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Guide to the Paul Briand Papers, 1920-1986

Collection number: MC 120

Size: 13 boxes (4.33 cu.ft.)

About Paul L. Briand, Jr.

Major Paul L. Briand, Jr. was a World War II veteran, a 1948 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, and a commissioned officer in the US Air Force. In 1951 the military sent Briand to Columbia University, where he acquired his master’s degree in English. When the Air Force Academy opened in 1955, Briand was hired to teach in the English department, and he became an associate professor in 1959 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Major Briand published his first book, Daughter of the Sky, a biography of Amelia Earhart, in April of 1960. His second book, In Search of Paradise, a double biography of the famous writing team of Charles Nordhoff and James Hall, was completed six years later. In 1967, the State University of New York, Oswego, appointed Briand as a full professor and he taught there until his death in 1986.

About the Paul L. Briand, Jr. Papers

The Paul Briand Collection primarily contains correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, photographs and other information relating to Daughter of the Sky and In Search of Paradise, his two major books. Also included in the collection are Briand’s college and graduate school papers and as well as articles he published about teaching within a multi-media curriculum.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Paul L. Briand, Jr. Papers, 1957-1978, MC 120, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donated: Margaret F. Briand, Wells ME, Nov. 1992 [Accession number: 92.040]

Collection Contents

Series I: Personal Papers

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 “Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge,” 1957
Box 1, Folder 2 “Fictional Biography and Biographical Fiction”
Box 1, Folder 3 “Hamlet under the Scalpel of Coleridge,” 1957
Box 1, Folder 4 The Sound of Wings, Paul Briand and Joseph Roberts, 1957
Box 1, Folder 5 “Yeats’ Vision: The Shattered Glass of Reality”
Box 1, Folder 6 “Hardy, Bridges, and Yeats,” Seminar Study, 1958
Box 1, Folder 7 “Notes on the Art of Modern Biography,” 1958
Box 1, Folder 8 “A Fateful Tuesday, 1918: The Last Combat Flight of James Norman Hall,” The Airpower Historian, 1964
Box 1, Folder 9 “The Catholic Mass in James Joyce’s Ulysses,” James Joyce Quarterly
Box 1, Folder 10 “The Nonsense about Technical Writing,” 1967
Box 1, Folder 11 “Why is Oswego? College and Community, Character and Commitment,” 1970
Box 1, Folder 12 “America the Violent,” 1970
Box 1, Folder 13 “America the Violent.” Vital Speeches of the Day, 1970
Box 1, Folder 14 “Turned On: Multi-Media and Advanced Composition.” The English Record, 1970
Box 1, Folder 15 “Turned On: Multi-Media and Advanced Composition.” College Composition and Communication, 1970
Box 1, Folder 16 “Turned On: Multi-Media and Advanced Composition”
Box 1, Folder 17 “Turned On: Multi-Media and Advanced Composition”
Box 1, Folder 18 “Turned On, English Composition: Instructional Development in Perspective, A Case Study”
Box 1, Folder 19 “Turned On, English Composition: A Case Study”
Box 1, Folder 20 “Evaluation of `Project Turned-on’: Multi-media Based Instruction in English Composition”
Box 1, Folder 21 “Freedom and Responsibility on Campus,” 1971
Box 1, Folder 22 “Eye, Ear, Voice, and Hand: Non-Verbal Literacy and Verbal Communication.” Community College Frontiers, 1972
Box 1, Folder 23 “Eye, Ear, Voice, and Hand: Non-Verbal Literacy and Verbal Communication”
Box 1, Folder 24 “Non-Verbal Literacy and Verbal Communication”1970
Box 1, Folder 25 “Non-Verbal Literacy and Verbal Communication”
Box 1, Folder 26 Responses to “Media Options for Improving Instruction.” Planning for Higher Education, 1975
Box 1, Folder 27 “Technology in the Teaching of Composition,” 1978
Box 1, Folder 28 “Comp: The Computer-Composition Interface”
Box 1, Folder 29 “Personal Philosophy of Education and College Level Instruction”
Box 1, Folder 30 “A Writing Skills Program.” Proposal
Box 1, Folder 31 Classes, syllabi, exams, and information
Box 1, Folder 32 Experimental College at Oswego, correspondence and information
Box 1, Folder 33 Newspaper clippings about Briand
Box 1, Folder 34 Miscellaneous

Series II: Daughter of the Sky

Subseries A: Correspondence

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Thomas G. Albright, (1); Lois Allen (1), and American Library Service (1)
Box 2, Folder 2 Josephine Akiyama (15)
Box 2, Folder 3 American Legion Amelia Earhart Post No. 678 (9) (mostly from Lauretta M. Schimmoler)
Box 2, Folder 4 Bernt Balchen (2); Ralph Barnaby (1); George C. Baron, Booth and Baron (3); Billie Bohannon (1); Mrs. P. Buehler (1), and George T. Bye (1)
Box 2, Folder 5 Sidney Carroll (1); Lucy Challiss (2), and Jacqueline Cochran (1)
Box 2, Folder 6 Marjorie Davis, Sept. 20, 1957; Sept. 30, 1958; Dec. 7, 1958; July 3, 1959; Aug. 19, 1959; April 16, 1960 (6)
Box 2, Folder 7 Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc., publishers (mostly from Charles Pearce) (19), 1957-1958
Box 2, Folder 8 Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc., publishers (mostly from Charles Pearce) (27), 1959
Box 2, Folder 9 Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc., publishers (mostly from Charles Pearce) (37), 1960-1968
Box 2, Folder 10 Amelia Earhart (to Viola Gentry) (1), 1932
Box 2, Folder 11 Anne M. Earhart (3)
Box 2, Folder 12 Franklin Institute (1); Gilbert C. Frye (1); Laurine H. Garner (1); Capt. Joseph A. Gervais (3); Betty Huyler Gillies (2); Louis Gordon (1 to and 1 from), and Barb Gerber (1)
Box 2, Folder 13 Viola Gentry (3)
Box 2, Folder 14 Harcourt Brace and Co. (1); Dwight Heine (1); Clyde Holley (2); The Honnold Library (1), and Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences (3)
Box 2, Folder 15 Japanese Embassy (1); Clarence Johnson, Vice-President of Engineering and Research, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation(4); Victor Johnson (1); Theodore Kenyon (1); Joyce LaRoche (1); Dudley Ledwell (1); Peg Lewis (2); Library of Congress (2), and Life (1)
Box 2, Folder 16 William F. Manlove (1); Paul Mantz Air Services (2); James Metcalf (1); Muriel Morrissey (2); National Aeronautic Association (1); The Ninety-Nines, Inc. (1); Ruth Nichols (2), and North American Newspaper Alliance (1)
Box 2, Folder 17 Nancy Osborne (1); Parnassus Book Service (2); Purdue University (5); George P. Putnam (1); G.P. Putnam’s Sons, publishers (8), and Margaret Putnam (3)
Box 2, Folder 18 Hilton Howell Railey (7), July 18-August 31, 1957
Box 2, Folder 19 Hilton Howell Railey (7), September 1-20, 1957
Box 2, Folder 20 Hilton Howell Railey (7), September 23-30, 1957
Box 2, Folder 21 Hilton Howell Railey (10), October 1-14, 1957
Box 2, Folder 22 Hilton Howell Railey (7), October 25-December 15, 1957
Box 2, Folder 23 Hilton Howell Railey, (18), March 21, 1958-February 24, 1960
Box 2, Folder 24 Research Studies Institute (1); Robert Saudek Associates, Inc. (1); Hashime Saito (1); Casimir Sheft (5); James Smith (1); Smithsonian Institution (4); Society for the Propagation of the Faith (1), and Manila Davis Talley (1)
Box 2, Folder 25 United States government departments: Dept. of the Air Force (4); Central Intelligence Agency (1); Department of Commerce, Civil Aeronautics Administration (4), and Dept. of Justice (5)
Box 2, Folder 26 United States government departments: Dept. of the Navy (1); Dept. of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (2); Federal Aviation Agencey (2); Federal Bureau of Investigation (6), and General Services Administration, National Archives and Records Service (5)
Box 2, Folder 27 University of Wyoming (2); Gore Vidal (1); Bradford Washburn (4); Helen Hutson Weber (4); Women’s International Association of Aeronautics (1), and WomenSports (4)
Box 2, Folder 28 Unidentified correspondents (4)

Subseries B: Notes and Drafts

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Government Documents Relating to Amelia Earhart (for oversized documents see oversize box 1 folder 1)
Box 3, Folder 2 West Coast Trip Research
Box 3, Folder 3 West Coast Trip Research
Box 3, Folder 4 Notes
Box 3, Folder 5 Miscellaneous Notes and Addresses
Box 3, Folder 6 “Amelia Earhart: A Women Who Dared”
Box 3, Folder 7 “Amelia Earhart: Feminist and Pilot, 1974”
Box 3, Folder 8 “The Disappearance of Amelia Earhart”
Box 3, Folder 9 Daughter of the Sky, Index and Acknowledgements
Box 3, Folder 10 Critical Preface
Box 3, Folder 11 Section I, Chapter 1, “The Girl from Kansas”
Box 3, Folder 12 Section I, Chapter 2, “The Restless Soul”
Box 3, Folder 13 Section I, Chapter 4, “The Friendship Flight”
Box 3, Folder 14 Section II, Chapter 1, “In the Public Eye”
Box 3, Folder 15 Section II, Chapter 2, “Vagabond of the Air”
Box 3, Folder 16 Section II, Chapter 3, “George Palmer Putnam”
Box 3, Folder 17 Section II, Chapter 4, “Solo Across Atlantic”
Box 3, Folder 18 Section II, Chapter 5, “First Lady of Flight”
Box 3, Folder 19 Section III, Chapter 1, “The Fever of Preparation”
Box 3, Folder 20 Section III, Chapter 2, “Around the Equator”
Box 3, Folder 21 Section III, Chapter 3, “New Guinea to Howland”
Box 3, Folder 22 Section III, Chapter 4, “The Disappearance”
Box 3, Folder 23 Appendices
Box 3, Folder 24 Typescript, Daughter of the Sky, Part I
Box 3, Folder 25 Typescript, Daughter of the Sky, Part II
Box 3, Folder 26 Typescript, Daughter of the Sky, Part III
Box 3, Folder 27 Illustrations of Amelia Earhart from published works

Subseries C: Published Material By and About Amelia Earhart

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Cobham, Sir Alan, “Seeing the World from the Air.” National Geographic, 1928
Box 4, Folder 2 Curley, Walter, “Amelia Earhart: The Aviation Record of America’s Most Famous Woman Pilot,” 1966
Box 4, Folder 3 Earhart, Amelia, “Flying the Atlantic.” The American Magazine, August 1932
Box 4, Folder 4 Earhart, Amelia, “My Flight from Hawaii.” National Geographic, May 1935
Box 4, Folder 5 Earhart, Amelia, “Courage,” (musical score), 1937
Box 4, Folder 6 Elliot, Lawrence, “The Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight.” Reader’s Digest, 1957
Box 4, Folder 7 The National Aeronautic Magazine, January 1935
Box 4, Folder 8 Okumiya, Masatake, “For Sugar Boats or Submarines?” United States Naval Proceedings, August 1968
Box 4, Folder 9 Omnibus V Volume 24, “Amelia Earhart.” The Television-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation, 1957
Box 4, Folder 10 Newspaper Clippings about Amelia Earhart, 1932-1987
Box 4, Folder 11 Programs
Box 4, Folder 12 The Ninety-Nine Club

Subseries D: Galley Proofs

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Folder 1 Oversize government documents pertaining to Amelia Earhart
Oversize Box 1, Folder 2 Galley Proof for Daughter of the Sky
Oversize Box 1, Folder 3 Galley Proof for Daughter of the Sky

Subseries E: Photographs

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Photographs of Amelia Earhart

Series III: In Search of Paradise

Subseries A: James Norman Hall

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about James Norman Hall), A-G 1961-1965: Ida Ainsworth, Jan 24, 1962; Paul Appleby, Aug 9, 1962; Carolyn C. Atkin, Jan. 3, 1962; The Atlantic Monthly (5), Dec 11, 1961; April 16, 1962; June 14, 1963; Aug 18, Oct 11, 1965; G. Clifford Blake, Feb 3, 1963; Paul Briand to Book of the Month Club, March 28, 1963; Carl D. Brandt, Feb 15, 1962; Brandt and Brandt, Jan 29, 1963; Carl M. Beecher (5), Feb 1, 1962; April 27, May 13, Aug 2, Aug 17, 1963; George Biddle, July 25, 1963; Miriam M. Balsley, Feb 11, 1963; Tom Buffum, April 21, 1963; Anne Benedicta Carolan, Feb 8, 1962; Barnaby Conrad, March 8, 1963; Helen Gillingham (Mrs. Roy Cushman) (2), Jan 22 and April 1, 1963; Chester C. Davis (5), Jan 13, Feb 6, Feb 13, March 16, and July 6, 1963; — Dube to William A. Ziegler, April 20, 1917; Arthur B. Epperson, Feb 24, 1963; J. Bruce Eyestone to George Pierce, Dec. 3, 1952; Marjorie Hall Forsyth (sister), March 2, 1965; Mrs. Harold B. Gardner, Jan 19, 1963; Martin Gilder, Jan 1, 1962; Dorothy Hall Graham, sister (2), Jan 10, March 28, 1965; Graphic Microfilm of New England (2), April 8 and June 11, 1963; Grinnell College (12), Dec 21, 1961; Feb 9, March 23, July 10, July 21, 1962; Feb 8, March 5, May 1, May 25, July 11, July 26, 1963 and one undated; Caroline Guild, April 22, 1963 and undated
Box 6, Folder 2 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about James Norman Hall), H-M 1962-1963: Clare D. Horner, Aug 11, 1962; Houghton Mifflin, March 11, 1963; Ernest Jacoby for the Greener family, April 30, 1963; Ernest Jacoby to Henry Alden, Grinnell College Librarian, July 31, 1963; C.A. Klein, Feb 25, 1963; Kenneth Littauer, June 24, 1963; Donald S. Marshall (4), Jan 16, 1962; April 16, April 25, May 13, 1963; James McConnaughy, March 22, 1962; Mrs. Hugh McKean, Feb 25, 1963; Richard Miller, April 21, 1963; New England Merchants National Bank (3), April 22, May 13, May 20, 1963
Box 6, Folder 3 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about James Norman Hall), P-Z 1961-1963: Ina C. Payne, May 1, 1963; George L. Pierce (4), Feb 15, 1963, April 25, May 13 and one undated; The Prairie PressFeb 25, 1963; Willard Price, Feb 18, 1963; Leland L. Rounds (2), May 22, Sept. 13, 1963; Ellery Sedgwick (2), Aug 29, 1962; Jan 16, 1963; Odell Shepard, Dec 10, 1961; Rose E. Stoops (2), Jan 15, Feb 2, 1963; W. S. Stone, Feb 15, 1962; James E. Stronks (6), Jan 17, Feb 6, Feb 18, April 1, Sept 12, 1963; Marjorie Sutherland Wheeler, Aug 18, 1962; Capt. I.F. Wood, Dec 10, 1961; Edna E. Winship, May 14, 1963; one identified only as “Larry,” July 1, 1963
Box 6, Folder 4 Correspondence: Hall’s letters to his sisters, Dorothy [Hall Graham] and Marjorie [Hall Forsyth] (“Soapsuds”), and mother (35), 1934-1950
Box 6, Folder 5 Hall Addresses
Box 6, Folder 6 Hall, James Norman, “The Feet that Wouldn’t Go East,” 1936
Box 6, Folder 7 Hall, James Norman, “Good Night…and Good Morning!,” A Musical Play
Box 6, Folder 8 Hall, James Norman, “My Iowa Boyhood.” Des Moines Sunday Register, Nov 30, 1952-Jan 4, 1953
Box 6, Folder 9 Hall, James Norman, “Stories for Children”
Box 6, Folder 10 Information on the Lafayette Escadrille (James Norman Hall)
Box 6, Folder 11 Newspaper clippings

Subseries B: Charles Nordhoff

Box 6, Folder 12 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about Charles Nordhoff), A-G 1962-1964: M. Thomas Ackerland (2), Dec 10, 1961; Feb 9, 1962; Bank of America (on behalf of Brain Curtis), Feb 27, 1963; Sarah Nordhoff Clark, May 8, 1962; Thomas E. Cornwall, April 25, 1962; Rita Nordhoff Chadwick (2), May 16, 1962; Feb 11, 1963; Charis Crockett, May 16, 1963 [?]; Donald Barr Chidsey (3), Oct 21, Nov 14, 1964; Nov 5, 1965; Christian de Guigne, March 4, 1963; Walter G. de Steiguer (4), May 5, 1962; Jan 31, Feb 15, Feb 16, 1963; Henry Forster (2), April 8, April 30, 1963; Mrs. Charles Glaser, Jan 11, 1962
Box 6, Folder 13 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about Charles Nordhoff), H-M 1962-1963: Harvard University, Feb 19, 1963; Jeanne G. Hill, Aug 20, Sept 10, 1962; Charles M. Kinsolving (2), Feb 13, April 12, 1963; Col. Charles W. Kerwood, April 30, 1963; Joseph D. Leland, April 19, 1962; Library of Congress (4), April 9, May 10, Aug 29, Sept 6, 1963; Lawrence K. Lunt, March 28, 1962; Laura Nordhoff (4), Sept 17, Nov 23, 1961; June 10, July 26, 1962; Mary Nordhoff (2), June 14, 1962; Feb 19, 1963; John McFarland, May 31, 1963; Fred McNear, March 10, 1963; Richard Miller, Feb 10, 1963; Cdr. F. P. Morrison, May 16, 1962; Sally Whitall Morrison, undated; Don Moss, Feb 21, 1963
Box 6, Folder 14 Correspondence (unless otherwise noted, these are letters to Paul Briand about Charles Nordhoff), P-Z 1962-1963: Gifford B. Pinchot (2), Feb 27, April 4, 1963; Walter B. Power (3), March 16, April 4, April 30, 1962; William M. Rand (2), April 10, April 30, 1962; E.T. Springer (3), April 28, May 14, Aug 30, 1962; James E. Stronks, undated; Andy Thomson, May 12, 1963; Charles A. Whipple, April 2, 1962; D. Wright Wilson, April 30, 1963
Box 6, Folder 15 Nordhoff Addresses
Box 6, Folder 16 Nordhoff, Charles B., “Saved by the Durian!”

Subseries C: Information on Tahiti and “The Bounty”

Box 6, Folder 17 Information on Tahiti
Box 6, Folder 18 Map of Tahiti
Box 6, Folder 19 “The Old Orsmond Manuscript”
Box 6, Folder 20 Information on “The Bounty”
Box 6, Folder 21 Maude, H.E., “In Search of a Home: From the Mutiny to Pitcairn Island, 1789-1790.”
Box 6, Folder 22 Smith, D. Bonner, “More Light on Bligh and The Bounty”
Box 6, Folder 23 Smith, D. Bonner, “Some Remarks about the Mutiny of The Bounty”

Subseries D: Notes for In Search of Paradise

Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 Hall: Colfax, Iowa, 1887-1906 (1)
Box 7, Folder 2 Hall: Grinnell College, (2)1906-1910
Box 7, Folder 3 Hall: Grinnell College, Cyclone, 1910
Box 7, Folder 4 Hall: Boston, 1910-1914 (3)
Box 7, Folder 5 Hall: British Army, 1914-1916 (4)
Box 7, Folder 6 Hall: Lafayatte Escadrille, 1916-1919 (5)
Box 7, Folder 7 Hall: South Seas, 1920-1922 (6)
Box 7, Folder 8 Hall: Iceland, 1922-1923 (7)
Box 7, Folder 9 Hall: Tahiti, 1924-1929 (8)
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 Nordhoff: Tahiti, 1920-1929
Box 8, Folder 2 Nordhoff: Tahiti, 1920-1929
Box 8, Folder 3 Nordhoff: Tahiti, 1930-1939
Box 8, Folder 4 Hall: Tahiti, 1930-1939
Box 8, Folder 5 Nordhoff: California, 1940-1947
Box 8, Folder 6 Nordhoff: California, 1940-1947
Box 8, Folder 7 Hall: Tahiti, 1940-1949 (10)
Box 8, Folder 8 Hall: Tahiti, 1940-1949 (10)
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 Hall: Tahiti–Post Mortem, (11)
Box 9, Folder 2 Nordhoff: California, 1887-1906
Box 9, Folder 3 Nordhoff: Harvard (and letters from Mary Nordhoff Williams), 1906-1909
Box 9, Folder 4 Nordhoff: California, 1909-1916
Box 9, Folder 5 Nordhoff: Lafayette Escadrille, 1916-1920
Box 9, Folder 6 Nordhoff: Post Mortem, 1948-1953

Subseries E: Early Articles and Typescripts of In Search of Paradise

Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1 Briand, Paul L., “Solace and Sustenance for a P.O.W.: Geoffrey Chaucer and James Norman Hall”
Box 10, Folder 2 Briand, Paul L., “A Fateful Tuesday, 1918: The Last Combat Flight of James Norman Hall”
Box 10, Folder 3 Briand, Paul L., “The Flight Training of Nordhoff and Hall”
Box 10, Folder 4 Briand, Paul L., “The Tahiti of Nordhoff and Hall”
Box 10, Folder 5 Briand, Paul L., “The Tahiti of Nordhoff and Hall”
Box 10, Folder 6 Typescript, In Search of Paradise; Author’s Note, Acknowledgements, and Index
Box 10, Folder 7 In Search of Paradise, Part I “James Norman Hall”
Box 10, Folder 8 In Search of Paradise, Part II “Charles Bernard Nordhoff”
Box 10, Folder 9 In Search of Paradise, Part III “Nordhoff and Hall”
Box 10, Folder 10 Bibliography
Box 10, Folder 11 In Search of Paradise, Reviews

Subseries F: Galley Proofs

Oversize Box 2
Oversize Box 2, Folder 1 Galley Proofs for In Search of Paradise
Oversize Box 2, Folder 2 Galley Proofs for In Search of Paradise

Subseries G: Photographs

Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1 Photographs of Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

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