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Collection processed by Olga K. Heisler, 1987

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Allan Madison Papers
Dates: 1918-1935
Abstract: Charles Allan Madison was a publishing executive and author of several books on labor, liberal and progressive leaders, publishing history and Jewish topics. He was born in Kiev and emigrated to the United States in 1906. He earned an MA in comparative literature from Harvard University in 1922 after which he moved to New York City to begin his long career as an editor. He first worked with the American Book Company from 1922-1924, and then went to Henry Holt and Company where he remained for the next 38 years. The collection includes Madison's manuscripts and correspondence with a number of prominent individuals, including: Howard Fast, Harold L. Ickes, Robert M. LaFollette Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Thomas, Oswald Garrison Villard, among others.
Quantity: 7.25 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English
Call Phrase: TAM 133

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Historical/Biographical Note

Charles Allan Madison (1895-1985), was a publishing executive and author of several books on labor, liberal and progressive leaders, and on publishing history and Jewish topics. He was born April 16, l895, in Kiev, Russia, the son of David (a tailor) and Bessie (Burakovsky) Madison. He emigrated to the United States with his family in 1906 and settled in Detroit Michigan where they joined his sister who had arrived a year previous with her husband and his parents. Madison was educated in the Detroit public schools. He attended the University of Michigan by working his way through and received his BA degree in 1921. A year of graduate study at Harvard University earned him an MA in comparative literature in 1922. He then moved to New York City to begin his long career as an editor, first with American Book Company 1922-1924, and then with Henry Holt and Company. He remained with Holt for 38 years and retired in 1962. He married Edith Hellman, an artist on July 1, l924, and they had one child, a daughter Jepitha "Jeppy" (Mrs Leonard Yarensky).

Madison began writing verse at the age of eighteen and continued to write and publish even while working as an editor. He contributed many literary and historical essays, and book reviews to various publications on a regular basis: Poet Lore;  American Scholar;  The Nation;  Saturday Review;  Yale Review;  Chicago Jewish Forumand others. In 1934 he was invited to attend Yaddo a colony for writers and artists in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was possibly here he met and developed a lasting friendship with the authors James T. Farrell and Evelyn Scott.

His early interest was in Yiddish literature and he published several articles on the subject. But by the 1940's his interests turned to the liberal movement in America. His first book, Critics and Crusaders: A Century of American Protest(Henry Holt, 1947) received favorable notices. Portions or chapters of the book had actually been first published as historical articles in various journals. The format of the book was basically a series of 21 selected short biographies of abolitionists, utopians, anarchists, dissident economists, militant liberals, socialists and "intransigent New Dealers." This book was followed by two more works on similar subjects:  American Labor Leaders(Harper, 1950), and  Leaders and Liberals in 20th Century America(Ungar, 1961).

After his retirement in 1962 as editor at Holt Publishing, Madison wrote four books about the history of publishing and/or on Jewish topics. They were: Yiddish Literature(Ungar, 1968),  Eminent American Jews(Ungar, 1971),  Irving to Irving : Author-Publisher Relations(Bowker, 1974), and  Jewish publishing in America : the impact of Jewish writing on American culture(Sanhedrin, 1976). He also wrote two autobiographical manuscripts. Madison died February 2nd, 1985 two months short of his 90th birthday.

Chronology:

  • 1921: First article published in Poet Lore.
  • 1922-24: First job: assistant editor with American Book Co.; published several articles on Judaic subjects in Poet Lore,  The Nation, etc.
  • 1924: Marries Edith Hellman, artist. Becomes editor at Henry Holt Publishing. Important advancement.
  • 1933: Invited to attend Yaddo in summer. Meets James T. Farrell and Evelyn Scott (Metcalf).
  • 1940-46: Published several articles which are later to be chapters in his first book.
  • 1947: First book published: Critics and Crusaders: a Century of American ProtestHolt.
  • 1949: Several articles published on labor leaders
  • 1950: Book published: American Labor LeadersHarpers.
  • 1954-57: Articles in The Nation : American liberal, radicals.
  • 1959: 2nd edition : Critics and Crusaders. Ungar.
  • 1961: Book: Leaders ans Liberals in 20th Century America, Ungar.
  • 1962: Retires as editor of College and Textbook Divison at Holt Publishing. Book: 2nd edition: American Labor Leaders.
  • 1963: Articles on book publishing.
  • 1966: Books: Book Publishing in AmericaMcGraw ;The Owl Among the Colophons Holt
  • 1968: Book: Yiddish Literaure: Its Scope and Major Writers, Ungar
  • 1970: Book: Eminent American Jews. Ungar.
  • 1974: Book: Irving to Irving: Author-Publisher Relations, Bowker.
  • 1976: Last book published: Jewish Publishing in America: The Impact of Jewish Writing on American Culture, Sanhedrin.

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Scope and Content Note

Series I. Correspondence, is organized into six subseries: A. Chronological, B. Individuals, C. Unions (David Dubinsky, Carl Haessler, Fred Thompson), D. Yaddo (James T. Farrell and Evelyn Scott), E. Manuscripts, F. Personal. The bulk of the correspondence concerns his writings, and includes a number of prominent individuals to whom he sent manuscripts for comment, including Charles Beard, Henry Black, Hugo Black, Solon DeLeon, John Dewey, Howard Fast, Harold L. Ickes, Agnes Inglis, Robert M. LaFollette Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Norman Thomas, Lewis Untermeyer, Oswald Garrison Villard, and Henry A. Wallace.

Series II. Writings, is organized into three subseries: A. Miscellaneous Manuscripts, B. Published Manuscripts, C. Unpublished Manuscripts. It contains manuscripts for six of Madison's books, many article-length manuscripts (for both unpublished and published writings), including a file of short stories, and several book-length unpublished manuscripts, two autobiographical (The Inner Quest and The Past Is Prologue), a biographical study (The Agony and Achievement of Ludwig Lewisohn), and two historical novels: Call Back Yesterday (an American radical bildungsroman), and The Day Breaketh (Jewish life in Eastern Europe).

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings.

Folders are generally arranged chronologically within each series.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1895-1953
  • Lowenthal, Marvin, 1890-1969
  • Madison, Charles Allan
  • Dubinsky, David, 1892-1982.
  • Dewey, John, 1859-1952.
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
  • Haessler, Carl, 1888-1972.
  • Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949
  • Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965
  • Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
  • Untermeyer, Louis (1895-1977.)
  • Scott, Evelyn, 1893-1963
  • Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971
  • Thompson, Fred, 1900-1987
  • Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979
  • Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952
  • Goldman, Mendl, b. 1902
  • Fast, Howard, 1914-2003.
  • Lewisohn, Ludwig, 1882-1955
  • Yarensky, Jeppy

Document Type

  • Manuscripts for publication.
  • Autobiography (genre)
  • Articles.
  • Correspondence.

Subject Organizations

  • Yaddo (Artist's colony)
  • Henry Holt and Company

Subject Topics

  • Labor unions -- United States.
  • American literature -- 20th century.
  • Politics and literature.
  • Authors -- Political and social views.
  • Book editors.
  • Literature publishing.
  • Jewish publishers.
  • Yiddish literature.
  • American literature -- Jewish authors.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection created by Charles Allan Madison was not transferred to New York University. Permission to use materials must be secured from the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date; Charles Allan Madison Papers; TAM 133; box number; folder number;
Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Jeppy M. Yarensky in 1987. The accession number associated with this gift is 1987.010.

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Container List

Series I. Correspondence

Subseries A: Chronological Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
1918-1924
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence
1926-1927
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1928-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence
1930-1933
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence
1934
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1935-1936
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence
1937-1939
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence
1940-1942
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence
1943 Jan-June
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1943 Jul-Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1944
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1945
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence
1946
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1947 Jan
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence
1947 Feb
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Correspondence
1947 Mar-June
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Correspondence
1947 Jul-Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Correspondence
1948
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Correspondence
1949
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Correspondence
1950
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Correspondence
1951
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Correspondence
1952
Box: 1 Folder : 23 Correspondence
1953
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Correspondence
1954
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Correspondence
1955
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Correspondence
1956
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Correspondence
1957-1958
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Correspondence
1960-1961
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Correspondence
1962 Jan-Mar
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Correspondence
1962 Apr-May
Box: 1 Folder : 31 Correspondence
1962 June
Box: 1 Folder : 32 Correspondence
1962 Jul-Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Correspondence
1963 Jan-Feb
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Correspondence
1963 Mar-Apr
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Correspondence
1963 May-Sept
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Correspondence
1963 Oct-Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Correspondence
1964 Jan-Feb
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Correspondence
1964 Mar
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Correspondence
1964 Apr-June
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Correspondence
1964 Jul-Oct
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Correspondence
1964 Nov
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Correspondence
1964 Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Correspondence
1965 Jan-Feb
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Correspondence
1965 Mar-Apr
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Correspondence
1965 May-Jul
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Correspondence
1965 Aug
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Correspondence
1965 Sept-Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Correspondence
1966 Jan-Sept
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Correspondence
1966 Oct-Nov
Box: 1 Folder : 50 Correspondence
1966 Dec
Box: 2 Folder : 51 Correspondence
1967
Box: 2 Folder : 52 Correspondence
1968
Box: 2 Folder : 53 Correspondence
1969
Box: 2 Folder : 54 Correspondence
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 55 Correspondence
1971
Box: 2 Folder : 56 Correspondence
1972
Box: 2 Folder : 57 Correspondence
1973
Box: 2 Folder : 58 Correspondence
1974-1975
Box: 2 Folder : 59 Correspondence
1976-1979
Box: 2 Folder : 60 Correspondence
1980 Jan-June
Box: 2 Folder : 61 Correspondence
1980 Jul-Dec
Box: 2 Folder : 62 Correspondence
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 63 Correspondence
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 64 Correspondence
1983
Box: 2 Folder : 65 Correspondence
1984

Suberies B. Correspondence: Individuals

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 66 Charles Beard 1944-1947
1944-1947
Box: 3 Folder : 67 Justice Hugo Black 1952,1966,1968-70
1952 , 1966-1970
Box: 3 Folder : 68 Solon DeLeon 1946, 1949
1946 , 1949
Box: 3 Folder : 69 John Dewey 1932, 1944, 1949
1932-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 70 Howard Fast 1945,1947
1945 , 1947
Box: 3 Folder : 71 Harold L.Ickes 1950-1951
1950-1951
Box: 3 Folder : 72 Agnes Inglis 1942-1944
1942-1944
Box: 3 Folder : 73 Robert M. LaFollette Jr. 1951-1952
1951-1952
Box: 3 Folder : 74 Eleanor Roosevelt 1961
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 75 Norman Thomas 1961
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 76 Oswald Garrison Villard 1940, 1947
1940 , 1947
Box: 3 Folder : 77 Lewis Untermeyer 1948
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 78 Henry A. Wallace 1947-1943, 1958-1959, 1961-1964
1937-1943 , 1958-1964

Suberies C. Correspondence: Unions

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 79 Amalgamated Clothing Workers - Charles W. Erving, 1949; Jacob S. Potofsky, 1950
1949 , 1950
Box: 3 Folder : 80 Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen - Alexander F. Whitney, 1948-1949
1948-1949
Box: 3 Folder : 81 Congress of Industrial Organizations CIO - Stanley H. Ruttenberg, 1949
1949
Box: 3 Folder : 82 Industrial Worker (IWW) - Fred Thompson 1947
1947
Box: 3 Folder : 83 International Garment Workers (ILGWU) - David Dubinsky 1948
1948
Box: 3 Folder : 84 International Longshoremen & Warehousemen (ILWU) - Lincoln Fairley 1949, 1961-1962; Morris Watson, 1961
1949 , 1961-1962
Box: 3 Folder : 85 United Auto Workers Union - Frank Winn 1961
1961
Box: 3 Folder : 86 Federated Press (Union Press Service) - Carl Haessler 1949
1949

Suberies D. Correspondence: Yaddo

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 87 Yaddo
1933-1935
Box: 3 Folder : 88 James T. Farrell
1933
Box: 3 Folder : 89 James T. Farrell
1934
Box: 3 Folder : 90 James T. Farrell
1935-1937
Box: 3 Folder : 91 James T. Farrell
1950
Box: 3 Folder : 92 Evelyn Scott
1933
Box: 3 Folder : 93 Evelyn Scott
1934
Box: 3 Folder : 94 Evelyn Scott
1935
Box: 3 Folder : 95 Evelyn Scott
1936
Box: 3 Folder : 96 Evelyn Scott
1937
Box: 3 Folder : 97 Evelyn Scott
1938
Box: 3 Folder : 98 Evelyn Scott
1947-1949

Suberies E. Correspondence: Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 99 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1951-1958
Box: 4 Folder : 100 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1961-1962
Box: 4 Folder : 101 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1963
Box: 4 Folder : 102 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1964
Box: 4 Folder : 103 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1965
Box: 4 Folder : 104 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1966
Box: 4 Folder : 105 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1967
Box: 4 Folder : 106 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1968-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 107 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1971-1973
Box: 4 Folder : 108 Corresponcence: Manuscripts
1974-1984

Suberies F. Correspondence: Personal

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 110 Correspondence: Personal
1962-1965
Box: 5 Folder : 111 Correspondence: Personal
1966-1969
Box: 5 Folder : 112 Correspondence: Personal
1970-1977

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Series II: Writings

Subseries A. Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 American Publishers
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 2 American Labor Leaders
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Artistic Elements of Fictional Characters
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Autobiography
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Baldwin, Roger
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Black, Hugo L.
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Book Clubs
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Book Publishing in America
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Brandeis, Louis D.
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Brooks, Van Wyck
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Childe Roland to the Tower Came
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Dewey, John
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Dynamic Democracy
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Goldman, Mendel
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Hazlitt, William
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Holt, Henry
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Industrial Workers of the World
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Jewish Books
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Jewish Contributions to American Civilization
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Jewish Publishing in America
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 21 LaFollette, Robert M.
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Lewisohn, Ludwig
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Lowenthal, Marvin
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Meredith, George
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Miscellaneous
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Moses and Lincoln
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 27 New York Vignettes
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 28 Norris, George W.
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 29 Organized Labor
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 30 Pater, Walter
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 31 Published Reviews
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 32 Roosevelt, Theodore
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 33 Russian Revolution, Beginnings of
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 34 Shadows Over Democracy
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 35 Short Stories (unpublished)
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 36 The Social Crusader in America
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 37 Speeches on Israel
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 38 Strawberries
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 39 Thesis for Creative Listening
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 40 Wallace, Henry A.
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 41 Wilson, Woodrow
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 42 Yiddish in Israel
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 43 Yiddish Literature
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 44 Yiddish Theatre
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 45 Yiddish Writers
undated

Subseries B. Published Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 1947 Critics and Crusaders
1947
Box: 8 Folder : 2 1950 American Labor Leaders
1950
Box: 8 Folder : 3 1968 Yiddish Literature
1968
Box: 8 Folder : 4 1970 Eminent American Jews
1970
Box: 8 Folder : 5 1974 Irving to Irving
1974
Box: 8 Folder : 6 1976 Jewish Publishing in America
1976

Subseries C. Unpublished Manuscripts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 7 The Agony and Achievement of Ludwig Lewisohn
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Call Back Yesterday
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 9 The Day Breaketh
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 10 The Inner Quest
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 11 The Past is Prologue - Version 1
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 12 The Past is Prologue - Version 2
undated

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