Babson, Naomi Lane (1895-1985)
Scope:
The Naomi Lane Babson collection includes manuscripts, printed material, correspondence, scrapbooks, personal memorabilia, and other material.

Manuscripts of novels by Babson in the collection includes Look Down from Heaven (1942); I Am Lidian (Harcourt, Brace, 1951); Another Sky (Harcourt, Brace, 1956); and The Young Fair Maidens (Harcourt, Brace, 1958).

Babson's shorter manuscripts include numerous short novels, novellas, and short stories published in various magazines (1945-1960), including Collier's, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Redbook, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Writer . Works present include "September Storm" (Sep. 1945); "The Far Away Heart" (Dec. 1945); "High Tide" (Feb. 1946); "Seven Days Make a Week" (May-June 1951); and "Into a Curious Country" (ca. 1957). Also included is Babson's "The First Poinsetta," published in a teacher's magazine ca. 1926, with accompanying music.

Unpublished manuscripts by Babson include The Country Schoolmarm (novel, originally intended as a sequel to The Yankee Bodleys ); The Side of the Angels (novel, unfinished); Death at the Cherry Arms (novel); If This Be I (novel); Into a Curious Country (novel version); "Wait for Jenny" (novella); and various novelettes and short stories, including several with a Chinese setting or characters.

Other manuscripts include the plays (for children) The Beggar of Bethlehem (ca. 1920) and A Tree for Cinderella (undated); and notes for various lectures and talks.

Printed material in the collection primarily consists of printed versions of numerous short stories by Babson (1937-1961, 1969); magazines represented include Collier's, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, McCall's, Pictorial Review, Redbook, Saturday Evening Post, Women's Journal, and The Writer . Also present is a copy of The Blue Book Magazine (Oct. 1950) containing a short story by Babson's husband, Paul Grieder.

Other printed items include numerous reviews of Babson's writing, from various sources; Harcourt, Brace and Co. catalogs listing novels by Babson (1951, 1958); book jackets; pamphlets; publicity posters; and other miscellaneous items.

Correspondence in the collection consists primarily of professional letters between Babson and her agent (Brandt and Brandt), editors, and publishers (1935-1971), including many letters from Carl Brandt, Denver Lindley and George L. White. Also included are several personal letters, mainly from the 1930s-1940s. Notable correspondents include Abraham S. Burack, Peter Davison, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, and Rex T. Stout. Also included is a letter from Babson to a friend, recalling Babson's experiences in China in the 1920s.

Scrapbooks in the collection include a scrapbook created by Babson's mother, regarding Babson's work from her high school graduation on; it consists of published versions of some of Babson's stories, newspaper clippings, and two items of correspondence. The other scrapbook in the collection was created by Babson herself, and consists of numerous reviews of The Yankee Bodleys (1936) and All the Tomorrows (1939), as well as other newspaper clippings; it also includes three photographs of Babson and one photograph of Paul Grieder.

Personal memorabilia in the collection consists of Babons's member card for the Author's Guild and a school progress report for Babson's son, Jerry Grieder. Other material in the collection includes several publishing agreements (1935-1957) and a photograph of Babson.

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Notable Figures
1. Babson, Naomi Lane, 1895-1985
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. Literary Collections Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section
4. Authors, American
5. Reviews
6. Posters
7. Memorabilia -- Italy
8. Scrapbooks
9. Book jackets
10. Pamphlets
11. Articles
12. Photographs