PAPERS OF JOHN HUBERT SCOTT

MsC 157

Collection Dates: 1898 -- 1945
6.5 linear ft.

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Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List


Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

John Hubert Scott (1878 -- 1953) received his B.A. in 1902, from Boston University and his M.A. from Northwestern in 1907. Scott was the head of the Department of English at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for seven years beginning in 1908. He joined the faculty of the English department at the University of Iowa in 1915. He was appointed associate professor in 1926 and in 1949 was awarded emeritus status.

Scott's years at the University of Iowa were spent teaching and researching voice rhythms and phrasing patterns, which he claimed could be used to prove literary authorship. This research utilized principles from both English and engineering and Scott occupied a unique place between the two departments at the University of Iowa. Scott published two papers, Rhythmic Prose (1925) and Rhythmic Verse (1925), and two books on the topic, Engineering English (1928) and Phrasal Patterns in English Prose (1932). Several of his extensive manuscripts survive which never saw publication. Scott was interested in using these theories to study, among other things, William Henry Ireland and the Shakespeare forgeries. In 1934 Scott traveled to England where he lived for one year researching the works of various authors and applying his theories of phrasal patterns. Scott was a serious collector of Irelandiana and belonged to several university and community organizations, including the Humanist Society and the Triangle Club, both of which he was president of for a time.

A. Neville, November 2005


Scope and Contents

The papers of John Hubert Scott date from 1898 to 1945 and are arranged into five series: Biographical, Correspondence, Research, Writings, and Sketches. The Writings series is divided into two subseries: Papers, Essays, and Lectures, and Manuscripts. The final series, Sketches, contains ten pencil and ink sketches. The collection documents Scott's research theories regarding the connections between speech inflections and literary authorship, as well as his book collecting interests which focused on John Henry Ireland. The large amount of personal correspondence contained in this collection spans Scott's life as a young man through his retirement and includes letters to and from Scott's family, friends, and rare book dealers. Also included are six years of correspondence between Scott and Edith E. King-Fisher, a student of Scott's who lived in California and completed coursework long-distance.

Photograhs Box 1, Box 2, Related Materials


Related Materials

Scott, John Hubert. Phrasal Patterns in English Prose. New York : The Ronald Press Company, 1932.
Main Library, PE 1442.S34

Scott, John Hubert. "Rhythmic Prose." University of Iowa Studies Humanistic Studies 3.1 (1925): 1-192.
Main Library, P25 .I8 v.3 no.1

Scott, John Hubert. "Rhythmic Verse." University of Iowa Studies Humanistic Studies 3.2 (1925): 1-216.
Main Library, P25 .I8 v.3 no.2

Scrapbook of facsimile documents and letters of notable historical and literary figures, xMsS427

Photostats of various William Henry Ireland documents, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, xMsS427p

Photograph album of John Hubert Scott's trip to England in 1934 -- 1935, xMsS427ph

Shakespearean Fabrications compiled by W. H. Ireland, engravings and forgery examples, xMsI66s

Shakespeare Papers compiled by W. H. Ireland, engravings and forgery examples, xMsI66p

Ireland's Shakespeare Forgeries compiled by W. H. Ireland, engravings and forgery examples, xMsI66f


Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by John Hubert Scott over a period of years.

Guide posted to Internet: December 2005


Box Contents List

Series 1: Biographical

Box 1

Newspaper clippings, 1934, 1935

Boston University -- Ephemera and correspondence, 1899 -- 1903

Dance card

Invitations

Correspondence regarding classes and exams

Miscellaneous notes and receipts

Correspondence to J. H. Scott

University of Edinburgh -- Ephemera and correspondence, 1902 -- 1903

Bank book, The Edinburgh Savings Bank

Exam instructions for Theory, History, or Art of Education

Dinner menu, names and addresses written on back

Small notes and calling cards

University of Edinburgh enrollment cards, Winter Session 1902 -- 1903

Steam ship tickets, baggage claim, blank stationery

Receipts, rent receipts, hotel bill

Correspondence to J. H. Scott

Northwestern University -- Ephemera and correspondence, 1905

Invitations

Banquet, reception programs

Faculty death announcements

Miscellaneous ephemera

Series 2: Correspondence

Correspondence with Edith E. King-Fisher

To Edith King-Fisher from John Hubert Scott

November 18, 1941

December 13, 1941

December 20, 1941

January 20, 1942

February 27, 1942

May 1, 1942

May 9, 1942

May 16, 1942

May 26, 1942

May 30, 1942

June 12, 1942

June 22, 1942

June 27, 1942

July 4, 1942

July 18, 1942

July 25, 1942

August 1, 1942

August 14, 1942

August 18, 1942

September 1, 1942

August 25, 1942

September 12, 1942

September 30, 1942

October 6, 1942

November 4, 1942

December 1, 1942

December 17, 1942

December 22, 1942

January 16, 1943

February 27, 1943

March 13, 1943

March 15, 1943

March 20, 1943

March 24, 1943 (incomplete?)

To John Hubert Scott from Edith King-Fisher

July 27, 1940, with attached Lesson XX

October 12, 1940

October 29, 1940

with attached letter from E. King-Fisher's proctor, October 30, 1940

with attached letter from Helen Williams, Director of Correspondence Study at SUI, November 6, 1940

November 5, 1940, with attached curve

November 9, 1940

November 29, 1940, Lesson I

December 10, 1940, Lesson II

December 24, 1940, Lesson III

February 24, 1941, Lesson VII

March 10, 1941, Lesson VIII

April 9, 1941, Lesson IX

May 2, 1941, Lesson X

May 20, 1941, Lesson XI

June 28, 1941

October 23, 1941, Lesson XIX

November 13, 1941, with Lesson XX

December 9, 1941

January 12, 1942, two letters with attached Lesson I

February 13, 1942, with attached Lesson II

March 7, 1942

March 31, 1942, with attached Lesson II

May 28, 1942, with photograph of E. King-Fisher

June 29, 1942

August 15, 1942

September 7, 1942, with attached notes from J. Scott and two passages from E. King-Fisher

November 6, 1942

November 26, 1942

January 7, 1943

March 1, 1943

May 16, 1943, with attached poem "Villanelle" by E. King-Fisher

July 17, 1943, note for the Correspondence Department

July 20, 1943

August 2, 1943

December 19, 1943

April 2, 1944

June 1, 1944, with curve attached

July 14, 1944

October 24, 1944

December 10, 1944

January 2, 1945 (misdated as 1944)

February 14, 1945

April 15, 1945

To John Hubert Scott from King Fisher (E. King-Fisher's father)

November 28, 1939

May 24, 1940, with attached letter concerning book order

October 8, 1941

November 24, [1941?], with business card attached

December 16, [1941?]

August 15, 1942

To John Hubert Scott from Helen Williams (Director of Correspondence Study at SUI)

April 18, 1941

September 16, 1943

Miscellaneous lessons

Lesson XVI, undated

Lesson XVIII, undated

Lesson XXII, undated

Lesson XXIII, undated

Paper by E. King-Fisher, The Law of Christ in The Gospel of Matthew, March 6, 1942

Notes and diagrams (7 items)

To Amy (Mrs. J.H. Scott) (4 letters)

December 16, 1907 from Bernice

undated from Bernice

undated from John [?]

January 14, 1907 from Bernice

From Aunt Carrie (3 letters)

January 27, [no year]

October 21, [no year]

[undated]

From Aunt Mae to J. H. Scott ("Hubert") (46 letters)

November 2, 1902

November 20, 1902

December 21, 1902

December 29, 1902

January 5, 1903

January 11, 1903

February 8, 1903

March 13, 1903, contains newspaper clipping "Study of Greek No Longer Necessary, Boston University Drops it From Requirements"

September 14, 1904

September 17, 1904

September 27, 1904

October 14, 1904, contains envelope

November 2, 1904

November 18, 1904

November 20, 1904

December 20, 1904

December 21, 1904

December 28, 1904, contains small piece of paper and newspaper clipping

January 5, 1905 (postcard)

January 18, 1905

February 7, 1905

March 2, 1905

March 10, 1905

May 23, 1905

May 30, 1905

June 11, 1905

June 14, 1905

August 5, 1905

October 11, 1905

October 16, 1905

November 6, 1905

November 14, 1905, contains envelope

December 4, 1905, contains small piece of paper and envelope

December 11, 1905

December 18, 1905 (postcard)

September 20, 1906

August 9, 1907

August 21, 1907

September 6, 1907

March 17, 1907

June 21, 1908

September 21, 1910

October 20, 1910

January 25, 1911

December 27, 1917

November 2, 1919

To Aunt Mae from J. H. Scott (6 letters)

April 7, 1903

September 24, 1904

December 17, 1904

January 30, 1905

March 13, 1905, with envelope

April 17, 1905

From Maud S. Archer to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

December 3, 1900

May 7, 1903

From Leonard Ayres to J. H. Scott (4 letters)

September 22, 1900

June 25, 1901

January 9, 1906

Wedding invitation for L. Ayres' daughter

From B.C. to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

[no month] [no day], 1901

October 26, 1902

From Grace M. Carpenter to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

June 26, 1902

[undated]

From Harold H. Cleaveland to J. H. Scott (17 letters)

December 18, 1902

July 13, 1903

July 16, 1903

February 18, 1904

March 20, 1904

April 16, 1904

May 9, 1904, with envelope

June 9, 1904

October 12, 1904

November 27, 1904

January 9, 1905

March 7, 1905, with small magazine clipping

October 31, 1905

December 14, 1905

April 5, 1906

May 4, 1906

March 4, 1909

From Margaret Clifford to J. H. Scott

June 30, 1902

August 8, 1902

October 9, 1902

December 18, 1902

February 4, 1903

April 16, 1904

July 26, 1904

From Coe College to J. H. Scott (1 letter)

July 16, 1908

To Coe College (President Marquis regarding high school visits, 1910) from J. H. Scott

January 17, 1910 -- Moulton, Iowa

February 15, 1910 -- Centerville, Iowa

February 15, 1910 -- Hedrick, Iowa

February 16, 1910 -- Albia, Iowa

From G. F. Grogan to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

December 31, [no year]

[undated]

Box 2

Series 2: Correspondence, cont.

From James Davis to J. H. Scott (5 letters)

December 12, 1900

November 2, 1901

October 19, 1902, with envelope

November 13, 1902

March 7, 1903, with envelope

From Claire Pearl Foster to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

December 15, 1902

October [no day], [no year]

From Lena May Haynes to J. H. Scott (8 letters)

June 2, 1902

August 17, 1902

November 16, 1902

March 8, 1903

November 22, 1903

February 3, 1904

January 4, 1905

March 3, 1905, with envelope

To "Brother Higgins" from Mrs. Amy Scott

[undated] and incomplete

From Harriet C. Jenkins to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

March 3, 1905

March 6, 1905

From "Lotty" to J. H. Scott (4 letters)

August 29, 1900

January 4, 1901

[undated]

[undated]

From Alice French Mayo to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

June 10, 1903

July 24, 1903, with envelope

From Frances Main to J. H. Scott (2 letters)

[undated]

[undated], titled "A Penitent's Earnest Prayer"

From Mr. J. Scott ("Papa John") and Mrs. Scott ("Mother") to J. H. Scott

August 1, 1898, with envelope, from Mrs. Scott

December 21, 1904, from Mr. Scott

June 25, 1907, from Mr. Scott

July 15, 1907, from Mr. Scott

August 1, 1907, from Mr. Scott

August 8, 1907, from Mr. Scott

August 19, 1907, from Mr. Scott

September 20, 1907, from Mr. Scott

December 16, 1907, from Mr. Scott

October 22, 1908, from Mrs. Scott

September 12, [no year], from Mrs. Scott

[undated], from Mrs. Scott

[undated], from Mr. Scott

To Mr. and Mrs. Scott from J. H. Scott (14 letters)

February 28, 1902, to Mr. Scott

October 3, 1902, to Mr. Scott

October 5, 1902, to Mr. Scott

October 9, 1902, to Mr. Scott

November 2, 1902, to Mr. Scott

August 18, 1903, to Mr. Scott

September 29, 1904

October 10, 1904, to Mr. Scott

October 29, 1904 (envelope)

December 27, 1904

February 26, 1905

May 20, 1905, to Mr. Scott

May 31, [no year]

[undated]

From Julia Smock to J. H. Scott ("Cousin John") (1 letter), To Julia Smock from J. H. Scott (1 letter)

June 10, 1880

July 20, 1905, with envelope

October 1, 1905

From Stanley (J. H. Scott's brother) to J. H. Scott

1902 -- 1909 (53 letters)

October 6, 1902

October 7, 1902

November 2, 1902

November 10, 1902

November 28, 1902

December 15, 1902, with envelope

December 28, 1902

December 29, 1902

January 5, 1903

January 11, 1903

January 19, 1903 (additional note(s) from Aunt Mae and Mrs. Scott (?))

November 22, 1904

December 5, 1904

January 10, 1905

January 30, 1905

April 27, 1905

October 6, 1905

November 11, 1905

November 29, 1905

December 7, 1905, postcard

December 14, 1905

February 4, 1906

April 26, 1906, with p. s. dated April 27, 1906

May 3, 1906

May 6, 1906

May 18, 1906

June 29, 1906

August 28, 1906

September 4, 1906

September 5, 1906

September 17, 1906

January 4, 1907

March 4, 1907

September 20, 1907

October 5, 1907

December 8, 1907

December 15, 1907, with envelope

January 6, 1908

March 7, 1908

March 26, 1908

March 28, 1908

April 16, 1908

June 4, 1908

October 29, 1908

January 24, 1909

[undated]

July 14, 1909

August 18, 1909

November 19, 1909

Note with cat drawing and poem [undated]

Letter, Westbrook Foundry stationery [undated]

Letter, March 3, [no year]

Letter, November [no day], [no year]

1910 -- 1919 (37 letters)

February 9, 1910

March 27, 1910

April 22, 1910, with envelope

May 2, 1910

May 2, 1910

May 8, 1910, telegram (regarding the death of Mr. J. H. Scott's father)

May 10, 1910, telegram

June 6, 1910

August 12, [1910?]

August 16, 1910

October 25, 1910

November 24, 1910

December 13, 1910

January 6, 1910

January 26, 1911

February 20, 1911

May 1, 1911

May 10, 1911

May 19, 1911

July 2, 1911

January 12, 1913

May 11, 1913

July 5, 1913

March 17, 1916

May 22, 1916

July 28, 1916

January 25, 1918

April 10, 1918

June 13, 1918

October 14, 1918, with typed memorandum

February 6, 1919

May 2, 1919

November 6, 1919

January 11, 1920

Letter, Sunday afternoon, [undated]

Letter, Sunday night, [undated]

Letter, Sunday, [undated]

To Stanley (J. H. Scott's brother) from J. H. Scott ( 14 letters)

September 29, 1902

October 26, 1902

November 7, 1902

November 10, 1902

November 18, 1902

November 30, [1902?]

January 14, 1903

January 18, 1903

January 31, 1903

February 21, 1903

April 10, 1903

November 24, 1904

February 6, 1905

September 17, 1905, with envelope

From Alice M. Wellcome to J. H. Scott (19 letters) (1 photograph)

October 27, 1902

October 27, 1902

December 28, 1902

November 18, 1904, with note from Carrie included

January 18, 1904

September 29, 1904, signed "Fido"

December 28, 1904

January 28, 1905

February 24, 1905

March 19, 1905

May 11, 1905, with photograph of Alice, birthday invitation and small note

August 6, 1905

November 26, 1905

December 30, 1906

September 29, 1907

December 15, 1907

March 29, 1908

January 10, 1909

[undated]

From C.P. Wilson ("Aunty Wilson") to J. H. Scott (5 letters)

March 23, 1902

November 10, 1902

January 26, 1903

January 2, [no year]

[undated]

Miscellaneous correspondence (24 letters)

November 26, 1893, from Sarah A. Warren

August 1, 1898, from "Piggy"

November 7, 1900, from Pearl Madeline Pettingell

November 23, 1902, from A. F. Reiner

January 25, 1903, from Nelson C. Smith

April 16, 1903, with envelope, from "Methuselah"

June 13, 1903, from E. Charlton Black

June 30, 1903, with envelope, from Helen P. Smith

August 20, 1903, to C. F. Brusie from J. H. Scott with small note of reply from Brusie

August 21, 1903, from May Drummond

February 7, 1904, with envelope, from Helen L. Watson

September 23, 1904, with envelope, from M. E. Perkins

December 23, 1904, from Branson

June 11, 1905, from Elsa Lucia Baebemoth [?]

August 26, 1905, from "Hammie"

November 27, 1905, from Ralph W. Denny [?]

April 30, 1906, from M. Topping [?]

January 24, 1908, from Evelina Perkins

April 5, 1908, from Louis

November 13, 1910, from George H. Scott

December 12, 1912, from H. Stils [?]

October 21, 1915, from [?]

February 4, 1918, from Lawrence K. Gundrum

[undated], from Nellie Alfretta Ballard [?], with small note

Box 3

Series 2: Correspondence, cont.

Correspondence with antiquarian book dealers

McLeish & Sons, 1931 -- 1939

Maggs Bros., 1931 -- 1937

Marks & Co., 1931 -- 1939

Elkin Mathews Ltd., 1931 -- 1933

G. Michelmore & Co., 1931 -- 1932

James Miles, 1931 -- 1934

Murrays Limited, 1931

Myers & Co., 1931 -- 1938

J.A. Neuhaus, 1931

F. Norman, 1938

Parker & Son, Limited, 1931 -- 1933

Pickering & Chatto, Ltd., 1931 -- 1938

Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 1931 -- 1934

C. Richardson, 1931

John Richardson, 1934

William H. Robinson, 1933

Rosenbach Company, 1932 -- 1940

Sanders and Company, 1931 -- 1936

John E. Scopes & Co., 1931

G. Sexton, 1938

William Smith & Son, 1931 -- 1932

Henry Sotheran Ltd., 1931 -- 1939

G.E. Stechert & Co., 1933

C.A. Stonehill, Jr., 1932 -- 1942

James Thin, 1931 -- 1935

Thomas Thorp, 1931 -- 1939

Albert V. Turner, The Surrey Bookshop, 1931 -- 1938

Union Square Book Shop, 1931

D. Webster, 1933

Henry Young & Sons Ltd., 1931 -- 1933

Correspondence with libraries relating to William Henry Ireland and Shakespeare forgeries, 1931 -- 1932

Jaggard, William, "Shakespeare Bibliography"

Series 3: Research

Class notes and exercises

Curves and their meaning, notes and diagrams

Box 4

Series 3: Research, cont.

Equilibrant Parallelism by Zilpha E. Chandler, sent to J. H. Scott, undated

Inflectional tests, grading charts and notes

Inflection notes and diagrams

Miscellaneous notes and diagrams

Nomenclature

Typescripts for exercises

Series 4: Writings

Papers, Essays, and Lectures

Amplors: Pitch-Amplitude Curves, typescript with diagrams

"The English Language as a Medium of Beautiful Expression," speech manuscript with notes and diagrams

Box 5

Series 4: Writings, cont.

Papers, Essays, and Lectures, cont.

English Prose and Prose Writers, radio lecture manuscripts and typescripts

I. The Substance and Style of Literature

II. The Spirit and Temper of Literature; given October 13, 1926

III. The Criticism of Literature; October 20, 1926

IV. Idiom

V. Imagery

VIII. The Matter of Content

X. The Study of Letters, Literary Craftsmanship, Literary Criticism

Idiomatic Phrasing, typescript

The Lord's Prayer manuscript and Latin prayer typescripts with notes

Some Inflection Differences of the Weatherlevians, notes

The Sound Movement in English Speech, notes, manuscript and typescript

Vocabulary, notes, manuscript, typescript

Manuscripts

Collaboration in English Literature, Volume I by John Hubert Scott and Zilpha E. Chandler

Title page, Table of Contents

I. Collaboration in English Literature Before the Opening of the Sixteenth Century

II. Skelton to Sackville

III. Sidney and Spenser

IV. Elizabethan Romancers and Dramatists Exclusive of Shakespeare

V. Shakespeare: The Poems

Box 6

Series 4: Writings, cont.

Manuscripts, cont.

VI. Shakespeare: The Plays; Jonson, Bacon

VII. John Milton

VIII. John Milton (Continued)

Collaboration in English Literature, Volume II by John Hubert Scott, and Zilpha E. Chandler

Title page, Table of Contents

I. John Dryden

II. Alexander Pope

III. Addison and Steele

IV. Daniel Defoe

V. Samuel Johnson

VI. Goldsmith

VII. Edmund Burke

Collaboration in English Literature, Volume III (This volume is incomplete -- missing six chapters)

Complete Table of Contents; original file folder with notes

III. Lamb and Hazlitt

V. Thomas Babington Macaulay

VII. Thomas Carlyle (designated chapter IX on typescript)

VIII. George Eliot

X. Matthew Arnold

XI. Alfred Tennyson

XII. Robert Browning, E.B. Browning

XIII. John Ruskin

XIV. D.G. Rossetti, William Morris

XV. Washington Irving

Box 7

Series 4: Writings, cont.

Manuscripts, cont.

Sentence Movement in English Prose, chapters 1 -- 6

Title page, Table of Contents, notes

I. Sound Movement and Thought Movement

II. An Analysis of Passages

III. Analysis of a Passage from Present-day English Writing

IV. An Analysis of Passages of Contemporary American Composition

V. An Analysis of Sentences Representing the Modern Advertisement

VI. Exercises for (in) Analysis

Series 5: Sketches

Sketches and drawings done by Scott, ca. 1898 -- 1931 (Map case #1, drawer # 15)

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