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Henry and Katherine Bellamann Collection



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Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
Bellamann, Henry, 1882-1945
Bellamann, Katherine
Henry and Katherine Bellamann Collection
Date [inclusive]
42 boxes
Language of Materials
The collection chiefly contains manuscripts of works by authors Henry Bellamann and Katherine Jones Bellamann. Also included are correspondence between the two authors and miscellaneous other items.

Preferred Citation

Henry and Katherine Bellamann Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Heinrich Hauer "Henry" Bellamann was born 28 April 1882 in Fulton, Mo. He attended the University of Denver. Later he pursued musical studies in New York, London, and Paris. In 1907 he married Katherine Jones of Carthage, Miss.

For seventeen years Bellamann was Dean of the Arts at Chicora College for women in Columbia, S.C. During this period Bellamann also served as editor of the Book and Music page of The State, one of South Carolina’s most widely-read newspapers. In 1924 he moved to New York to teach music and to serve as chairman of the examining board of the Julliard Musical Foundation, for which he also was instrumental in assembling the first faculty. Bellamann successively served as acting professor at Vassar College and Dean of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he edited the musical publication  Overtones. In 1920 Bellamann published a book of poetry,  A Music Teacher’s Note Book, and in 1926 he published a novel,  Petenera’s Daughter.

Bellamann's novel Kings Row, a study of life in a midwestern town, was greeted with enthusiasm when it appeared on 1940. The novel became a bestseller and later was made into a movie. Other novels by Bellamann include  Crescendo Interlude (1928),  The Richest Woman in Town (1932),  The Gray Man Walks (1936),  Floods of Spring (1942), and  Victoria Grandolet (1943). He was at work on a sequel to  Kings Row at the time of his death on 16 June 1945. The sequel was completed by Katherine Bellamann and published under the title  Parris Mitchell of Kings Row (1948).

In 1925 De Pauw University conferred on Bellamann the honorary degree of Doctor of Music. France made him a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1931.

Katherine Jones was born in Carthage, Mississippi, 7 October 1877. At Chicora College she taught voice while her husband served as Dean. Her first novel, My Husband’s Friends (1931), is a fictitious account of the life of a woman married to a brilliant university scientist. The author’s experiences undoubtedly colored the book, which is as deeply penetrating a psychological study as she produced. Later novels include the collaborative  Parris Mitchell of Kings Row (1948) and  The Hayvens of Demaret (1951). This last book is a set in Mississippi, to which she returned as a widow.

A prolific poet, Katherine Bellamann became an important voice in Mississippi poetry circles during her later years. She was president of the Mississippi Poetry Society. In 1953 she won the Lyric Sonnet Award and, in 1954, the Allen Swallow Publications Award. She died 8 November 1956. A collection of her poems titled A Poet Passed This Way was published in 1958 by the H. Bellamann Foundation.

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Scope and Content

The collection chiefly contains manuscripts of works by authors Henry Bellamann and Katherine Jones Bellamann. Also included are correspondence between the two authors, scripts for speeches, miscellaneous notes, and other items.

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The collection is arranged in two accretions:

Original Deposit, 1978

Accretion, 1986

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries November 2012

Access Restrictions

The Henry and Katherine Bellamann Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Received from Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, November 2012.

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Related Materials

Related Materials at the University of Mississippi

For more literary collections, please see the Archives and Special Collections' Literary Collections Subject Guide.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • clippings (information artifacts)
  • correspondence
  • manuscripts for publication

Personal Name(s)

  • Bellamann, Henry, 1882-1945 -- Archives
  • Bellamann, Katherine -- Archives


  • Authors, American -- 20th century

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Collection Inventory

Original Deposit, 1978 

Box 1 Autograph manuscript of  Kings Row, pp. 3-193 

Box 2 Autograph manuscript of  Kings Row, Books II, III, and part of IV, laminated and in black notebooks 

Box 3 Autograph manuscript of  Kings Row, Books IV (second half), V, and VI, laminated and in black notebooks 

Box 4 Two partial typescripts of  Kings Row (126 pages and 160 pages, with synopsis) 

Box 5 Typescript of  Kings Row (three parts) 

Box 6 Autograph manuscript of  Victoria Grandolet, originally titled  White Cloud 

Scope and Content

Pages 59-82 missing

Box 7 Typescript of and work sheets for  Victoria Grandolet 

Box 8 Autograph manuscript and carbon copies of  Red Shoes Run Faster 

Scope and Content

Also titled Petenera's Daughter

Box 9: Two manuscripts: 

Typescript (title page stamped “Ann Watkins, Inc.”) of Red Shoes Run Faster 

Autograph copy of Richest Woman in Town 

Box 10 Autograph copy of  Crescendo Interludes in ten notebooks 

Box 11 Two manuscripts: 

Typescript, Richest Woman in Town (originally titled  Gracey’s Woman

Murder in the Social Register (early version and autograph copy) 

Scope and Content

Early version was titled Locked and Bolted

Box 12 Autograph copy of  Floods of Spring in three black notebooks 

Box 13 Worksheets for and amended typescript of  Floods of Spring 

Box 14 Two manuscripts: 

The Gray Man Walks (autograph copy and typescript) 

Lule (unpublished novel) 

Box 15 Plays/Notes: 

Marsh Water 

Scope and Content

Three-act play

Play version of Richest Woman in Town 

Early draft of a verse play 

Petition of a play (title?): conversation between characters "Bob" and  "Mark"  

Notebook with notes on music 

Scope and Content

First page labeled "Paris, 1908"

Notebook with notes from L’Asthetique on J.S. Bach 

Black notebook labeled "Columbia, S.C., May 15, 1921"  

Scope and Content

List of publishers and poems published

Workbook with New York City address, 27 July 1929 

Scope and Content

Early draft of Infinite Angels on a Needle Point (  Kings Row) and other notes. Includes some poetry by Katherine Bellamann.

Preliminary notes for Kings Row 

"Metropolitan" composition book containing an early version of  Kings Row in which the town is called  "Cameron" . Also notes for the sequel to  Kings Row. and Interludes. 

Kings Row,  The Biography of a Town,  "synoptic notes" , autograph 

Scope and Content

Very brittle condition

Starts on two untitled novels 

Box 16 Five notebooks containing notes for essays and novels (  Floods of Spring and a  "Fulton novel" ), poetry by Katherine Bellamann, and a photograph of a 19th century man 

Box 17 Essays and manuscripts on art, music, and poetry, 1920-1923 

Scope and Content

Works by Henry and Katherine Bellamann. Some essays are versions published in journals.

Box 18 Articles/Essays/Lectures: 

“Of Course It’s None of My Business.” Typescript. 

Scope and Content

Article from a series under this title. This article is about cities and progress.

“Paris-Again.” Typescript. 

Lecture on responsibilities of music teachers 

Chapters on the sonnet and music 

“Sources of Musical Inspiration.” Typescript copy and autograph copy. 

“You and Music.” Transcription. 

“Forward” and comments on intellectual hobbies and great men 

Untitled essay on age 

Start of an article on diaries 

Essay on economic depression 

Essay on the southern drawl 

Essay on music 

Notes for essay on music 

Article on musicians 

Article on Dante 

Pages 13-15 holograph of talk on article on music 

Introduction of a book on music 

Impressionistic History of the Midwest, 8 chapters 

Editorials and contents pages from Overtones, edited by Henry Bellamann, 1931-1932 

Henry Bellamann’s newspaper page from The State (Columbia, S.C.), 1 February 1931 

Notes for an essay or lecture on music 

Release request from Henry Bellamann to Curtis Institute, Philadelphia 

Notebook labeled “Articles: H. B.” Plans for essays. Early draft of “Ideographic Elements” and "Poetic Imagery and the Freudians.” 

“Psyche’s Nocturnal Wood.” Pages from Stratford Monthly, undated 

Notebook labeled “Translations.” Contains poetry by Henry Bellamann. 

Box 19 Miscellaneous: 

Seven Kings Row radio scripts 

Humorous account of returning servicemen 

Notes for article on the subject of hobbies 

Miscellaneous notes, including notes or plot outline for an undetermined work 

Material on Gauguin, including notes in a hand other than that of Henry Bellamann or Katherine Bellamann 


Correspondence related to Kings Row 

Correspondence related to Victoria Grandolet 

Correspondence relative to Peterna’s Daughter (  Red Shoes Run Faster

Correspondence related to Floods of Spring 

Correspondence related to Crescendo Interludes 

Correspondence related to young Jewish boy, Emmanuel Konisberg, who was attacked and wounded. Bellamann offered assistance. 

Letter to Matthew…(?) about intellectual appreciation and “the art of living in the South” 

Box 20 Correspondence: 

Charles Ives correspondence 

Pearl Buck correspondence 

Carl Sandburg correspondence 

Vincent d’Indy correspondence 

Amy Lowell correspondence 

Chicora College correspondence 

Employment recommendations, 1933 

Correspondence related to poetry 

General correspondence, 1906-1919 

General correspondence, 1921-1927 

General correspondence, 1928-1940 

General correspondence, 1941-1946 

Box 21 Typescripts of  Hayvens of Demaret 

Box 22 Typescript carbon copies of  Hayvens of Demaret 

Box 23 Materials pertaining to  Slave Bells of Glenallen (unpublished) 

Scope and Content

Notes and a rough draft with suggested revisions by Dr. Louis Dollarhide

Box 24 Typescript,  Slave Bells of Glenallen 

Box 25 Three typescripts: 

Slave Bells of Glenallen 

My Husband’s Friends 

Parris Mitchell 

Scope and Content

Some pages missing

Box 26 Typescript,  I, Virginia Ross 

Box 27 Five black notebooks of verse by Katherine Bellamann 

Box 28 Miscellaneous Katherine Bellamann Materials: 

Red “National Diary 1924.” Contains addresses. 

Black and white composition book containing poetry 

Black and white composition book containing poetry and notes pm “compilation” 

Two notebooks containing poetry 

Notebook labeled “Outline Material, December 23, 1928, H.B.” 

Scope and Content

Actually contains poetry of Katherine Bellamann

Notebook labeled “The Chain, A Novel by Henry Bellamann, Book I, July eleven, 1929” 

Scope and Content

Contains poetry by Katherine Bellamann

Notebook labeled “H. H. Bellamann, Address Hotel Ansonia, N.Y.C, Stamps” 

Scope and Content

Poetry by Katherine Bellamann

Three notebooks containing poetry by Katherine Bellamann 

Black notebook with “FE” on front 

Scope and Content

Some notes by Henry Bellamann, but more by Katherine Bellamann

Box 29 “Hobby into Pegasus,” typescript of essay by Katherine Bellamann. Verse by Katherine Bellamann on loose sheets (foldered). 

Box 30 Verse by Katherine Bellamann on loose sheets (foldered) 

Box 31 Poems and a verse play by Katherine Bellamann 

Box 32 Miscellaneous: 

Play in black dialect based on episodes from the Old Testament 

Prospectus by Katherine Bellamann for “Aunt Easter” radio program 

Scripts for “Aunt Easter” 

Box 33 Miscellaneous: 

“Aunt Easter” scripts 

Juvenile program notes 

Notebooks, notes and poetry for children 

Music books - songs for “Aunt Easter” program 

Sheet music for “Aunt Easter” 

Radio talks on poetry, scripts, and notes 

Box 34 Correspondence and Other Items: 

Radio talks on poetry, scripts, and notes 

Katherine Bellamann’s correspondence related to death of Henry Bellamann, 1945 

Katherine Bellamann’s correspondence related to her novel My Husband’s Friends 

Correspondence with Ann Watkins, Inc. 

Box 35 Correspondence and Other Items: 

Miscellaneous correspondence of Katherine Bellamann. First folder contains letter from actor James Coburn and one from Mrs. Charles Ives with portion of letter by Charles Ives. 

Correspondence with Simon and Schuster, Inc. 

Scope and Content

Suggested revisions for Hayvens of Demaret

“A rainy Afternoon” by Katherine Bellamann 

“A Slight Miscalculation” by Katherine Bellamann 

“Pink Taffeta and Water-Works” by Katherine Bellamann 

“Hobby into Pegasus” by Katherine Bellamann 

“Not a Ghost of a Chance” by Katherine Bellamann 

Speeches for women’s club 

Untitled manuscript 

Miscellaneous manuscripts of Katherine Bellamann 

Katherine Bellamann, lists of awards and memberships 

Katherine Bellamann, notes apparently pertaining to her will 

Suggested revisions (by publisher?) for poems by Katherine Bellamann 

Boxes 36-39 Clippings 

Box 40 Miscellaneous Items 

Scope and Content

Includes clippings; photographs of Henry and Katherine Bellamann; photographs of Gittman's Book Shop (Columbia, S.C.), the world premiere of the film version of Kings Row, and other subjects; promotional materials; magazine publications; other items

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Accretion, 1986 

Box 41 Notes on  Kings Row; correspondence from Henry Bellamann to Katherine Bellamann, 1906-1921 

Box 42 Correspondence/Miscellaneous: 

Henry to Katherine Bellamann, 1924-1938 and undated 

From Vincent D’ Indy 

From DuBose Heyward, 1921-1922 and undated 

From Isidor Philippe, 1908-1913, 1924 

From Evelyn Scott, undated 

From Widor, 1912 

Miscellaneous, to Henry Bellamann, 1911-1919 

Correspondence, from Katherine Bellamann to Norma Bricknell, 2 June 1946 


Wedding announcement 



Types manuscript of “Madame Arndt” plus handwritten notes, Henry Bellamann 

Mystery Fancier, journal with articles about H. Bellamann’s “The Gray Man Walks” 

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