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Collins mss., 1926-2001

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Collins, John W., 1912-2001

Collins mss., 1926-2001

Collection No.
LMC 2411

10,000 items

Materials are in English.

The Collins mss., ca. 1926-2001, consist of the correspondence, writings, photographs, albums and chess club records of John William (Jack) Collins, 1912-2001, an influential American teacher of chess.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Collins was born Sept. 23, 1912, in Newburgh, N.Y. His father, John Thomas Collins, a flutist and piccolo player, frequently played in John Philip Sousa's orchestra. His mother, Carolyn LaSears Collins, was a homemaker. Collins lived most of his life in New York City, becoming a chess master in the 1930s. He was a major figure in the early days of modern organized chess, serving as the first correspondence chess editor of Chess Review magazine (which later merged with Chess Life). This program laid the groundwork for the correspondence chess conducted by the United States Chess Federation. He was one of the few players who excelled nationally at both correspondence and over-the-board play, winning the U.S. correspondence championship and ranking as one of the top OTB players in the U.S. He remained an active tournament player through the 1960s, representing the United States in the first World Correspondence Chess Championship. A prolific author, he taught thousands of players through his books and articles, and was co-editor of the ninth edition of Modern Chess Openings.


Organized into the following series: I. Writings and Accompanying Materials; II. Professional; III. Bobby Fischer; IV. Game Records; V. Publications; VI. Correspondence; VII. Personal; VIII. Clippings; IX. Memorabilia; X. Photographs; XI. Albums and Scrapbooks; XII. Audio-Visual; XIII. Realia.

Scope and Content Note

Writings and Accompanying Materials include original drafts, typescripts, galley proofs, columns, and articles written by Collins, along with related correspondence, royalty statements, contracts, and publisher agreements. The Professional series includes game submissions, income statements, awards and honors, and other materials relating to Collins' activities as Correspondence Chess Editor, chess mentor and expert.

The Bobby Fischer series includes correspondence written by Bobby Fischer to Jack and Ethel Collins; the diaries of Ethel Collins, written during Fischer's 1972 World Chess Championship victory over Boris Spassky of the USSR; and an unsigned, undated, handwritten plea for Fischer to return to playing chess professionally. The Game Records series features more than 70 years of materials pertaining to chess matches, tournaments and championships.

Correspondents in the general Correspondence series include: Edmund Adam; Weever W. Adams; Lev Alburt; Emil J. Balthazar; Gigi Benson; Robert F. Brand; Schuyler Broughton; Robert Byrne; Irving Chernev; Church of the Larger Fellowship; E. Malcolm Cohen; John W. (Jack) Collins; Arthur Dake; Marna Olsen Davis; E. B. Edmondson; George F. Gant; Brian Harrow; Ann Humdy; Walter James; Steven Josefowicz; Hector Jurado; Kurt Landsberger; William Lombardy; Norman Monath; Jacqueline Matisse Monnier; Steven Moskowitz; Stan Olsen; Milton Pauley; Dick Rees; Charles A. Reinwald.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2004, 2007
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], Collins mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. .
Processing Information
Processed by Susan Bogner.

Completed in 2013

Series: Box 1 I. Writings and Accompanying Materials

Organized into the following subseries of writings by Jack Collins: My Seven Chess Prodigies; Maxims of Chess; Modern Chess Openings; Columns and Articles; Early Manuscripts; Other; and Writings by Other Authors.

My Seven Chess Prodigies

Correspondence with Publishers, 1973-1983,  undated

Draft, Jan. 30, 1976

(2 folders)

Incomplete Index of Biographies

Index of Openings, Index of Players

Interview Transcripts

Miscellaneous Magazine References on the Top Five Young Masters

Note Sheets on Young Masters

Notes and Related Materials, 1974,  undated

Notes Sent to Fischer, June 29, 1974

Royalty Statements, 1975-1978

Young Masters Draft, 1974

(2 folders)

Various Typescript Sections, corrected

Young Masters Publisher Agreement, 1973

Maxims of Chess


Contracts and Publisher Correspondence, 1976-1977

Draft, 1977

(2 folders)

Draft, Dec. 11, 1978

Galley Proofs

Galley Proofs, Author's Set

Box 2 Maxims

Receipts and Royalty Statements, 1978-1993

Style Sheet and Other Notes

Modern Chess Openings

Correspondence with C.C.L.A., 1957

Correspondence with Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1956,  undated

Correspondence with Walter Korn, 1950-1956

Correspondence with Walter Korn, 1957-1958

Final Page Proofs, 1957

Page Proofs Corrections, 1957

Recapitulation of Earnings, 1965

Royalty Statements, 1959,  undated

Typescript #1, undated

Typescript #2, undated

Typescript #3, undated

Typescript #4, undated

Typescript #5, undated

Typescript #6, undated

Typescript #7, undated

Typescript #8, undated

Typescript #9, undated

Typescript #10, undated

Typescript Material, undated

(3 folders)

Columns and Articles

Chess Life, Games by USCF Members, 1952-1954

Chess Life, Games by USCF Members, 1954-1957

Chess Life, Games by USCF Members, 1967-1971

Chess Life, "How the Chess Openings Got Their Names," Corrected Draft, undated

Chess Life Review Postal Games, Oct. 22, 1969

Box 3 Chess Movies, 1944-1949

Chess Review Postal Games, July 11, 1957

(2 folders)

Chess Review Postal Games, Jan. 29, 1969

Chess Review Postal Games, undated

(4 folders)

Correspondence, Chess Review Postal Games, 1970-1972

Correspondent End Games, undated

Correspondent End Games, undated

Dictionary of American Biography, undated

Elementary Electronics, En Passant, 1968-1971

"How the Chess Openings Got Their Names," Allegro, undated

"How the Chess Openings Got Their Names," Chess Life Corrected Draft, undated

"How the Chess Openings Got Their Names," Chess World, Uncorrected Draft, undated

Journal of Paraplegia, Chess Column Notes, undated

Journal of Paraplegia, Correspondence, 1951-1953

Journal of Paraplegia, Published Copies, 1951-1953

"The MCO Story," Draft, undated

"The MCO Story," Published Version, March 1958

Solitaire Chess, 1947

Early Manuscripts

"Around the Desk," June 15, 1937

"Big League Prospect," undated

"The Cabby," March 7, 1940

"A Christmas Guest," undated

"Country Cop," 1939

"Death Drops," 1944

"Football Foolishness," April 29, 1936

"Hotel Clerk," undated

"A Manager's Choice," undated

"A Mistake," undated

"Mountain Murder," undated

"Mrs. Groom's Adventure" undated

"My Philosophy," Jan. 23, 1941

"No. 89655," undated

"Not a Coward," undated

"Pepper," undated

"Pitching- Jeff Higgins," Sept.-Oct. 1939

Political Essays and other Thoughts, 1939-1942,  undated

"Quoted Beliefs," undated

"The Recluse Reflects," Sept. 18, 1941

"Routine Monotony," June 16, 1931

"The Ruppert Household," undated

Shorter Writings and Untitled Works, 1933,  undated

"The Tale of One Eight-Year Old in the Jungle," undated

"Taxinter," Brooklyn, Feb. 16, 1940

"Tim," undated

"Turned Out," undated

War Drafts, undated

"Wheelchair Detective," or "The Recluse Reflects," undated

Writer's Digest Assignments, 1933-1934

Miscellaneous Verse, undated

Miscellaneous, undated


"Chess Openings by World Champions," written 1958-1963

"Emanuel Lasker: 1868-1941," undated

"A Plan to Develop Chess Ability," undated

Writings by Other Authors

"Death," by Santasiere, A.E., 1973

"Our Day at City Hall," by Oliver Jovanovic, undated

Series: Box 4 II. Professional

Organized into the following subseries: Chess Club Records; Collins Kids; Game Submissions; General Business; and Other.

Chess Club Records

A Lecture at the Brooklyn Chess Club, Jan. 11, 1947

Brooklyn Chess Club, 1946-1948

Brooklyn Chess League, 1934-1937

"Caissa's Clarion," Brooklyn Chess Club Bulletin, 1947

"Caissa's Clarion," Brooklyn Chess Club Bulletin, 1948

Hawthorne Chess Club, Attendance and Dues, 1931-1939

Hawthorne Chess Club, Correspondence, 1932-1937

Hawthorne Chess Club, Constitution, Minutes and Matches, 1931-1933,  undated

Manhattan Chess Club, 1970-1978,  undated

Marshall Chess Club, 1940-2000,  undated

Metropolitan Chess League, 1952-1954,  1962

Ventnor City Invitation, 1939,  1940

Collins Kids

1984 Chess Festival, Kiamesha Lake, July 16-20

1986  Chess Saga

1990  Chess Saga vs. Icelandic Youth Team Programs

1996  Amateur Team Championship Results and Honors

The Collins Kids Clarion, Vol. III, Spring 1997

CK vs. Harvard and Rockefeller, New York, 1978

CK vs. Icelandic and Israeli Youth Teams, 1984

(2 folders)

CK vs. Icelandic Youth and Ethel Collins Memorial Tournament, June-July 1996

CK vs. West Point Cadets, Apr. 17, 1982

Copies of Logo Design

Ethel B. Collins Memorial Tournament, March 1994

Proposed CK vs. Icelandic Kids, New York, 1978-1979


United States Chess Federation Affiliate Certificates, 1999,  2000

Other, 1972-2001,  undated

Game Submissions




1973,  1976,  undated

General Business

Address Book #1

Collins' Income, 1945-1971

Collins' Income, 1973

Contact Information

Jack's Inventories

Other Telephone and Address Books

Phone Book

Rolodex, A-G

Box 5 Rolodex, B-H

Rolodex, H-S

Rolodex, I-R

Rolodex, S-Z

Rolodex, unsorted


Awards and Honors

Biographical Materials on Chess Players, A-G

Biographical Materials on Chess Players, H-K

Biographical Materials on Chess Players, L-Z

Chess Bios

Chess Life Data

Collins and Dunst Correspondence Chess Course, 1945,  undated

Collins' Exhibit, World Chess Hall of Fame, 2001

Complete Ableware Catalog, JWC Feature, 1995

David Feldman, Early Prodigious Achievement, 1975

Interviews with Collins

JWC Biographical Material

The Lincoln Hilton, undated

Logo Prints

United States Chess Federation, 1975-1992

United States Chess Federation Forms and Papers


Series: Box 5 III. Bobby Fischer

Note: the bulk of the correspondence in this series are letters written by Bobby Fischer to John and Ethel Collins.


Collins, Ethel, 1976-1979

Collins, Ethel and John, 1958-1967,  undated

Collins, John, 1959-1982,  undated

Edmondson, Ed, Oct. 29, 1969

Koch, Edward I., Feb. 16, 1978

Regarding Fischer and Schuyler Broughton, 1976-1988

Bobby Fischer Game Records

1953-1961,  undated

Copies of Games, 1971,  undated

"Game of the Century" Score Sheet and Analysis, Oct. 17, 1956

Score Sheets and Notes, 1958-1964,  undated

Unidentified Clipping, undated


1972 World Championship

Ethel Collins' Diaries from 1972  World Championship


Blank Postcard Given to Jack from Bobby

Clippings, 1972  World Championship

Clippings and Articles

Clippings and Notes, Bobby Fischer and Iceland

District Court Case, Fischer vs. Darrach, Dec. 1975

Plea for Fischer to Return to Chess, undated

"The Role of Bobby Fischer as a Cold War Symbol," Mar. 9, 1992

Series: Box 6 IV. Game Records

Contains general game records covering the arc of Collins' career. Game records for Bobby Fischer are in the Bobby Fischer series.

Anderssen's Games, Opening Index, undated

Assorted Problems: Moves in 5-16 Moves, 16 Problems-No Solutions

Belgrade, 1964

Benoni, La Defense Benoni et La Defense Benoni Moderne, undated

Championnat de France, 1963

Collins' Games, 1932-1940

Collins' Games, 1938-1970,  undated

Collins' Games, 1941-1950

Collins' Games, 1951-1960

Collins' Games, 1955-1972,  1976

Collins' Games, 1956

Collins' Games, 1961-1999

Collins' Games, 1969

Collins' Games, 1971

Collins' Games, undated

D. Byrne Matches, 1967-1968

Compiled Budapest Defense, Josef Staker and Alan Glasscoe, 1979

European Tournaments, 1899-1904

European Tournaments, 1909-1921

European Tournaments, 1923-1936

Games Annotated by Collins, 1945-1949,  undated

Games Annotated by Collins, 1948-1950,  undated

Games Annotated by Collins, 1950-1952

Hermann Helms vs. Louis J. Wolff, February 1908

Inventories, 1953-1962

JWC Annotations on Saul Rubin's Games, Apr.-May 1956

Box 7 JWC Weekly Planners, 1978-1981

JWC Weekly Planners, 1982-1984

JWC Weekly Planners, 1985-1987

JWC Weekly Planners, 1988-1990

JWC Weekly Planners, 1991-1993

JWC Weekly Planners, 1994-1995

Kresse vs. Austin, 1939  Special Leadership, Notes by JWC

Log Cabin Chess Club, U.S.C.F., Seeded Championship, Aug. 1959

Lombardy Games, undated

Marshall Championship, Collins vs. K. Messerschmitt, Budapest Defense, Mar. 2, 1940

Match with Marshall, 1907

"My Games of Chess," by John Collins, Book I, 1932-1937

"My Games of Chess," by John Collins, Book II, 1937-1938

"Opening Options," by John Collins, Sept. 21, 1948

Photostats Published by the Dutch Chess Center, 1952-1954

Postal Instruction Games, 1914,  1950,  1957-1967

Postal Instruction Games, 1968-1976,  1980

Postal Instruction Games Annotated by Collins, 1951-1952

Records of Collins' Prize Winnings, 1948-1952,  undated

Reshevsky Memorial Tournament, Rounds 1-7, 1992

Santasiere Games, 1971

Selected Games by JWC, undated

Seventh Midwest Open and Nebraska State Chess Championship, Sept. 1957

To Collins from Lombardy, Christmas, 1994

U.S. Chess Championship, 1966-1967


Untitled, January 1979


Series: Box 8 V. Publications

Arranged alphabetically by title, then oversized.

14th U.S. Jr. Chess Championship & 60th U.S. Open Chess Championship 1959

59th Annual U.S. Open Chess Championship, Rochester, MN, 1958

Ableware Homeware Catalog, 1995  (Collins Feature)

Absolute Chess, by Weaver W. Adams, 1959

All Games from the XXIII U.S.S.R. Chess Championship, 1956

All Games from the Carlsbad International Chess Congress, 1929

All Games from the New York International Chess Congress, 1927

American Chess Bulletin, Vol. 36, No. 4, Jul.-Aug., 1939

Chess, 1936, 1939, 1958

Chess Charts, Issue No. 2, April, 1941

The Chess Correspondent, Vol. XXV, Nos. 5 and 6, 1952

Chess Endings from Modern Master Play, Jacques Mieses, 1901

Chess is an Art, by Richard Kujoth, 1955

Chess Life, 1953, 1961, 1963

Chess Life, Vol. 38, No. 8, August 1953

Chess Life, Vol. 41, No. 6, June 1986

Chess Life, Vol. 46, No. 5, May 1991

Chess Life, 2000-2002

Chess Life, Proof Copy, March 2002

Chess Life and Review, May and August, 1978

Chess Monthly, Vol. 62, No. 8, November 1997

Chess Pie, 1922, 1927

Chess Pie, No.3, 1936

Chess Review, October 1952

Chess Review, February 1954

The Chess Review, December 1938

The Chess Weekly, Vol. 11, No. 18, March 27, 1909

A Course in the Elements of Modern Chess Strategy, Reinfeld and Green, Lessons I-V, 1935

A Course in the Elements of Modern Chess Strategy, Reinfeld and Green, Lessons VI-XII, 1936

David Bronstein's Best Games of Chess, 1944-1949, by Larry Evans, Limited Ed. No.2

Empire Chess, Vol. VI, No. 1, Winter 1986

Finals and Semi-finals of the Manhattan and Marshall C.C. Championships, 1956-1957

Fred Reinfeld Limited Editions, Vol. V, Botvinnik's Best Games, Part I, 1927-1934

Fred Reinfeld Limited Editions, Vol. X, Ventnor City Tournament, 1939

Fred Reinfeld Limited Editions, Vol. VII, Semmering-Baden Tournament, 1937

Fretta-Blad T.R., 1980, 1982, 1983

Het Eindspel, No. 9, Dr. M. Euwe, 1951

Box 9 Instructive and Practical Endings from Master Chess, Reinfeld, Lessons II-IV, 1937 

International Chess Tournament, Carlsbad, Bohemia, Aug.-Sept., 1911

Materials about Iceland, 1985-1987

Milwaukee, 1957, Edited by Jack Spence, 1958

Milwaukee Chess Championships, New Western and North Central, 1959

Modern Iceland, Special Issue: Centuries of Chess, 1987

National Geographic, Vol. 172, No. 2, February 1987

New Ideas in Old Settings: The Caro-Kann Defense, by Warren H. Goldman, 1958

New Jersey Open Chess Championship, Compiled by Robert Durkin, 1959

Newsletters, 1966-1993

Principles of Strategy in the Game of Checkers, Louis C. Ginsberg, 1932

Quest, March 1987

Roman Pelts Instructional Materials

Russian Works, 1947,  1951

Selected Games from the 58th U.S. Open Chess Championship, 1957

Selection of Games from the San Diego Open, August, 1956

Simple Chess, by Weaver W. Adams, 1946

Simple Chess, by Weaver W. Adams, Revised, 1958

Skakfelagsbladid, 9-21 mars 1988

Some Facts about Iceland for Ethel Collins, PC Globe, Inc., 1990

Les Tableaux Echiqueens, A. Garreau, [1966]

Tartakower Memorial Chess Congress, Detroit, 1956

Temas, XXV, No. 292, Mayo, 1975

TWA Ambassador, Mayo 1980

U.S. Chess Championship and 5th Rosenwald Trophy Tournament, 1958-1959

U.S. Chess Saga, 1984-1990

Ventnor City International Masters Tournament, 1945

Vienna International Tournament, by Larry Evans, 1948

Vim and Vigor, Fall 2000

World Championship Candidates Tournament, 1953

Miscellaneous Printed

Chess Archives, Dr. M. Euwe, 1965-1966


Box 35 (Oversize) Life Magazine, "The Deadly Gamesman" (Bobby Fischer), Nov. 12, 1971

(2 copies)

Box 10 America (Russian language), includes "A Passion for Chess" article on Jack Collins, 1978

Series: Box 10 VI. Correspondence

Organized alphabetically by last name of the correspondent. Correspondence from Bobby Fischer is located in the Bobby Fischer series.



Collins, John W.







U.S. Chess Federation: Instructions and Introductory Letters, 1952-1953


Unidentified, 1946-1999

Correspondence re: Collins Kids and Chess as an Amateur Sport, 1978

Box 31 (Oversize) Framed Letter from Wilhelm "William" Steinitz to J. Spence, August 31, 1895

Series: Box 10 VII. Personal

Carolyn LaSears Boyd Collins Biographical Material

Collins' Family Tree

Collins' Genealogy Information

Custom-Made Tricycle, 1966-1967

Dad and Mother's Birth Certificates

Dad's Army Papers, 1899, 1930, undated

Estate of John W. Collins

Framed JWC Memorabilia

Grandfather Collins' Papers, 1873-1903

Henry E. Ecktrom's Will and Death Certificate, 1964

JWC Letter to President F.D. Roosevelt, May 15, 1941

John and Ethel Collins' Household Inventory, undated

John W. Collins Composition Book

John and Ethel Collins' Household Inventory

Medicaid Application, January 12, 2001

Memorial of Ethel B. Collins for John W. Collins, May 25, 1993


Mother's Keepsakes

New York Society for Ethical Culture, June-July, 1981

Personal Effects

Polka Brilliante, Piccolo Solo Played by John T. Collins

Sheet Music, Words and Music by Jack W. Collins, undated

Sousa Band Society News, September 1977

Will and Bequeath of Louis J. Wolff, 1985-1986

Will of Alexander Meyer, March 21, 1990

JWC Memorial Guestbook (album)

Series: Box 11 VIII. Clippings

Allegro, May 1975

Articles about JWC

Chess, 1939

Chess, 1941

Chess, 1944

Chess, 1945

Chess, 1946

Chess, 1947

Chess, 1948

Chess, 1949

Chess, 1940s

Chess, 1950

Chess, 1951

Chess, 1952

Chess, 1953

Chess, 1954

Chess, 1955

Chess, 1956

Chess, 1957

Chess, 1958

Chess, Cazenovia, 1958

Chess, Rochester, 1958

Chess, 1965,  1967

Chess Life, June 20, 1959

Chess Strategies and Analyses

Clippings and Folios, 1969

Clippings and Notes from Books

Collins Kids

Duchamp, Marcel and Alexina

Ethel Collins' Memorial

Game Clippings

"Games by USCF Members," 1960, 1968

John Cage

JWC Clippings, 1959

JWC, 1978-1979

Literary Market

Marcus and Bryan Brown

Miscellaneous Chess

New York Chess Clubs

NT, June 27, 1985


"Petrosian Crushed in 26 Moves," by Lloyd S. Smith, undated

Photocopies of Chess Book Title Pages

Related Game Clippings

Russian News, October, 1956

Sicilian Defense

Ventnor City Invitation Chess Tournament, 1939

"What I Discovered about Poop Glover," The Saturday Evening Post, 1976

WWII News, 1939-1945

Series: Box 11 IX. Memorabilia

Organized into the following subseries: Tournament Programs and Bulletins; and Other.

Tournament Programs and Bulletins

16eme Olympiade D'Echecs, Israel, 1964

Tallinn, 1975

Mexico, 1978,  1980




Armed Forces Chess Tournament Dinner, 1967,  1969

Blank Cards

Box 12 International Chess Calendars, 1990-1998

Israel Brochures and Pamphlets, 1970s-1980s

Ordination of Reverend Lombardy, May 27, 1967

Rolywholover: A Circus, John Cage Exhibition, 1994

Township of Dover Proclamation, Jan. 8, 1982


Series: Box 12 X. Photographs

Organized into the following subseries: General; and Framed.


Chess Players and Enclosed Notes

Christmas Photos from Siggn and Silja, 1983

Collins, 1987, undated

Collins' Apartment, undated

Collins and Friends, undated

Collins and Others

Collins and Others, 1993

Collins and Others, Negatives, 1993

Collins and Others Eating in Reykjavik, 1972  (From Fischer/Spassky Album #4)

Collins, Ethel and Jack, Miscellaneous Negatives

Collins Kids

Collins Kids' Rolywholover Circus, April 25, 1994

CK to Israel, 1983-1984

Concord, Collins Kids vs. Iceland, 1988-1989

Dale, Arthur, August 3, 1991

Enlarged Photos from Parsippany, 1994

Enlarged Photos of John and Ethel, August, 1988

Family Portraits

Fischer and Weinstein, October 1956,  October 1957

Fischer as a young boy playing chess with Collins, undated

Fischer playing Collins with Weinstein in background, undated

Goldmanski and Others, undated

Helms, Hermann, 1955

Iceland, 1995-1996

Jack and Ethel Christmas Card Prints, 1987

Jack on Tricycle, February, 1993

John T. Collins' Band, undated

JWC Photos by Wolff Weber

JWC Picture Gallery, Hall of Fame

John Cage Photos, 1971

Karpov, Anatoly

Lasker, Edward and Wolff, Louis, June 1978,  undated

Lasker, Emanuel

Olafsson, Fridrik, undated

Lyman, Shelby, January, 1988

Personal Framed Photos, undated

Photos from Jack's Apartment

Stanley B. Winters, 1991,  1993,  undated

Tennessee, Lilla, and Friend

Vermont, Summer 1990

X-Ray of Collins' Pelvis at Age 2

August, 1958

September, 1967

April, 1989



Box 13 Ethel Collins with Two Children

Framed Photos of Jack

Jack and man holding a cup

Jack playing chess with Clara Collins

Jack posed with a child at Awards Banquet

Jack's Godchild in Reykjavik, Iceland

John Philip Sousa and Band

(John T. Collins, far left)

John T. Collins and others in military attire

John W. Collins and Hermann Helms

JWC playing chess

Louis Wolff as WWI Soldier

Photos of Apartment Buildings

(3 folders)

Photos of Houses

Portrait of Baby

Box 29 Unn the Deep Minded

Portrait of Soldiers

Portrait of John T. Collins

Jack playing chess with children

Portrait of Unidentified Couple

Portrait of Wilhelm Steinitz

Portraits of Children

Portraits of Jack and Ethel

Woman in Fur Coat, 1955

Unidentified, July, 1985

Unidentified Framed Photos

Series: XI. Albums and Scrapbooks

Box 12 Scrapbook in Ethel Collins' Memory

(2 folders)

John T. Collins Photos and Clippings

JWC Clippings #1

JWC Clippings #2

JWC Clippings #4

Chess Clippings, Scrapbook #1

Chess Scrapbook #2

Early Scores, Clippings and Letters of Jack

Jack's Very First Album of Chess Clippings, etc.

Box 15 U.S. Open, Lincoln, 1975

NYS Tournament, Corning, 1969

U.S. Open, Rochester, 1958  and NYS Tournament, 1956,  Buffalo

Bobby, 1958;  Karpov, Apr. 1979; Korschnoi at JWC Home, Aug. 1983;  Kasparov, 1988

U.S. Open, Atlanta, 1967

U.S. Open, Cleveland, 1958

U.S. Amateur Team Tournament, Somerset, 1992

1984  U.S. Chess Festival, Concord, U.S., Iceland, Israel #1

JWC #1

JWC #2

JWC #3

JWC #5

Box 16 Iceland, 1972  #1-A

Iceland, 1972  #8

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #1

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #2

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #4

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #5

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #6

Fischer-Spassky, 1972  #7

Box 17 Collins Kids #1

Collins Kids #2

Collins Kids #3

Collins Kids #4

Collins Kids #5

Collins Kids #6

Collins Kids #7

Collins Kids #8

Collins Kids #9

Collins Kids #10

Collins Kids #11

Box 18 Collins Kids Party at Nils Kessler's, 1976

Collins Kids Amateur Tournament, Atlantic City, 1977

Collins Kids Match, Parties at Jack's House, 1977

Collins Kids West Point, 1977 &1978

Collins Kids City Hall, 1978

Collins Kids U.S. Amateur Team Tournament, Somerset, 1981

Collins Kids, West Point, 1982

Collins Kids U.S. Amateur Team, 1982-1983

Collins Kids West Point, 1983-1984

1980-1984,  [Multiple events; Primarily Collins Kids]

Iceland Safari 1977-1978  #1

Iceland Safari 1977-1978  #2

Icelandic Saga 1978-1979  #1

Iceland Saga 1978-1979  #2

Iceland Saga 1978-1979  #3

Iceland Saga 1978-1979  #4

Part of Iceland Saga, 1978

Iceland Saga, Gift from Iceland, 1978-1979


Box 20 Iceland, CK Safari, June 1985  #4

CK, Israel Scenes, 1983-1984

Iceland Safari, 1980  #1

Iceland Safari, 1980  #2

Iceland Safari, 1980  #3

Iceland Saga, Concord, 1981  #1

Iceland Safari, 1982-1983  #1

Iceland Safari, 1982-1983  #2

Iceland Safari, 1982-1983  #3

Box 21 Icelandic Safari, June 1985  #1

Icelandic Safari, June 1985  #2

Icelandic Safari, June 1985  #3

Iceland Safari, June 1985  #5

CK vs. Israeli Kids, Israel, 1983-1984

CK vs. Israeli Kids, Israel, 1983-1984

U.S. Chess Festival, U.S., Iceland, Israel, 1984

Collins Kids Portfolio, 1977

Box 22 CK, 1977

1990  Saga, CK Kids vs. Iceland

CK vs. Harvard, Chang-Aspis Award, 1986

CK Teams, U.S. Amateur Team Tournament, 1988

Collins Kids, USAT, Somerset,

CK Icelandic Saga, 1990;  Thanksgiving, Zamora

CK Matches at JWC Home, 1985

Nawrose Nur, 1990

Jack's Russian Kids

Untitled, "To Jack and Ethel from Robert"

Jack's Kids vs. Iselananders, 1990,  Concord

Box 23 Jack, Simol at Dalton, March 1988

U.S. Amateur Team Tournaments, 1986-1987

Iceland Saga, 1988  #1

CK Iceland Saga, 1988  #2

CK Iceland Saga, 1988  #3

Gurevich-Adams CK Match, 1985-1986  #1

Gurevich-Adams CK Match, 1985-1986

Florida, 1988,  Nicky and Jack

CK Icelandic Saga, July 1986  #1

CK Icelandic Saga, July 1896  #2

U.S. Amateur Team Tournament, Somerset, 1985

U.S. Amateur Team Tournament, Somerset, 1989

Box 24 Jack Alone #1

Jack and Chess Friends #1

Jack and Chess Friends #2

Jack's Chess Friends #3

JWC Chess Friends #4

Jack's Friends #5

JWC Chess Friends #6

JWC Chess Events and People

Box 25 Chess Cards, etc., Special Keepsakes

Letters to Jack #1

Letters to Jack #2

Lombardy Cards and Letters

Letters and Clippings to Jack #3

Box 26 Letters To Jack #4

Happy Birthday!

Clippings Regarding Jack Clara had kept over many years

JWC Clippings #3

Letters to John #5 Hall of Fame

JWC 1991  U.S. Chess Hall of Fame and Our Trip

[Jack's Handmade Toy Soldiers]

Box 27 Silyja 1

Silyja 2

Untitled, [black album with floral accent], undated

Gift from Bennie, Ethel's Favorite Father, March 1991

Untitled; date unclear... 1955-1986  or 1979-1983  (covers multiple events: Danny's Birthday Party May 1983,  Pearl and Allen Kaufman Wedding 1980,  Sig-Waters- and Collins 1979) 

CK Sal Matera: Wedding Ann and Sal, undated

Untitled; multiple events: Alan and Sara Wedding, 1958;  Chess Friends (no particular time or place); 1956-  Trip with Al and Sara - St. Louis, Canada, Vermont

Collins' House

Collins' New Year's Parties, 1971

Jack, Ethel New Year's 1988 / New Year's Day at Home 1988

Box 28 Louis J. Wolff #1

Louis J. Wolff #2

Series: Box 28 XII. Audio-Visual


1987 World Chess Championship, Show #103 "Bobby Fischer's Chess"

(4 copies)

The Works - "Duchamp"

Ethel's Birthday

The "Cross-Country Adventure," July 25-August 13, 1991

Iceland Chess, PBS Chess Tournament, 9/23/84

(3 copies)


Accompanying Note

Andreas Vollenweider, William Ackerman, Kripalu Instrumentalists

Collins Service, 5/25/93

Ethel B Collins Memorial, 5/25/93

John and Ethel Collins: Start of a bio & people they knew (by John)

Unidentified, Black Scotch C-90

Kor Langholtskirkju Land Mins Fodur [Icelandic songs?]

Joseph Matera

Vivaldi Concertos

Discussions, Interviews of Chess People/Jack's Dictations

(16 tapes in black case)

John W. Collins' Stories

Jack's [ones?]

Series: Box



XIII. Realia

Autograph Book, Late 1980s-1990s

Box 32 (Oversize) Wooden Box (once contained Jack's Bios of Chess Players)

Box 33 (Oversize) Tin containing Jack's Paper Soldiers

Box 34 (Oversize) Butterfly box (once contained Jack's early manuscripts)

Box 35 (Oversize) Autograph Book, 1927

Blue Purse

Chess Coaster

Flag, 1992  Chess Olympiad in Manila

Pin, "I Love the U.S. Team"


Pin, "New York Salutes 1st American World Chess Champion"

Pin, "Scholastic Team Chess Championship," March 20, 1994

Set of Chess Player pins (in Russian), [To Mr. Collins from Michael Perelshteyn]

Sterling Silver Chess Piece, [Gift to Jack from Louis J. Wolff, ca. 1975]