MANN, DELBERT. (1920-2007). Academy Award-winning American film director. Archive of eight letters. (“Delbert Mann,” “Del Man” & “Del”). 8pp. Miscellaneous formats. New York, Garden City, Los Angeles, Culver City, Shepperton. May 18, 1952-September 8, 1990. On his personal stationery, letterhead of Philco Television Playhouse, National Broadcasting Company, The Civil War Roundtable, and illustrated letterhead for Mister Buddwing and All Quiet on the Western Front. To notable Civil War scholar, author and collector, ARNOLD F. GATES (1914-1993).
“My main interest in the Civil War period is the Confederacy, its generals and its strategy. Particularly, as a hangover from spending part of my youth in Virginia, the Virginia campaigns, and Generals Lee and Jackson. This is not an exclusive interest, however, for I am not a ‘specialist’ and any phase of the period interests me. My interest began in childhood but only within the past year and a half has it really become my hobby. I have done no writing on the subject. Am particularly interested in collecting books on the field and in visiting the various battlefields and making as intensive a study of each as I can. I had ancestors on both sides. My great grandfather on my father’s side fought with the 11th Michigan through Tennessee. My mother’s father had a brother in each army, one being captured at Vicksburg. The family lived in East Tennessee and evidently was as divided in its loyalties as that section was generally. I would like to obtain photographs of the battlefields in their present state, hoping to make a collection of them eventually.” May 18, 1952