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The I. H. Slater Collection of Alexandre Dumas:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Slater, I. H. (Ivan), 1900-1968.
Title: The I. H. Slater Collection of Alexandre Dumas
Dates: 1918-1968
Extent: 44 document boxes, 1 oversize box (osb) (19.48 linear feet)
Abstract: Ivan H. Slater, from Kaeo, Northland, New Zealand, owned possibly the largest private collection of editions of Alexandre Dumas Pere (1802-1870) during the 1930s through the 1960s. His Dumas collection consists mainly of typescripts of Dumas’works, materials about Dumas, correspondence, and miscellaneous items.
RLIN Record # TXRC91-A26
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1245
Access:

Open for researchPart or all of this collection is housed off-site and may require up to three business days notice for access in the Ransom Center’s Reading and Viewing Room. Please contact the Center before requesting this material: reference@hrc.utexas.edu




Acquisition:

Purchase, 1972 (R5297)

Processed by:

Wendy Bowersock, 1991, updated by Hagan Barber, 2012

Repository:

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin


Ivan H. Slater (1900-1968), from Kaeo, Northland, New Zealand, owned possibly the largest private collection of editions of Alexandre Dumas Pere (1802-1870) during the 1930s through the 1960s. Dumas, who began as a clerical worker, is best known for his novels Les Trois Mousquetaires (1844) and Le Comte de Monte Cristo (1844). Dumas used many collaborators in his writing, especially Auguste Maquet, who collected facts for the historical backgrounds of Dumas' novels. Mr. Slater began collecting in 1918 at the age of eighteen when he browsed through Dumas' The Black Tulip. His passion for collecting Dumas material lasted until his death in 1968. Slater worked in association with other Dumas collectors in New Zealand and abroad, principally by correspondence, as he never traveled outside of New Zealand. He corresponded with Frank Wild Reed of Whangarei, a fellow Dumas enthusiast, from 1925 until Reed's death in 1953. Reed bequeathed most of his Dumas notes and material to Slater, which greatly contributed to the Slater Dumas collection.


Holograph manuscripts, notebooks containing manuscript translations, typescripts, bound volumes containing works by Dumas, works about Dumas, as well as bibliographies, correspondence, photographs, and a scrapbook comprise the I. H. Slater collection of Alexandre Dumas Pere. The material is arranged in six series: Undated Typescripts of Works by Dumas, Works about Alexandre Dumas, Correspondence, Bibliographical Works about Dumas, Works by F. W. Reed not pertaining to Dumas, and Miscellaneous Items.

The material in the Slater Dumas collection spans from 1918 to 1968, and includes notebooks that contain partial translations, typescript drafts of transcriptions of Dumas' works, as well as the correspondence between Slater and fellow Dumas collector F. W. Reed. The only materials in the collection in Dumas' hand are the note and the manuscript fragment found in the first series. The remaining materials are handwritten or typed translations of Dumas' works or materials about him. The last series, Miscellaneous Items, contains a hodgepodge of materials including some personal items that belonged to Slater. Photographs, Slater's scrapbook, and F. W. Reed's calling card can be found here.

Most of the materials are presented in one of two formats. The loose items are stored in folders, while some materials were bound together by Slater. Slater assigned a number sequence to some of the bound volumes, which is stamped on the spine. The unnumbered volumes were assigned numbers during cataloging to facilitate use.

The Ransom Center holds an extensive collection of Dumas' published works in its library which may serve as a compliment to this vast and detailed Dumas archive.


Correspondents

Bell, A. Craig.

Duthie, R.

Davis, N. P.

Feil, M. B.

Munroe, Douglas.

Nielsen, Aksel J.

Reed, Frank Wild, 1874- .

White, Richard, of New Zealand.

Organizations

B.H. Blackwell Ltd.

Subjects

Dumas, Alexandre, 1802-1870.