Notes on the
Collection of Sidis's Pseudonyms
Dan Mahony, M. Phil.
"Perhaps some young
researcher will come along and use the limited guidance herein to find some more
works by Sidis buried in some archive."
Sidis chose for pseudonyms names of persons who had contributed to society but who were
sister Helena told me of "Barry Mulligan," and "Parker Greene." I
learned of a third, "John W. Shattuck," from his unpublished manuscript of The Tribes and the States which I found in a suitcase in the attic
of a relative. (The suitcase, which Helena had directed me to, had her
name-tag attached.) In the same suitcase were copies of his "Meet Boston" articles
written under "Jacob Marmor."
Sidis may have invented one too. In the case of Notes on the Collection of Transfers, I wonder if "Frank Folupa"
was derived from: Frank
(=French), and fallu-pas (French for wasn't practical or necessary).
The Library of Congress Online Catalog now acknowledges
Library of Congress Online Catalog
|INFORMATION FOR: Sidis, William James, 1898-1944
For works of this author entered under other names, search also under:|
| ||Folupa, Frank, 1898-1944.|
| ||Greene, Parker, 1898-1944.|
| ||Marmor, Jacob, 1898-1944.|
| ||Mulligan, Barry, 1898-1944.|
| ||Shattuck, John W., 1898-1944.|
But whatever the pseudonym, Sidis's works themselves often provide clues.
Most important: perhaps some researcher will come along and use the
guidance herein to find some more works by Sidis buried deep in some archive.
in Street and Highway Transportation
"The numbers of
people injured and killed by motor vehicles are said to be at rates
which approximate the losses of a major war."
of Congress Page re Sidis as Author
there click: Scope Note)
The taxonomy (compilation and synthesis)
required for this work is perhaps as great as that required for
on the Collection of Transfers.
The book uses the same format as we find in Transfers and in
The Tribes and the States:
chapters consisting of numbered sections, and headings in italics.
Julius Eichel's Bio referred to Sidis's
"considerable interest in transportation
research." Sidis's Geprodis project was devoted in good part to
transportation research (see below).
No government research grant is
mentioned as funding this work, nor is funding by any
charitable organisation or foundation mentioned. The book was
instead published by the same author-funded "vanity
press" Sidis used for Notes on the Collection of Transfers.
Such an large anonymous contribution would
be typical of Sidis.
The Tribes and the
|Two letters to Julius Eichel in August, 1935, refer to a pamphlet
titled The Tribes and the States. In
one letter, Sidis
says it was ",,, compiled by the Okamakammessets. I may have
helped, but I certainly do not wish to be considered the author." letters
Feb., 1939 mentions the pamphlet version.
The New Yorker, July, 1937, describes Sidis's research on Native American
history, and specifically mentions the Okamakammessets. Nowhere else
will one find this tribe's name in print except in the early histories of the
Massachusetts town of Marlborough, and in these the tribe name is spelled
differently. Sidis again claims the book was written by them
John W. Shattuck
(Participant in the
Shays Rebellion, 1787, an event Sidis considered to be very
important in American history. Sidis mentions Job Shattuck in
America's Search for Liberty: In Song and Poem
|Sidis again uses John W.
Shattuck for this collection of songs, poems, and history. In it some of
the poems of The Tribes and the States are also found. Sidis cites
this work in
Continuity News, Feb., 1939.
John W. Shattuck
The Dictionary of
American Biography says Boris was "the son of Moses and Mary Marmor Sidis."
Another says the same (Boris Sidis bio).
See also Meet Boston, March
7, 1941 in which WJ cites ". . . the small and obscure hobby of peridromophily―the
collection of local transit transfers. . . " In Meet Boston, Feb. 20, 1942, he quotes
from a poem he wrote in his unpublished America's Search
for Liberty in Song and Poem. In the June 26,
1942 he mentions his unpublished transit and street guide books. (See
cites "What's New in Town"
|This newsletter is cited in the Geprodis
Organisation News, Feb., 1930. No copies of it have been made
available to the Archives so far.
|Referred to on the Perpetual
Calendar, and in a signed letter.
News, Oct., 1938 mentions the Penacook Courier.
|This is his pseudonym
for Continuity News. The February 1939
issue cites The Tribes and the States.
Julius Eichel's bio of Sidis says Parker
Greene was a pseudonym. Elsewhere, Sidis mentions this pseudonym in "Meet Boston"
Letter in which Sidis writes: "'Parker Greene' is myself―my
regular pen name."
|Refers to Continuity News as
"ancestor" of The Orarch July
1943, and used the same mailing address.