Manuscript Group 57
The papers of George Kellogg were donated to the University of Idaho Library by the family following his death in 1970. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in May 1985.
George Alexis Kellogg was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 7, 1916. He received his B.A. and B.S.L.S. degrees from Columbia University in 1940 and 1941 respectively, and his M.A. from Yale in 1947. On July 3, 1940 he married Ruth E. Heningham; they had two children. From 1940 to 1943 he was a librarian at Columbia University. He then served in World War II as a Marine Corps sergeant. During the years 1947 to 1950 he taught English at Lafayette College and Queens College. He returned to the library field and was a librarian at Yale University for seven years. In 1957 he became Humanities Librarian at the University of Idaho where he remained until his death on April 10, 1970.
The earliest papers in this record group (ca. 1940-1947) are class notes, essays on Milton, and bibliography cards, research notes, and the first chapter of Kellogg's M.A. thesis on Renaissance metrical theory. There is then a hiatus until 1957. The remaining items consist of general correspondence, Kellogg's poetry, and correspondence, research material, drafts and published versions of his bibliographies on H.L. Davis, Frederick Manfred, and Vardis Fisher.
The general correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, is in chronological order and contains comments on reviews, the submission of his poems to journals, and several letters relating to his application for the University of Idaho library directorship. Among his correspondents are Joseph Wood Krutch, Jacques Barzun and Wallace Stegner. A second correspondence folder is concerned with the library for the governor's house. Another folder contains a published poem and both published and unpublished reviews and articles. There are two folders of poetry, the one arranged alphabetically contains manuscript drafts and often a typescript version of Kellogg's poetry; the other folder contains two collections, one of 37 leaves which was probably arranged by Kellogg, the other of 88 leaves which is the typescript of the poetry edited by Paul Conditt and printed after Kellogg's death. The three bibliography groups contain printed versions and drafts of the bibliographies, correspondence relating to publication, requests for information, and in the case of the Manfred work, correspondence with the subject. There are also articles by and about the subject. Each type of material is in chronological order. The final series contains Kellogg's classroom notes on poetry, notebooks containing information for his thesis, several typed essays on Milton, a box of bibliography cards, and pages 1-84 of his thesis. Due to the lack of specific identification on the notebooks no attempt was made to arrange this material.
IV. College Research Material
Box Folder Description Items
1 1 General Correspondence, 1957-1970 59 2 Governor's Home Library, 1968 11
3 Published poetry and book reviews, 1960-1967 6 4 Alphabetical arrangement 122 5 Collections 2
2 6 H.L. Davis, 1961-1963 43 7 Frederick Manfred, 1963-1965 89 8 Vardis Fisher Drafts & Printed Editions, 1961-1969 12 9 Vardis Fisher, Correspondence, 1960-1969 135 10 Vardis Fisher, Articles By and About, 1937-1967 24
3 11-17 Notebooks dealing with poetic theory 7 18 Milton Essays 4 19 Box of Bibliography Cards 1 20 Negative photostat copy of Alex Gill Logonomia Anglicans, pp. 126-151 & handwritten translation 2 21-22 Notebooks: "Renaissance Metrical Theory" 2 23 Thesis "Studies in Renaissance Metrical Theory," pp. 1-84, Outline, Comments from readers, 1947? 6