Jay Leyda left a box of papers with a friend during his peripatetic life. The contents of this collection comprise a wide assortment of materials and subjects of interest to Jay Leyda. One folder, labeled “Melville Log,” contained material concerning Leyda’s research and planning of that work, but also contained a variety of unrelated material. The rest of the papers range over a variety of subjects and were apparently packed randomly into this box.
In creating this finding aid, I have kept the papers in the “Melville Log” folder separate simply because Leyda labeled them in that manner. Scholars seeking information on Leyda’s research into Melville’s life and work should therefore seek it in both the “Melville Log” folder and the other Melville categories.
Much of the material contained herein is difficult or impossible to date with any certainty. Many of the individual sheets of paper have notes on several very different subjects related only by Leyda’s interest in them. I have categorized each piece according to its predominant subject, but those seeking minutia are encouraged to explore the entire collection carefully.
Detailed Container List
BOX 7: Emily Dickinson, Russian Composers, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Sergei Eisenstein, Jay Leyda (4 folders)
7: Folder 1
Sub-folder 7.1.1 Photostats of materiel from Goodell manuscript (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.1.2 Copy of Susan Tolman’s “Journal for the Missionaries” (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.1.3 List of Dickinson poems with dates, locations (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.1.4 Text of and notes on essay “Prose Fragments” by Millicent Todd Bingham (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.1.5 Script for CBS Radio Division “Invitation to Learning” April 24, 1955, on Emily Dickinson (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.1.6 Collected articles on Emily Dickinson (4 items)
Sub-folder 7.1.7 Dickinson poem transcripts (1 item)
7: Folder 2
Russian Film and Music
Sub-folder 7.2.1 Articles and notes on Eisenstein and Soviet Film (21 items)
Sub-folder 7.2.2 Copies of letters from A. Skryabin [sic] (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.2.3 Various letters, notes, articles, and a copy of music in letters from Rachmaninoff (14 items)
Copy of letter from Joseph Reither introducing himself as member of Bd. of Advisors of Rachmaninoff Society re: ms. of bio. on Rachmaninoff by Leyda and Bertenson and expressing interest of editors (at NYU Press?) in seeing ms.
Copy of a letter (unsigned but presumably from Jos. Reither) re: ms. of bio and McGraw Hill’s interest in publishing it.
Copy of a letter from Leyda to JR re: Rachmaninoff bio.
Copy of a letter from JR to Leyda.
Copy of a letter from Leyda to JR re: Edison Museum recordings of Rachmaninoff and discovery of “missing cadenza.”
Copy of a letter from Leyda to “Mr. Reither” re: choosing between 2 presses.
Copies of 3 short reminiscences with title page “Missing Rachmaninoff”: 1) death of Rachmaninoff (Scarsdale 1943); 2) anecdote about John Berryman and meeting of Culture Club with recordings of Rachmaninoff, “Chaikovsky,” and Mahler (Iona School 1943); and 3) reminiscence about meeting with old school mate James Morgan at Russian Tea Room and going to see NYC Opera performance of Prokoffiev’s “Love for Three Oranges” [title page not numbered but all subsequent pages are numbered consecutively 1-11].
A second partial copy of the above, pp. 1-5 only.
7: Folder 3
Personal and Business Papers
Sub-folder 7.3.1 Original Memorandum of Agreement for writing of Sergei Rachmaninoff: His Life and Music (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.3.2 Military service records (7 items)
Sub-folder 7.3.3 Various contracts, financial records (7 items)
Sub-folder 7.3.4 Letters regarding the publication of others’ works (4 items)
7: Folder 4
Sub-folder 7.4.1 Dramatic dialogue (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.4.2 Notes on various nineteenth-century authors (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.4.3 Leyda review of The American Renaissance by F. O. Mathiesson (1 item)
Sub-folder 7.4.4 Copies of correspondence, articles, and anecdotes (10 items)
Sub-folder 7.4.5 Miscellaneous research notes (5 items)
Sub-folder 7.4.6 Various research and personal notes; spiral notebook (28 items)
Sub-folder 7.4.7 Miscellaneous collected articles (35 items)
Sub-folder 7.4.8 Assorted material of a more random nature than is usual even for Mr. Leyda (70 items)