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Collection 2438 - Alfred T. Pellicane Papers, 1962-2000

Creator: Pellicane, Alfred T., 1949-2001

Provenance Note: The papers of Alfred T. Pellicane were donated to Special Collections by Paul Schullery of Bozeman, Montana, on July 3, 2002.

Historical Note: Alfred T. Pellicane was born on April 17, 1949 in Brooklyn and lived most of his life in Malverne, New York. An avid fisherman and collector of fishing literature, Pellicane contacted notable fishing authors in the early 1980s for a propsed book of biographies originally to be titled A Fly Fishers Biography, later changed to Profiles in Angling Literature. He sent each living prospect a letter explaining his project, a biographical questionnaire and request for a photograph. He solicited the help of several writers including David Beazley, David Burnett, David L. Hughes, Verlyn Klinkenborg, David Ledlie, Nick Lyons, John Merwin, Joe Pisarro, Paul Schullery, Craig Woods and Leonard M. Wright, Jr. to assembly information about notable individuals in the history of fishing literature and write biographies from this research and the results of the questionnaires. Al Pellicane wrote many of the biographies himself. The book was never completed. Al Pellicane died July 14, 2001.

Content Description Note: The Alfred T. Pellicane papers consist of the research materials, handwritten notes, a typed draft manuscript, typed biographical entries (many with correction notes), correspondence, photographs and related supporting materials assembled for the reference book tentatively titled Profiles in Angling Literature and papers related to his interests in fishing and fishing literature. The collection has been arranged into two series. Series 1 consists of materials related to the proposed book including: a typescript of the incomplete manuscript; accounting books; lists of possible individuals to be included with writer's assignments and completion notations; 136 individual files organized alphabetically of authors of the fiction, artistry and craftsmanship of fishing through history. Contents of these files differ widely in their contents. Some only have a form letter without any reply and others extensive notes and information. Files might contain a returned questionnaire from a living writer, a photograph, correspondence exchanged between Pellicane and the subject or relatives, obituaries, a biographical sketch of a notable author of the past, draft versions of the resulting biography with edit notations and in some cases ephemera and brochures. Series 2 consists of personal writings, correspondence, files of fishing organizations, maps, brochures, catalogs, books, periodicals, newspaper clippings, and a small group of personal papers and memorabilia.

ADDED January 30, 2006: Book manuscript, "Montauk Mornings; A Sufcaster's View," by Al Pellicane, ca. 1990.

Restrictions: Literary and manuscript copyrights have not been conveyed by the donor.

Contents

Series 1: Book project, 1978-1986
Series 2: Personal papers, 1962-2000

Series 1: Book project, 1978-1986

Papers for Profiles in Angling Literature including: a typescript of the incomplete manuscript; accounting books; lists of possible individuals to be included with writer's assignments and completion notations; 136 individual files organized alphabetically by author. Contents of these files range from just the form letters without any reply to extensive information. Files might contain a returned questionnaire from a living writer, a photograph, correspondence exchanged between Pellicane and the subject or relatives, obituaries, a biographical sketch of a notable author of the past, draft versions of the resulting biography with edit notations and in some cases ephemera and brochures. Files of writers who helped with the project include related correspondence. Photocopies of photographs, proposed book layouts, addresses, and miscellaneous notes are also present.

Box 1
1. Typescript of incomplete manuscript.
2. Typescript of incomplete manuscript. (cont)
3. Typescript of incomplete manuscript. (cont)
4. Typescript of incomplete manuscript. (cont)
5. Typescript of incomplete manuscript. (cont)
6. Accounting, 1983-1985.
7. Photocopies of pictures of prospective subjects for the book
8. Quotes for possible use in the book.
9. Sketches of book layouts.
10. Lists of subjects for biographical sketches which include assignment of writers and completion notes.

Box 2
1. Forms: letters (two versions), sample questionnaire, work for hire agreement.
2. Aelian, Claudius
3. Amato, Frank
4. Anderegg, Gene
5. Aston, George Grey
6. Atherton, John
7. Bashline, Jim
8. Bates, Joseph D., Jr.
9. Bay, Kenneth
10. Beazley, David
11. Bergman, Ray
12. Blackmore, R. D.
13. Blaisdell, Harold F.
14. Borger, Gary
15. Brooks, Charles E.
16. Bryant, Nelson
17. Burke, Edgar
18. Burnett, David
19. Calabi, Silvio
20. Carmichael, Hoagy B.
21. Casada, Jim
22. Chatham, Russell
23. Clarke, Brian
24. Cleveland, Grover
25. Connett, Eugene Virginius III
26. Darbee, Harry
27. Denny, George H.
28. Deindorfer, Robert G.
29. Dub, Jean-Paul
30. Eisenberg, Lee
31. Erskine, Ralph C., Jr.
32. Farson, Negley
33. Finlay, G. Dick
34. Flick, Art
35. Foote, John Tainter
36. Fox, Charles K.

Box 3
1. Francis, Austin M.
2. Fulsher, Kenneth C.
3. Gierach, John
4. Gingrich, Arnold
5. Goddard, John
6. Gold, Steven
7. Gray, Edward and Rebecca
8. Grey, James T., Jr.
9. Grove, Alvin
10. Haig-Brown, Roderick Langmere
11. Hallock, Charles
12. Hardie, Eldridge
13. Heacox, Cecil
14. Hewitt, Edward R.
15. Hills, John Waller
16. Hogan, Austin
17. Hoover, Herbert C.
18. Hughes, David L.
19. Humphrey, William
20. Imbrie, Ann E.
21. Ingraham, Henry A.
22. Jorgensen, Poul
23. Karas, Nick
24. Keane, Martin J.
25. Kipling, Rudyard
26. Kinkenborg, Verlyn
27. Kreh, Bernard "Lefty"

Box 4
1. LaFontaine, Gary
2. Lamb, Dana S.
3. Lamb, Dana S. (cont)
4. Ledlie, David B.
5. Lee, Art
6. Leiser, Eric
7. Leopold, Aldo
8. Lyons, Nick
9. Lyons, Nick (cont)
10. McDonald, John
11. MacDougall, Arthur R.
12. MacLean, Norman
13. Marbury, Mary Orvis
14. Marinaro, Vincent C.
15. McCafferty, John
16. McClane, A. J.
17. McGuane, Thomas

Box 5
1. Merwin, John
2. Migel, John Michael
3. Miller, Alfred W.
4. Murray, William H. H.
5. Museum: American Museum of Fly Fishing, JoAnna Sheridan
6. Nemes, Sylvester
7. Nevros, Constantine Gus'
8. Nobbs, No other information
9. Norman, Geoffrey
10. Orvis, Charles
11. Page, Margot
12. Penn, Richard
13. Peper, Eric w.
14. Pertwee, Roland
15. Peterson, Nil and Kia
16. Pisarro, Joe A.
17. Pool, J. Lawrence
18. Porter, Williami
19. Purcell, Paul
20. Randolph, John
21. Raymond, Steve
22. Reiger, George
23. Reneson, Chet
24. Rhead, Louis
25. Richards, Carl
26. Rikhoff, James C.
27. Ritz, Charles
28. Roosevelt, Robert Barnwell

Box 6
1. Rosborough, E. H. "Polly"
2. Salmon, Richard
3. Samuel, William
4. Schaldach, William Joseph
5. Schullery, Paul
6. Schullery, Paul (cont)
7. Schullery, Paul (cont)
8. Schweibert, Ernest
9. Siegel, Henry A.
10. Slaymaker, S.R.,II "Sam" (included cassette interview by Jim Bashline)
11. Slosson, Annie Trumbull
12. Smith, Walter W. "Red"

Box 7
1. Solomon, Larry
2. Sosin, Mark
3. Spiller, Burton L.
4. Swisher, Doug
5. Talleur, Richard W.
6. Taylor, DeCourcy
7. Van Dyke, Henry
8. Voelker, John Donaldson (pen name, Robert Traver)
9. Voelker, John Donaldson (cont)
10. Voelker, John Donaldson (cont)
11. Voelker, John Donaldson (cont)
12. Voelker, John Donaldson (cont)

Box 8
1. Waldon, Howard T., 2nd
2. Waterman, Charles F.
3. Wetherell, W.D.
4. Whitlock, Dave
5. Wigton, William B.
6. Williams, Edward F. "Ted"
7. Woods, Craig
8. Woods, Shirley E.
9. Woolner, Frank
10. Wright, Leonard M., Jr,
11. Wulff, Lee
12. Zahner, Don
13. Zern, Ed
14. Miscellaneous notes, addresses for book.

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Series 2: Personal papers, 1962-2000

Al Pellicane's personal papers include some of his compositions, newspaper clippings, a set of files containing correspondence and information about fishing and conservation organizations, a file with replies and brochures for fishing trips, maps, guide books, catalogs on fishing tackle and fishing books, a selection of fishing books and periodicals, legal and financial papers, some correspondence and ephemera.

Box 8 (cont.)
15. Typescripts of Al Pellicane's personal manuscripts.
16. Newspaper clippings.
17. Anglers Club of New York
18. Catskill Fly Fishing Center
19. Museum of American Fly Fishing
20. National Wildlife Foundation
21. Quebec Laborador Foundation
22. Theodore Gordon Flyfishers, Inc.
23. Trout Unlimited

Box 9
1. Letters - Robert Reschke/Al Pellicane (fishing friend)
2. Letters - Thomas Kennedy/Al Pellicane (fishing trip exchanges)
3. Travel plans with correspondence and brochures
4. Stream guides - Trout Unlimited
5. Hiking trail guides - Appalachian and New York state
6. Maps - fishing information - Maine
7. Maps - fishing information - New York, includes extensive Batten Kill papers
8. Maps - fishing information - Pennsylvania
9. Catalogs for collectible fishing tackle
10. Catalogs for fishing books

Box 10
1. Books -juvenile fish book, canoeing, joke book, guide book
2. Assorted fishing periodicals
3. Letters - Richard Pellicane
4. Rocket fishing
5. Miscellaneous personal papers - legal documents, sales receipts, correspondence
6. Ephemera - greeting cards, patch, journal with fish theme cover (no entries)
7. Book manuscript, "Montauk Mornings; A Sufcaster's View," by Al Pellicane, ca. 1990.

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Updated: 5/21/09