Tunis, John (1889-1975)

The John Tunis collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, scrapbooks, financial material, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia.

Manuscripts consist of typescripts drafts of Tunis’ books, including: Iron Duke (1938); Silence Over Dunkerque (1962); A Measure of Independence (1962); His Enemy, His Friend (1967); Grand National (1973); as well as an unpublished manuscript titled Disaster in the Spring. Also included are magazine articles dating from 1939 to 1967, from publications such as Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, Boy’s Life, Tennis Illustrated Annual, and The Boston Globe, among others. The series also includes a copy of the final script of Hard, Fast and Beautiful (1951), the film based on Tunis’ book American Girl (1930). Also included are typescript notes from many of Tunis’ books, including: American Girl (1930), Was College Worthwhile? (1936), Iron Duke (1938), and The American Way in Sport (1959), among many others.

Correspondence consists of personal letters, including letters from his mother dating from 1920 to 1947; fan letters from teachers, friends, and publishers dating from 1921 to 1967; letters to Tunis from high schools dating from 1936 to 1967; and letters from high school students from 1936 to 1967. Also included are letters from Senators, authors, columnists, and personalities ranging from 1929 to 1963, with notable correspondents including Conrad Aiken, Chester Bowels, James Cagney, Marquis W. Childs, Felix Frankfurter, Hubert Humphrey, Connie Mack, Adlai Stevenson, and Wendell Wilkie. Professional correspondence includes letters with publishers dating from 1920 to 1967 with notable correspondents including Bennett Cerf, William Rose Benet, and David E. Lilienthal.

Printed material includes book jacket designs; drawings of Tunis’ house in Essex, Connecticut from 1958; posters advertising a lecture by Tunis; and a bound introduction, contents, and dust jacket for Tunis’ book Choosing a College (1940).

Scrapbooks consist of collections of newspaper articles written by Tunis from 1920 to 1966, a scrapbook kept by Tunis while at Harvard from 1909 to 1911, a scrapbook of reviews and articles about his book American Girl (1930), and a scrapbook of published materials from 1967 to 1968.

Financial material consists of checkbooks from the late 1950s to early 1960s, account books from 1950 to 1961, and a monthly budget book from 1923. Also includes income tax return and records from 1925 to 1963.

Photographs include prints from the 25th reunion of the Harvard class of 1911, taken in June 1936.

Diaries include Tunis’ journals and notebooks from 1919 to 1974.

Memorabilia consists of credit cards, driver’s license, passport, ticket stubs, stamps, and a framed award for his novel Keystone Kids (1943), among other materials.

Notable Figures
1. Tunis, John Roberts, 1889-1975
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide