Brand

Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf collection
c. 1900

MSS 136
1.3 linear feet (1 box)



Name of Creator(s):

Oakleaf, Joseph Benjamin, 1858-1930.

Languages:

English, Swedish

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Access points:

Names

Shaw, Clement B. (Clement Burbank)

Subjects

Autographs--Collectors and collecting.
Sagas--Collectors and collecting--United States.
Book collectors--United States.
Collectors and collecting--Illinois--Moline.
Friðþjo´fs saga frœkna.

Finding aid prepared by:

Natalie Markovich, 2009. Revised by Rebecca Hopman, 2010. Updated by Helen Reinold, 2011.

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Custodial History
Administrative History/Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Related Materials
Container List



CUSTODIAL HISTORY

Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf donated his autograph collection to the Augustana College Museum on October 8, 1927. On November 6, 1984, a packet of biographical information about Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf was added to the collection.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf (1858-1930) was born in Moline, Illinois. His parents were Peter and Mary Oakleaf, both Swedish immigrants. In 1869, the family moved to Kansas, where Joseph went through school. He eventually moved back to Moline, passing the bar exam in 1886 and opening his own law office two years later. Oakleaf was active in many historical societies. He was the president of the Rock Island County Historical Society, director of the Illinois State Historical Society, and member of the Chicago Historical Society, the Kansas Historical Society, and the Mississippi Valley Historical Society. In 1879, Joseph married Josephine Anderson and had one son the following year, named Josephus L. Oakleaf. Josephus later attended Augustana College for a time before he transferred to Cornell University.

During his lifetime, Oakleaf collected a number of editions of Frithiof’s Saga (Friðþjófs saga frœkna), an epic poem from Norse mythology. He was cited as an authoritative figure on both the original Swedish version of the poem as well as the numerous translations he collected around the turn of the twentieth century. He also collected autographs of Swedish and Danish royalty dating from the sixteenth century to Oakleaf’s lifetime. He is most often noted as a collector of Lincolniana. Oakleaf's collection of Lincoln related material is held by the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf collection contains records of his book and autograph collecting activities, including personal correspondence. The collection also contains family papers and biographical information.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

The Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf collection is arranged in the following series:

Series I.  Autograph Collection, 1564-1927 (collected c. 1900)
Signed letters from members of the Swedish and Danish royal families.

Series II.  Editions of Frithiof’s Saga (Friðþjófs saga frœkna), 1825-1909 (collected c. 1900)
Oakleaf’s personal correspondence about collecting editions of Frithiof’s Saga, invoices of his book purchases, correspondence and other items relating to Clement B. Shaw (a translator, composer, and acquaintance of Oakleaf’s), photocopies of the title pages of each edition of Frithiof’s Saga, and other miscellaneous materials.

Series III. Oakleaf Family Papers, 1928-2009
Newspaper articles from and biographical information about the Oakleaf family, specifically Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf, his father Benjamin P. Oakleaf (or Peter B. Oakleaf), his son Josephus L. Oakleaf, his grandson, Joseph B. Oakleaf, and his great-grandson, Jon B. Oakleaf.

 

RELATED MATERIALS

Oakleaf MSS, Lilly Library, Indiana University
Oakleaf MSS II, Lilly Library, Indiana University

 

CONTAINER LIST

BOX 1

Series I. Autograph Collection, 1564-1927 (collected c. 1900)

Inventory of autographs donated to the Augustana College Museum, 1927

Erik XIV, King of Sweden, 1560-1568

John III, King of Sweden, 1568-1592

Charles IX, King of Sweden, 1599-1611

Queen Christina, 1632-1654

Charles X Gustavus, King of Sweden, 1654-1660

Hedwig Eleonora, Mother of Charles XI

Count Carl von Piper, Secretary of State in the reign of Charles XII, 1697-1718

Charles XII, King of Sweden, 1697-1718

Adolphus Frederick, King of Sweden, 1751-1771

Louise Ulrica, wife of Adolphus Frederick

Charlotte, wife of Gustavus III

Gustavus III, King of Sweden, 1771-1792

Sophia, wife of Gustavus IV

Charles XIV Johan, King of Sweden, 1818-1844

Desiree, wife of Charles XIV Johan

Oscar II, King of Sweden, 1872-1907

Prince Wilhelm, son of Gustav V

Frederick I, King of Denmark, 1523-1533

Christian IV, King of Denmark, 1597-1644

Frederick IV, King of Denmark, 1699-1730

Frederick VI, King of Denmark, 1730-1746

Charles VII, King of Denmark, 1766-1784

Christian VIII, King of Denmark, 1838-1848

Series II. Editions of Frithiof’s Saga (Friðþjófs saga frœkna), 1825-1909 (collected c. 1900)

Correspondence

JBO to Mr. John Skinner, August 28, 1905

John Clark of the Arthur H. Clark Company to JBO, September 9, 1905

Scott, Foresman & Company to JBO, September 14, 1905

John Clark of the Arthur H. Clark Company to JBO, November 11, 1905

John Clark of the Arthur H. Clark Company to JBO, December 7, 1905

Elia W. Peattie of the Chicago Tribune to JBO, October 5, [1906]

Elia W. Peattie of the Chicago Tribune to JBO, [1906]

Edwin O. Grover of Atkinson, Mentzer & Grover to JBO, October 16, 1906

JBO to Fish, March 23, 1908

Invoices

The Arthur H. Clark Company, March 16, 1905

Goodspeed’s Book Shop, September 28, 1905

The Arthur H. Clark Company, December 27, 1905

Clement B. Shaw

Clement B. Shaw to JBO, August 5, 1908

Clement B. Shaw to JBO, June 22, n.d.

Clement B. Shaw to JBO, n.d.

“To My Father,” a poem written by Shaw after his father’s death, [1900?]

Program for Handel Musical Club concert conducted by Shaw, 1908

Clement B. Shaw to JBO, [1909?]

Advertisements for Shaw’s English translation of Frithiof’s Saga, [1909?]

“An Evening in Scandinavia,” an advertisement for Shaw’s translation, [1909?]

Photocopies of Frithiof’s Saga title pages

Frithiofs Saga, 1825

Frithiof, tr. Eubolph Gchlen, 1826

Frithjofs Saga, tr. J.P. Miller, 1826

Die Frithiofs Sage, tr. Gottlieb Mohnike, 1831

Die Frithiofsſage, tr. Dr. Ernſt Theodor Maperhoff, 1835

Frithiof’s Saga, 1835

Die Frithiofs Sage, tr. Gottlieb Mohnike, 1836

Frithiofs Saga, tr. U.C. Bone, 1838

Frithiof’s Saga, tr. George Stephens, 1839

Frithiof’s Saga, tr. George Stephens, 1839

Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Dr. Grnft Tanfen, 1841

The Saga of Frithiof, tr. Oskar Baker, 1841

Die Frithiofs Sage, tr. Gottlieb Mohnike, 1842

Frithiofsſage, tr. C. Hartmann, 1846

Frithiofs Saga, tr. C. Monſen, 1846

Frithjofs Saga, tr. P.L.F.C. von Eichstorff, 1850

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Wollheim, 1852

Frithjof-Sage, tr. M. Ant. Niendorf, 1854

Frithiofs Saga, tr. A.E. Boye, 1855

The Frithjof Saga, tr. C.W. Heckethorn, 1856

The Frithiof-Saga, tr. Rev. William Lewery Blackley, 1857

Frithiofs Saga, 1859

Deutsrbe Volksbibliothrk, 1860

Die Frithiofs Sage, tr. Gottlieb Mohnike, 1860

Frithjofs Saga, tr. H. Foſs, 1860

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Amalie von Helwig, 1861

Frytjof, tr. Jana Wiernikowskiego, 1861

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Karl Simrock, 1863

Die Frithiofsſage, tr. L. Frentag, 1867

Frithiofs Saga, tr. A.E. Boye, 1867

Frithiof’s Saga, tr. Rev. William Lewery Blackley, 1867

A Frithiof-Monda, tr. Gyory Vilmos, 1868

Frithiofssage, tr. Schwedische Urschrift, 1872

Frithiofs Saga, tr. Gottfried von Leinburg, 1872

Frithiofs Saga, tr. A.E. Boye, 1875

Fridthjof’s Saga, tr. Thomas A.E. Holcomb and Martha A. Lyon Holcomb, 1877

Tegnér’s Fridthjof’s Saga, tr. George Stephens, 1877

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Amalie von Helwig, 1879

Fridthjofs Saga, tr. Jos. Cal. Poestion, 1879

The Frithiof-Saga, tr. Rev. William Lewery Blackley, 1880

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Emil Engelmann, 1887

Frithiofs Saga, tr. August Malmström, 1888

Frithjofs-Sage, tr. Gottfried von Leinburg, 1893

Samlade Skrifter, tr. Första Bandet, 1893

Die Frithiofs-Sage, tr. Pauline Schanz, 1896

Frithiofs Saga, tr. P.L.F.C. von Eichstorff, 1901

Frithiof’s Saga, tr. Jno. B. Miller, 1905

Fridpjófssaga, tr. Matthias Jochumsson, 1906

[Frithiof’s Saga], tr. Clement B. Shaw, 1909

Frithjof Den Djerfves Saga, tr. Adolf Iwar Arwidsson

Die Frithjofs-Sage, tr. G. Berger

Frithiofin Satu, tr. E. J. Blon

Frithiofs Saga, tr. P.L.F.C. von Eichstorff

Frithiof’s Saga, tr. George T. Flom

Fritiofin Satu, tr. Valter Juva

Frithiofſage, tr. Julius Minding

Frithiofs-Sage, tr. G. Mohnike

La Saga de Fridthjof le Fort, tr. Felix Wagner

Frithiofs Saga

Fritiofs Saga

Frithiofs Saga

Frithiofs Saga

Frithiofs Saga

Miscellaneous

Book hinge

Book tie

Sheet of Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf’s personal stationery

Book binding fragments

Series III. Oakleaf Family Papers, 1928-2009

Benjamin P. Oakleaf

"The Recollections of B.P. Oakleaf," a photocopied journal article about B.P. Oakleaf's life, March 2009

Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf

Photograph of Abraham Lincoln, signed by Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf, May 26, 1925.

"Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf's boyhood journey to Kansas," a photocopied journal article about Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf's childhood, June 2009

"Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf," a photocopied biographical account of Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf's life, n.d.

Josephus L. Oakleaf

A photocopied advertisement for life insurance featuring Josephus L. Oakleaf, n.d.

Joseph B. Oakleaf

"Joseph Oakleaf; Civic Leader," a photocopied obituary for Joseph B. Oakleaf, June 7, 1972

Jon B. Oakleaf

"These kids 'stupid beyond belief,'" a photocopied letter to the editor written by Jon B. Oakleaf, October 30, 1993

"If we can fly to the moon, we can end violence," an article written by Jon B. Oakleaf, December 12, 1995

"Don't forget the beautiful things the NEA does," a letter to the editor written by Jon B. Oakleaf, December 29, 1995

Article from the Quad City Times, July 11, 1998

"There can't be freedom without discipline," a letter to the editor written by Jon B. Oakleaf, May 29, 1999

Miscellaneous

Letter and phtocopied biographical information from Jane Hollingsworth to Mary Morrissey concerning Oakley/Oakleaf family history, Octobert 1984

Photocopy of an etching of a dog from The Etched Monthly, November 1928

Photocopy of an etching of Joseph Benjamin Oakleaf from The Etched Monthly, July 1929

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