The Margaret Culkin Banning collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, and other items.
Manuscripts by Banning in the collection include her novels (all published by Harper except where noted) Barbara Lives (1917); Half Loaves (1921); Mixed Marriage (1930); The Third Son (1933); The Iron Will (1935); The Last Few Days (unpublished, 1936); Too Young to Marry (1938); Enough to Live On (1939); Out in Society (1940); Salud: A South American Journal (1940); Conduct Yourself Accordingly (1944); Give Us Our Years (1949); Fallen Away (1951); The Convert (1957); Echo Answers (1960); The Quality of Mercy (1963); The Vine and the Olive (1964); I Took My Love to the Country (1966); The Will of Magda Townsend (W. H. Allen, 1974); The Splendid Torments (1976); and Such Interesting People (1979).
Shorter manuscripts by Banning in the collection include numerous novellas and short stories (ca. 1930s – 1960s), published in various magazines including Colliers, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and several others. Other short manuscripts include essays, memoirs, poems, talks, speeches, and two short plays.
Also present in the collection are Banning’s travel diaries (1946, 1948, 1951-1952, 1954, 1968) and a notebook.
Correspondence in the collection primarily consists of professional letters to and from various editors and agents; these date from 1916 to 1981. Carl Brandt and Bernice Baumgarten (wife of James Gould Cozzens) are heavily represented. Also included are several personal letters and items of fan mail. Notable correspondents include Cass Canfield, Richard Lockridge, and J. P. Marquand.
Printed material in the collection primarily consists of the printed versions of Banning’s short fiction and non-fiction, including numerous magazines and tearsheets. Also included are reviews of Banning’s work and printed items regarding Banning.
Photographs in the collection include several prints of Banning from infancy through adulthood, as well as Banning with various government and military figures, including Mamie Eisenhower, James V. Forrestal, and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
Other items in the collection include an award to Banning from the U. S. Executive Office of the President, for service to the President’s Citizens Food Committee (ca. 1948) and various miscellaneous items.