Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell

The Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell includes personal books, correspondence, and background information collected by Dr. Raymond J. Rundus.  Dr. Rundus’ longtime interest in Mr. Mitchell prompted him to write two books:  Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in Manhattan and Joseph Mitchell: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide.  Mr. Mitchell was born in Fairmont in 1908 where he lived until his relocation to New York in 1928.  He spent 58 years as a writer for The New Yorker while maintaining family ties in the Robeson County area.

 

Inventory of the Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell

 

Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Mary Livermore Library, Special Collections 

Title: Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell

Collector:  Dr. Raymond J. Rundus

Abstract: The Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell includes personal books, correspondence, and background information collected by Dr. Raymond J. Rundus.  Dr. Rundus’ longtime interest in Mr. Mitchell prompted him to write two books:  Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in Manhattan and Joseph Mitchell: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide.  Mr. Mitchell was born in Fairmont in 1908 where he lived until his relocation to New York in 1928.  He spent fifty-eight years as a writer for The New Yorker while maintaining family ties in the Robeson County area.

 

Extent: 9 Boxes (Seven 10 ¼ x 15 ¼ x 5 in. boxes and Two 10 ¾ x 6 ½ x 22 in. boxes)

Items: 105 Folders, 41 Books

 

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rundus Collection of Joseph Mitchell, [Mary Livermore Library], [University of North Carolina at Pembroke], [Pembroke], NC, USA.

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Provenance

The Joseph Mitchell collection was received by the Mary Livermore Library Special Collections as a donation from Dr. Raymond J. Rundus in December, 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by K. Blake Tyner, August, 2007

This Finding Aid is NCEAD Compliant.

Biographical Notes

Raymond Joe Rundus was born in Blue Rapids, Kansas on September 25, 1934 to Paul and Esther Frances Rundus.  He married Brigitte Obermeyer on June 4, 1959.  They have three children: Richard Hans, Ronald Paul, and Victoria Rae.  In 1955, he received a BA degree in English from the College of Emporia in Kansas; an MA in English from Wayne State University in 1957; and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska in 1969. He joined the faculty of what is now The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as chair of the English Department in 1970, a position he held until 1979.  He was granted professor emeritus status when he retired in 1996.

Dr. Rundus had a longtime interest in Joseph Mitchell which led him to write two books about him, Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in Manhattan and Joseph Mitchell: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide.  In addition to these two books, he published poetry and literary articles and presented papers at local, state, and regional meetings. He also served on several committees among them the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction accreditation team. He served as editorial assistant of the Asian Forum from 1974-1976, judged many public speaking contests in Robeson County, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library of UNC Pembroke, serving as president from 1991-1993.  Dr. Rundus continues to be a very supportive member of the UNCP Friends of the Library.

Joseph Mitchell, an American writer, was best known for his writings that were published in The New Yorker.  He was widely recognized for his portrayals of eccentrics and people on the fringes of society, especially in and around New York City.  Mr. Mitchell was born on July 27, 1908 on his grandparents’ farm near Fairmont, North Carolina.  He was the son of Averette Nance and Elizabeth A. Parker Mitchell. The Mitchells grew tobacco and cotton on the farm and money earned on the farm helped to support Mitchell throughout his life.  He always remained close to his North Carolina roots and credited his Robeson County upbringing as the nurturing ground of his passion for storytelling.

Mitchell attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for four years but left before graduation to begin working as a reporter for a Durham, NC newspaper.  In 1929, he wrote a feature story about a tobacco auction that caught the attention of a New York editor.  He moved to New York and remained there until his death in 1996.

For his first nine years in New York, he worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Morning World, the Harold Tribune, and the World-Telegram.  During this time, he developed his own elegant style of beautifully crafted stories about the city’s streets and the characters that travelled them.  He began working at The New Yorker in 1938 as a feature writer and remained there for the next fifty-eight years.  Most of his stories were centered on New York, but some were straight out of his Robeson County upbringing.

In 1931, Joseph Mitchell married photographer Therese Dagny Engelstead Jacobsen. She died in 1980.  They had two daughters, Nora and Elizabeth.  In 1965, he received an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and, in 1984, the North Carolina Award for Literature. 

He was called the “paragon of reporters” by some.  Calvin Trillin, a fellow journalist, called him “the New Yorker reporter who set the standard.”  Mitchell was such a perfectionist about his work that he would not let anyone, not even his closest friends, see his work until it was in print.  In 1983, critic Noel Perrin called Joseph Mitchell one of “the dozen North Carolinians who belong to American literature, along with O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, etc.”  Perrin went on to say that in some ways Mitchell was the least known … and in some ways the most remarkable.”

Collection Overview

 

Collection Arrangement

Series 01: Joseph Mitchell Research

Series 02: Joseph Mitchell Collection

Series 03: Joseph Mitchell: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide

Series 04: Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in Manhattan

Series 05: Correspondence

Series 06: Joe Gould’s Secret

Series 07: Lectures

Series 08: Photographs

Series 09: Publications

Series 10: Research Notes Individuals

Series 11: Research Notes Other

Series 12: Miscellaneous

Series 13: Books

 

Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Box 1

Series 1: Joseph Mitchell Research

Folder 1

Bibliography

 

Folder 2

Obituaries

 

Folder 3

Miscellaneous

Series 2: Joseph Mitchell Collection

An itemized list of 51 items given to Dr. Rundus by Joseph Mitchell in 1973 is available in the front of the folder. Dr. Rundus added 3 additional items in 1993.

Box 2

Series 3: Joseph Mitchell: A Reader’s and Writer’s Guide

Folder 1

Manuscript with proof corrections

 

Folder 2

Queries and replies

 

Folder 3

Reviews and Correspondence

 

Folder 4

Media Contacts

 

Folder 5

iUniverse Correspondence

 

Folder 6

Book Signing Guide

 

Folder 7

Marketing Guide

 

Folder 8

Photographs – 1993 Municipal Art Society

Brendan Gill Award

Correspondence

 

Folder 9

Cumberland County Library Event

 

Folder 10

Friends of Robeson County Public Library Event

 

Folder 11

Quail Ridge Event

 

Folder 12

Friends of Sampson Livermore Library Event

 

Folder 13

McIntyre’s Book Event

 

Folder 14

UNC Press (Missing)

Box 3

Series 4: Joseph Mitchell: Pilgrim in Manhattan

Folder 1-7

Research Notes for Chapters 1-7 arranged numerically

 

Folder 8

XLibris Correspondence

 

Folder 9

Correspondence and Book Orders

 

Folder 10

Personal

Box 4

Series 5: Correspondence

Folder 1

Atlantic Monthly

 

Folder 2

Carolina Press

 

Folder 3

Core, George

 

Folder 4

Kaul, Arthur J.

 

Folder 5

Kunkel, Thomas

 

Folder 6

Lauffer, James

 

Folder 7

Maliszewski, Paul

 

Folder 8

Mitchell, Joseph Parker

 

Folder 9

Mitchell, Joseph Quincy

 

Folder 10

Parker, Roy

 

Folder 11

Singer, Mark

 

Folder 12

Smoller, Sanford

 

Folder 13

Streitfeld, David

 

Folder 14

Washington, Jim

 

Folder 15

Wilkinson, Alec

 

Folder 16

Miscellaneous

Box 5

Series 6: Joe Gould’s Secret

Folder 1

Cameo Showing, November 3, 2002

 

Folder 2

Reviews of Book and Film

 

Folder 3

Other Media

Series 7: Lectures

Folder 1

Philological Association of the Carolinas - 1993

 

Folder 2

Sigma Tau Delta – 1995

 

Folder 3

Autobiography of a Biography

Series 8: Photographs

Folder 1

Fairmont

 

Folder 2

New York

 

Folder 3

Shirley Eaton Photographs

 

Folder 4

UNC Pembroke

 

Box 6

Series 9: Publications

Folder 1

Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook (1996)

 

Folder 2

Pembroke Magazine No. 26

 

Folder 3

Twayne Publisher

 

Folder 4

Artwork and Images

 

Folder 5

Permissions

 

Folder 6

Permissions (cont.)

Series 10: Research Notes -- Individuals

Folder 1

Adler, Renata

 

Folder 2

Arbus, Diane

 

Folder 3

Botsford, Gardner

 

Folder 4

Brown, Tina

 

Folder 5

Corvey, Mary F.

 

Folder 6

DeVries, Peter

 

Folder 7

Gill, Brendan

 

Folder 8

Gould, Joseph Ferdinand

 

Folder 9

Hahn, Emily

 

Folder 10

Hamburger, Philip

 

Folder 11

Hersey, John

 

Folder 12

Hirschfeld, Al

 

Folder 13

Hyman, Stanley Edgar

Box 7

Series 10: Research Notes -- Individuals (cont.)

Folder 14

Joyce, James

 

Folder 15

Liebling, Abbott Joseph

 

Folder 16

McKelway, St. Clair

 

Folder 17

Maiton, Gig

 

Folder 18

Malcolm, Janet

 

Folder 19

Maxwell, William

 

Folder 20

Mehta, Ved

 

Folder 21

Neel, Alice

 

Folder 22

O’Hara, John

 

Folder 23

Orlean, Susan

 

Folder 24

Perelman, S.J.

 

Folder 25

Ross, Harold

 

Folder 26

Ross, William

 

Folder 27

Schuyler, Philippa Duke

 

Folder 28

Shaw, William

 

Folder 29

Stafford, Jean

 

Folder 30

Steinberg, Saul

 

Folder 31

Trillin, Calvin

 

Folder 32

Yagoda, Ben

 

Folder 33

Zinsser, William

Series 11: Research Notes -- Other

Folder 1

Bajour

 

Folder 2

Non Fiction Novels and Anthologies

Series 12: Miscellaneous

Folder 1

Book entitled – Posada’s Popular Mexican Prints

 

Folder 2

Drawing for Atlantic Monthly – August 1992

 

Folder 3

Manhattan Block by Block – a street atlas

 

Folder 4

History and Heritage – a walking tour Manhattan

 

Folder 5

Taped interview with Joseph Mitchell – August 21, 1992

 

Folder 6

Newspaper Articles

 

Folder 7

The New Yorker

June 5, 1993

Folder 8

The New Yorker

June 27 & July 4, 1994

 

Folder 9

The New Yorker

June 10, 1996

 

Folder 10

The New Yorker

Feb. 22 & March 1, 1999

Box 8

Series 13: Books 

1.  About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made

            by Ben Yagoda

2.  American Caravan IV

            by Alfred Kreymborg, Lewis Mumford, Paul Rosenfeld, Editors

3.  The American Commonwealth, vol. 1

            by James Bryce

4.  The American Commonwealth, vol. 2

            by James Bryce

5.  Apologies to the Iroquois (1960, Paperback)

            by Edmund Wilson, Joseph Mitchell

6.  Apologies to the Iroquois (1960, Hardback)

            by Edmund Wilson, Joseph Mitchell

7.  The Bottom of the Harbor (1st Edition - 1959)

            by Joseph Mitchell

8.  The Bottom of the Harbor (1961, Chatto and Windus)

            by Joseph Mitchell

9.  The Bottom of the Harbor (2000, Jonathan Cape, Publisher)

            by Joseph Mitchell

10. Bright Lights, Big City

            by Jay McInerney

11. Draggerman’s Haul

            by Ellery Thompson

12. Here at the New Yorker

            by Brendan Gill 

Box 9

Series 13: Books (cont.)

13. James Joyce’s Ulysses: A Study

            by Stuart Gilbert

14. Jean Stafford: A Biography

            by David Roberts

15, Joe Gould’s Geheimnis (2000)

            by Joseph Mitchell

16. Joe Gould’s Secret (1965)

            by Joseph Mitchell

17. Joe Gould’s Secret (1966)

            by Joseph Mitchell

18. Joe Gould’s Secret (1997)

            by Joseph Mitchell

19. Joe Gould’s Secret (1999)

            by Joseph Mitchell

20. Kingdom of Dreams

            by Josephine and Philippa Duke Schuyler

21. Literary Journalism

            by Norman Sims and Mark Kramer, Editors

22. Literary Journalism in the Twentieth Century

            by Norman Sims, Editor

23. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1943, 1st Edition)

            by Joseph Mitchell

24. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1943, UL-60)

            by Joseph Mitchell

25. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1944, Collins White Circle Pocket Novel)

            by Joseph Mitchell

26. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1944, Blue Ribbon Books)

            by Joseph Mitchell

27. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (1945, Penguin Paperback)

            by Joseph Mitchell

28. McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001, Pantheon)

            by Joseph Mitchell

29. My Ears Are Bent

            by Joseph Mitchell

30. My Mentor: A Young Man's Friendship with William Maxwell

            by Alec Wilkinson

31. The New American Caravan: A Yearbook of American literature, Volume 3

            by Alfred Kreymborg, Lewis Mumford, Paul Rosenfeld

32. Old Mr. Flood (1948)

            by Joseph Mitchell

33. Old Mr. Flood (2005)

            by Joseph Mitchell

34. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction (1994)

            by William Zinsser

35. Playbill: The Magazine for Theatregoers, Nov. 1964, v.1, no.11

36. Reflections and Shadows

            by Saul Steinberg, Aldo Buzzi

37. Remembering Mr. Shawn’s New Yorker

            by Ved Meht

38. Short Stories from the New Yorker (1940)

            compiled by Editors

39. A Violent Act

            by Alec Wilkinson

40. Wayward Reporter: The Life of A.J. Liebling

            by Raymond A. Sokolov

41. Writing Creative Nonfiction: The Literature of Reality (1995)

            by Gay Talese, Barbara Lounsberry