Collection inventory

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Kaj Klitgaard Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: ASE
Date: Apr 1993

Revision history:
2 Aug 2005 EAD file created (MRR)
15 Apr 2013 poster description expanded (MRC)
16 Dec 2016 index code updated (MRC)

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Klitgaard, Kaj
Title: Kaj Klitgaard Papers
Dates: 1914-1966
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence (1914-1966); photographs, sketchbooks, and published material, including articles and clippings. Correspondents include Egmont Arens, Peggy Bacon, Rockwell Kent, Alfred Kreymborg, Harry E. Maule, William McFee, Ogden Nash, John Crowe Ransom, Henry Morton Robinson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Allen Smart, and Lowell Thomas. Additional letters of many of the correspondents can be found in a scrapbook.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Danish-American painter, novelist, author, seaman (1888-1953).

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Spanning the years 1914 through 1966, the Kaj Klitgaard Papers comprises biographical material, correspondence, artwork, writings, and memorabilia of the Danish-American author, painter, illustrator, educator, and master mariner (1888-1953). Though revealing little about his life in Denmark or his wartime experiences, the collection provides insight into Klitgaard's professional career and personal life in the United States, especially when used in conjunction with the Papers of his wife, Georgina Klitgaard, whose collection is also located in Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries.

Arranged chronologically, the Correspondence, primarily from the years 1923 to 1932, consists of incoming letters pertaining to Klitgaard's artistic and literary ventures. Correspondents include artists and literary figures (Egmont Arens, Peggy Bacon, Virgil Barker, William Harlan Hale, Robert Preston Harriss, Ernest W. Harrold, Rockwell Kent, Alfred Kreymborg, William McFee, Harry Edward Maule, Henry Allen Moe, Hermon More, Ogden Nash, John Crowe Ransom, Henry Morton Robinson, Charles Allen Smart, Lowell Thomas); publishers (Doubleday, Doran and Company, Inc., William Edwin Rudge, Inc.); and art galleries (E. Weyhe). A selected index to the Correspondence follows the box list.

Artwork encompasses a lithographic plate, reproductions, sketchbooks, and sketches. The reproductions, with the exception of one exhibition catalog designed by Klitgaard, are all posters of maps (Greenwich Village, the Holy Land, Manhattan from the Battery to 59th Street) which may be found in Oversize Package #1. In addition to two Sketchbooks, there are three original pencil and watercolor sketches, as well as a number of photocopies.

Writings consists of a book dummy of Seven Months and Seven Days, an illustration proof for Through the American Landscape, an interview, a key to Klitgaard's map of the Holy Land, a photocopied review, a script, and published stories which are organized by title.

Memorabilia includes copyright certificates, personal photographs, poetry by Otto Gelsted, printed material, and reviews. Printed material contains newspaper clippings (1927-1946), two exhibition catalogs, and several literary periodical reviews (1941-1946). Holograph and typescript manuscripts by Daisy Sanial Gill, William McFee, Hughes Mearns, and Charles Allen Smart, as well as a radio script constitute Reviews.


Access Restrictions: The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions: Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

See also the Egmont Arens Papers, Peggy Bacon Papers, Aaron Bohrod Papers, and Georgiana Klitgaard Papers.

Subject Headings


Arens, Egmont, 1889-1966.
Bacon, Peggy, 1895-1987.
Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971.
Klitgaard, Kaj.
Kreymborg, Alfred, 1883-1966.
Maule, Harry E. (Harry Edward), 1886-
McFee, William, 1881-1966.
Nash, Ogden, 1902-1971.
Ransom, John Crowe, 1888-1974.
Robinson, Henry Morton, 1898-1961.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Smart, Charles Allen, 1904-1967.
Thomas, Lowell, 1892-1981.


Art, American -- 20th century.
Art, American.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Danish Americans.
Novelists, American.
Painters -- United States.
Painting, American -- 20th century.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Kaj Klitgaard Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Biographical material





Selected index to correspondence


Biographical material
Box 1 Biographical material
Box 1 Correspondence 1914-1966, undated (2 folders)
See Selected Index to Correspondence for notable names and dates.
Box 1 Lithographic plate 1936
Box 1 "The Circus in Paint" undated
Oversize 1 Greenwich Village poster undated
Oversize 1 Holy Land poster undated
Oversize 1 Manhattan from the Battery to 59th Street poster undated
Box 1 Sketchbooks "1940-1941," undated
Box 1 Pencil and watercolor (3) undated
Box 1 Photocopies undated
Box 1 Seven Months and Seven Days - dummy
Box 1 Through the American Landscape - illustration proof
Box 1 by Warren Bower, "Readers' Almanac" undated
Box 1 Key to map of the Holy Land 1927
Box 1 Miscellaneous (photocopies) undated
Box 1 "The Art Dealer in Heaven," The Hue and Cry 1929
Box 1 A-Z (by title) 1931 1951, undated
Box 1 Photocopies of miscellaneous items undated
Box 1 Copyright certificates 1927, 1929
Box 1 Photographs 1925 1939, undated
Box 1 Poetry by others - Gelsted, Otto 1931
Printed material
Box 1 Clippings 1927-1946, undated
Box 1 Exhibition catalogs 1929, undated
Box 1 Reviews 1941-1946, undated
Box 1 Holograph, typescript 1929, 1930, undated
Box 1 Radio script - Higgins "Ship Ahoy" Program, WNOE 1946
Box 1 Miscellany

Selected index to correspondence