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Guide to the Pleiades Club Collection
1893-1943
 MSS.035

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Collection processed by Jane Gorzhevskaya, Fall 1997. Collection reprocessed by Emily King, 2014.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 16, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Neiman, Howard S.
Source - dnr: Mann, Sivia Brenner
Title: Pleiades Club Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1893-1943
Abstract: The Pleiades Club was a Greenwich Village literary society of the early 20th century. Howard Neiman was a member of the Board of Governors throughout the Club's history, and served in other posts at the Club. The collection includes Neiman's club correspondence and printed items which illuminate aspects of the literary and artistic life of the Village of that time.
Quantity: 4.5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Call Phrase: MSS.035

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Historical/Biographical Note:

The Pleiades Club emerged in 1896 from the gatherings of some members of the Greenwich Village artistic community in the small Italian restaurant of Maria del Prato on MacDougal Street. Among the customers of Maria's, the Pleiades Club named: Amos Cummings, Colonel William Gulder, Ripley Oswood Anthony, Paul Du Chaillu, Clara Louise Kellogg, Mark Twain, Valerian Gribayedoff, Signor Tagliapietra, "Billy" (W. E. S) Fales, Cleveland Moffett, Stephen Crane, "Billy" Welsh, Henry Tyrrell, Sam Chamberlain, Colonel Patton, William Garrison, George Luks, and Ernest Jarrold as its progenitors. For several seasons (each season lasted December through May) the Club continued to meet weekly at Maria's, first on Saturday and then on Sunday nights. As it became more widely known, the Club moved in search of larger quarters, first to the Black Cat (Uptown) and then to the Hungaria. After the first few years of uncertain and varying policies, in 1901 a new Board of Governors was elected, the name Pleiades Club regularly adopted, and the incorporation papers granted on January 9, 1902. After several seasons of moves, the Club settled in 1906 at the Hotel Brevoort, where it remained for most of its existence, with the exception of a few short-term stays at Reisenweber's and Hotel Martinique.

The Club's activities primarily consisted of weekly dinners, accompanied by an entertainment program, such as music performances and poetry readings, where club members and guests of honor gathered "to enjoy and foster the allied arts of Music, Drama, Art and Literature, and to Promote the spirit of good fellowship" (The Pleiad, 1931-32). The Club saw its mission as providing a friendly and appreciative audience to the inexperienced artists, helping the needy artists with free scholarships in the various branches of arts. The Club also published a yearbook, The Pleiad.

The Club apparently continued to function at least through the 1935/1936 season, since the 1936 yearbook was published (it is a part of The New York Historical Society collection).

Howard Seiger Neiman (1868-1947) was a patent attorney, editor and publisher of Textile Colorist magazine (1918-1944). Born in Norristown, PA, he received a B. S. degree from Lehigh University in 1888 and entered the dyestuff and chemical industries. Neiman had studied at New York Law School, set up offices as a patent and trademark attorney, and became a leading legal adviser for the cosmetic industry. He served as chemical expert for Leopold Cassella & Co., H. A. Metz & Co. and other concerns.

Throughout his life, Howard Neiman belonged to numerous clubs and associations. He was a member of the American Chemical Society since 1893. A charter member of the American Institute of Chemists, he was named its honorary secretary in 1946, after having served as its secretary for twenty years. He was a member of the Salesman's Association of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association, the Chemists Club, Theta Delta Chi, Old Colony and the Manhasset Bay Yacht Club. He also was president of the Municipal Opera Association and a Mason Knight Templar and Shriner.

The Pleiades club was one of Neiman's long-time commitments. He was a member of the Board of Governors throughout the Club's history, served as its Secretary in 1905-1908 and again in 1928-1933, and was elected President of the Club three times.

Sources:

  • The Pleiad
  • The New York Times Obituary (Nov. 2, 1947, 73:2)

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Scope and Content Note

Howard S. Neiman's collection consists of books, yearbooks, scrapbooks, letters and miscellaneous items. The material primarily relates to the Pleiades Club of the Greenwich Village, but also include some items relating to other activities of Howard Neiman.

SERIES DESCRIPTION

Series I, Books, (1899-1949): consists of books from Neiman's library, written mostly by the members of the Pleiades Club. Nearly all books and pamphlets are inscribed to Neiman by their authors. Two books have manuscript poems and correspondence laid in.

Series II, Yearbooks, (1906-1932): contains volumes of The Pleiad for years 1907-1922 (missing volumes for 1908/09, 1911/12, and 1920/21 seasons), volumes for 1927/28, 1928/29 and 1931/32 seasons and a folder containing loose pages from various issues of the yearbook (1906-1915). Six volumes are inscribed or signed by the contributors.

Series III, Correspondence, (1903-1918): comprised of over 150 letters (virtually all autograph), from minor writers, journalists, celebrities of the day, politicians, editors etc. Letters are addressed predominantly to Neiman as a secretary of the Pleiades Club, and sometimes to other Club officials (John Ryan, Edward Foley). Among the more famous names are Louis Rhead (3 letters), Secretary of State John Hay, Arthur Guiterman, Dan Beard, Otis Skinner. Several letters and postcards concerning Neiman do not relate to the Pleiades Club.

Series IV: Miscellaneous, (1893-1960): consists of two subseries

Subseries A consists of the materials relating to the Pleiades Club, such as scrapbooks and folders.

Subseries B consists of materials relating to other interests of Howard Neiman, such bound volumes of newspaper clippings and poetry, Textile Colorist editorials, selection of materials on actor George Clarke, opera libretto etc.

Arrangement

Folders are generally arranged alphabetically by subject/author heading.

The files are grouped into four series.

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Books is arranged alphabetically by author's last name.
  2. Series II: Yearbooks are arranged chronologically.
  3. Series III: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondents' last name.
  4. Series IV: Ephemera is arranged into two subseries.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Arliss, George, 1868-1946
  • Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942
  • Beard, Daniel Carter, 1850-1941
  • Neiman, Howard S.
  • Rhead, Louis, 1857-1926
  • Pollock, Channing, 1880-1946
  • Guiterman, Arthur, 1871-1943
  • Clarke, George, 1840-1906
  • Hay, John, 1838-1905
  • Mann, Sivia Brenner

Document Type

  • Correspondence.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Postcards.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)

Subject Organizations

  • Pleiades Club

Subject Topics

  • English literature -- Societies, etc.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Social life and customs.
  • New York (N.Y.) |x Intellectual life.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection consists of papers and books of Howard S. Neiman donated to Fales Library by Sivia Brenner Mann in 1994.

Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Use Restrictions

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder. Please contact the Fales Library and Special Collections, fales.library@nyu.edu, 212-998-2596.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); The Pleiades Club Collection; MSS 035; box number; folder number; Fales Library and Special Collections
, New York University Libraries.

Separated Material

There is no information about materials that are associated by provenance to the described materials that have been physically separated or removed.

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Container List

Series I: Books

Scope and Content

This series consists of books from Neiman's library, written mostly by the members of the Pleiades Club. Nearly all books and pamphlets are inscribed to Neiman by their authors. Two books have manuscript poems and correspondence laid in.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Bangs, John Kendrick, Olympian Nights, New York-London: Harper and Bros. Co., 1902.
1902
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Beresford, Helen, The Phantom Knight and Other Verse, Hawthorne: Hawthorne News Printing and Publishing Co., 1925. Sighed by author.
1925
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Chittenden, Larry, Bermuda Verses, New York - London: Putnam's Sons, 1909. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1909
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Cole, Carter S., Lays and Lyrics, New York, n. p. 1910. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Edwards, Harry Stillwell, Just Sweethearts: a Christmas Love Story, Mason, Georgia: Burke Co., 1919. Inscribed to Howard and Edna Neiman from cousin Sadie.
1919
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Emerson,. Edwin Jr., Popys's Ghost, Boston, 1899. Signed by author.
1899
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Emmons, Earl, Mavericks, New York: Oswald Publishing Co., 1924. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1924
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Eudy, Mary Cummings, Quicken the Current, New York: Harper & Bros. Co., 1949.
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Euwer, Antony Henderson, Cats, New York: Club Affairs Co., 1907. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1907
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Fairchild, Lee, The Tippler's Vow, New York: De Olde Arden Press, 1908. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1908
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Foster, Ardeen, The Poetical Works, New York: McElroy Publishing Co., 1906. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Hazzard, John Edward, Poetry an'Rot, New York: Geo F. Rammelsburg, 1906. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1906
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Moore, Charles Forrest, One Thing and Another: Essays, New York :William Edwin Rudge, 1924. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1924
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Moore, Charles Forrest, Parade of the Presidents, New York :William Edwin Rudge, 1928. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1928
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Moore, Charles Forrest, The Challenge of Life, New York :William Edwin Rudge,1924
1924
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Nelson, Frank Carleton, Along Life's Road, Auburn: The Indiana State Forum, 1927. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1927
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Norris, Zoe Anderson, The Color of His Soul, New York Fenno & Co., 1903. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1903
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Palmer Spaudling, Francesca di Maria, The Voyager and Other Poems, New York, n. p. 1912 Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1912
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Samuels, Maurice, The Florentines, A Play, New York: Bentano's, 1904. Inscribed to Neiman by author.
1904
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Terry, Edward Hicks Streeter , Poems, Philadelphia: The Biddle Press, 1910. Signed by author. Enclosed: two manuscript poems by Terry.
1910
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Weeks, Clara Winslow, Story of a Chinese Plate, New York: The Trow Press, 1913. Enclosed: correspondence from Clara Winslow Week to Neiman.
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 22 What Mrs Eddy Said to Arthur Brisbane: the Celebrated Interview of the Eminent Journalist and the Founder of Christian Science, New York: Paige, 1930. Inscribed to Neiman by Sam Roan.
1930

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Series II: Yearbooks

Scope and Content

This series contains volumes of The Pleiad for years 1907-1922 (missing volumes for 1908/09, 1911/12, and 1920/21 seasons), volumes for 1927/28, 1928/29 and 1931/32 seasons and a folder containing loose pages from various issues of the yearbook (1906-1915). Six volumes are inscribed or signed by the contributors.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1907/08. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1907-1908
Box: 2 Folder : 2 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1909/10. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1909-1910
Box: 2 Folder : 3 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1910/11
1910-1911
Box: 2 Folder : 4 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1912/13. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1912-1913
Box: 2 Folder : 5 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1913/14
1913-1914
Box: 2 Folder : 6 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1914/15
1914-1915
Box: 2 Folder : 7 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1915/16. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1915-1916
Box: 2 Folder : 8 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1916/17
1916-1917
Box: 2 Folder : 9 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1917/18. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1917-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 10 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1918/19
1918-1919
Box: 2 Folder : 11 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1919/20. Inscribed or signed by the contributors.
1919-1920
Box: 2 Folder : 12 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1921/22
1921-1922
Box: 2 Folder : 13 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1927/28
1927-1928
Box: 2 Folder : 14 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1928/29
1928-1929
Box: 2 Folder : 15 The Pleiad, yearbook, season 1931/32
1931-1932
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Loose pages from various issues of the yearbook (1906-1915).
1906-1915

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Series III: Correspondence

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of over 150 letters (virtually all autograph), from minor writers, journalists, celebrities of the day, politicians, editors etc. Letters are addressed predominantly to Neiman as a secretary of the Pleiades Club, and sometimes to other Club officials (John Ryan, Edward Foley). Among the more famous names are Louis Rhead (3 letters), Secretary of State John Hay, Arthur Guiterman, Dan Beard, Otis Skinner. Several letters and postcards concerning Neiman do not relate to the Pleiades Club.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Incoming Letters (1903-1918), arranged alphabetically by correspondent (A-K).
Correspondents:

Charles A. Adams,
Birdsill Andrews,
A. Antone and R. Rimon,
Paulette Antoine,
George Arliss,
John Aushire,
A. Bainbridge,
M. J. Baxter,
Dan Beard,
George Beban,
Alan Bell,
Helen Berensford,
K. Blienniz,
Gertrude Boor-Stearne,
A. Brisbane,
Alanson T. Briggs,
Edmund Breese,
Richard Carter,
J. B. Coghlan,
Homer Davenport,
D. Delchanty,
Mennes Graham Destamps,
Thomas Darlington,
Edith Dethson,
Minnie Dupree,
Paul Dufault,
Alec deEbray,
Lee Fairchild,
Thomas Fogart
Evelyn Dutton Fogg,
Ardeen Foster,
Spencer Frisk,
Paolo S. Galazzi,
Gilberte,
Ch. Gilibert,
Jeanne Gomelli,
Frederick Grant,
Ms. Greenleaf,
Arthur Guiterman,
Archie Gunn,
James Clarence Harvey,
John Hay,
Hartford S. Hadley,
Job E Hedges,
S. F. Hershil,
Shafter Howard,
Franz Kaltenborn,
M. Ketten,
Helen Koelling,
Koike,

1903-1918
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Incoming Letters (1903-1918), arranged alphabetically by correspondent (L-Z).
Harry Leighton,
Sheldon Lewis,
Frank Lincoln,
de Lipman,
Charles Battell Loomis,
Wright Lorrimer,
R. B. Mantell,
F. C. Mathenson,
Raybaudy-Massiglia,
Edyth Totten McGrath,
Roy L. McCardell,
Burn McIntosh,
Nelson Miles,
J. W. Miller
James Grant Milson,
Esther Wall Mumford,
Jan Munkacsy,
E. Nagasaki,
M. Nagasi,
Marci Narelle,
Mesrop Newton,
Zoe Anderson Norris,
[...] O'Carrole,
R. F. Outeault,
Francesca di Maria Palmer,
F. Joubert Pienaar,
J. C. Platt,
Channing Pollock,
F. K. Pulsifer,
Louis Rhead,
Charles. H. Roe,
Caro Roma,
Charles Rotland,
Mrs McGarick-Russell,
Charles Sarka,
Theodocia Sarrisen,
Maurice Samuels
Julius L. Schendel,
Percy Sanderson,
James N Sing,
Otis Skinner,
Edith Sothern,
N[...] Taliofarro,
C. Bryson Taylor,
David Warfield,
Clifford Walker,
Percy Winter,
Bartow S. Weeks,
Ethel Jackson Zimmerman.

1903-1918

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Series IV: Ephemera

Scope and Content

This series is divided into two subseries: subseries A consists of the materials relating to the Pleiades Club, such as scrapbooks and folders. Subseries B includes materials relating to other interests of Howard Neiman, such bound volumes of newspaper clippings and poetry, Textile Colorist editorials, selection of materials on actor George Clarke, opera libretto etc.

Subseries A: The Pleiades Club

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Pleiades Scrapbook, season 1930-1931, contains autographs, poems and drawings by members and guests of the Club.
1930-1931
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Club Yearbook Cloth Ex Libris Folders for year XIII, season 1906/07

Scope and Content

2 copies.

1906-1907

Subseries B: Howard Neiman

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 2 "Smoke Rings From Editor's Pipe," Howard Neiman ed., Textile Colorist, Inc., 1942.
1942
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Editorials of Textile Colorist ,1935-1943, inscribed by Neiman to his wife Edna.
1935-1943
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Poetry Album 1897 - 1908 (?) contains printed and handwritten poems by Neiman.
1897-[1908]
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Newspaper Clippings, 1891-1895, a bound volume.
1891-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 6 "Erinnerungslatter" undated loose leaf collection of art photographs and articles about art exhibitions.
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Material relating to actor George Clarke (1893-1894) consists of four autographed letters by George Clarke, addressed to Mr. Popelon, a magazine article and 3 photographs.
1893-1894
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Contes D'Hoffmann. Opera libretto.
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Jack Hazzard, Thinking of Yeh Christmas Time. 1914, booklet.
1914
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Letter to Neiman from Secretary of State Christian A. Herter
23 September 1960

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