Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985. Jimmy Robinson, of Sports Alive.
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985
Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985

Jimmy Robinson archive, 1935-1985

Item #028139

The Jimmy Robinson collection deals with many of the most important leaders of finance, publishing and entertainment in the period 1935-1985, most of whom were involved with hunting, skeet shooting, and fishing. From 1925 to 1969, Jimmy Robinson was the primary writer of American Trap-shooting. He was asked by Grantland Rice to choose the first All-American team. There are 76 on letterhead or otherwise identified, filed by date in a three ring binder. One by C.T. Andrews, the famed dog breeder, and undated. The remainder are dated. This includes Jimmy's letter on Ducks Unlimited with his note from Ozzie Schock on issue of too many ducks, too few hunters; Richard E. Deems of the Hearst Corporation (who was to hire Helen Gurley Brown to edit Cosmopolitan) as they improved the design of Sports Afield; Letterhead Finca Vigia, San Francisco de Paula, Cuba. [copy] Ernest Hemingway begins thanking Jimmy for writing so fully about Africa along with the news clippings and all he did for [his son] Pat. He had a wonderful time being out without me and wrote me: "Jimmy Robinson got a really good lion. His teeth were badly worn and his skin scratched up but he had an enormous black mane ..." Pat is quoted by EH "I don't think I have ever enjoyed a hunt as much as I did with Jimmy. He is very funny...I am grateful for all he has done for me in the article in Sports Afield...but all these things aside, it was very encouraging to be with somebody who knows all about the good American hunters...He says some more fine things about you too…." EH goes on to thank him for all he did for Pat. Pat also did the hard work of working on the language and the 18 months he and old MuMu spent hunting together and being started by old Philip [Percival]. "He will sure be happy with those glasses you sent him. I am so fond of him and he is a splendid hunter." We had Gordon Fawcett out to the house with his kids. There has been no current in the Gulf Stream here so fish haven't run and I've been working hard. Take good care of yourself Jimmy and give our best to Clara. Mary was sorry to miss you both in Minneapolis….I'd love to get out and shoot with you and Homer if we aren't in Africa....Send this to Orlando because you said you'd be there six weeks. Best always old timer, your friend, Papa. Russell Annabell, author of many hunting books; Mervyn Dutton, member, Hockey Hall of Fame, writing about an abundance of upland game but no northern ducks yet; Cec Browne creator of Rollerblade and Minnesota hockey promoter; Edwin M. Pauley, the California member of the Board of Regents during the Berkeley anti-Vietnam era (who in this letter four years earlier (1963) is planning to go on another Safari as well as doing more duck hunting); Charles M. Bell, Chairman of the Board, General Mills, two letters on company's commitment to North American Wildlife Corporation; Karl F. Rolvaag, Governor of Minnesota, who writes interestingly about the razor thin victory in the race for Governor; long three page letter by Arthur B. Kahler, M.D. on the history of Richville, Minnesota as it once existed, the days of great hunting and fishing which have disappeared as subdivisions have crept in; Richard Kleberg of the King ranch; and one by Robert Stack and his wife after Jimmy's death. Four are undated but full of personal references about the magazine or duck hunting in competition. Other issues include offers to give him amenities to edit for the National Skeet Association; a very interesting 3 page typed letter unsigned to Jimmie about the problem of the purchase of Delta Marshes Sports Afield Lodge in Manitoba--a fascinating look at regulations, laws and restrictions of a very select hunting business. Tom Kuck, of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks on the breeding ducks conditions in SD as well as number of ponds, Broods of Malliars, Pintail and Shoveler ; in short, a great year for ducks in 1982; Safari Club International with news that Rowland Ward was selling out its rights and discontinuing the record keeping system. In the sports publishing, there is William Harden Foster, Editor of Hunting and Fishing; Charles C. Johnson, sports editor of the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Edgar L. Appleton, sports editor, Arizona Republic; Fritz Howell, Sports Editor, on letter to Ted Kesting, Editor, Sports Afield on Jimmy's article on the prairie chicken (1964); another two page letter from Howell in 1971 on Jimmy's induction into the Trap Shooters Hall of Fame, A small collection of personal photographs relating to hunting the most interesting are as follows most with Jimmy Robinson in center: Hunters Special Committee of Minneapolis identified in order on verse of photograph; Skeet Shooters in Florida Contest, each identified on virtue; a facsimile photograph of Jimmy and Gary Cooper with birds they bagged, inscribed by Gary Cooper; another of Jimmy and his wife with Roy Rogers, an unidentified small photograph taken in 1931 of Jimmy and another man. In addition, there are a half dozen ephemeral items including personal obituaries.

Price: $3,500.00