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Wenning mss., 1958-1987

Summary Information

Repository:
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Creator
Wenning, Henry W., 1911-1987

Title
Wenning mss., 1958-1987

Collection No.
LMC 2297

Extent
ca. 9,000 items

Language
Materials are in English

Abstract
The Wenning mss., 1958-1987, consists of appraisals, correspondence, invoices and sales records, and catalogues of Henry W. Wenning, 1911-1987, a rare book dealer specializing in modern first editions.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

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

Arrangement

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

Scope and Content Note

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

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

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Purchase. Serendipity Books, Berkeley CA. 1998
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Wenning mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 Biographical

Recollection of Wenning by Robert Barry, Jr. Talk given at Henry Wenning Memorial Service, June 22, 1987 at the New York office of Martin E. Segal Co.

Series: Box 1 Appraisals

Aiken, Conrad

Brooks, Van Wyck

Carpenter, Margaret

Cowley, Malcolm

cummings, e.e.

Gordon, Dorothy

Ignatow, David

Kerr, Sophie

Laughlin, James

Maas, Willard

Mack, Maynard

Norman, Dorothy

Odets, Walter W.

Olson, Charles

Philbrick, Charles

Washington University, 1964-1968

(3 folders)


Washington University: George Marion O'Donnell

Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University: Albert Schweitzer

Wisdom, William B.

Yale University

Yale University: Barnaby Conrad

Yeats, W.B.

Series: Box 1 Correspondence

1961-1963: miscellaneous

1964-1971: A-Z

A Miscellaneous

(3 folders)


Adams, Leonie

Asphodel Bookshop

(3 folders)


Atkins, Thomas R.

B Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Barker, George, Collection

Baskin, Leonard

Beckett, Samuel

Black, Robert K.

Black Sparrow Press, 1967-1970

(8 folders)


Box 2 Black Sparrow Press, 1971

The Bookman

(3 folders)


Brown, Andreas, 1966 [for later correspondence See Gotham Book Mart]

Bruccoli, Matthew

(4 folders)


Busfield, Bernard

Butterworth, John R.

(2 folders)


C Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Calder and Boyars, Ltd.

(4 folders)


California State Polytechnic College

Clark, C.E. Frazer

(3 folders)


Clifford, Stanley

(5 folders)


Clodd, Alan

(4 folders)


Country Squires Books

(4 folders)


Creeley, Robert

Currey, Lloyd W.

(3 folders)


D Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Deutsch, Babette

Dzierbicki, Ronald L.

(4 folders)


E Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Les Editions de Minuit

(3 folders)


Everson, William

F Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Faber and Faber, Ltd.

(5 folders)


G Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Goodwin, Jonathan (Mr. and Mrs.)

(4 folders)


Gotham Book Mart

(4 folders)


Box 3 H Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Hamady, Walter

(2 folders)


Harvard University Library

(3 folders)


Hawkes, John

Hicks, Granville

Hoagland, Clayton

Hollings, Frank (Bookseller)

(3 folders)


I Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Indiana University

(3 folders)


International Bookfinders

(7 folders)


J Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


K Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Kent State University

(4 folders)


Keynes, Quentin

(4 folders)


Kiphuth, Delaney

Kobler, John

(4 folders)


L Miscellaneous

(6 folders)


Laughlin, James

Lewis, Murrell

(4 folders)


Lowenfels, Walter

(3 folders)


M Miscellaneous

(6 folders)


Box 4 Manus Presse

(5 folders)


Meltzer, David

(3 folders)


Miller, A. T. (Dusty)

Millett, Fred B.

(2 folders)


Millgate, Michael

(3 folders)


Mitchell, Breon

(3 folders)


N Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Newman, Julia

(2 folders)


Nin, Anais

Nothmann, N. C.

(3 folders)


O Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Ohio State University

(3 folders)


Oyez (Robert Hawley)

(7 folders)


P Miscellaneous

(5 folders)


Pearson, Norman Holmes

(2 folders)


Phoenix Bookshop

(4 folders)


Publishers

(6 folders)


Q Miscellaneous

(3 folders)


R Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Rota, Bertram Ltd.

(4 folders)


S Miscellaneous, 1966-1969

(5 folders)


Box 5 S Miscellaneous, 1970

(2 folders)


Serendipity Books

(5 folders)


Siegel, Daniel G.

(2 folders)


Simon Fraser University

(2 folders)


Stonehill (Bob Barry, Jr.)

T Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Tenney, Charles H.

(3 folders)


U Miscellaneous, 1968

(2 folders)


Unicorn Press and Bookshop

(4 folders)


University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Santa Cruz

(3 folders)


University of Iowa

University of Wisconsin

(4 folders)


V Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


W Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


Wallrich, Larry A.

(4 folders)


Washington University, 1964-1969

(21 folders)


Box 6 Washington University, 1970-1971

(7 folders)


Wesleyan University

(5 folders)


Williams, Jonathan

(2 folders)


Y Miscellaneous

(4 folders)


York University

(3 folders)


Series: Box 6 Invoices

1967-1969 (arranged alphabetically)

(31 folders)


Misc. invoices, 1968-1970 (incl. Manus Presse & G.R. Minkoff, etc.)

(31 folders)


1970-1971 (arranged alphabetically), A-B

(2 folders)


Box 7 1970-1971 (cont.), C-Z

(21 folders)


1967-1970 (arranged chronologically)

(16 folders)


Box 8 1971 (arranged chronologically)

(2 folders)


Series: Box 8 Business and sales records

"Release of Lease" Dec. 1966 

"Credits Issued" 1967-1971 

Postal insurance receipts, 1967-1971

Postal ledgers (i.e. packages mailed), 1969-1971

Sales Ledger, Vol. I: 1967-1969; Vol. II: 1970-1971

Sales Records: 1967-1971

(2 folders)


Sales Totals: 1967-1971

Series: Box 8 Catalogues

Henry W. Wenning, Rare Books: Catalogues 1-10 (1958-1966) [cat. #2 is marked copy]; Supplementary Lists 1 & 2 (1962, 1965)

(3 folders)


Henry W. Wenning/C.A. Stonehill, Inc. Rare Books: Catalogues 1-2 (1968; 1969. 2 copies of each, both marked); Supplementary Lists 1-2 Oct. 1969; Oct. 1970. 2 copies each, both marked); Recent Acquisitions 1 (1970. 2 copies, both marked); Recent Acquisitions 2 (1970. 3 copies, 2 marked); Recent Acquisitions 3 (1971. 3 copies, 2 marked)

(5 folders)


Series: Box 8 Henry W. Wenning, Publisher, records

Record book of expenses in publishing Book of Resemblances by Robert Duncan. 1966

Record book for Blowing of the Seed by William Everson. 1966

Re: Wenning/Stonehill publication of T.S. Eliot & Ezra Pound: A Collaboration in Letters edited by Donald Gallup. 1970

Series: Box 8 Printed materials

Roman Books, Inc. Fort Lauderdale, FL: catalogues #2 & 3; Supplementary List One

Miscellaneous printed (2 items)