Title: HENRY W. CLUNE PAPERS
Date range:
1924 - 1993
Location:
D.141
Size:
20 boxes



Henry W. Clune was born in Rochester, New York on February 8, 1890. As a young boy he lived in the Linden Street neighborhood of the fourteenth ward. He attended West High School and for a short time was a student at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. At the age of twenty, Clune joined the staff of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, first as a volunteer, then as a paid employee. For almost forty years his column "Seen and Heard" appeared in the paper approximately three times a week. The column captured the color and flavor of life in Rochester, and was based on thousands of interviews Clune conducted with residents and visitors to the city.

In 1933 a compilation of Clune's newspaper columns was published in the book Seen and Heard. His other book publications include: The Good Die Poor (1937), Monkey on a Stick (1940), Main Street Beat (1947), By His Own Hand (1952), The Big Fella (1956), Six O'Clock Casual (1960), The Genesee (1963), O'Shaughnessy's Cafe (1969), The Rochester I Know (1972), I Always Liked It Here (1983), and Souvenir, and Other Stories (1990).

In 1921 Clune married Charlotte Boyle, a national swimming champion who competed in the 1920 Olympics. The Clunes, who had four sons, lived for many years in Scottsville, New York. Mrs. Clune died in 1990 at the age of 91.

In 1963 Henry Clune was named a Fellow of the Rochester Museum of Arts and Science and in 1965 he was given the Friends of the Rochester Public Library's Annual Literary Award. Clune died on October 9, 1995 at the age of 105.

The collection consists of correspondence, including letters from such notables as Herbert Hoover, H.L. Mencken, Billy Rose, and Walter Winchell. Also included are the manuscripts of his books, copies of the "Seen and Heard" columns and his other publications, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

In 1963 Henry W. Clune donated his papers to Syracuse University Library. They generously presented the papers to the University of Rochester Library in 1980 as part of the celebration of Mr. Clune's ninetieth birthday. Other material came to the Library as part of Mr. Clune's estate. The materials in boxes 14-20 was added in 2003.



Contents:


BOX 1: Correspondence

Folder:

  1. May 1926 - April 1940
  2. May 1940 - December 1946
  3. January - December 1947
  4. January 1948 - December 1951
  5. January - December 1952
  6. January 1953 - April 1956
  7. May 1956 - August 1962

BOX 2: Correspondence

Folder:

  1. September 1962 - June 1963
  2. July - December 1963
  3. January - August 1964
  4. September 1964 - January 1965
  5. February 1965 - December 1966
  6. January 1967 - December 1969

BOX 3: Correspondence and Memorabilia

Folder:

  1. Correspondence, 1970-1990
  2. Non-dated correspondence
  3. Friends of the Rochester Public Library Literary Award, program, 1965
  4. Letters and cards from Clune's 90th and 100th Birthday celebrations
  5. April 22, 1983, Official Henry Clune Day in Rochester, NY
  6. Honorary Alumnus, Class of 1912, awarded by the University of Rochester, 1983
  7. Rochester Boxing Association Awards Ceremony 1986, Dedicated to Clune
  8. Newspaper Clippings about Clune and his family, 1935-1995
  9. Charlotte B. Clune Obituaries and Memorial Service
  10. Miscellaneous biographical Material
  11. Miscellaneous publication material

BOX 4: Manuscripts - The Big Fella; By His Own Hand; The Genesee

Folder:

  1. The Big Fella, Draft, typescript, pages 1-149.
  2. The Big Fella, Draft, typescript, pages 150-300.
  3. The Big Fella, Draft, typescript, pages 301-445.
  4. The Big Fella, Draft, typescript, pages 446-599.
  5. The Big Fella, Reviews.
  6. By His Own Hand, Reviews.
  7. The Genesee, Draft A, typescript, pages 4-199.
  8. The Genesee, Draft A, typescript, pages 200-331.

BOX 5: Manuscripts - The Genesee

Folder:

  1. The Genesee, Draft B, typescript, pages 1-115.
  2. The Genesee, Draft B, typescript, pages 116-234.
  3. The Genesee, Draft B., typescript, pages 235-335.
  4. The Genesee, Galley Proofs.
  5. The Genesee, Illustrations.
  6. The Genesee, Notes, holograph.
  7. The Genesee, Notes, holograph.

BOX 6: Manuscripts - The Genesee; The Good Die Poor; Main Street Beat

Folder:

  1. The Genesee, Notes, holograph.
  2. The Genesee, Notes, typescript.
  3. The Genesee, Reviews, 1963.
  4. The Good Die Poor, Draft, typescript, pages 1-131.
  5. The Good Die Poor, Draft, typescript, pages 132-254.
  6. Main Street Beat, Draft, typescript, pages 1-148.
  7. Main Street Beat, Draft, typescript, pages 149-301.
  8. Main Street Beat, Reviews.

BOX 7: Manuscripts - Monkey on a Stick; O'Shaughnessy's Cafe

Folder:

  1. Monkey on a Stick, Draft, typescript, pages 1-146.
  2. Monkey on a Stick, Draft, typescript, pages 147-284.
  3. Monkey on a Stick, Reviews, 1940.
  4. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft A, typescript, pages 3-101.
  5. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft A, typescript, pages 102-215.
  6. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft A, typescript, pages 216-335.
  7. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft A, typescript, pages 336-449.

BOX 8: Manuscripts - O'Shaughnessy's Cafe

Folder:

  1. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft A, typescript, pages 450-542.
  2. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft B, typescript, pages 1-101.
  3. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft B, typescript, pages 102-215.
  4. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft B, typescript, pages 216-335.
  5. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft B, typescript, pages 336-449.
  6. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Draft B, typescript, pages 450-542.
  7. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Layout Materials.

BOX 9: Manuscripts - O'Shaughnessy's Cafe; The Rochester I Know

Folder:

  1. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Notes holograph and typescript.
  2. O'Shaughnessy's Cafe, Reviews, 1969.
  3. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 1-50.
  4. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 51-99.
  5. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 100-150.
  6. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 151-199.
  7. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 200-250.
  8. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 251-299.
  9. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 300-350.
  10. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 351-399.
  11. The Rochester I Know, Draft, typescript, pages 400-417.

BOX 10: Manuscripts - Six O'Clock Casual

Folder:

  1. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft A, typescript, pages 1-88.
  2. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft A, typescript, pages 89-160.
  3. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft B, typescript, pages 1-108.
  4. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft B, typescript, pages 109-202.
  5. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft B, typescript, pages 203-308.
  6. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft B, typescript, pages 309-410.
  7. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft B, typescript, pages 411-504.

BOX 11: Manuscripts - Six O'Clock Casual

Folder:

  1. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft C, typescript, pages 1-102.
  2. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft C, typescript, pages 103-208.
  3. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft C, typescript, pages 209-314.
  4. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft C, typescript, pages 315-397.
  5. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft C, typescript, pages 398-492.
  6. Six O'Clock Casual, Draft D, typescript, pages 1-131.
  7. Six O'Clock Casual, Notes and Fragments.
  8. Six O'Clock Casual, Reviews

BOX 12: Manuscripts- Short Stories, Articles and Unpublished works (alphabetically arranged)

Folder:

  1. "Anthony, Susan B." Draft, typescript.
  2. "Irish Rules", Draft, typescript (incomplete).
  3. "A Man Is Born", Draft, typescript, Part I.
  4. "A Man Is Born", Draft, typescript, Part II.
  5. "Scramble Eyes", Draft A, typescript.
  6. "Scramble Eyes", Draft B, typescript.
  7. "There's Something In A Name", Draft, typescript.
  8. Untitled, Autobiography, Draft, typescript (incomplete).
  9. "A Young Man Falls In Love", Part I, Draft A, typescript.
  10. "A Young Man Falls In Love", Part II, Draft A, typescript.
  11. "A Young Man Falls In Love", Part I, Draft B, typescript.
  12. "A Young Man Falls In Love", Part II, Draft B, typescript.

Box 13: Publications: Writings - Newspaper Column, Short Stories and Articles. (chronologically arranged)

Folder:

  1. "The Fastest Man In The World", Collier's, vol. 74, September 13, 1924.
  2. "The Bad Little Nice Girl", McClure's, vol. 58, June 1927.
  3. "Phi Beta Kappa Kid", McClure's, vol. 61, November 1928.
  4. "Palookas and Plutocrats", North American Review, vol. 227, January 1929.
  5. "Sugar", Munsey, vol. XLVII, September 1929.
  6. "Seen and Heard", Clippings, 1936-1969. (see also scrapbook containing "Seen and Heard" clippings)
  7. "Nostalgia", Column Review, June 1939.
  8. "Why I Live In Rochester", Pageant, vol. 6, February 1951.
  9. "The Big Fella," Montreal Star, September 8, 1956.
  10. "That Lawyers May Laugh", Case and Comments, September - October 1963.
  11. "The Genesee Country", essay by Henry W. Clune, January 17 - February 22, 1976.
  12. "Henry Clune Recalls..."
  13. "The Author Baits the Critics (from a manuscript found in a Bottle by an Anonymous Alcoholic)", typescript, n.d.

BOX 14: Manuscripts - I Always Liked It Here

Folder:

  1. I Always Liked It Here, Draft A, typescript, pages 1-136.
  2. I Always Liked It Here, Draft A, typescript, pages 137-337.
  3. I Always Liked It Here, Draft B, typescript, pages 1-220.
  4. I Always Liked It Here, Draft C, typescript, pages 1-377.
  5. I Always Liked It Here, Layout Materials.
  6. Photographs of Book Signing Party for I Always Liked It Here, University of Rochester, 1983

BOX 15: Manuscripts - I Always Liked It Here

Folder:

  1. I Always Liked It Here, blue unbound proof sheet.
  2. I Always Liked It Here, unbound proof sheets.
  3. I Always Liked It Here, photos and negatives of Clune for jacket cover
  4. I Always Liked It Here, typescript draft, cover page through page 100.
  5. I Always Liked It Here, Layout Materials.
  6. I Always Liked It Here, Printer Errors.
  7. I Always Liked It Here, Bindings.
  8. I Always Liked It Here, Correspondence about I Always Liked It Here.
  9. I Always Liked It Here, newspaper clippings.
    (See also alcove 4)

BOX 16: Unpublished materials

Folder:

  1. Journal kept by Henry Clune, typescript, March-November 1992
  2. Journal kept by Henry Clune, typescript, 1993
  3. Retreat, by Henry Clune, unpublished, typescript, n.d.
  4. Retreat, by Henry Clune, unpublished, typescript, n.d. (copy 2)

BOX 17: Clune's annotated copy of Mister Abbott by George Abbot, 1963.

BOX 18: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings about Clune

BOX 19: Scrapbook of newspaper clippings compiled by Clune about current events and sports.

BOX 20: Scrapbook of "Seen and Heard" newspaper clippings, 1945-1952; Advertisment Placard for I Always Liked It Here

ALCOVE 4: Proof sheets and other material relating to the publication of I Always Liked It Here



List of letters from Samuel Hopkins Adams to Henry W. Clune.

September 29, 1937, l p., A.L.S.
February 12, 1941, l p., T.L.S.
February 24, 1947, l p., A.L.S.
September 10, 1947, 1 p., A.L.S.
October 27, 1947, l p., T.L.S.
December 29, 1949, 2 p., T.L.S.
September 30, 1950, l p., T.L.S.
October 24, 1952, 2 p., T.L.S.
October 25, 1952, l p., A.L.S.
February 19, 1956, 2 p., T.L.S., note added in Adams' hand.
March 28, 1956, l p., A.L.S.
March 5, 1957, l p., T.L.S.
May 9, 1957, l p., T.L.S.
June 13, 1957, 2 p., T.L.S.

Letters from the following individuals to Henry W. Clune have been indexed:

  • Louise Brooks
  • Carl Carmer
  • Jacob Robert Cominsky
  • Eva Gabor
  • Frank Gannett
  • Herbert Hoover
  • J. Edgar Hoover
  • Beatrice Kaufman
  • Claire Luce
  • Clare Boothe Luce
  • Jerre Mangione
  • Irene Castle Mc Laughlin
  • Henry Lewis Mencken
  • Frank Sullivan
  • Booth Tarkington
  • Gene Tunney
  • Walter Winchell



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