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G. Edward Cassady, M.D. and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N. Lewis Carroll collection

 Collection
Identifier: 0392

Scope and Contents

The G. Edward Cassady, M.D. and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N. Lewis Carroll collection consists of photographs, correspondence, ephemera, realia, graphic materials, games, reference works, material from stage and film adaptations, and other archival material relating to children's literature author, mathematician, and writer Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Most well known for his first children's novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), Carroll was a nineteenth-century British polymath with works spanning many disciplines, including but not limited to geometry, early photography, politics, logic, and puzzles. Dr. George Cassady and Linda Cassady assembled, categorized, and donated the collection in multiple installments beginning in 2000. The collection is named for George Cassady's parents, G. Edward and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady.

Dates

  • 1865 - 2021

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Department of Special Collections at specol@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Rights Statement for Archival Description

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.

Extent

20 Linear Feet (15 boxes, 4 oversize folders, and 2 oversize tubes)

Language of Materials

English

Japanese

Russian

Italian

French

Abstract

The G. Edward Cassady, M.D. and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N. Lewis Carroll collection consists of photographs, correspondence, ephemera, realia, graphic materials, games, reference works, material from stage and film adaptations, and other archival material relating to children's literature author, mathematician, and writer Charles Dodgson (1832-1898), better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll. Most well known for his first children's novels, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), Carroll was a nineteenth-century British polymath with works spanning many disciplines, including but not limited to geometry, early photography, politics, logic, and puzzles. Dr. George Cassady and Linda Cassady assembled, categorized, and donated the collection in multiple installments beginning in 2000. The collection is named for George Cassady's parents, G. Edward and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady.

Arrangement

The arrangement of the series and description in the Cassady Lewis Carroll finding aid is based on the "USC Cassady Lewis Carroll Bibliography" (see links under "Digital Material"), created and maintained by George Cassady.

Note that this finding aid only describes material that the USC Libraries classified as archival. The "USC Cassady Lewis Carroll Bibliography" describes resources that are included as part of this finding aid and also other types of material in the Cassady Lewis Carroll collection, including published monographs and serials that the Libraries cataloged separately. The USC Libraries included all of the bibliography's sets in the list below, but some of the sets will not appear elsewhere in the finding aid if they have not been used to group archival material. Material that the bibliography groups under "Set 23: USC Wonderland Award" is described in a separate finding aid titled "Wonderland Award Submissions collection" -- Collection no. 0293.

Following is an excerpt from the introduction to the "USC Cassady Lewis Carroll Bibliography" by George Cassady, which describes the scope and evolution of this collection's arrangement.

There are many arbitrary decisions in this listing -- some were conscious decisions, others were adopted from earlier bibliographies. Items are grouped in 23 Sets. While this may seem a simple and obvious action, it continues to be strangely difficult. For example, should an abridged comic book version of 'Wonderland' in Spanish be considered a 'Foreign Translation' or an 'Alternative Publishing'? Is a book composed entirely of photographs to be placed in 'Art' or 'Reference Works'? Should magazine & newspaper articles containing crucial descriptive bibliographic & historical information be considered 'Reference Works' or should they be listed among 'Ephemera' as standard cataloging generally requires? And speaking of 'Ephemera', is my inclusion of such diverse items as puppets, postcards, postage stamps, and puzzles in that category simply because they all begin with a 'P' -- "Why not", the March Hare would say -- or simply stupid on my part? In the end, my subjective decisions are arbitrary and arguable. While they generally follow the patterns of earlier bibliographies, there are many differences. A brief overview, with details of the sequence of entries follows:

Set 1: Reference Works, Criticism, Annotations, Biography, Bibliography and Related Works
Ordered by date with several exceptions. Grouping by illustrator or publisher often interrupts the chronologic sequence. Also of note is my decision to include in this set books and writings contemporaneous with Dodgson which may have influenced his work. Works pertaining to his interests and acquaintances, as well as several books from his personal library are also included.
Set 2: Alice's Adventures Underground
Primary sort is by date.
Set 3: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Ordered first by publishing date, then with publishers' editions remaining together in chronologic sequence.
Set 4: The Nursery Alice
Entered in the same sequence as in Set 3.
Set 5: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland AND Through the Looking-Glass
Entered in the same sequence as Set 3, I have included editions in which 'Wonderland' & 'Looking-Glass' are published in a single binding, or those in separate bindings but housed together in a single slipcase or box. It is important to note I have NOT included here many editions apparently published as ‘sets’ but bound separately or each in their own slipcase.
Set 6: Through the Looking-Glass
Entered in the same sequence as Sets 3, 4, and 5.
Set 7: Carroll Works on Mathematics, Logic, Puzzles and Games
Primary sort is by date.
Set 8: Carroll Pamphlets, Diaries and Letters
Primary sort is by date.
Set 9: The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits
Primary sort is by date. Difficult decisions here for editions in an 'Alice' work includes 'Snark'. When this happens – or when 'Snark' is published with 'Sylvie & Bruno' - what’s a bibliographer to do?
Set 10: Sylvie and Bruno
Primary sort is by date.
Set 11: Other Carroll Works, Including Poetry, Excerpts, Collections & Pieces in Anthologies
Primary sort is by date.
Set 12: Renderings in Other Languages
Translations are recorded in alphabetic order by language, each subset in chronologic order. Included here are critical reference works on translation written in English, and excluded are East Asian translations.
Set 13: East Asian Works
Group as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean translations each subset generally in chronologic order. Includes 'back translations' of works originally in an Asian language. There is considerable overlap between this and other sets, as Comics, Multimedia, Ephemera, Art in an Asian language are included here.
Set 14: Parodies and Derivatives
Ordered by date. This set has true parodies of the 'Alice' books, as well as many with only the title or a few phrases related to Carroll's works.
Set 15: Alternative Formats
Entered by item type, then each subset by date.
Set 16: Art
Entered by item type, then each subset by date.
Set 17: Sound Recordings
Entered by item type, each subset by date.
Set 18: Movies and Multimedia
Entered by item type, then each subset by date.
Set 19: Performing Arts: Musical Scores, Theatrical Plays, Screenplays, Playbills and Theatrical Ephemera
Entered by item type, then each subset by date.
Set 20: Ephemera and Realia
Listed by item type, then each subset by date.
Set 21: Carroll Societies Publications
Primary sort is by date.
Set 22: Catalogs
Listed alphabetically by auction house or bookseller, then by date.
Set 23: USC Wonderland Award
Includes student entries for the annual University of Southern California Wonderland Award. Mostly from USC students, they are listed by item type, then by date.

Acquisition

Gift of George and Linda Cassady in multiple installments, beginning in 2000.

Related Materials

Published monographs, serial publications, and other Cassady Lewis Carroll items that the USC Libraries cataloged separately can be found via the USC Libraries' main catalog search.

Parts of the Cassady Lewis Carroll collection are described in two other finding aids:

  1. Collection no. 0293: Wonderland Award Submissions collection, which consists of projects submitted for the annual Wonderland Awards sponsored by Linda Cassady.
  2. Collection no. 6106: Vivian Tobin papers, which consist of photographs, correspondence, and ephemera related to Vivian Tobin's performance as Alice in the first American theatrical production of "Alice in Wonderland" in 1915.

Processing Information

Prior to 2021, this finding aid only described ephemera (articles, event programs, bookmarks, etc.) and realia donated by the Cassadys. Beginning in 2021, the USC Libraries broadened the scope of the finding aid to include all material donated by the Cassadys that the Libraries classified as archival.

Title
Finding Aid for the G. Edward Cassady, M.D., and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N., Lewis Carroll collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Bo Doub and Jacqueline Morin
Date
2011-2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2022 January: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub to include an accrual of ephemera added to the collection in 2021 (accrual no. 2021-079).
  • 2022 February: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub to include material added to the collection from accrual nos. 2022-007 and 2022-010.

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

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