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Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana

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Abstract

Title:
Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana
Author/Creator:
Gutman, Arthur J.
Collection number:
2004-117
Size:
7.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1979-1999
Inclusive dates:
1882-2006
Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Arthur J. Gutman, an expert on the life and work of H. L. Mencken , has spent virtually all of his life in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was born in 1911. From 1979 to1999, Gutman served as president of the Mencken Society, an organization founded to encourage the reading of and research into the writings of Henry L. Mencken. The Arthur J. Gutman collection contains books, serials, correspondence, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, audio-visual materials, and a listing of clippings related to both H. L. Mencken and the Mencken Society. A large portion of the collection consists of first editions of H. L. Mencken's works as well as a number of the most significant secondary works on the writer. The collection contains a considerable amount of correspondence between Gutman and noted Mencken scholars, manuscripts of works on Mencken, and a nearly complete series of Mencken Society newsletters. It also includes a number of rare pieces of Mencken's writing that appeared in pamphlet form as well as original Mencken correspondence. The entire collection spans the period from 1882 to 2006 with the majority of the materials falling between 1979 and 1999.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Arthur J. Gutman Collection of Menckeniana, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Arthur J. Gutman was born in 1911. A native Baltimorean, he graduated from Baltimore City College High School in 1928 and subsequently attended the University of Baltimore. He served in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1945, in the Air Force Reserve from 1947 to 1949, and as Chief Warrant Officer on the staff of the 29th Infantry Division from 1949 to 1955. At the time of his retirement, Gutman was the Vice President of the insurance firm, Warfield Dorsey Company, Inc.

From 1979 to 1999, Gutman held the position of president of the Mencken Society, an organization founded to encourage the reading of and research into the writings of Henry L. Mencken. Gutman averred that he was drawn to Mencken because "Mencken gives me joy," and, as president of the Mencken Society, he sought to share this joy with others, including collectors and scholars, who enjoyed at good laugh at the American scene. In his December 15, 1989, letter to the Accent Department of the Baltimore Evening Sun, Gutman explained how his passion for Mencken's writing was renewed during World War II.

One miserable rainy, cold day in January 1944, in Italy, an Air Force sergeant with a couple of leisure hours stopped in a Red Cross Club for a cup of coffee... The sergeant was a Baltimorean, one of those who loved his City. He was a third generation born Baltimorean, of German Jewish stock, from a dry goods family who had been badly hurt in the Depression. He had grown up believing there was only one set of newspapers worth reading, The Sun, The Evening Sun and The Sunday Sun. And in The Evening Sun, you looked for the Monday night articles by Mencken. You laughed with him, you groaned with him... The sergeant, waiting for his coffee to cool and his feet to dry, looked over the Armed Forces Library of paper backs. And lo and behold there was one with Mencken's name, called "Heathen Days." He leafed through it and then sat and read it, and it brought Baltimore back to him as the words flowed by. (From Gutman's letter to the editor, source and date unknown, in Series II, Box 5, Folder 1)

Upon his return to Baltimore Mr. Gutman began reading and collecting Mencken's work. Through a life-long engagement with the work of H.L. Mencken he established one of the finest collections of Menckeniana and maintained correspondence with many of the leading scholars and writers on Mencken's work.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) has been described as the most influential critic in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. Beginning as a newspaper reporter in his native Baltimore, H.L. Mencken's interests quickly broadened to include political, social and literary commentary. As editor with George Jean Nathan of the influential Jazz Age magazines, Smart Set and American Mercury, Mencken promoted modernism in literature, championing the causes of Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain among others. In newspaper columns and books, H.L. Mencken lampooned many social conventions and political icons. His targets included bigotry, intellectual posturing and corruption by public servants. His writings often provoked a violent reaction in those offended by his views. However, rather than shrinking from controversy, Mencken enjoyed verbal combat with his opponents, referring to it as "stirring up the animals." With the advent of the Depression in the 1930's, the popularity of Mencken's social commentary waned and he became better know for his more scholarly work, The American Language , which was a celebration of the written and spoken word.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Arthur J. Gutman collection contains books, serials, correspondence, manuscripts, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, audio-visual materials, and a listing of clippings related to both H. L. Mencken and the Mencken Society. A large portion of the collection consists of first editions of H. L. Mencken's works as well as a number of the most significant secondary works on the writer. The collection contains a considerable amount of correspondence between Gutman and noted Mencken scholars, manuscripts of works on Mencken, and a nearly complete series of Mencken Society newsletters. There are also a number of rare pieces of Mencken's writing that appeared in pamphlet form, as well as some original Mencken correspondence. The entire collection spans the period from 1882 to 2006, with the majority of the materials falling between 1979 and 1999.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries received the collection as a gift from Arthur J. Gutman in December 2001. Additional materials donated by Gutman or located in copies of his books were incorporated into the collection between 2003 and 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed and guide completed by Joanne Archer, July 2003. Revised by Mike Yates, January 2005. Revised by Lara D'Agaro, July 2007. Revised by Ruth M. Alvarez, June 2008, March 2009. Revised by Maureen Cech, August 2009. Revised by Ruth M. Alvarez, December 2009, April 2010.

Processing note:

When the collection arrived at the University of Maryland, the correspondence was arranged by author. Articles and clippings were also grouped together. During processing, the books and serials for which there were significant holdings were incorporated into the rare books holdings of Hornbake Library. The remaining materials were organized into eleven series. Series 11, Clippings, consists of a list generated from a database. The titles of articles, authors, publications, and dates of publication for the newspaper clippings were recorded in this database, after which the original clippings were discarded.

Staples and paperclips were removed and replaced with plastic paperclips. Fragile items were placed in Mylar sleeves. Photographs were separated from other materials and housed in archival sleeves. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes or oversize storage.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Lara D'Agaro, July 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1956-2006 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

Series I contains correspondence exchanged by Arthur J. Gutman with a number of correspondents, including Mencken Society members, Mencken collectors, and Mencken scholars. These documents cover topics related to H. L. Mencken, recent articles and publications on Mencken, and book collecting. Clippings were separated from letters, salient information from them recorded in a database attached as an appendix, and the originals discarded. Occasionally, photocopies of related clippings were filed with the letters in which they were originally enclosed. Manuscripts of articles and speeches were separated from the correspondence and arranged in Series III. Also separated were serial publications, which were arranged in Series IV. Correspondence relating to the purchase and restoration of the Mencken House in Baltimore is housed with related materials in Series VI, Mencken Society. The arrangement is alphabetical by correspondent and chronological within individual correspondents.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Abhau, Harriet, 1996 series 1box 1folder 1
Aiuto, Russell, 1982, 1985 series 1box 1folder 2
[?], Al, 1990 series 1box 1folder 3
Amrhine, Ken -- Richard K. Amrhine, William Kessel, 1976, 1980, 1988 series 1box 1folder 4
Appelfeld Gallery -- Louis Appelfeld, 1968 series 1box 1folder 5
Ayd, Joseph D., 1980, 1982 series 1box 1folder 6
Babe Ruth Birthplace -- Mike Gibbons, 1984 series 1box 1folder 7
Bart, Robert , 1996 series 1box 1folder 8
Bell, George, 1981, 1990 series 1box 1folder 9
Berteau, Marvin -- Mencken House -- Kurt Schmoke, 1996 series 1box 1folder 10
Betz, Frederick, 1992, 1996-1997 series 1box 1folder 11
Bode, Carl, 1976 series 1box 1folder 12
Bond, Jack, 1987 and undated series 1box 1folder 13
Brackett, Boone -- Averil Kadis, 1994, 1996 series 1box 1folder 14
Brager, A Stanley, Jr., 1994 series 1box 1folder 15
Brunetto, Frank, 1994-2000 and undated series 1box 1folder 16
Byers, Donna -- Maryland Humanities, 1995 series 1box 1folder 17
Byron, Gilbert, 1980 series 1box 1folder 18
Chalberg, John C., 1996 series 1box 1folder 19
Cochrane, Robert -- Jack Bond, 1990-1991 series 1box 1folder 20
Cooke, Alistair, 1998 series 1box 1folder 21
Cunningham, Shawn, 1986-1988 and undated series 1box 1folder 22
Daniels, Milton, 1994 series 1box 1folder 23
Dieli, Robert, 1985 series 1box 1folder 24
Dorbin, Jerry, 1996 series 1box 1folder 25
Doyle, S. Madeleine, 1990 and undated series 1box 1folder 26
Enoch Pratt Free Library -- Felicia Diggs, Ernest Siegel, 1966, 1979, 1981, 1995-1997, 1999 series 1box 1folder 27
Epstein, Joseph -- American Scholar, 1981, 1990 series 1box 1folder 28
Fink, Bernie and Doris, undated series 1box 1folder 29
Fitzpatrick, Vince, 1980, 1984-1985, 1987-1999 series 1box 1folder 30
Flugel, Mabel , undated series 1box 1folder 31
Flynn Low, Bernadette -- Dundalk Community College, 1983 series 1box 1folder 32
Fortenbaugh, Johnson, 1994 and undated series 1box 1folder 33
Foster, David H., 1994 series 1box 1folder 34
Frewin, Anthony, 1990, 1992-1993, 1995, 1997 series 1box 1folder 35
Frost, Randy, 1995 series 1box 1folder 36
Garrett, Lewis, 1994, 1996 series 1box 1folder 37
Geiger, Robert, 1981 series 1box 1folder 38
Hanson, J.B., 1985 series 1box 1folder 39
[?], Harris, 1984 series 1box 1folder 40
Harrison, Stan, 1996-1999, 2002 and undated series 1box 1folder 41
Harriss, Robin -- Margery Harriss, 1988-1989 series 1box 1folder 42
Hatchett, Louis Jr. -- Jack Bond, 1993 series 1box 1folder 43
Hayden, Carla, 1996 series 1box 1folder 44
Hecht, Duvall Y., 1986-1987, 1989, 1991-1994 series 1box 1folder 45
Heitman, Danny, 1987, 1989-1990, 1992-1993, 1997-1998 series 1box 1folder 46
Herpel, Stefan, 1996 series 1box 1folder 47
Hobson, Fred, 1987-1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1998-1999, 2005 series 1box 1folder 48
Holley, Val, 1987-1993 series 1box 2folder 1
Holley, Val, 1993-1997 series 1box 2folder 2
Hormats, Saul, 1990 series 1box 2folder 3
Horowitz, E. David, 1984 series 1box 2folder 4
Jay, Peter, 1997 series 1box 2folder 5
Johns Hopkins University Press -- Robert Anthony, Sandra Dzija, 1983, 1994 and undated series 1box 2folder 6
Johnson, Marvin, 1982, 1994 series 1box 2folder 7
Johnston, Smith, 1984 series 1box 2folder 8
Kadis, Averil, 1989, 1996-1997 series 1box 2folder 9
Katz, Joseph -- Harry Green, 1956 series 1box 2folder 10
Kearney, James, 1996 series 1box 2folder 11
Kessel, William -- Ken Amrhine, 1985 series 1box 2folder 12
Klotz, Steven, 1992 series 1box 2folder 13
Knopf, Alfred, 1981 series 1box 2folder 14
Kugler, Bill, 1989 series 1box 2folder 15
Lafferty, G. Raymond -- Jack Bond, 1990 series 1box 2folder 16
Lapham, Lewis -- Jonathan Yardley, 1996 series 1box 2folder 17
Lasco, R.B. -- Baltimore City Community College, 1990 series 1box 2folder 18
[?], Leo, 1998 series 1box 2folder 19
Levin, Harold, 1994 series 1box 2folder 20
[Longsdorf?], Kenneth, undated series 1box 2folder 21
MacDade, Arthur, 1996 series 1box 2folder 22
Machen, Arthur W. Jr., 1989, 1995 series 1box 2folder 23
Manheim, Bettina, 1980, 1990 series 1box 2folder 24
[?], Mark, 1996 series 1box 2folder 25
Markel, Howard, 1990, 1995 series 1box 2folder 26
Martin, Edward A., 1995-1997 series 1box 2folder 27
Maryland Historical Magazine -- Christine Bateman, Jessica Pigza, 1993, 1994-1995 and undated series 1box 2folder 28
Mason, Franklin, 1980 series 1box 2folder 29
Mather, Bryant, 1995-1997 series 1box 2folder 30
McLaurin, King, 1990 series 1box 2folder 31
Mears, Marie, 1996 series 1box 2folder 32
Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company -- Alan and Manfred Guttmacher, Henry Meledin, 1979 series 1box 2folder 33
Mysak, Joe, 1984, 1990 series 1box 2folder 34
Nemickas, Vidas, 1993 series 1box 2folder 35
Newell, J. David, 1995 series 1box 2folder 36
Niehaus, Dan, 1990 series 1box 2folder 37
Payton, Thomas -- University of Georgia Press, ca. 1996 series 1box 2folder 38
Peebles, Harmon, 1995 series 1box 2folder 39
Pentz, John, 1984 series 1box 2folder 40
Poitras, Jean-Maurice, 1979 series 1box 2folder 41
Potter, John -- Charles Fecher, William Nolte, 1994 series 1box 2folder 42
Proctor, Margaret, undated series 1box 2folder 43
Reep, Erland, 1990 series 1box 2folder 44
Rochester, Junius, 1984, 1994 series 1box 2folder 45
Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth, 1984-1987, 1989, 1991 and undated series 1box 2folder 46
Rodgers, Marion Elizabeth, 1994-1997, 1998-2006 and undated series 1box 2folder 47
Rome, Morton, 1984 series 1box 3folder 1
Rotchford, Tom, 1991 series 1box 3folder 2
[?], Ruth, 1992 series 1box 3folder 3
Sachs, David, 1989 series 1box 3folder 4
Sanders, Jack, 1989-1992 series 1box 3folder 5
Sanders, Jack, 1992-1993 series 1box 3folder 6
Sanders, Jack, 1994-1996, 1998-2000 series 1box 3folder 7
Scarecrow Press -- Aya Betensky, 1990 series 1box 3folder 8
Scheideman, Warren, 1980 series 1box 3folder 9
Schrader, Richard, 1983, 1989-1990, 1992-1993 series 1box 3folder 10
Schrader, Richard, 1994-1999, 2001 series 1box 3folder 11
Scott, Ernest -- Maryland Historical Society, 1996 series 1box 3folder 12
Servies, James -- University of West Florida, 1980, 1990 series 1box 3folder 13
Sharp, Bob, 2005 series 1box 3folder 14
Shea, William , undated series 1box 3folder 15
Smith, James, 1995 series 1box 3folder 16
Snyder, William -- Baltimore Rotary Club, 1980 series 1box 3folder 17
Stevens, Ray, 1993, 2000-2001 series 1box 3folder 18
Stratton, Steve and Kay -- [?], Francis, undated [1990] series 1box 3folder 19
Svahn, David, 1988 series 1box 3folder 20
Swaim, Donald, 1989 series 1box 3folder 21
Swing, William, 1995-1997 series 1box 3folder 22
Thaler, D.S., 1983-1984 series 1box 3folder 23
Thimmesch, Nick, 1984 series 1box 3folder 24
Vagabond Players -- Herman C. Bainder, 1981 series 1box 3folder 25
Van Fleet, Robert, 1990 series 1box 3folder 26
Vickers, F. Norman, 1979-1980, 1982-1986, 1988-1997 series 1box 3folder 27
Wallen, Charles Jr -- Mayo Dubasky, 1986, 1989-1990 series 1box 3folder 28
Weinberg, Robert, 1982, 1986, 1994 series 1box 3folder 29
Wilcke, Richard William, 1989, 1995, 1997 and undated series 1box 3folder 30
Wilder Books -- Bob Fiene, 1992 series 1box 3folder 31
Wilson, William, 1990 series 1box 3folder 32
Yardley, Jonathan -- Daniel Rosen, 1992-1993 series 1box 3folder 33
Yosseloff, Julien, 1982 series 1box 3folder 34
Young, Steve, 1980 series 1box 3folder 35
Zion Church of the City of Baltimore -- Margareta M. Breden, 1992 series 1box 3folder 36
Zlotoff, Roland, 1996 series 1box 3folder 37

Series 2: Gutman Manuscripts, 1980-1998 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series consists of Gutman's drafts of reviews, speeches, society newsletter text, and a letter to the editor, primarily in his capacity as President of the Mencken Society. The material is arranged alphabetically by file title and chronologically within files.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Letter to the Editors of the Accent Department, Baltimore Sun -- [AG's experiences reading Mencken] -- Evening Sun [Baltimore], December 15,1989 series 2box 1folder 1
Newsletter Text -- [The Mencken Society], circa 1980-1998 series 2box 1folder 2
Reviews series 2box 1folder 3
[Review of My Life as Author and Editor edited by Jonathan Yardley], undated [circa 1994] series 2box 1folder 3item 1
[Review of Mencken: a Biography by Fred Hobson, undated [circa 1994] series 2box 1folder 3item 2
[Review of Thirty Five Years of Newspaper Work: a Memoir by H.L. Mencken], undated [circa 1996] series 2box 1folder 3item 3
[Review of In Defense of Marion by Edward Martin], undated [circa 1996] series 2box 1folder 3item 4
[Notes for a review of an unidentified book], undated series 2box 1folder 3item 5
Speeches series 2box 1folder 4
[On Mencken and racism], undated [circa 1989] series 2box 1folder 4item 1
[On the 20th anniversary of the Mencken Society], undated [1996] series 2box 1folder 4item 2

Series 3: Manuscripts of Other Individuals, 1971-2003 and undated (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains of manuscripts, uncorrected page proofs, and galley proofs of published works about Mencken. It also includes articles, reminiscences, and drafts of speeches that may never have been published. The materials are arranged alphabetically by author's surname. Related correspondence is filed in Series I.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Aiuto, Russell -- "Mencken and Sara: a Play in Two Acts Based on the Writings of H. L. Mencken and Sarah Powell Haardt Mencken" -- for manuscript, see Crupi, Charles and Russell Aiuto, 1979 series 3box 1folder 1
Ayd, Joseph D. series 3box 1folder 2
H.L., Where Are You?: a Mencken Memorial, undated series 3box 1folder 2item 1
Preacher of the Word, undated series 3box 1folder 2item 2
Bennett, Mabel -- "The Day Henry L. Mencken Feted Countee Cullen", undated series 3box 1folder 3
Bode, Carl series 3box 1folder 4
[Review of The Diary of H.L. Mencken], undated [circa 1989] series 3box 1folder 4item 1
"The Mencken House", undated series 3box 1folder 4item 2
"Mencken in His Letters", undated series 3box 1folder 4item 3
Brackett, Boone -- "What Mencken Means to Me", 1994 series 3box 1folder 5
Cooke, Alistair and Gwin Owens -- "H. L. Mencken" [photocopy], undated series 3box 1folder 6
Crupi, Charles and Russell Aiuto -- "Mencken and Sara: a Play in Two Acts Based on the Writings of H. L. Mencken and Sarah Powell Haardt Mencken" -- also included is the program for A Mencken Celebration, 3-5 October 1980, circa 1980-1981 series 3box 1folder 7
Cunningham, Shawn -- "H. L. Mencken: Stirring Up the Animals" -- also included is a cover sheet describing the project, and curriculum vitaes for select collaborators, 1988 series 3box 1folder 8
Doyle, James, Jr. series 3box 1folder 9
"Etchings and Pen Sketches, 1880-1952, Part I", 1986 series 3box 1folder 9item 1
"Etchings and Pen Sketches, 1880-1952, Baltimore Artist, Part 2", 1986 series 3box 1folder 9item 2
Elliot, Leo -- "Mencken and the Oral Tradition", 1995 series 3box 1folder 10
Fitzpatrick, Vince -- "Mencken and Dreiser: Two Beasts in the Parlor", undated [1993] series 3box 1folder 11
Forman, Frank series 3box 1folder 12
"The Master Really Does Not Contradict Himself", 1992 series 3box 1folder 12item 1
"The Metaphysics of Liberty", 1984 series 3box 1folder 12item 2
Garrett, Lewis series 3box 1folder 13
"The Skeptics' Book of Outrageous Quotations, Lyrics, and Other Memorable Words," proposal; also included is curriculum vitae for LG, undated [circa late 1990s] series 3box 1folder 13item 1
"Skeptics Book of Outrageous Quotations, Lyrics, and Other Memorable Words," collected by Bart Reynolds, undated series 3box 1folder 13item 2
Garrett, Lewis series 3box 1folder 14
"The Skeptics' Book of Outrageous Quotations, Lyrics, and Other Memorable Words," draft one; collected by Bart Reynolds, undated series 3box 1folder 14item 1
"The Skeptics' Book of Outrageous Quotations, Lyrics, and Other Memorable Words," draft two; collected by Bart Reynolds, 1997 series 3box 1folder 14item 2
Harrison, Stan L. series 3box 1folder 15
"Anatomy of the Scopes Trial: Mencken's Media Event," paper presented at the Annual Summer Meeting of the Mencken Society, 1995 series 3box 1folder 15item 1
"Mencken's Pseudonymous Writings", 2003 series 3box 1folder 15item 2
Hecht, Ben -- "Hecht on Mencken", 2002 series 3box 1folder 16
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Life, page proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1994 series 3box 1folder 17
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Life, page proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1994 series 3box 2folder 1
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Biography, proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1993 series 3box 2folder 2
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Biography, proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1993 series 3box 2folder 3
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Biography, proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1993 series 3box 2folder 4
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Biography, proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1993 series 3box 2folder 5
Hobson, Fred -- Mencken: a Biography, proofs -- New York: Random House, 1994, 1993 series 3box 2folder 6
Hobson, Fred, Vincent Fitzpatrick, and Bradford McE. Jacobs, eds. -- Thirty-five Years of Newspaper Work -- Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press (oversize), 1994 series 3box 2folder 7
Holley, Val series 3box 3folder 1
"Mencken, Dreiser, and the Indiana Peasant", 1989 series 3box 3folder 1item 1
"Mencken on Mormonism", 1992 series 3box 3folder 1item 2
"The Sage and the Rabble-Rouser", undated [circa 1995] series 3box 3folder 1item 3
Hormats, Saul -- "Mencken Was Not Alone", undated [circa 1990] series 3box 3folder 2
Martin, Edward, ed. -- In Defense of Marion: the Love of Marion Bloom and H. L. Mencken, page proofs -- Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1996 series 3box 3folder 3
Montgomery, Claire and Monty -- "Prez: a Musical", 1992 series 3box 3folder 4
Nathan, Adele Gutman -- "A Mencken Memento", undated series 3box 3folder 5
Rodgers, Marion -- "The Love Story of Mencken and Sara", 1993 series 3box 3folder 6
Rubin, Louis, Jr. -- "The Mencken Mystery", [circa 1991] series 3box 3folder 7
Sanders, Jack R. -- "Philip Goodman and the 'Do You Remember?' Letters", undated series 3box 3folder 8
Sanders, Jack R. -- "Do You Remember? The letters that almost became a book by H. L. Mencken and Philip Goodman", March 1993 series 3box 3folder 9
Sanders, Jack R. -- "Extracts from Letters Beween H. L. Mencken and Philip Goodman, 1918, 1920", undated series 3box 3folder 10
Sanders, Jack R. -- "Do You Remember? The Letters that almost became a book by H. L. Mencken and Philip Goodman", June 1993 series 3box 3folder 11
Sanders, Jack R. -- Do You Remember? the Whimsical Letters of H. L. Mencken and Philip Goodman, uncorrected second proof, 1996 series 3box 3folder 12
Sanders, Jack R. -- "Mencken and Goodman:Later Letters, with Ruth Goetz Letters and the Franklin Street Story", 1994 series 3box 3folder 13
Sanders, Jack R. series 3box 4folder 1
"Pepper's Wonderful Home", undated series 3box 4folder 1item 1
"Stormy Days," for Maryland Humanities, undated [1993] series 3box 4folder 1item 2
"Stormy Days," for Maryland Humanities, undated [1993] series 3box 4folder 1item 3
"Mencken Signed My Copy", undated series 3box 4folder 1item 4
"Mencken Signed My Copy", undated series 3box 4folder 1item 5
Sanders, Jack R. series 3box 4folder 2
"H. L. Mencken Shelf List", undated series 3box 4folder 2item 1
"The Reno-Wallen Correspondence, Charles Wallen, Jr. Collection", undated series 3box 4folder 2item 2
"Various Correspondence, Charles Wallen, Jr. Collection", undated series 3box 4folder 2item 3
Schrader, Richard J. -- "Bibliotheca Menckeniana: the Books of H. L. Mencken," sixth version, 1994 series 3box 4folder 3
Schrader, Richard J. -- "The Books of H. L. Mencken", undated [circa 1993] series 3box 4folder 4
Schrader, Richard J. -- "'But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes': Anita Loos and H. L. Mencken", 1983 series 3box 4folder 5
Schrader, Richard J. -- "Not in Adler: Notes Towards a Descriptive Mencken Bibliography", undated series 3box 4folder 6
Shyre, Paul -- "An Unpleasant Evening with H. L. Mencken", 1971 series 3box 4folder 7
Sterling, Harry O. -- "Harry O. Sterling" [reminiscences of HLM by Rennert Hotel valet], undated series 3box 4folder 8
Stevens, Ray -- "Rattling the Subconscious: the Mencken Controversy and Joseph Conrad's Letter to George Keating of 14 December 1922", undated [circa early 1990's] series 3box 4folder 9
Van Fleet, Robert S. -- "Mencken's Influence on a Writer", 1990 series 3box 4folder 10
Westheimer, Julius M. -- [various quotes from Mencken's writings], undated series 3box 4folder 11

Series 4: Serials, 1936-1996 (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains serials whose contents include articles or other information about H. L. Mencken. The serials are arranged in alphabetical order by title. The copies of American Heritage, American Mercury, Magazine Encore, Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, and Smart Set of the Gutman collection are housed in Hornbake Library's Marylandia Collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Journalism -- Harrison, S. L., "Mencken: Magnificent Anachronism" -- v. 13, no. 1, Winter 1996 series 4box 1folder 1
Atlantic -- Cooke, Alastair, "The Last Happy Days of H. L. Mencken" -- v. 197, no. 5, May 1956 series 4box 1folder 2
Baltimore Engineer -- Thaler, David S., "H. L. Mencken and the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute", December 1983 series 4box 1folder 3
City Past-Time, Winter 1985; Fall 1989 series 4box 1folder 4
Etude -- v. 24, no. 5 (oversize), May 1936 series 4box 1folder 5
LIFE -- v. 40, no. 8 (oversize), 20 February 1956 series 4box 1folder 6
Lobster -- Frewin, Anthony,"Like books we should have so many witnesses? Some recent JFK literature" -- no. 26, December 1993 series 4box 1folder 7
Maryland Humanities -- issue is guest edited by Arthur Gutman, and contains articles by Vince Fitzpatrick, Val Holley, Marion Rodgers, and Jack Sanders, November/December 1994 series 4box 1folder 8
Menckeniana -- Frewin, Anthony, "How One of Her Majesty's Subjects Discovered the Sage of Baltimore, and What Came Next" -- no. 136, Winter 1995 series 4box 1folder 9
Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America -- Schrader, Richard, "H. L. Mencken's Ventures into Verse: A Revised Description and Census" -- v. 83, no. 3, September 1989 series 4box 1folder 10
Peabody Notes -- v. 18, no. 3, Spring 1965 series 4box 1folder 11
Program Guide, Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting -- contains description of the program "The Ghost of H. L. Mencken" -- vol. 12, no. 8, August 1980 series 4box 1folder 12
Sun [Baltimore] -- "Mencken's Baltimore", 8 September 1974 series 4box 1folder 13
Sun [Baltimore] (oversize), 7 September 1980 series 4box 1folder 14
Syracuse University Library Associates Courier -- v. 31, 1996 series 4box 1folder 15
Trace of Indiana and Midwestern History -- v. 1, no. 4, Fall 1989 series 4box 1folder 16

Series 5: Printed Matter, 1926-2006 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains printed material related to H. L. Mencken that was collected by Arthur J. Gutman. The material is arranged into the following subgroups: book catalogs, book publicity, event publicity, Mencken Day, off prints and photocopies, and pamphlets. Advertisements for book readings are filed in the event publicity subgroup, while the book publicity subgroup contains only material that advertises the book as a commodity to be purchased. The material in this series excludes items printed to advertise events arranged by the Mencken Society. The arrangement of material within files is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Book Catalogs, 1956, 1973, 1981, 1986, undated [1992], and undated series 5box 1folder 1
Book Publicity, 1989, 1993-1996, 1999, and undated series 5box 1folder 2
Event Publicity, 1971, 1978-1981, 1983, 1985, 1987-1990, 1992-1996, 1999, 2006 series 5box 1folder 3
Mencken Day, 1956, 1971-1973, 1975, 1977-1980 series 5box 1folder 4
Mencken Day, 1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1998, 2005-2006 series 5box 1folder 5
Off Prints and Photocopies, 1926, 1967, 1989-1990, 1993, 2003, and undated series 5box 1folder 6
Pamphlets, 1926, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1971 series 5box 1folder 7

Series 6: Mencken Society, 1978-2001 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

The Mencken Society series contains newsletters, membership rolls, and advertisements for society events. The newsletters consist of a nearly complete run from 1980 to 2001 and constitute a record of the activities of the Mencken Society and its members. The series also includes event publicity, meeting minutes and agenda, materials relating to financial matters, brochures, Mencken House materials, and Mencken House correspondence. Materials and correspondence on the purchase, restoration, and operation of the Mencken House in Baltimore have been included with this series because of Arthur Gutman's role in the stewardship of the house while he served as president of the Mencken Society. The series is arranged alphabetically by file title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Mencken House Materials, 1983-1984, 1997-1998, and undated series 6box 1folder 1
Mencken House Correspondence, 1982-1984, 1997-1998 series 6box 1folder 2
Mencken Society Brochures and Envelopes, undated series 6box 1folder 3
Mencken Society Event Publicity, 1985, 1989-1991, 1993-1997, 1999, and undated series 6box 1folder 4
Mencken Society Financial Matters, 1986, undated [1987?], 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, and undated series 6box 1folder 5
Mencken Society Meeting Minutes and Agenda, 1978-1979, 1988, and undated series 6box 1folder 6
Mencken Society Membership Rolls, 1983, 1992, and undated series 6box 1folder 7
Mencken Society Newsletters, 1980-2001 series 6box 1folder 8

Series 7: Photographs, 1976-1995 and undated (1 linear foot)

Series VII contains photographs separated from Series I and Series VI. These photographs primarily document Mencken Society events held at various locations. The items are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Officers at the founding of the Mencken Society, Baltimore, Maryland -- On verso: "Baltimore Correspondent/Mencken Society/Founded March 13, 1976/officers/Arthur Gutman, treasurer/Mrs. Robert Whitely, secretary/Dr. Carl Bode, president/Neil Jordahl, vice-president, 1976 series 7box 1folder 1
On verso: James Servies, director of libraries, Univ. of West Florida, standing. l to r. (seated) William Coker, prof. of history, UWF; Larry Wheeler newspaperman and CDR Norris Combs, USN, Ret.Combs owns many Mencken letters which came to him through his linguist uncle, one of Menckens many collaborators on Dictionary of Am. Language. Pensacola, Florida, 12 September 1984 series 7box 1folder 2
On verso: James Guest at piano, plays own compositions. (Dr. Guest was a student of Louis Cheslock-never met Mencken himself.) James Servies looks on approvingly. Pensacola, Florida, 12 September 1984 series 7box 1folder 3
On verso: Mencken Group 9-12-1984 (Menckens 104th anniversary) l to r. Lyman Morgan, Bill Coker, Larry Wheeler, Jim Servies, Ed Gillet, Mark O'Brien, Norris Combs, John Axley, Pat Crawford, [F. Norman] Vickers, J. Holliday Veal. Pensacola, Florida, 12 September 1984 series 7box 1folder 4
On verso: 4-17-86 Mencken Lunch/Arthur: Left to Right/Glen Darenbush-PR/Jon Carroll SF Chronicle Columnist/David Belch-Mencken collection/Charles Wollett/Ed Moose-(standing), Bud Johns-author the Omnibus Mencken/Ed Addeo-author/Bob Burger-author/Al Haas-author/Ron Femrite Sport Illustrated Column/Dorothy Anderson-Foothill College, 17 April 1986 series 7box 1folder 5
On verso: The Butterick Building, at Spring and MacDougal Streets, in Greenwich Village. Menckens first visit, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 6
On verso: Plaque on the side of the Butterick Building, indicating it was built in 1902. Mencken first met Dreiser there in the spring of 1908. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 7
On verso: The light-gold, 2-story brick building in the foreground stands on 165 W. 10th St., site of what was Dreiser's apartment he shared with Kirah Markham. The two taller row houses on the right would surely have been there in 1916-17, when Mencken was a frequent guest. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 8
On verso: The tallest building here is 274 W. 19th St., where HLM would shack up with Marion Bloom when in New York. I don't know what the apartment number would have been. I was thrilled to find it still standing. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 9
On verso: The legendary Luchows is still standing at 110 E. 14th Street! New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 10
On verso: Carl Van Vechten's apartment was here at 150 W. 55th Street. HLM was a frequent guest at parties, etc. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 11
On verso: Hotel Chelsea at 222 W. 23rd. HLM often visited literary figures here. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 12
On verso: 750 Fifth Avenue was the permanent home of American Mercury. It was headquartered in the Hecksher Building. The building currently on the site is the Crown Building. I will have to check if it is a different building or whether it was merely renamed. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 13
On verso: 25 W. 45th Street. Final Home of the Smart Set offices. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 14
On verso: 452 Fifth Avenue, first home of Smart Set, when HLM began reviewing books for them in 1909. The small portion of the building in the center of the photo seems to be original. I'll have to check if it housed the Smart Set offices. To the north is the New York Public Library. New York City, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 15
Mencken event, n.p. On verso: Jan. 28, 1989., April 1989 series 7box 1folder 16
Mencken event, n.p. On verso: Jan. 28, 1989. The audience, April 1989 series 7box 1folder 17
Arthur Gutman, Carl Bode, and two unidentified men. On verso: Jan. 28, 1989., April 1989 series 7box 1folder 18
Mencken group. On verso: 9/25/89/to Arthur/from Charles/9/12/89/at Wash Square Bar & Grill/HLM lunch. New York City, September 1989 series 7box 1folder 19
This is a copy of the famous photograph used as the frontispiece for Happy Days. Mencken has signed it and written 'age 8,' or 'at the age of 8.' This copy was made in 1992 by Jack Sanders from a print that was once in the collection of Betty Adler. The copy is slightly larger than the original, and a little clearer and lighter, with better contrast, because of the care taken with making the copy negative, 1992 series 7box 1folder 20
On verso: 5-28-92/George Thompson and his pickelhaube-Stockton CA., 28 May 1992 series 7box 1folder 21
On verso: Chuck Sanders 5-93, May 1993 series 7box 1folder 22
Group of six men and one woman. On verso: F. Norman Vickers/14 W. Jordan Street, 1-H/Pensacola, FL 32501-1734/Please give photo credit/Sept-93., September 1993 series 7box 1folder 23
On verso: L to R/Jerry Dobbin: Junius Rochester (Helen MacLeod's pillow of HLM in the middle) Jerry, of Santa Fe, & Junius, Seattle, convened an emergency meeting of the HLM Society in Santa Fe on New Years Eve, 1993, 31 December 1993 series 7box 1folder 24
Two women and a man. On verso: "July 94", 1994 series 7box 1folder 25
Arthur Gutman and Fred Hobson[?]. On verso: "July 94", 25 June 1994 series 7box 1folder 26
Fred Hobson[?] and Vince Fitzpatrick[?]. On verso: "July 94", 25 June 1994 series 7box 1folder 27
Arthur Gutman. On verso: Meeting June 25, 1994/Speakers/Fred Hobson/Vince Fitzpatrick, 25 June 1994 series 7box 1folder 28
On verso: MENCKEN NIGHT September 24, 1994/ExecutiveClub Pensacola, FL./From left, Holliday and Mary Veal, Betty Vickers, Frances and Willima Coker, John and Frances Harrell, Loretta and Norris Combs, Ray Oldenberg, 24 September 1994 series 7box 1folder 29
On verso: Pensacola, FL 9/24.94/Seated from left, Frances Coker, Mary Veal, Betty Vickers, Frances Harrell, Loretta Combs. Standing, from left, Holliday Veal, Willima Coker, John Harrell, Ray Oldenberg, Norman Vickers and Norris Combs., 24 September 1994 series 7box 1folder 30
On verso: Pensacola, FL 9/24/94/From left, Holiday and Mary Veal, Betty Vikers, Frances and Bill Ciker, John and Frances Harrell, Loretta and Norris Combs, Norman Vickers and Ray Oldenberg, 24 September 1994 series 7box 1folder 31
On verso: Marion Rogers is a new addition to Sanders bookcases. Dec. 1994, December 1994 series 7box 1folder 32
David Foster as H. L. Mencken. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 33
Audience and David Foster as H. L. Mencken. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 34
David Foster and Arthur Gutman. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 35
David Foster and Arthur Gutman. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 36
Unidentified man at podium, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 37
Unidentified man on crutches and Arthur Gutman on stage, Enoch Free Public Library, Baltimore, Maryland. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 38
Arthur Gutman at podium, Enoch Free Public Library, Baltimore, Maryland. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 39
Unidentified man at podium, Enoch Free Public Library, Baltimore, Maryland. On verso: Mar 95, March 1995 series 7box 1folder 40
Group photograph, Mencken Society, Pensacola, Florida, 1995. On verso: Mencken Celebration 1995/(Front L-R) Millie Gregg, Judith Oldenberg, Diane Mack,/Frances Harrell, Betty Vickers, Dona Usry, Frances Coker,/Loretta Combs, Lana Servies./(Back L-R) Paul Gregg, Ray Oldebnberg, John Harrell,/Norman Vickers, Milton Usry, William Coker,/Norris Combs, Jim Servies, 1995 series 7box 1folder 41
Arthur Gutman and an unidentified man, in front of a book case, undated series 7box 1folder 42
Arthur Gutman in front of a book case containing a portion of his Mencken collection. On verso: Prudential Insurance Co./Newark, N.J./4 proofs, undated series 7box 1folder 43
Friends of Mencken presentation of 1927 Nikol Schattenstein portrait of Mencken to the Enoch Free Public Library. 2 prints. (negative available), undated series 7box 1folder 44

Series 8: H. L. Mencken Materials, 1906-1963 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains material written by, written to, or autographed by H. L. Mencken. It also includes some Mencken family correspondence and documents. It is arranged alphabetically by file title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Advertisements series 8box 1folder 1
Mencken at Fifty, undated [1930?] series 8box 1folder 1item 1
Reader's Digest, Mencken's piece entitled "Not An Idea Missing", undated series 8box 1folder 1item 2
American Mercury, undated [1925] series 8box 1folder 1item 3
American Mercury, undated series 8box 1folder 1item 4
Clipping -- "A Great Moral Sport," autographed by HLM, April 25, 1921 series 8box 1folder 2
Correspondence, Original -- Aug. Mencken Bros. to Central Savings Bank, 1906 series 8box 1folder 3
Correspondence, Original -- Bruno, Mr. [?], 1928 series 8box 1folder 4
Correspondence, Original -- Clancy, Mr. [?], 1938, 1947 series 8box 1folder 5
Correspondence, Original -- Cole, Mr. [?], 1948 series 8box 1folder 6
Correspondence, Original -- [Craven?], Frank, 1939 series 8box 1folder 7
Correspondence, Original -- Duschnes, Philip, 1936, 1945 series 8box 1folder 8
Correspondence, Original -- Goldberg, [Isaac?], 1928 series 8box 1folder 9
Correspondence, Original -- Johns, Orrick, ca. 1914-1923 series 8box 1folder 10
Correspondence, Original -- Johnson, Gerald, 1923, 1934-1936, 1938, 1940, 1944, 1946-1947, and undated series 8box 1folder 11
Correspondence, Original -- Kadison, Alexander, 1947 series 8box 1folder 12
Correspondence, Original -- Lenrow, Mr. [?], 1932 series 8box 1folder 13
Correspondence, Original -- McCardell, Roy, 1944 series 8box 1folder 14
Correspondence, Original -- McKnight, Mr. [?], undated series 8box 1folder 15
Correspondence, Original -- Owens, Hamilton, 1928 series 8box 1folder 16
Correspondence, Original -- Seitz, [Don C.?], 1925 series 8box 1folder 17
Correspondence, Original -- Semmes, John, 1943 series 8box 1folder 18
Correspondence, Original -- Steinberg, Mr. [?], undated series 8box 1folder 19
Correspondence, Original -- Stolberg, Charles, 1944-1945 series 8box 1folder 20
Correspondence, Original -- Stricker, Father William -- HLM, August Mencken, Rosalind Lohrfinch, 1930, 1934-1935, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1944, 1947-1949, 1955-1958, 1963 series 8box 1folder 21
Correspondence, Original -- Zevin, [B. D.?], 1946-1947 series 8box 1folder 22
Correspondence -- Photocopies, undated [1916-1941] series 8box 1folder 23
Correspondence -- Photocopies, undated [1942-1950, and undated] series 8box 1folder 24
Legal Documents, August Mencken Estate -- Photocopies, undated [1963, 1967, 1982] series 8box 1folder 25
Mencken Blurb, Silbert Exhibit, Baltimore Museum of Art Catalogue, 1924 series 8box 1folder 26
Mencken Manuscript -- "'Incog' at the Lyceum: Stock Company's Change of Bill--A Good Company Well Played", undated series 8box 1folder 27
Mencken Manuscript -- "What Is Ahead, a Bed Time Story" -- original carbon typescript of radio program aired on NBC on April 27, 1934, 1934 series 8box 1folder 28
Mencken Manuscript (photocopy) -- "The Free City", undated series 8box 1folder 29
Newsweek -- HLM inscription to Perry Molstad, 5 April 1948 series 8box 1folder 30
Notes -- [notes by Mencken on his writings written on the back and front of an envelope in ink], undated series 8box 1folder 31
Off-Prints series 8box 1folder 32
"Project For a Licensing Act For Baltimore City," from Evening Sun [Baltimore], 1933 series 8box 1folder 32item 1
"A Girl From Red Lion, P.A.," from Newspaper Days, 1941 series 8box 1folder 32item 2
"Designations for Colored Folk," from American Speech; autographed by Mencken, 1944 series 8box 1folder 32item 3
"Spiritual Autopsies" from New York Evening Post; date of publication from H.L. Mencken Shelf List, undated [1931] series 8box 1folder 32item 4
"Suggestions to Our Visitors," pamphlet autographed on front cover; date of publication from H.L. Mencken Shelf List, undated [1915] series 8box 1folder 32item 5
"Review of the New International Encyclopedia", undated series 8box 1folder 32item 6
"A Personal Word," date of publication from H.L. Mencken Shelf List, undated [1914] series 8box 1folder 32item 7
Who's Who in America (ORDER) -- vol. 16, 1930-1931, annotated by Mencken, 1929 series 8box 1folder 33

Series 9: Ephemera, 1882-1999 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains miscellaneous items and ephemera collected by Arthur J. Gutman, some of which relate to Mencken. The items are arranged alpabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Baltimore Oriole Celebration--from a sketch by W. P. Snyder" -- Harper's Weekly (oversize), 22 October 1881 series 9box 1folder 1
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Programme -- (Joel Gutman & Co. Ad, p. 12), 11 February 1916 series 9box 1folder 2
Cigars/Cigar Box -- ten cigars and three matchbooks in an Uncle Willie cigar box (oversize), undated series 9box 1folder 3
Enoch Pratt Free Library, HLM Book Plate, undated series 9box 1folder 4
Gutman Book Plates, undated series 9box 1folder 5
H. L. Mencken Library and Reference Center, National Press Club, flier, ca. 24 February 1985 series 9box 1folder 6
Henry Louis Mencken/His Book -- (framed book plate) (oversize), undated series 9box 1folder 7
"Mencken Dinner/Wheezie and Artie" -- memorabilia, undated series 9box 1folder 8
Mencken 100, Postcards -- set of six issued for the HLM centennial, 1980 series 9box 1folder 9
Menu/Baltimore Steam Packet Co., undated series 9box 1folder 10
Receipts -- Mencken materials purchased by Gutman, 1978-1999 series 9box 1folder 11
Sheet music -- "I Am a One Hundred Percent. American" by William W. Woollcott, undated series 9box 1folder 12

Series 10: Audio-Visual Materials, 1948-2003 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series consists primarily of recorded interviews with friends and associates of Mencken. Many of these interviews were conducted by noted Mencken scholar Carl Bode. Content includes Mencken Society meetings and two films starring Aileen Pringle. Also included is a copy of the only commercial recording of H. L. Mencken and a microfilm reel of book inscriptions to P. J. Cleator. The series is arranged chronologically by the date of the original event, recording, or production.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Convicted, "Aileen Pringle plays Claire Norville, an actress avoiding the unwanted attentions of her mentor during a steamship trip. Story of romance and intrigue," 57 min. -- (Video cassette), 1931 series 10box 1folder 1
Murder at Midnight, "A. Pringle & Alice White, Aileen Pringle play Mrs. Kennedy, widow of murder victim, in a plot with the usual complications," 67 min. -- (Video cassette), 1931 series 10box 1folder 2
HLM interviewed by Donald Howe Kirkley, Sr. -- (CD), 1999 [30 June 1948] series 10box 1folder 3
Interviews of Alfred A. Knopf and Alistair Cooke, interview of Alfred A. Knopf by Eric Goldman in 1965 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Alfred A. Knopf Inc., and Alfred A. Knopf and Alistair Cooke interviewed by Clifton Fadiman upon the publication of The Vintage Mencken in 1955 -- (CD) -- (Additional Audio cassette for The Vintage Mencken), undated [1955, 1965] series 10box 1folder 4
The Opening of the Mencken Room, Enoch Pratt Free Library featuring Alistair Cooke and Hamilton Owens -- (CD and Audiocassette), 2000 [17 April 1956] series 10box 1folder 5
"Unforgettable H.L. Mencken," narrated by Chet Huntley -- (Audio cassette), 10 July 1956 series 10box 1folder 6
Caustic Genius and Bring on the Angels, Caustic Genius is interviews with friends of HLM narrated by Chet Huntley, and Bring on the Angels is a CBS radio dramatization of HLM's description of his start in newspaper work in Newspaper Days -- (CD) -- (Additional Audio cassette for Bring on the Angels), undated [1956 and 8 June 1956] series 10box 1folder 7
H. L. Mencken Speaking, HLM interviewed by Donald Howe Kirkley, Sr. at the Library of Congress -- (Disc), 1957 series 10box 1folder 8
"Biography in Sound, H.L. Mencken, c.1957" -- (Audio cassette), ca. 1957 series 10box 1folder 9
Carl Bode interviewing Edith Kean, Ruth Goodman Goetz -- (Audio cassette), 19 February 1963, 23 July 1964 series 10box 1folder 10
Carl Bode interviewing Watson Davis, Penny Policek -- (Audio cassette), 30 June 1965, 24 February 1965 series 10box 1folder 11
Carl Bode interviewing Penny Policek cont. -- (Audio cassette), 24 February 1965 series 10box 1folder 12
"Mencken and the Boobs," Panel at Southern Illinois University, 2 hours -- (Audio cassette), ca. 1970 series 10box 1folder 13
Mencken Diary Discussion, Maryland Historical Society -- (Video cassette), 27 January 1990 series 10box 1folder 14
"My Affinity to H.L Mencken," Panel Meeting -- (Audio cassette), 23 June 1990 series 10box 1folder 15
Mencken Day, Speaker--Bob Tyrrell -- (Video cassette), 12 September 1992 series 10box 1folder 16
Mencken Society Meeting--Walter and Judy Brilhart talk and slides, 1 hour; Paul Fussel talk on "Mencken-The Writer," 1 hour, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland -- (Video cassette), 13 September 1997 series 10box 1folder 17
Mencken Society Meeting--Discussion Panel: Ray Stevens, C.A. Fecher, E.A. Martin, B. Brackett, and V. Fitzpatrick, Westminster College, Maryland -- (Video cassette), 5 April 1997 series 10box 1folder 18
"The Monkey Trial--1 hour--rec'd 11/10/98." Copy of program originally broadcast on the History Channel's "In Search of History" in 1997 -- (Videocassette), 1998 [1997] series 10box 1folder 19
Mencken Society Meeting--Speakers: Jack Seal and Leo Elliott, St. David's Church, Baltimore, Maryland, 1 hour -- (Video cassette) -- (2 copies), 16 January 1999 series 10box 1folder 20
Mencken Society Meeting--Speaker: Judy Cooper, First Christina Church -- (Video cassette), 12 June 1999 series 10box 1folder 21
A Mencken Sampler, 4 discs including: Alastair Cooke, Alfred A. Knopf, Clifton Fadiman, Eric F. Goldman, Carl Bode, Dr. Cabell Green, H. L. Mencken and Murray Kempton -- (Discs), 2003 series 10box 1folder 22
Mencken inscriptions from HLM to P.E. Cleator in various HLM books and articles; also contains a page of advertisements by the Tithers' Tracht League -- (Microfilm), undated series 10box 1folder 23
Carl Bode interviewing Anita Lews and friend, Huntington Cairns, Arthur Krock -- (Audio cassette), undated series 10box 1folder 24
Carl Bode interviewing Bee MacDonald, Ruth Goetz -- (Audio cassette), undated series 10box 1folder 25
Carl Bode interviewing Dwight Curtis, Mary Louise Newcomer Moore -- (Audo cassette), undated series 10box 1folder 26
Carl Bode interviewing George Schuyler -- (Audio cassette), undated series 10box 1folder 27
Carl Bode interviewing Huntington Cairns -- (Audio cassette), undated series 10box 1folder 28
"Mencken's Early Years", undated series 10box 1folder 29

Series 11: Clippings, 1917-2002 and undated (null)

Series 11 consists of a listing of the clippings from newspapers and magazines that Gutman collected or were sent to him during the course of his Mencken activities. After the list was compiled, the clippings were destroyed. The items on the list are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Related Material

In 2001 when Gutman donated the materials described in this finding aid, the University of Maryland Libraries also acquired Gutman's collection of Mencken books and historic serials. A list of the books and serial publications in the Arthur J. Gutman collection enumerates the holdings available in the Maryland Room. The catalog records for these items can be located by using the term "Arthur J. Gutman collection" to search the University of Maryland library catalog. H. L. Mencken left the majority of his letters, personal library, and manuscripts to the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore, Maryland. The New York Public Library also has significant holdings of Mencken's correspondence among its collections.

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