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A Guide to the Edgar S. Block Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
September 2004


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Block, Edgar S.
Title: Edgar S. Block Papers
Dates: 1919-1966
Abstract: Journals, manuscripts, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials of author Edgar Block.
Extent: 1.5 Linear feet. 3 Boxes.
Identification: MS Group 19
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Author. Born in Munich, March 19, 1900. Immigrated to the United States in 1941, as a citizen of Switzerland. Born a Jew, he apparently converted to Christianity. Married Florence C. Lioret in 1955. Lived in Tampa, Florida.


Scope and Content

Journals, manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and miscellaneous material. Includes two boxes of journals, mostly in German, from the period 1919-1963. Much of the manuscripts and correspondence concerns his unpublished work "The American Muse" and some other writings, including an unpublished manuscript on Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. There are numerous photographs, mostly unidentified.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Mr. Block transferred his copyrights to the University of Florida Libraries and appointed the Director of the University of Florida Libraries as his literary executor. Insofar as is known, this action was never rescinded.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Edgar S. Block Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mr. Block. Much of the correspondence is with the Director of the University of Florida Libraries regarding Mr. Block's writings, his papers, and the Bloch-Lioret collection of books that the University of Florida acquired from Block. Correspondence from the libraries' files have been added to the Block Papers.


Contents List

Journals

Approximately 19 items, mostly in German. Some have annotations, describing the contents. Includes some photographs and loose inserts.


Box
1 Journals. 13 items. 1919-1938
2 Journals. 6 items. 1951-1961


Manuscripts


Box
3 "The American Muse (The Rise of American National Culture)" - Plan for book, including contents page, drafts of introduction, preface, and epilogue, and of partial text.
3 Correspondence between Block and Edward Uhlan and Leslie Carver of Exposition Press 6 July 1962-22 Sept., 1962; copy of contract, 21 August 1962, signed and voided by Block, and Publicity Questionnaire, completed by block. 11 items. 1962
3 Various manuscripts, primarily on American culture. circa 1951-1961
3 Various manuscripts in English and German, primarily on American culture. circa 1961-1964
3 Poems and Drawings - Includes several leaves of German verse, 1941-1942, poem, "At the Grave of Thomas Wolfe," August 1953, and 2 drawings, 1924 and 1954. circa 1924-1954


Printed Pamphlets, Leaflets, etc.

Some of these may have been intended to be included in the text of "The American Muse," and are numbered to show their location within the larger work.


Box
3 Introduction to Muses of America. Tampa, 1951. Signed Edgar S. Block. 1951
3 Introduction and Epilogue to Muses of America. Tampa. 1951
3 [I]-III. A Call to Arms for American Decoration. Parts I-III: Report to the American People. New York. 1949-1951
3 IVa. Draft for a Cultural Decoration. Tampa. 1951
3 IVb. A Tampa Address in Honor of the City and University of Tampa, Florida. 1951
3 IVc. Central West Florida's Rising Civilizational Beacon (The Culture of a Hemisphere Emerges). Tampa. 1952
3 IVd. Miami's Coronation as Cultural Center of the Americas. Tampa. 1952
3 IVe. Florida's Thirteen Cultural Stars (Plateau of Occidental Destiny). Tampa. 1953
3 IVf. Fundamental Cultural Bases of the Americas (A Columbus-Day Address). Tampa. 1953
3 IVg. A Houston Address (Lecture on the cultural rivalry and harmony among the City-Democracies around the Gulf of Mexico. 1954
3 IVh. The Hidden Splendor of Texas Cultural Future. A Lecture. Galveston. 1954
3 V. The America's New Cultural Program (A Preliminary Draft). Tampa. 1953
3 VI. The Tampans to the Front (A Report to the Citizens of Tampa, Florida). Tampa. 1953
3 VIIb. Ecce Homo Americanus. Tampa. 1952
3 VIIa. The Floridian (Folksong). Words and music by E. S. Block. Tampa. 1952
3 Muses of America; a Legendary-Event Told in Novelette-form. New York, 1951. Author's inscription, May 26, 1961. First and revised editions. 1951, 1961
3 The Galveston Book of Hours (Study on a Cultural Asset of the Gulf Region). Galveston. 1954
3 The Savannah-Aurora and Its Place in Western Civilization. 1954
3 A Cultural Declaration.


Copyrights


Box
3 17 Certificates of Registration for works by Edgar S. Block. 1949-1954


Miscellaneous


Box
3 Clippings, music scores, report.


Photographs


Box
3 Approximately 65 images (5 envelopes), including photos of Block from about 1920-1960, his mother and other family members, fiance Fredy Guldimann, street scenes possibly from Merano, Italy. Most photographs are unidentified.


Correspondence


European Letters, 1919-1951.

Block's correspondence before emigrating to America. Several of the letters are addressed to him in Merano, Italy. All are in German, except the English letter from Naomi Jacob.


Box
3 From ?, AN (Picture post card) to EB. 1919 August 19
3 From [Block, Edgar?], AL to [Mable Lohengrin? This attribution is found in an inventory of the correspondence, but the basis is unknown.]. 1921 May 20
3 From Block, Edgar, to Herr Follig. 1925 Jan. 6
3 From Kupper, Fran, ANS to EB. 1926 February 7
3 From von Schax, ALS to EB?. 1926 November 15
3 From Max, Vitter, ALS to EB. 1927 March 2
3 From ?, AN (Picture post card) to Justus Bloch. 1929 September
3 From Huber, Hans, ALS to EB. 1932 December 27
3 From Block, Edgar, ALS to Fraulein Friedl. 1937 October 29

Letters, 1952-1962.

Much of this correspondence concerns the Block-Lioret Bequest to the University of Florida. Inventories of books are included.


Box
3 From Nance, Ellwood C., TLS to EB. 1952, January 3
3 From Mann, Thomas, TLS to EB. 1952, May 1
3 From Block, Edgar and Florence, TLS to John Buechler. 1962, May 22 ?
3 From U.N. Library, Geneva, Form letter to EB. 1952, June 26
3 From Nance, Ellwood C. (Pres. of U. of Tampa), TC to EB. 1953, March 13
3 From Fredy [Guldimann], Picture postcard to EB. 1953, May 6
3 From Nance, Ellwood C., TLS to E.B. 1953, November 18
3 From Beoine ?, ALS to EB (St. Gallen). 1953, December 28
3 From Carleton, William G., TLS to EB. 1954, April 10
3 From Peterson, J.K., TLS to EB. 1954, April 16
3 From Block, Edgar, TL to Milo_______. 1954, May 12
3 From Block, E., TL to ?. 1954, May 20
3 From Block, E., ALS to Mr. Gaylord. 1954, September 17
3 From Block, E., TLS to London Times. 1954, October 9
3 From Block, E., TLS to "Micky". 1954, October 9
3 From Moorer, Sam H., TLS to EB. 1954, October 28
3 From Wilgus, A. Curtis, TLS to EB. 1954, November 9
3 From Collins, LeRoy, TLS to EB (copy). 1955, February 16
3 From Frieze, Bill, TLS to Stanley West. 1955, April 1
3 From Runge, DeLyle P., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, April 5
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, April 22
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB. 1955, April 25
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, April 29
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB. 1955, May 5
3 From Block, E., ALS to Stanley West. 1955, May 5 [15?]
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, May 8
3 From Haines, Lewis F. (Director of U of Fla Press), TLS to EB. 1955, June 9
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955. July 31
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, August 2
3 From Hardaway, Elliott, TL to EB. 1955, August 20
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, August 20
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB (carbon). 1955, September 7
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1955, September 19
3 From West, Stanley, TL to J. Wayne Reitz (Carbon). 1955, October 20
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB (carbon). 1955, October 20
3 From Reitz, J. Wayne, TLS to EB. 1955, November 1
3 From Block, E., ALS to Stanley West. 1955, November 25
3 From Berger, Ernest, TLS (form) to S. West?. 1957, October 25
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1957, October 26
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB. 1957, November 13
3 From Hardaway, Elliott, TL to EB (carbon). 1957, November 19
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1957, November 22
3 From Hoefner, Dr., Form card to EB. 1959, June 5
3 From Block, E., TLS to Charles Van Doren (carbon). 1959, July 4
3 From Block, E., TLS to Dr. Hoefner (carbon). 1959, July 8
3 From Block, E., TLS to Prof. Eric Voegelin (carbon). 1959, July 9
3 From Block, Edgar, TC to Herr Dokter. 1937 Nov. 22
3 From Berg, Eva, 5 ALLS to EB. 1938 March 5 - September 10
3 From Block, Edgar, ALS to Herr Pfarrer. 1938 July 22
3 From Jacob, Naomi, TLS to EB. 1938 August 2
3 From ?, Envelope addressed to EB, with extensive note on envelope. 1938 October 5
3 From Badertuber(?) J., ALS to EB. 1941 March 31
3 From Bamnlin(?) Richard, ALS to EB. 1941 June 12
3 From Mann, Thomas, Pacific Palisades, CA, ALS to EB, New York City. 1942 January 22
3 From Mann, Thomas, ALS to EB. Photo of Block with mother attached. 1947 September 20
3 From Block, Netty and Edgar, Lake Placid, NY, TL (carbon) to Herr and Frau Marcus. 1948 July 15
3 From Metropolitan Museum of Art, Form letter to Anna N. Block, NY. 1949 June 13
3 From Callisen, Sterling A. (MMA), TLS to EB, with enlarged copy. 1949 October 11
3 From Dondero, George A., M.C., Royal Oak, Michigan, TLS (enlarged copy) to EB. 1949 November 19
3 From Schwarz, Tampa, ALS to Netty and Edgar Bloch. 1950 August 28
3 From Hyman, Mrs. Issac, ALS to EB. 1950 August 28
3 From Fredy Guldimann. Cf. photographs, 2 ANS (Picture postcards) to EB, Tampa. 1951 August 27
3 From Jacobs, Celia, ANS (Postcard) to EB. 1951 September 9
3 From Mann, Thomas, TLS to EB. 1951 November 13
3 From Block, Edgar, ALS to Herr Pfarrer. no date
3 From Berf, Leon, A Postcard to ?. no date
3 From Buber, Martin, Signed, printed card. no date
3 From [Block, Edgar?], TLS to Minzn and Pepi. 18 October 1936

Letters, 1959-1961.

Box
3 From Block, Edgar, TC to Herrn Prof. Alfred Senn. 1959, May 29
3 From Register of Copyrights Library of Congress, TLS to EB. 1959, August 20
3 From Van Doren, Charles, TLS to EB. 1959, July 14
3 From Voegelin, Eric, TLS to EB. 1959, July 25
3 From Henoj, ALS to EB. 1960 November 4
3 From Broneer, Oscar, TLS to EB. 1961, January 13
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1961, May
3 From Block, E., TLS to Chief Librarian (UofF). 1961, June 8
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB (carbon). 1961, June 26
3 From Block, E and F, TLS to Stanley West. 1961, June 28
3 From Steen, Mrs. Virginia, TL to EB (carbon). 1961, July 7
3 From Block, E., TLS to U of F? (Gern. and trans.). 1961, July 16
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1961, July 16
3 From Block, E., ALS to Stanley West. 1961, July 20
3 From Block, E., TLS to Library of Congress (carbon). 1961, July 21
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB (carbon). 1961, July 24
3 From Block, E., TLS to Dr. Muskat (carbon). 1961, August 4
3 From Block, E., TLS to Messrs. Helen Baum and Associates (carbon). 1961, August 14
3 From Block, E., TLS to An die titl. Verwaltung (carbon). 1961, August 18
3 From Block, E., TLS to the Sierra Club (carbon). 1961, October 10
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West (carbon). 1961, October 16
3 From Riedl, Dr., TLS to EB (Germ.). 1961, October 27
3 From Block, E., TLS to Hon. James J. Sweeney (carbon). 1961, October 28
3 From Crouch, Bill, TLS to EB. 1961, October 31
3 From Wichmann, Dr. Siegried, TLS to EB (Germ.). 1961, Nov. 6
3 From Block, E and F, TLS to Hon. Board of Park Commissioners (carbon). 1961, Nov. 7
3 From Block, E., TLS to Hon Bill Crouch (carbon). 1961, Nov. 9
3 From Block, E., TLS to John Buechler. 1961, Nov. 10

Letters, 1961-1963.

Box
3 From Block, E., TLS to Dr. Wichmann (carbon). 1961, November 12
3 From Block, E., TLS to John Buechler. 1961, November 28
3 From Block, E., TLS to Dr. Riedl (Germ.). 1961, November 29
3 From Block, E., TLS to Dr. Riedl (carbon). 1961, December 1
3 From Block, E. and F., TLS to Henry Rosenwald (carbon). 1961, December 12
3 From Block, E., ALS to Stanley West. Accompanied by fragmentary draft of "Muses of America.". 1962, January 5
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB. 1962, January 25
3 From Block, E. and F., TLS to Stanley West. 1962, January 30
3 From West, Stanley, TL to EB (carbon). 1962, May 22
3 From Block, E., TLS to Edward Uhlan (carbon). 1962, May 23
3 From Block, Edgar, TLS to John Buechler. 1962, May 25
3 From Block, Edgar, TLS to Stanley West and J. Buechler. 1962, August 2
3 From Block, E.S., to Christ and Welt. 1962, September 22
3 From Block, E.S., TL to Chamber of Commerce, Aspen, Colorado. 1962, September 22
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1962, September 22
3 From Block, Edgar, TL to Stanley West. 1962, September 22
3 From Block, Edgar, TL to Christ and Welt. 1962, September 25
3 From Block, Mr. and Mrs., TLS to Hon. Robert Craig. 1962, October 19
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1963, March 7
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1963, March 8
3 From Block, E., TL to Stanley West. 1963, March 9
3 From Block, E., TLS to Stanley West. 1963, March 22

Letters, 1958-1965.

Box
3 From Currtin, K., TLS to Herr Block. 1958, August 25
3 From Keasing, Felix M., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1959, January 12
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Bill L. Crouch. 1961, November 9
3 From Held, Jutta, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1961, September 18
3 From Crutcher, Edwin, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1961, September 18
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to S.L. West. 1961, July 6
3 From Uhlan, Edward, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1962, July 30
3 From Mins, D., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1962, January 23
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Thomas H. Hamilton. 1963, December 20
3 From West, Stanley L., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, November 20
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Faber du Faur, Yale University Library. 1963, November 5
3 From West, Stanley L., to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar S. Block. 1963, November 2
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Robert O. Dougan, Huntington Library. 1963, November 1
3 From Dr. Middendorf, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, October 30
3 From Block, Edgar S., TL to Robert O. Dougen. 1963, October 24
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Humanistic Institute of Aspen, Colorado. 1963, October 16
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to German Counsul, California, Ernest Lioret. 1963, October 16
3 From von Favre du Faur, Curt, Yale University Library, TL copy to Edgar S. Block. 1963, October 15
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Hedi, Fred, Walter, Mama Zipper. 1963, October 14
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Goethe-Institute, Munich, Germany, The Speck Collection. 1963, October 11
3 From Block, Edgar S., TL to Yale University. 1963, October 8
3 From Dover, W.B., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, September 18
3 From Block, Edgar S., ALS to WB Dover. 1963, September 17
3 From Dover, W.B., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, September 16
3 From West, S.L., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, September 16
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to WB Dover. 1963, September 14
3 From Block, Edgar S., ALS to Mrs. J. Kennedy. 1963, September 13
3 From Block, Edgar S., AL to Dr. Wilgus. 1963, July 20
3 From West, Stanley L., TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1963, July 9
3 From Block, Edgar S., TL to SL West. 1963, June 5
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to TH Hamilton. 1964, November 2
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Mary H. Johnson. 1964, October 29
3 From Block, Florence and Edgar, TLS to S.L. West (Ms. included of "Lessing's Die Erziehung Des Menshenegeschlechts"). 1964, October 26
3 From A and C Black Ltd., TL to Edgar S. Block. 1964, October 2
3 From Uhlan, Edward, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1964, June 1
3 From Block, Edgar S. and Florence, TLS to Martin Buber. 1964, April 14
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS copy to Charles A. Moore. 1964, March 31
3 From Block, Edgar S. and Florence, TLS to Otto Dengener. 1964, March 28
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS copy to Martin Buber. 1964, March 21
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Martin Buber. 1964, March 8
3 From Hildegard and Richard, ALS to Edgar S. Block. 1964, February 14
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS copy to Charles A. Moore. 1964?, February 4
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Handelskammer. 1964?, January 28
3 From Nickerson, Thomas, U of Hawaii Press, TLS to Edgar S. Block. 1964, January 14
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS copy to S. Fischer. 1965, April 26
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to Ernst August. 1965, April 15
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to A. Toynbee. 1965, January 12
3 From Toynbee, A., ALS to Edgar S. Block. 1965, January 4
3 From Block, Edgar S., TLS to A. Toynbee. 1965, January 2

Letters, 1961-1966.

Box
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S. West. 1961, October 16
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1961, November 14
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1961, December 15
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to E. Uhlan. 1962, April 17
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to E. Uhlan. 1962, May 16
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1962, May 18
3 From West, S.L., TLS to E.S. Block. 1962, May 22
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1962, August 28
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1962, November 6
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, February 28
3 From West, S.L., TL to S.L. West. 1963, March 25
3 From Block, E.S., TL to A. Heckscher. 1963, March 29
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, April 28
3 From West, Stanley, TL to E.S. Block. 1963, May 16
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.West. 1963, May 30
3 From West, S.L., TLS to E.S. Block. 1963, June 7
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, June11
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1963, June13
3 From Block, E.S., ALS to S.West. 1963, August 6
3 From Block, E.S., ALS to S.L. West. 1963, August 21
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, September 10
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1963, September 16
3 From Huntington Library, TLS to S.L. West. 1963, September 10
3 From West, S.L., TL to M.I. Fry (Huntington Library). 1963, September 16
3 From Block, E.S., ALS to S.L. West. 1963, September 18
3 From Block, E.S., ALS to S.L. West. 1963, September 27
3 From Block, E.S., TL to Curator, W.A. Speck Collection. 1963, October 8
3 From Von Favre du Faure, Curt, TL to E.S. Block. 1963, October 15
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, October 14
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1963, November 2
3 From West, S.L., TL to E. Stroven. 1963, November 20
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1963, November 17
3 From West, S.L., TL to E.S. Block. 1963, November 20
3 From Block, E.S., TL to Verwaltung der Stadt Braunschweig. 1964, February 12
3 From Buber, Martin, TL to E.S. Block. 1964, March 29
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to M. Buber. 1964, March 21
3 From Block, E.S., ALS to S.L. West. 1964, April 12
3 From Pere, B., TLS to E.S. Block. 1964, April 17
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1964, May 7
3 From West, S.L., TLS to E.S. Block. 1964, May 14
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to Stanford University Pr. 1964, September 18
3 From Block, E.S., TLS to S.L. West. 1964, November 28
3 From West, S.L., TLS to E.S. Block. 1964, December 10
3 From Block, F., TLS to S.L. West. 1965, October 23
3 From West, S.L., TL to F. Block. 1965?, October 27
3 From West, S.L., TL to F. Block. 1965, December 8
3 From Reitz, J.W., TL to F. Block. 1966, January 10


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