97   Folder 6

Chapter outline, typescript

Box 97   Folder 7

Earthworm, clippings and letter

Box 97   Folder 8

Flea, clippings

Box 97   Folder 9

Ladybug, clippings

Box 97   Folder 10

Llama and alpaca, clippings

Box 97   Folder 11

Moa, clippings

Box 97   Folder 12

Mouse, clippings

Box 97   Folder 13

Opossum, clippings and note

Box 97   Folder 14

Porcupine, clippings

Box 97   Folder 15

Rabbit, clippings,

Box 97   Folder 16

Scorpion, letter

Box 97   Folder 17

Sea-serpent, clippings

Box 97   Folder 18

Snake, clippings

Box 97   Folder 19

Squid, clippings

Box 97   Folder 20

Squirrel, clippings

Box 97   Folder 21

"Swan-upping," clippings and typescript

Box 97   Folder 22

Tasmanian wolf, clippings

Box 97   Folder 23

Toad, clippings and book order

Box 97   Folder 24

Warthog, clippings,

Box 97   Folder 25

Wombat, clippings and letter

Box 97   Folder 26

"More about Wombats," manuscript

Subseries 2: The Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody

Box 97   Folder 27-30

Decline and Fall, manuscript and notes

Box 97   Folder 31

Attila the Hun, clippings and typescript

Box 97   Folder 32

Borgia, Lucrezia

Box 97   Folder 33-34

Catherine the Great, clippings, notes, and typescript

Box 97   Folder 35-36

Charlemagne, clippings and typescript

Box 97   Folder 37

Cleopatra, clippings

Box 98   Folder 1-2

Columbus, Christopher, clippings and typescript

Box 98   Folder 3-4

Elizabeth, clippings and typescript

Box 98   Folder 5

Fredrick the Great, clippings

Box 98   Folder 6-7

George III, clippings

Box 98   Folder 8

Hannibal, clippings

Box 98   Folder 9

Henry VIII, clippings

Box 98   Folder 10

Lady Godiva, clippings and typescript

Box 98   Folder 11

"Leif the Lucky," clippings

Box 98   Folder 12

Leif and Columbus, clippings

Box 98   Folder 13

Louis XIV, index cards and manuscript

Box 98   Folder 14

Madame du Barry, typescripts

Box 99   Folder 1-3

Montezuma, clippings

Box 99   Folder 4

Peter the Great, clippings

Box 99   Folder 5

Philip the Sap, clippings

Box 99   Folder 6

Ross, Betsy, clippings

Box 99   Folder 7-8

Smith, John, clippings

Box 99   Folder 9-10

Standish, Miles, clippings and typescript

Box 99   Folder 11

William the Conqueror, clippings and manuscript

Subseries 3: Animals

Box 99   Folder 12

Aardvark, typescript

Box 99   Folder 13

"Animal talk," clippings, notes, and typescript

Box 99   Folder 14

Bats, clippings

Box 99   Folder 15

"Birds used in apes book," manuscript

Box 99   Folder 16

Camel, clippings and typescript

Box 99   Folder 17

Carp, script

Box 99   Folder 18

Cat, clippings

Box 99   Folder 19

Cuckoo, script

Box 99   Folder 20

Dodo, manuscript

Box 99   Folder 21

Elephant, typescripts

Box 99   Folder 22

Ermine, typescript

Box 99   Folder 23

Fish, clipping and typescript

Box 99   Folder 24

Fur, clippings

Box 100   Folder 1

Guppy, clippings and typescript

Box 100   Folder 2

Horse, clippings,

Box 100   Folder 3

"In the water," clippings and typescript

Box 100   Folder 4

Insects, clippings and manuscript

Box 100   Folder 5

Language, clippings

Box 100   Folder 6

Mink, clippings

Box 100   Folder 7

"Mom is here," clippings and typescript

Box 100   Folder 8

"O is for Ornithorhynchus," typescript

Box 100   Folder 9

Pets, clippings and typescript

Box 100   Folder 10

Robin, clippings

Box 100   Folder 11

Seahorse, clippings

Box 100   Folder 12

Skink, clippings

Box 100   Folder 13

Snake, clippings

Box 100   Folder 14

Wren, script

Box 100   Folder 15

Reptiles, proof

Box 100   Folder 16

"Meet the Aardvark," manuscript

Box 100   Folder 17

"The Sloth," manuscript

Box 100   Folder 18

"Thar She Blows!" manuscript

Box 100   Folder 19

"Ring in the Gnu," manuscript

Box 100   Folder 20

"Swan-upping, indeed!" manuscript

Box 100   Folder 21

"The Sea Serpent," manuscript

Box 100   Folder 22

"The Squid," manuscript

Box 100   Folder 23

"Reptiles I’m Always Meeting," manuscript

Subseries 4: History

Box 100   Folder 24

"Aspasia," typescript

Box 100   Folder s 25-30

"History at a Glance," manuscript

Box 101   Folder 1

Schlitz advertisement, typescript

Box 101   Folder 2

"Well Dressed Queens," typescript

Box 101   Folder 3

"Who Said That?" typescript

Subseries 5: Lectures and Speeches

Box 101   Folder 4

"About the Berne Lecture"

Box 101   Folder 5

Barbizon

Box 101   Folder 6

Fort Wayne

Box 101   Folder 7

"From Demosthenes to Me"

Box 101   Folder 8

"How Dante Became the World’s Most Famous Bookend"

Box 101   Folder 9

"Humor: Its Cause and Cure"

Box 101   Folder 10

Massachusetts

Box 101   Folder 11

Rochester

Box 101   Folder 12-13

Trenton

Box 101   Folder 14

Unidentified

Subseries 6: Food

Box 101   Folder 15

"All-American Menu"

Box 101   Folder 16

Child’s, menu

Box 101   Folder 17

Crackers, chart

Box 101   Folder 18

Calorie chart

Box 101   Folder 19

"Cantaloupe scraping," manuscript

Box 101   Folder 20

Charles, menu

Box 101   Folder 21

Coffee, manuscript

Box 101   Folder 22

Epicure club, catalogue

Box 101   Folder 23

Food, clippings

Box 101   Folder 24

"Food of the Stars," clipping

  • Folder 25: "Gastronomy," clipping
Box 101   Folder 26

Louis XIV’s gluttony, clipping

Box 101   Folder 27

Navy Day menu

Box 101   Folder 28

New York Herald Tribune Home Institute, typescripts

Box 101   Folder 29

New York Times Magazine, "It’s Thanksgiving," clipping

Box 101   Folder 30

Oyster stuffing, manuscript

Box 101   Folder 31

Russian Bear, menu

Box 101   Folder 32

Ye White Horse Tavern, menu

Box 101   Folder 33

White House dinner, memorandum

Subseries 7: Crime Fiction

Box 102   Folder 1

Essays

Box 102   Folder 2

Outlines

Box 102   Folder 3

Reviews

Subseries 8: Radio Scripts

Box 102   Folder 4

"How to Become Extinct," interview

Box 102   Folder 5-29

"Just Relax Program #1-25," scripts

Box 102   Folder 30

"Mystery Stories," interview

Box 102   Folder 31-33

Unidentified radio scripts

Subseries 9: General

Box 103   Folder 1

"After Aunt Ella"

Box 103   Folder 2-3

"Am I Musical?"

Box 103   Folder 4

"Ambergris"

Box 103   Folder 5

"Arguments With My Friends"

Box 103   Folder 6

"Aren’t Crackers Wonderful"

Box 103   Folder 7

"Aristotle"

Box 103   Folder 8

"Baby Mammoth"

Box 103   Folder 9

"Bergson"

Box 103   Folder 10

"Blondes Prefer Gentlemen"

Box 103   Folder 11

"Breathing"

Box 103   Folder 12

Brown, Anne, memorandum

Box 103   Folder 13

Budget, clippings

Box 103   Folder 14

Cardigans, clippings

Box 103   Folder 15

"Certainly, I Play the Piano"

Box 103   Folder 16

"Chintz Isn’t Everything"

Box 103   Folder 17

"Cicero"

Box 103   Folder 18

"College Professors"

Box 103   Folder 19

"Conversation Clinic"

Box 103   Folder 20

"Demosthenes"

Box 103   Folder 21

"Do Beadles Exist"

Box 103   Folder 22

"Drama"

Box 103   Folder 23

"Editors"

Box 103   Folder 24

"Emerson"

Box 103   Folder 25

"Epiglottis"

Box 103   Folder 26

"Faithful Ponto"

Box 103   Folder 27

"Featherbeds and Lightening"

Box 103   Folder 28

Fireworks, catalogue

Box 103   Folder 29

"Free Love"

Box 103   Folder 30

"Freud"

Box 103   Folder 31

"George Bellairs"

Box 103   Folder 32

"Hay Fever"

Box 103   Folder 33

"He Couldn’t It"

Box 103   Folder 34

"Health"

Box 103   Folder 35

"Hermiting"

Box 103   Folder 36

"Hobbies"

Box 103   Folder 37

"House"

Box 103   Folder 38

"How I Broke Into Pictures"

Box 103   Folder 39

"How to Become Rich"

Box 104   Folder 1

"How to Budget"

Box 104   Folder 2

"How to Eat in One Lesson"

Box 104   Folder 3

"How to Eat the Worst Way"

Box 104   Folder 4

"How to Talk"

Box 104   Folder 5

"Humor of the Great"

Box 104   Folder 6

"The Ideal House"

Box 104   Folder 7

Joke books

Box 104   Folder 8

"Journal of Calendar Reform"

Box 104   Folder 9

"Kant"

Box 104   Folder 10

Money, correspondence

Box 104   Folder 11

"My Methods of Writing," clipping

Box 104   Folder 12

"Names"

Box 104   Folder 13

"Nero"

Box 104   Folder 14-15

New Yorker, clippings

Box 104   Folder 16

"Octavus Roy Cohen"

Box 104   Folder 17

"The Old Farmer’s Almanac," booklet

Box 104   Folder 18

"Outgoing Fan Mail"

Box 104   Folder 19

"The Pleasures of Hermiting"

Box 104   Folder 20

"Reincarnation"

Box 104   Folder 21

Saturday Review, clipping

Box 104   Folder 22

"Sayings"

Box 104   Folder 23

"Schopenhauer"

Box 104   Folder 24

"Seven Ages of Cuppy"

Box 104   Folder 25

"Sir P. Sidney"

Box 104   Folder 26

"So You’re Going to Decorate!"

Box 104   Folder 27

"Some Royal Romps"

Box 104   Folder 28

"Speaking of Fun"

Box 104   Folder 29

"Speaking of the Weather"

Box 104   Folder 30

"Staring"

Box 104   Folder 31

"A Table for Two"

Box 104   Folder 32

"Theory of Humor"

Box 104   Folder 33

"They Don’t Seem to Care"

Box 104   Folder 34

"Tips For Lazy Husbands"

Box 104   Folder 35

"The Truth About Thomas Blanket"

Box 104   Folder 36

Weather forecasting, booklets and clippings

Box 104   Folder 37

"Why I Never Concentrate"

Box 104   Folder 38

"World’s Great Thinkers"

Box 104   Folder 39

"Yours Truly"

Box 104   Folder 40

"Zeising"

Box 104   Folder 41-43

Unidentified manuscripts and clippings

Box 105   Folder 1-11

Unidentified manuscripts and clippings

Box 106   Folder 1-2

Unidentified manuscripts and clippings

Series V: University of Chicago

This series contains materials from Cuppy’s time as a student at the University of Chicago, 1902-1914. These include convocation programs and course work, including a manuscript for his thesis, "The Elizabethan Conception of Prose Style." It also contains clippings related to Maroon Tales, his first book. Material is undated unless otherwise specified, and organized alphabetically by subject.

Box 107   Folder 1

Convocation programs, 1912, 1914

Box 107   Folder 2-5

"The Elizabethan Conception of Prose Style," manuscript

Box 107   Folder 6-8

English papers

Box 107   Folder 9

Maroon Tales, clippings and copies

Series VI: Scrapbooks

This series contains Cuppy’s bound scrapbooks, dating from the 1920s through 1940s. They document publicity for Cuppy’s books, arranged chronologically. Publicity scrapbooks are followed by his "Thought for the Day!" scrapbooks from the 1930s. "IMP" refers to Isabel Paterson, (1886-1961), journalist, novelist, and libertarian.

Box 108

"How to Be a Hermit Publicity," 2 volumes, 1920s

Box 108

"IMP Comments," 1920s-1930s

Box 109

"Apes," 1930s

Box 109

"Biographies for Decline and Fall," 2 volumes, 1930s

Box 109

"Comic Pieces, Some Historical," 2 volumes, 1930s

Box 110

"Fish in The New Yorker (Swan-Upping)," 2 volumes, 1930s

Box 110

"The Housewife’s Almanac," 1930s

Box 111

"Cuppy Animals," 2 volumes, 1940s

Box 112

"The Great Bustard," 1940s

Box 112

"How to Become Extinct," 3 volumes, 1940s

Box 113   Folder 1-3

"Thought for the Day!" 1934

Box 113   Folder 4-6

"Thought for the Day!" 1935

Box 114   Folder 1-3

"Thought for the Day!" 1935

Box 114   Folder 4-5

General scrapbooks, 1933-1935

Series VII: Photographs and Illustrations

This series contains photographs, illustrations, and artifacts. It is divided into three subseries:

Subseries 1: Photographs, documents Cuppy’s childhood, his student days at University of Chicago, and his later hermitage on Long Island. Photographs are undated unless otherwise specified. They are organized alphabetically by subject.

Subseries 2: Illustrations, contains drawings by William Steig. It includes illustrations Cuppy sent Steig as models for the illustration of How to Become Extinct. It begins with Steig’s drawings, followed by model illustrations organized by animal. "IMP" refers to Isabel Paterson (1886-1961), journalist, novelist, and libertarian.

Subseries 1: Photographs

Box 114   Folder 6

Beach, 1948

Box 114   Folder 7

Cuppy, Frances Stahl

Box 114   Folder 8

Cuppy, Thomas Jefferson

Box 114   Folder 9

Cuppy, 1947

Box 114   Folder 10

Cuppy

Box 115   Folder 1-3

Cuppy

Box 115   Folder 4

Cuppy, adolescent

Box 115   Folder 5

Cuppy, child

Box 115   Folder 6

Cuppy, infant

Box 115   Folder 7-8

Cuppy, University of Chicago, circa 1902-1914

Box 115   Folder 9

Cuppy, WHN, 1946

Box 115   Folder 10

Cuppy, World War I

Box 115   Folder 11-12

Cuppy and Anna Cuppy as children

Box 115   Folder 13-16

Cuppy, Coast Guard, and Tottering-on-the-brink

Box 115   Folder 17

Cuppy and dog

Box 115   Folder 18

Cuppy and Finnegan the cat

Box 115   Folder 19

Cuppy and friends at Tottering-on-the-brink

Box 115   Folder 20

Cuppy and IMP at the New York Herald Tribune office

Box 115   Folder 21

Cuppy and Portuguese Pete at Jones Beach/High Hill Beach

Box 115   Folder 22

Cuppy and siblings

Box 115   Folder 23

Cuppy and stuffed apes, publicity for How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes, circa 1931

Box 115   Folder 24

Cuppy and Taylor, Ruth, and Fred Feldkamp

Box 115   Folder 25

Family Christmas

Box 115   Folder 26

How to Become Extinct in a Washington Square bookshop, circa 1941

Box 115   Folder 27

Peggy

Box 115   Folder 28

"Pix at the Beach by Allan"

Box 115   Folder 29

Powers, Tom

Box 115   Folder 30

The Staggs

Box 115   Folder 31

Tottering-on-the-brink

Box 115   Folder 32

University of Chicago, postcards, circa 1904

Box 115   Folder 33

University of Chicago, with Christmas card from the Steigs

Box 116   Folder 1

Cuppy, adolescent

Box 116   Folder 2

Cuppy, older

Box 116   Folder 3

Cuppy and Frankie

Box 116   Folder 4

Cuppy, University of Chicago, circa 1902-1914

Box 116   Folder 5

Cuppy, World War I

Subseries 2: Illustrations

Box 117   Folder 1

J. C. Bennett, birthday card

Box 117   Folder 2

William Steig, Decline and Fall

Box 117   Folder 3

William Steig, How to Become Extinct

Box 117   Folder 4

William Steig, "The Salmon"

Box 117   Folder 5

Ant and termite

Box 117   Folder 6

Anteater

Box 117   Folder 7

Bee

Box 117   Folder 8

Blenny

Box 117   Folder 9

Carp

Box 117   Folder 10

Clam

Box 117   Folder 11

Codfish

Box 117   Folder 12

Cricket and cicada

Box 117   Folder 13

Dinosaur

Box 117   Folder 14

Dodo

Box 117   Folder 15

Duck

Box 117   Folder 16

Emu

Box 117   Folder 17

Fish

Box 117   Folder 18

Fish out of water

Box 117   Folder 19

Fossil reptiles of New Jersey, and Aristotle

Box 117   Folder 20

Frog

Box 117   Folder 21

Goldfish

Box 117   Folder 22

Goose

Box 117   Folder 23

Great auk

Box 117   Folder 24

Herring

Box 117   Folder 25

Horse

Box 117   Folder 26

Kangaroo

Box 117   Folder 27

Kiwi

Box 117   Folder 28

Koala

Box 117   Folder 29

Llama

Box 117   Folder 30

Minnow and trout

Box 117   Folder 31

Moa

Box 117   Folder 32

Nautilus

Box 117   Folder 33

Newt

Box 117   Folder 34

Octopus

Box 117   Folder 35

Opossum

Box 117   Folder 36

Ostrich

Box 117   Folder 37

Pelican

Box 117   Folder 38

Perch

Box 117   Folder 39

Pike

Box 117   Folder 40

Porcupine

Box 118   Folder 1

Reptile

Box 118   Folder 2

Salamander

Box 118   Folder 3

Salmon

Box 118   Folder 4

Sea cow

Box 118   Folder 5

"Sly silurius"

Box 118   Folder 6

Snail

Box 118   Folder 7

Snake

Box 118   Folder 8

Snakes and reptiles

Box 118   Folder 9

Spanish mackerel

Box 118   Folder 10

Squid

Box 118   Folder 11

Stickleback

Box 118   Folder 12

Swan

Box 118   Folder 13

Tapir

Box 118   Folder 14

"These fish do not make noises"

Box 118   Folder 15

Toad

Box 118   Folder 16

Warthog

Box 118   Folder 17

Yak

Series VIII: Publications

This series contains magazines and pamphlets collected by Cuppy. They are arranged alphabetically by title.

Box 118   Folder 18

The Atlantic Bookshelf, December 1929

Box 118   Folder 19

Encore Magazine, November 1946

Box 118   Folder 20

English as She is Taught

Box 118   Folder 21

Everybody’s Digest, May-July 1943

Box 118   Folder 22

For Men, September 1937

Box 118   Folder 23

For Men, January, March, May, 1938

Box 119   Folder 1

For Men, June, November-December, 1938

Box 119   Folder 2

For Men, February, April, June, 1939

Box 119   Folder 3

Forum and Century, October 1933

Box 119   Folder 4

Home Magazine, Volume 1, Number 6

Box 119   Folder 5-6

Mystery Book Magazine, Numbers 10-19

Box 119   Folder 7

Mystery Book Magazine, July-December 1945

Box 120   Folder 1

Mystery Book Magazine, January-February 1946

Box 120   Folder 2

Mystery Book Magazine, Fall 1947

Box 120   Folder 3

New Books, December 1942-June 1943

Box 120   Folder 4

Publishers’ Weekly supplement, 30 September 1939

Box 120   Folder 5

Reader’s Digest, May 1943

Box 120   Folder 6

Saturday Evening Post, 4 and 11 June, 1949 (see Box 116, Folder 6)

Box 120   Folder 7

Strand Magazine, November-December 1942

Box 120   Folder 8

Strand Magazine, January-February, April, June, 1943

Box 120   Folder 9

Strand Magazine, October-November 1943

Box 120   Folder 10

Strand Magazine, March, August, November, 1944

Box 120   Folder 11

Strand Magazine, March 1945

Box 120   Folder 12

This Month, July 1945

Box 120   Folder 13

Transatlantic, 1945

Series IX: Journals

This series contains Cuppy’s journals and personal index file cards. The journals begin in 1916 and are numbered but undated. The journals are followed by index files on various topics, listed with Cuppy’s headings and arranged in the order in which he bundled them. This series requires donor permission for access.

Box 121   Folder 1

N51, N55-65

Box 121   Folder 2

T1-10

Box 121   Folder 3

T12-20

Box 121   Folder 4

T21-31

Box 121   Folder 5

T32-40

Box 121   Folder 6

T41-50

Box 122   Folder 1

T51-61

Box 122   Folder 2

T61-75

Box 122   Folder 3

T76-100

Box 122   Folder 4

T101-112

Box 122   Folder 5

T113-125

Box 123   Folder 1

T126-146

Box 123   Folder 2

T148-163

Box 123   Folder 3

T164-181

Box 123   Folder 4

Astronomy, clippings

Box 123   Folder 5

Cat cartoon

Box 123   Folder 6

Drinking

Box 123   Folder 7

Liquor Life and Questionnaires

Box 123   Folder 8

Working Notes From Various Books on Women

Box 124

Bumblebee Buzz

Box 124

Blurb

Box 124

Gunfounder

Box 124

Safety fun

Box 124

Quarto

Box 124

Polynomials

Box 124

Celsius to Fahrenheit

Box 124

Thumb

Box 124

Rutherford B. Hayes

Box 124

Science- Mars

Box 124

Mausolus

Box 124

Faded Harness

Box 124

60 degrees below

Box 124

Odd

Box 124

Lecture

Box 124

Eg. Limes

Box 124

Speech

Box 124

Earth motions

Box 124

Cosmic?

Box 124

Threshing machine

Box 124

A penny saved...

Box 124

?

Box 124

Aristotle

Box 124

Has done it again!

Box 124

Memory

Box 124

Drinking

Box 124

Just saved!

Box 124

3 minute speech

Box 124

A Will

Box 124

SEP DUMB Column

Box 124

Various

Box 124

Royal Albert

Box 124

Moon Rose

Box 124

Dionne Quintuplets?

Box 124

Fell on a Friday

Box 124

Recipes to make

Box 124

Earth

Box 124

Publisher’s blurb

Box 124

Cuppy stuff

Box 124

Booksellers

Box 124

21

Box 124

Unidentified files

Box 124

M.E.

Box 124

La Rochefoucauld

Box 124

Stendhal

Box 124

Photostats

Box 124

Science?

Box 124

Goldfish bowl

Box 124

Bee stung me

Box 124

Taught Anna to read

Box 124

High school

Box 124

Pictures

Box 124

Our Books

Box 124

Childhood candy

Box 124

The Farm!

Box 124

Church

Box 124

T-Books

Box 124

Unidentified files

Box 124

Get in humor?

Box 124

Contents

Box 124

More on Ponto

Box 124

Intelligence of day

Box 124

Add?

Box 124

Animal Crax

Box 124

Pat

Box 124

Unidentified files

Box 124

Use?

Box 124

Hormones

Box 124

Science

Series X: Oversize and Artifacts

This series contains advertisements, clippings, and typescripts from Series IV. They are arranged alphabetically by topic. It includes a framed certificate from the Guild of Former Pipe Organ Pumpers.

Box 125   Folder 1

Dog clothes, clippings

Box 125   Folder 2

Jokes, clippings

Box 125   Folder 3

Inner sanctum mysteries, clippings

Box 125   Folder 4

Missing confessions, clippings

Box 125   Folder 5

Modern Priscilla, clippings

Box 125   Folder 6

Pie, clippings

Box 125   Folder 7

Schlitz advertisement

Box 125   Folder 8

Thinkers, clipping

Box 125   Folder 9

Untitled typescript

Box 125   Folder 10

Weight reduction, clipping

Box 125   Folder 11

Witches, clipping

Box 126

The Guild of Former Pipe Organ Pumpers, framed certificate, 1929