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Robert May papers, 1939 - 1954

Manuscript MS-630

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Title:

Robert May papers, 1939 - 1954

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-630

Collection Dates:

1939 - 1954

Size of Collection:

8 boxes (9.5 linear feet)

Abstract:

Robert Lewis May (1905-1976), advertising editor. Dartmouth College Class of 1926. Contains holograph manuscripts for May's children's books, including "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer; illustrations and mockups for the book and May's scrapbook related to the publication of "Rudolph," as well as original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains holograph manuscripts of three of May's children's stories, including "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer" (Chicago : Montgomery Ward, 1939) "Winking Willie" (New York : Maxton, 1948) and "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer Shines Again" (New York : Maxton, 1954). Also included are book layouts, Denver Gillen's color separated illustrations for Rudolph, and a mounted Life magazine cover from January, 9, 1950. Box two contains Robert May's scrapbook related to the publication of Rudolph. The scrapbook includes newspaper clippings, Montgomery Ward advertisements and fan letters.

(note: Scrapbook was disbound and remounted on acid-free support stock. Original support pages remain in separate binder for researcher reference.) In addition there are six boxes with the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Biography

Robert Lewis May (1905-1976.) Dartmouth College class of 1926. In 1939, May, an advertising editor for Montgomery Ward department stores, authored the popular children's Christmas story "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for his employer. The story was a popular success and in 1947 Montgomery Ward relinquished copyright of Rudolph to May. In 1951 May became president of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Enterprises in order to manage Rudolph's marketing. In 1958 May returned to Montgomery Ward as a editorial director for their catalogues retiring in 1970.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Manuscripts and Scrapbooks, 1939-1954

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Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1939-1954

Contains holograph manuscripts of three of May's children's stories:"Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer," "Winking Willie" and "Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer Shines Again." Also included are book layouts, Denver Gillen's color separated illustrations for Rudolph, a mounted Life magazine cover from January 9, 1950.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 2, Dates: 1939-1945

Contains May's scrapbook related to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Series 2, Printing Plates, circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Box: 3, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 4, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 5, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 6, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 7, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 8, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

Box: 9, Dates: circa 1939

Contains the original metal printing plates of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" for the Montgomery Ward catalogue

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted

Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.