Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927

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Popular novelist of outdoor adventure stories.

From the description of James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927 [microform]. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34420401

Owosso (Mich.) novelist and member of the Michigan Conservation Commission.

From the description of Correspondence, Jan. 24, 1927. (Clarke Historical Library). WorldCat record id: 12270231

Novelist from Owosso, Michigan, member of the Michigan Conservation Commission.

From the description of James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34421190

The papers, 1897-1927, of James Oliver Curwood include correspondence; scrapbooks; and manuscripts of articles, books, and movie scenarios. The correspondence, arranged chronologically, deals primarily with three topics: that from 1897 to 1918 relates largely to Curwood's literary efforts; that from 1918 to 1921 concerns a mixture of literary and motion picture matters; and that from 1921 to 1927 focuses on conservation in Michigan.

Curwood, a contemporary and acquaintance of Zane Grey and Jack London, wrote adventure tales of the frozen north. His collection encompasses not only his major literary works, but also the numerous articles that he wrote for such magazines as Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Collier's, Munsey's, Outing, and Everybody's Magazine. During the second decade of this century, Curwood got involved in the infant motion picture industry, first as a writer for other companies and later as the head of James Oliver Curwood Productions. Consequently, his extensive correspondence with producers, directors, and business managers is quite revealing of the early development of movies.

In the 1920's, Curwood became deeply involved with the conservation movement, not only in Michigan, but throughout the mid-west. He was a charter member and active participant in the Izaak Walton League, as well as a prominent critic of the Michigan Department of Conservation under John Baird. In 1927, Governor Green recognized Curwood's efforts by naming him to the Conservation Commission. His correspondence during this period covers a wide range of topics including water pollution, forest fire prevention, sport fishery development, and increased protection for some of Michigan's dwindling wildlife, principally deer and partridge. There is also a great deal of information on the corruption of the Baird administration, particularly the political nature of warden appointments, lax enforcement and flagrant disregard of game laws, and the utilization of the Conservation Department to build up a Republican political machine in Michigan.

Correspondents in the collection include: Rube Babbitt, John Baird, Curtis Brown, Will H. Dilg, Russell Doubleday, Richard Fletcher, Andrew Glaspie, Fred Warren Green, David M. Hartford, Carl Hubbs, Harold C. Kinsey, Ray Long, Parish Lovejoy, Thomas Marston, Louis Mayer, Joseph Montrose, Charles Mott, Gifford Pinchot, Filibert Roth, Albert Stoll, Harold Titus, Arthur H. Vandenberg, Edward Voght, Henry Wallace, Russell Watson, Leigh Jarvis Young, and Frederic H. Zeigen. Note: other Curwood papers are located in the Indianapolis Public Library and the New York Public Library.

From the guide to the James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927, (Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan)

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creatorOf Annaud, Jean-Jacques, 1943-.... L'ours [Multimédia multisupport] / Jean-Jacques Annaud, real. ; Gerard Brach, scénario ; James Oliver Curwood, aut. adapté ; Philippe Sarde, comp. ; Tcheky Karyo, Jack Wallace, Andre Lacombe... [et al.], act. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn Hepler, John C., 1913-. Papers, 1923-1983. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927. James Oliver Curwood papers, 1909-1924. Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Grand Army of the Republic. Dept. of Michigan. Quackenbush Post 205. Quackenbush Post 205, Grand Army of the Republic. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Albert Joseph Engel Papers, 1885-1960 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927. Correspondence, Jan. 24, 1927. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1885-1960. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927. James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. Albert Joseph Engel papers, 1911-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Eldridge, Judith A.,. Judith Eldridge collection of James Oliver Curwood material, 1890s-2000s. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Charles G. Wright Collection of Big Little Books, 1933-1943 Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Morse, William Inglis, b. 1874,. William Inglis Morse collection, 1710-1947 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Curwood, James Oliver, 1878-1927. James Oliver Curwood papers, 1897-1927 [microform]. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
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associatedWith Babbitt, Rube S. person
associatedWith Babbitt, Rube S. person
associatedWith Baird, John, 1860- person
associatedWith Brown, Curtis. person
associatedWith Brown, Curtis. person
associatedWith Conger, Ivan. person
associatedWith Conger, Ivan. person
associatedWith Detroit Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Dilg, Will H. person
associatedWith Dilg, Will H. person
associatedWith Doubleday, Russell, 1872-1949. person
associatedWith Eldridge, Judith A., person
associatedWith Engel, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1888-1959. person
associatedWith Essanay Film Manufacturing Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Ethel Curwood person
associatedWith Fletcher, Richard H. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Richard H. person
associatedWith Glaspie, Andrew Bird, 1876- person
correspondedWith Grand Army of the Republic. Dept. of Michigan. Quackenbush Post 205. corporateBody
associatedWith Green, Fred Warren, 1872-1936. person
associatedWith Groesbeck, Alexander J., 1873-1953. person
associatedWith Hartford, David M. person
associatedWith Hartford, David M. person
associatedWith Heling, Hazel M. person
associatedWith Hepler, John C., 1913- person
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Hubbs, Carl L. (Carl Leavitt), 1894-1979. person
associatedWith Kinsey, Harold C. person
associatedWith Kinsey, Harold C. person
associatedWith Long, Ray, 1878-1935. person
associatedWith Lovejoy, Parish Storrs, 1884-1942. person
associatedWith Lovejoy, Parrish Storrs, 1884-1942 person
associatedWith Marston, Thomas Frank, 1869- person
associatedWith Mayer, Louis B. (Louis Burt), 1885-1957. person
associatedWith Michigan. Dept. of Conservation. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Park Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan. State Park Commission. corporateBody
associatedWith Michigan Sugar Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Montrose, Joseph. person
associatedWith Montrose, Joseph. person
associatedWith Morse, William Inglis, b. 1874, person
associatedWith Mott, Charles S., 1875-1973. person
associatedWith Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946. person
associatedWith Roth, Filibert, 1858-1925. person
associatedWith Stoll, Albert, 1884- person
associatedWith Titus, Harold, 1888-1967. person
associatedWith Vandenberg, Arthur H. (Arthur Hendrick), 1884-1951. person
associatedWith Voght, Edward C. person
associatedWith Voght, Edward C. person
associatedWith Wallace, Henry Cantwell, 1866-1924 person
associatedWith Watson, Russell, 1891- person
associatedWith Wright, Charles G. (Charles Gerald), 1930- person
associatedWith Young, Leigh Jarvis, 1883-1960 person
associatedWith Zeigen, Frederic H., 1874- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Canada.
Owosso (Mich.)
Owosso (Mich.)
Michigan
Saginaw River (Mich.)
Subject
Pollution
Water
Dogsleds
Camping
Indians of North America--Domestic life
Women
Hunting--Canada
Conservation of natural resources--Michigan
Animals
Motion picture industry
Log cabins
Forest fires
Authors, American--Michigan
Hunting
Authors
Fishing--Canada
Forest fires--Michigan
Conservation of natural resources
Mich. author
Lumber industry
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Birth 1878-06-12

Death 1927-08-13

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