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Barton Wood Currie was an American reporter, editor and book collector. He wrote essays on food and home economics for Good Housekeepingmagazine (1909-1911). He was editor for Ladies' Home Journaland wrote a page on farming for Country Gentlemen, both publications of the Curtis Co. in Philadelphia. Currie joined Doubleday, Doran& Co. in 1928, and became editor of their business magazine, World's Work. He also wrote and edited non-fiction books including Fishers of Books, which is about book collecting, and Booth Tarkington, A Bibliography.
The collection consists of selected letters of authors and publishers sent to Barton Currie and his wife, Florence. Correspondents include the author Edward William Bok, the Philadelphia publisher Cyrus Hermann Kotzschmar Curtis, and novelist Joseph Crosby Lincoln and his wife Florence; one of the latter's missives is a Christmas card with a poem titled "Christmas A.D. 1940." There are also letters from author A. Edward Newton and from novelist Booth Tarkington and his wife Susanah. In his letter dated October 17, 1932, Tarkington thanks Currie for publishing Booth Tarkington, A Bibliography. There is a Christmas card from Frederic Franklyn Van de Water, with a printed poem, signed "Dougal, the Van de Water's terrier," as well as correspondence between A. Edward Newton and Nelson Doubelday regarding the latter having employed Curtis as editor for Doubleday, Doran & Co.
Also included is a copy of a drawing of Booth Tarkington, which is inscribed by him to Currie and dated September 1926.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
The two letters from J. C. Lincoln, the letter from Susanah Tarkington dated December 28, 1948, the letter from J. J. Dessert, and the drawing of Tarkington were given by Mr. and Mrs. Barton Currie on November 28, 1961.
All other material was a given by Mrs. Barton Currie on May 2, 1963. AM17668, 83-61.
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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on May 6, 2009. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner on May 21, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
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