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September 16, 2011
Here are some additional categories of “orphan work” authors for whom we have found leads through rudimentary online searching and through your comments. (And, yes, we know, we should have identified Sidney Hook much earlier.)
Thanks again for all the help. Please go to Orphan Row to help us find others.
American Philosophers at Work (1956)
Status: Rightsholder Found!
Direct descendants living in California.
Authors with awards in their honor
(this should have been gathered with others in last post)
Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War (1953)
Status: Weak lead
Mr. Pratt served as president of Civil War Roundtable in New York, which sponsors an award in his name.
Authors with papers collected at academic or other archive
James Mark Baldwin
Between Two Wars, 1861-1921, (1926)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at Princeton.
How Life is Handed On (1947)
Papers reside at the Cambridge University Library.
Four Walls (1928)
Papers reside at the University of Oregon.
Carroll Lane Fenton
Prehistoric world (1954)
Papers reside at the University of Iowa.
Denna Frank Fleming
The United States and the League of Nations (1932)
Papers reside at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University.
Francis Stuart Harmon
The Command is Forward (1944)
Papers reside at the University of Minnesota, Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Mr. Harmon was on the Board of Deacons of Riverside Community Church in New York and a trustee of the Interchurch Center until the late 1960s.
Hornell Norris Hart
Personality and the Family (1941)
Some papers reside at Swarthmore College, though the college notes that it is not the official repository for his papers.
John Tasker Howard
Stephen Foster, America’s Troubadour (1939)
Mr. Howard was a curator of the New York Public Library from 1940-1956. The John Tasker Howard papers, 1869-1995, are held at the library.
Dos sovetishe Idntum (1941)
According to JewishVirtualLibrary.org, “His collection of books and papers, which he somehow maintained throughout his wanderings, are at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University.”
Myths After Lincoln (1941)
Papers reside at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Henry Justin Smith
It’s the Way It’s Written (1923)
Papers are at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Authors with identified direct descendants
William Edgar Borah
American Problems (1924)
Direct descendant in Washington, DC. (Thanks, Ira Stoll!)
A Critical Approach to an Esthetic Theory (1926)
Direct descendant located in Texas.
Winfred Octavus Bryson
Negro Life Insurance Companies (1948)
Direct descendant located in Ohio.
Buddhist Thought and Imagery (1961)
Author’s sons live in South Carolina and Washington State.
Technique of Psychoanalytic Therapy (1946)
Strong evidence that author’s widow is alive.
The Case of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac (1953)
Direct descendant living in Canada.
An Outline History of Art (1938)
Direct descendant located in New Mexico.
E. R. Root
Lecture on Bees (1925)
Direct descendant located in Ohio. (Thanks, marshallbrooks!)
Authors with potentially identified direct descendants
Psychology of Adults (1963)
Appears to have living direct descendants.
South, Aspects and Images from Corsica, Italy, and Southern France (1950)
Direct descendants may be living in the U.K.
Elizabeth Hough Sechrist
Heigh-ho for Halloween! (1948)
Obituary gives names of surviving sister and niece.
Author who worked in U.S. publishing industry
Fon W. Boardman
Author was vice president of Oxford University Press in New York, according to correspondence at the Merton Center.
Removed from Orphan Row by HathiTrust:
James Branch Cabell
The High Place (1923)
Status: Presumed Found
Pulled from Orphan Row by HathiTrust. Might be public domain.
How to Survive an Atomic Bomb (1950)
Author was Director of Civil Defense for Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Has presentation digitized in National Defense University Library.