Gibbons, Euell (1911-1975)
Scope:
The Euell Gibbons collection includes manuscripts, correspondence, printed materials, financial materials, notebooks, scrapbooks, and other materials.

The collection includes manuscripts for books, articles, poems, and various unpublished writings.

Collected book manuscripts, published by McKay unless noted, consist of Stalking the Wild Asparagus (1962), Stalking the Blue-Eyed Scallop (1964), Stalking the Healthful Herbs (1966), The Beachcomber’s Handbook (1967), Feast on a Diabetic Diet (1969), Stalking the Good Life (1971), Foraging for Survival, Enjoy Your Diabetes, and Stalking to the Faraway Places.  Collected article manuscripts include numerous nature-related articles, such as "The Neoprimitive Food Gatherer," "Edible Marsh Plants," "How to Cook a Card," and "A Wild Way to Feast in Central Park." Articles that Gibbons produced for Boy’s Life magazine are also present. Also collected are manuscripts for poems (particularly sonnets), including "Lament of the Queen Bee," "The Sounds of Spring," "The Chromatic Glow Worm," "To a Taxonomist," and others. Various untitled manuscripts, draft fragments, and related notes are included, as well, and many manuscripts are marked with holograph notes and corrections.

Autograph and typescript letters collected between 1955 and 1973 contain both personal and professional content. Gibbons corresponded frequently with family—his mother, wife, cousin, and brother—as well as professors from across the country. He also maintained correspondence with his publishers at McKay, agents at McIntosh, McKee, & Dodds, and editors of publications, such as House & Garden, Esquire, and Organic Gardening. Also included are letters from fans to science-related museums and departments.

The collection’s printed materials include publications in which Gibbons’ articles and poems appeared, such as Friends Journal, Catholic Digest, Popular Mechanics, Aquasphere, The Boston Globe, and others. Newsclippings, conference programs, publisher’s catalogs, posters, book jackets, reviews, profiles, and publicity items constitute additional printed material. Of particular interest are announcements regarding nature "Wonder Weekends" and "Wild Party" menus.

Financial materials in the collection consist primarily of royalty statements kept between 1962 and 1969.

Euell’s collected notebooks and journals contain notes on planting, expenditures, courses, and general events.

The collection’s scrapbooks contain Life Magazine materials, as well as various print clippings and publicity items dating from 1962 to 1966.

Miscellaneous items in the collection include dried plant cards, a poem by Bill Oman Jr., and "Declaration of Independence," a statement regarding Gibbons’ philosophy of marriage.


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Notable Figures
1. Gibbons, Euell
Associated Subjects
1. Literary Collections Subject Guide
2. Cuisine, Nutrition, and Agriculture Subject Guide