Arthur J. Palmer Papers

Identifier: 87-02

Scope and Contents

The Arthur J. Palmer Papers include unpublished manuscripts and published materials either by Palmer or on subjects pertinent to his work. There are no personal papers included in this collection.

The collection is divided into two series: Series 1. Unpublished manuscripts; and Series 2. Published materials. Series 1 contains manuscripts of unpublished articles, books, series for newspapers, and song lyrics, written under Palmer’s name or his pseudonyms, Robin Goodfellow and Tom Squire. The published materials in Series 2 were written under Palmer’s own name or the pseudonym Robin Goodfellow, or are source materials used by Palmer for a proposed biography of General William Eaton. Also included with the published materials are cartoons drawn by Palmer.


  • 1909-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical Note

Arthur Judson Palmer was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 2, 1884 to physician Judson Clark Palmer and his wife. He attended Brooklyn schools, then began a long career in the publishing and advertising fields in New York and New Jersey. Beginning in 1909, he served as editor of The American Press, a weekly journal for newspapermen, was in charge of advertising and sales promotion for the Montague Mailing Machine Company from 1912-1915, and was advertising manager for Thomas A. Edison, Inc. in 1918. He also held positions as advertising executive and writer for corporations such as National Carbon Company, Bristol Myers, Lional Corporation, Carter Medicine Company, and Steuben Division of Corning Glass Works. As well, he worked on promotional projects for special events and anniversaries.

In 1956, Palmer authored the book Riding High: The Story of the Bicycle, published by the E. P. Dutton, which was the first comprehensive work of its kind.

Palmer moved from New Jersey to Carson City, Nevada in 1962, and even though he was retired, he continued to produce articles for the local, regional, and national presses. He died in Carson City on February 10, 1968 at the age of 84.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



Arthur Judson Palmer (1884-1968) had a long career in the publishing and advertising fields in New York and New Jersey. After retirement, Palmer moved to Carson City, Nevada, where he continued writing books and articles. The collection consists of unpublished manuscripts written by Palmer and his published works or materials used as references for his writing. The manuscripts include articles, books, series for newspapers, and song lyrics, written under his own name or pseudonyms Robin Goodfellow and Tom Squire. The published materials, under Palmer's name or pseudonym Robin Goodfellow are about Thomas A. Edison, the history of the bicycle, a satire on time and how it runs humans, and cartoons. Material from 1909-1965.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Manuscripts; 2) Published Works.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Arthur J. Palmer, Jr. in May 1987.

Related Archival Material

In 1970, Arthur J. Palmer, Jr. donated his father's collection of bicycle illustrations to the Detroit Public Library.

Guide to the Arthur Judson Palmer Papers
Susan Searcy
May 1987
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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