Sidney Hook, authors with papers at archives, and more…

Here are some additional categories of “orphan work” authors for whom we have found leads through rudimentary online searching and through your comments.  (And, yes, we know, we should have identified Sidney Hook much earlier.)

Thanks again for all the help. Please go to Orphan Row to help us find others.

Sidney Hook
American Philosophers at Work (1956)
Status: Rightsholder Found!
Direct descendants living in California.

Authors with awards in their honor
(this should have been gathered with others in last post)

Fletcher Pratt
Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War (1953)
Status: Weak lead
Mr. Pratt served as president of Civil War Roundtable in New York, which sponsors an award in his name.

Authors with papers collected at academic or other archive

James Mark Baldwin
Between Two Wars, 1861-1921, (1926)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at Princeton.

Cyril Bibby
How Life is Handed On (1947)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the Cambridge University Library.

Dana Burnet
Four Walls (1928)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the University of Oregon.

Carroll Lane Fenton
Prehistoric world (1954)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the University of Iowa.

Denna Frank Fleming
The United States and the League of Nations (1932)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University.

Francis Stuart Harmon
The Command is Forward (1944)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the University of Minnesota, Kautz Family YMCA Archives. Mr. Harmon was on the Board of Deacons of Riverside Community Church in New York and a trustee of the Interchurch Center until the late 1960s.

Hornell Norris Hart
Personality and the Family (1941)
Status: Weak lead
Some papers reside at Swarthmore College, though the college notes that it is not the official repository for his papers.

John Tasker Howard
Stephen Foster, America’s Troubadour (1939)
Status: Strong lead
Mr. Howard was a curator of the New York Public Library from 1940-1956.  The John Tasker Howard papers, 1869-1995, are held at the library.

Jacob Lestschinsky
Dos sovetishe Idntum (1941)
Status: Strong lead
According to JewishVirtualLibrary.org, “His collection of books and papers, which he somehow maintained throughout his wanderings, are at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry of the Hebrew University.”

Lloyd Lewis
Myths After Lincoln (1941)
Status: Strong lead
Papers reside at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Henry Justin Smith
It’s the Way It’s Written (1923)
Status: Strong lead
Papers are at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Authors with identified direct descendants

William Edgar Borah
American Problems (1924)
Status: Strong lead
Direct descendant in Washington, DC. (Thanks, Ira Stoll!)

Axel Brett
A Critical Approach to an Esthetic Theory (1926)
Status: Strong lead
Direct descendant located in Texas.

Winfred Octavus Bryson
Negro Life Insurance Companies (1948)
Status: Strong lead
Direct descendant located in Ohio.

Max Loehr
Buddhist Thought and Imagery (1961)
Status: Strong lead
Author’s sons live in South Carolina and Washington State.

Sándor Lorand
Technique of Psychoanalytic Therapy (1946)
Status: Strong lead
Strong evidence that author’s widow is alive.

Richard Pattee
The Case of Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac (1953)
Status: Weak lead
Direct descendant living in Canada.

José Pijoán
An Outline History of Art (1938)
Status: Strong lead
Direct descendant located in New Mexico.

E. R. Root
Lecture on Bees (1925)
Status: Weak lead
Direct descendant located in Ohio. (Thanks, marshallbrooks!)

Authors with potentially identified direct descendants

Irving Lorge
Psychology of Adults (1963)
Status: Weak lead
Appears to have living direct descendants.

William Sansom
South, Aspects and Images from Corsica, Italy, and Southern France (1950)
Status: Weak lead
Direct descendants may be living in the U.K.

Elizabeth Hough Sechrist
Heigh-ho for Halloween! (1948)
Status: Weak lead
Obituary gives names of surviving sister and niece.

Author who worked in U.S. publishing industry

Fon W. Boardman
Roads (1958)
Status: Weak lead
Author was vice president of Oxford University Press in New York, according to correspondence at the Merton Center.

Removed from Orphan Row by HathiTrust:

James Branch Cabell
The High Place (1923)
Status: Presumed Found
Pulled from Orphan Row by HathiTrust. Might be public domain.

And finally…

Richard Gerstell
How to Survive an Atomic Bomb (1950)
Status: Weak lead
Author was Director of Civil Defense for Pennsylvania in the 1960s. Has presentation digitized in National Defense University Library.

Comments: more
  • P.M. Carlson

    Franz Grillparzer was a 19th Century Austrian playwright.  The English translation listed was by Henry H. Stevens, published by Register Press, Yarmouthport, Mass.

  • P.M. Carlson

    Franz Grillparzer was a 19th Century Austrian playwright.  The English translation listed was by Henry H. Stevens, published by Register Press, Yarmouthport, Mass.

  • Billmarsano

    It should be a legal not merely moral obligation for Hathi/UMich and others to publish and widely distribute a list of books they in their finite wisdom and within their own parameters are declaring orphaned. Even banks do this with their apparently abandoned accounts. 

  • Billmarsano

    It should be a legal not merely moral obligation for Hathi/UMich and others to publish and widely distribute a list of books they in their finite wisdom and within their own parameters are declaring orphaned. Even banks do this with their apparently abandoned accounts. 

  • Jeremy York

    Michigan responds to problems in the orphan works determination process: bit.ly/oxqj1h

  • Jeremy York

    Michigan responds to problems in the orphan works determination process: bit.ly/oxqj1h