Goldsmith, Alfred F.

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Alfred Francis Goldsmith was born in Atlantic City, N.J. and studied at the University of Pennsylvania. He opened his shop, At the Sign of the Sparrow, in the Gramercy Park area of New York City in the early 1920s. His primary interests were Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe, and Walt Whitman. Goldsmith helped Carolyn Wells acquire her major collection of Whitmaniana, which she later left to the Library of Congress. Their descriptive bibliography of Whitman's works appeared in 1922. Wells later used Goldsmith's shop as the scene of her mystery novel, Murder in the bookshop (1936). Goldsmith died in 1947.

Goldsmith helped Edward Naumberg, Jr., a New York City stockbroker, pursue his interests in authors of the 1920s, the work of Ford Madox Ford, and unusual association and non-book items. Naumburg was part of a family that became patrons of music in New York City through the Naumburg Orchestral Concerts they established in 1905. A graduate of Princeton Univerity, Naumberg was an accomplished violinist and a member of the Grolier Club and the Century Association. He died in 1995 at the age of 92.

From the description of Letters : to Edward Naumburg, Jr., 1930-1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122573211

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.) archive, 1923-2007. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Scrapbooks of James Branch Cabell [manuscript], 1886-1958 (bulk 1904-1926). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn George Moore collection of papers, 1879]-[1935, 1889-1933 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn James Branch Cabell Collection, 1886-1928 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Old Book-Table (Club). Records, 1931- Grolier Club
referencedIn Thomas Bird Mosher papers, 1890-1939 (inclusive) 1895-1924 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. Papers of James Branch Cabell, 1919-1954. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Moore, George, 1852-1933. George Moore collection of papers, [1879]-[1935] bulk (1889-1933). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947. Letters, 1888-1938. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Ames, Joseph Bushnell, 1878-1928. Letter : Morristown, N.J., to Mr. Goldsmith, [192-?] Nov. 6. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn James Branch Cabell Collection, 1918-1954 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
creatorOf Goldsmith, Alfred F. Letters : to Edward Naumburg, Jr., 1930-1945. Grolier Club
referencedIn Flora Virginia Milner correspondence concerning the catalog of the Harcourt Amory Lewis Carroll collection, 1931-1932. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Letters : [regarding Walt Whitman or Whitman material], 1866-1958. University of Rhode Island Library, Kingston, University Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Stovall, Floyd, 1896-1991. Papers of Floyd Stovall [manuscript], 1936-1977, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Ames, Joseph Bushnell, 1878-1928. person
correspondedWith Baker Street Irregulars (Organization : U.S.). corporateBody
associatedWith Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Le Gallienne, Richard, 1866-1947. person
correspondedWith Livingston, Flora Virginia Milner, 1862- person
correspondedWith Matthiessen, F. O. (Francis Otto), 1902-1950 person
associatedWith Moore, George, 1852-1933. person
correspondedWith Mosher, Thomas Bird, 1852-1923 person
associatedWith Naumburg, Edward. person
associatedWith Old Book-Table (Club) corporateBody
associatedWith Stovall, Floyd, 1896-1991. person
correspondedWith Traubel, Anne Montgomerie, 1864-1954 person
associatedWith Wells, Carolyn, d. 1942. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)--New York
Antiquarian booksellers--20th century
Antiquarian booksellers--20th century.--New York (State)--New York


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