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Collection Number: CW

Collection Title: Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958

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Size About 2900 items
Abstract The Wolfe family of Asheville, N.C., included author Thomas Wolfe, his mother Julia E. Wolfe, brother Fred Wolfe, and sister Mabel Wolfe Wheaton. The Wolfe family papers, 1890-1958, contain family correspondence, including letters of Thomas Wolfe; manuscripts; legal documents; clippings; scrapbooks; school notebooks and composition books; printed material; notes and reminiscences of family members; personal items that belonged to Thomas Wolfe or members of his family; and other materials. In addition to family correspondence, there are letters from Maxwell E. Perkins, Wolfe's editor at Charles Scribner's Sons; Edward C. Aswell, Wolfe's editor at Harper & Brothers; and Elizabeth Nowell, Wolfe's literary agent and later his first biographer. There is considerable correspondence documenting the work of Wolfe's literary executors and the administrators of the Wolfe estate. Perkins, in addition to being Wolfe's first editor, was the first administrator of the estate; Aswell took over after Perkins's death in 1947. Letters chiefly relate to members of Wolfe's family, most frequently Julia E. Wolfe, Fred Wolfe, and Mabel Wolfe Wheaton. Also included is correspondence with friends, relatives, and admirers of Thomas Wolfe. In addition to correspondence by and about Thomas Wolfe, there is correspondence among family members and other relatives, friends, and acquaintances that documents Wolfe family life in Asheville, 1890-1958. In addition to correspondence, there are also typed and autograph manuscripts of Thomas Wolfe, including the original typed manuscript annotated by Wolfe of his 1938 speech at Purdue University and typed and autograph drafts of several of Wolfe's plays; school and college notebooks; themes; and quiz books. Personal items belonging to Wolfe include his passports, diplomas, copies of transcripts of his college record, and other materials. Printed material includes items by Wolfe that belonged to either the author or members of his family; among these are several copies of his prize-winning college paper "The Crisis in Industry" and a copy of the limited edition of "To Rupert Brooke." Other printed material is from the Wolfe family's collection of articles, essays, and reminiscences. There are also some unpublished materials relating to Thomas Wolfe and his family, including notes and reminiscences by Mabel Wolfe Wheaton and Julia E. Wolfe; transcriptions of recorded interviews with Mabel Wolfe Wheaton made by the Library of Congress; several notebooks of family reminiscences; and Mabel Wolfe Wheaton's collection of clippings about Thomas Wolfe and the Wolfe and Westall families and materials from scrapbooks she compiled that contained clippings, pictures, letters, and telegrams.
Creator Wolfe family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
All users must first obtain permission from the curator of the North Carolina Collection. Researchers must also obtain prior written consent from the administrator of the estate of Thomas Wolfe.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Wolfe Family Papers (#CW), North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
The Wolfe Family Papers were presented to UNC-Chapel Hill by the brothers and sisters of Thomas Wolfe in memory of their parents, William Oliver Wolfe and Julia Elizabeth Westall Wolfe. The first gift was made in 1950. The family has made several additions to the papers since then. For information pertinent to the Wolfe family gift, see the agreement between the Wolfe family and UNC in the Librarian's Papers on Thomas Wolfe (CW4). The Addition of July 2008 was purchased from Charles Apfelbaum.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Wolfe family of Asheville, N.C., included author Thomas Wolfe, his mother Julia E. Wolfe, brother Fred Wolfe, and sister Mabel Wolfe Wheaton.

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The Wolfe family papers, 1890-1958, contain family correspondence, including letters of Thomas Wolfe; manuscripts; legal documents; clippings; scrapbooks; school notebooks and composition books; printed material; notes and reminiscences of family members; personal items that belonged to Thomas Wolfe or members of his family; and other materials. In addition to family correspondence, there are letters from Maxwell E. Perkins, Wolfe's editor at Charles Scribner's Sons; Edward C. Aswell, Wolfe's editor at Harper & Brothers; and Elizabeth Nowell, Wolfe's literary agent and later his first biographer. There is considerable correspondence documenting the work of Wolfe's literary executors and the administrators of the Wolfe estate. Perkins, in addition to being Wolfe's first editor, was the first administrator of the estate; Aswell took over after Perkins's death in 1947. Letters chiefly relate to members of Wolfe's family, most frequently Julia E. Wolfe, Fred Wolfe, and Mabel Wolfe Wheaton. Also included is correspondence with friends, relatives, and admirers of Thomas Wolfe. In addition to correspondence by and about Thomas Wolfe, there is correspondence among family members and other relatives, friends, and acquaintances that documents Wolfe family life in Asheville, 1890-1958. In addition to correspondence, there are also typed and autograph manuscripts of Thomas Wolfe, including the original typed manuscript annotated by Wolfe of his 1938 speech at Purdue University (pages 18-24 of the speech are missing and believed to be among the Wolfe papers at Harvard University) and typed and autograph drafts of several of Wolfe's plays; school and college notebooks; themes; and quiz books. Personal items belonging to Wolfe include his passports, diplomas, copies of transcripts of his college record, and other materials. Printed material includes items by Wolfe that belonged to either the author or members of his family; among these are several copies of his prize-winning college paper "The Crisis in Industry" and a copy of the limited edition of "To Rupert Brooke." Other printed material is from the Wolfe family's collection of articles, essays, and reminiscences. There are also some unpublished materials relating to Thomas Wolfe and his family, including notes and reminiscences by Mabel Wolfe Wheaton and Julia E. Wolfe; transcriptions of recorded interviews with Mabel Wolfe Wheaton made by the Library of Congress; and several notebooks of family reminiscences.

Mabel Wolfe Wheaton's collection of clippings about Wolfe and the Wolfe and Westall families are included here (see also the North Carolina Collection's special clipping file about Thomas Wolfe and his family). There are also three large scrapbooks compiled by Mabel Wolfe Wheaton that containe clippings, pictures, letters, and telegrams. Because of their fragility, the scrapbooks are restricted from use, but they have been filmed and are available on microfilm and may by viewed by users who have already received permission to use the collection. Copies of the letters and telegrams that had been pasted into the scrapbooks have been filed chronologically with the correspondence.

The Addition of July 2008 contains two letters, one from Fred Wolfe and one from Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, to Samuel McKee Bradley Jr. regarding the hospitalization and death of Thomas Wolfe.

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Contents list

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About 2900 items.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1895-1916 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 1

Box 2

Correspondence, 1917-1918 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 2

Box 3

Correspondence, 1919-July 1921 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 3

Box 4

Correspondence, August 1921-1922 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 4

Box 5

Correspondence, 1923 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 5

Box 6

Correspondence, 1924 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 6

Box 7

Correspondence, 1925-June 1927 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 7

Box 8

Correspondence, July 1927-1928 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 8

Box 9

Correspondence, 1929-June 1930 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 9

Box 10

Correspondence, July 1930-1931 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 10

Box 11

Correspondence, 1932-July 1932 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 11

Box 12

Correspondence, August 1932-July 1934 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 12

Box 13

Correspondence, August 1934-May 1935 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 13

Box 14

Correspondence, June-December 1935 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 14

Box 15

Correspondence, 1936-July 1937 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 15

Box 16

Correspondence, August-December 1937 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 16

Box 17

Correspondence, January-June 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 17

Box 18

Correspondence, 1-15 July 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 18

Box 19

Correspondence, 16-31 July 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 19

Box 20

Correspondence, 1-15 August 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 20

Box 21

Correspondence, 16-31 August 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 21

Box 22

Correspondence, 1-16 September 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 22

Box 23

Correspondence, 17 September-31 December 1938 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 23

Box 24

Correspondence, January-April 1939 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 24

Box 25

Correspondence, May-August 1939 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 25

Box 26

Correspondence, September-December 1939 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 26

Box 27

Correspondence, January-May 1940 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 27

Box 28

Correspondence, June-15 September 1940 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 28

Box 29

Correspondence 16 September-December 1940 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 29

Box 30

Correspondence, January-October 1941 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 30

Box 31

Correspondence, November 1941-1942 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 31

Box 32

Correspondence, 1943 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 32

Box 33

Correspondence, 1944 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 33

Box 34

Correspondence, January-March 1945 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 34

Box 35

Correspondence, April-December 1945 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 35

Box 36

Correspondence, 1946 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 36

Box 37

Correspondence, 1947 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 37

Box 38

Correspondence, January-June 1948 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 38

Box 39

Correspondence, July-December 1948 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 39

Box 40

Correspondence, 1949 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 40

Box 41

Correspondence, January-April 1950 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 41

Box 42

Correspondence, May-December 1950 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 42

Box 43

Correspondence, 1951 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 43

Box 44

Correspondence, 1952 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 44

Box 45

Correspondence, February-October 1953 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 45

Box 46

Correspondence, November 1953-May 1954 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 46

Box 47

Correspondence, June-December 1954 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 47

Box 48

Correspondence, 1955 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 48

Box 49

Correspondence, 1956 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 49

Box 50

Correspondence, 1957-1958 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 50

Box 51

Correspondence, undated: Arranged alphabetically (A - Wheaton, Carrie) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 51

Box 52

Correspondence, undated: Arranged alphabetically (Wheaton, Mabel - Anonymous) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 52

Box 53

Personal items: Thomas Wolfe, 1917-1930 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 53

Volume 1: Harvard Cooperative Society pocket calendar and engagement book,1920-1921 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 53

Box 54

Personal items: Thomas Wolfe, 1935-1949 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 54

Box 55

Volume 2: Composition book: Thomas Wolfe, 1907 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 3: Composition book: Thomas Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 4: Composition book: Thomas Wolfe, 1912-1913 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 5: Composition book: Thomas Wolfe, 1914 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 6: Notebook: Thomas Wolfe, [1915] #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 7: Psychology 1-2 notebook: Thomas Wolfe, 1917 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 8: University quiz book: Greek structures (Dr. Bernard's class): Thomas Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 9: Physics quiz book: Thomas Wolfe, 1918 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 10: Harvard Cooperative Society Quiz Book: French A: Thomas Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 11: Harvard Cooperative Society Quiz Books: English: Thomas Wolfe, 17 December 1921 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Volume 12: Riverside Literature Series: Self-Cultivation in English and the Glory of the Imperfect: Annotated by Thomas Wolfe #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 55

Box 56

Personal items: Wolfe family, 1890-1957 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 56

Box 57

Volumes 13-16: Diaries and notebooks in Yiddish and English (association with Thomas Wolfe unknown) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 17: Composition book: Grover Wolfe, 1901-1903. #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 18: Writing book: Grover Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 19: Arithmetic textbook: Grover Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 20: Composition book: Ben Wolfe, 1906 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 21: Dictation book: Ben Wolfe, 1906-1907 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 22: Composition book: Ben Wolfe, 1905 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 23: Composition book: Ben Wolfe, 1906 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 24: Writing book: Ben Wolfe, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 25: Ledger: J.M. Roberts, 1920-1928 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 26: Address book: Possibly belonging to Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 27: Saturday Music Club Yearbook, 1922-1923 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 28: Saturday Music Club Yearbook, 1924-1925 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 29: Saturday Music Club Yearbook, 1926-1927 (two copies) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 30: Saturday Music Club Yearbook, 1928-1929 (two copies) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 32: The Woman's Club Yearbook, 1926-1927 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 33: The Woman's Club Yearbook, 1928-1929 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 34: The Research Club, 1928-1929 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Volume 35: The Thursday Literary Club, 1928-1929 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 57

Box 58

Unsorted greeting cards, tickets, calling cards, canceled checks, and other items belonging to members of the Wolfe family #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 58

Box 59

Legal documents #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 59

Box 60

Wolfe manuscripts: Includes the 1938 Purdue University speech #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 60

Box 61

Wolfe manuscripts: Fragments #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 61

Box 62

Wolfe manuscripts: Draft of Welcome to Our City #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 62

Box 63

Wolfe manuscripts #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 63

Box 64

Book jacket from The Hills Beyond #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 64

Box 65

Galley proofs #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 65

Box 66

Miscellaneous printed material concerning Thomas Wolfe (four items) #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 66

Box 67

Unpublished material about Thomas Wolfe #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 67

Box 68

Unpublished material about Thomas Wolfe: Includes several critiques of Wolfe's plays produced at Harvard #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 68

Volume 36: Stenographer's notebook with notes about Thomas Wolfe by Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 68

Volume 37: Stenographer's notebook with notes about Thomas Wolfe by Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, undated #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 68

Volume 38: Record book: Mabel Wolfe Wheaton: Contains notes about Wolfe family and Thomas Wolfe #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 68

Volume 39: Composition book: Notes about Thomas Wolfe and Wolfe and Westall families, 16 February 1940 #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 68

Box 69-70

Box 69

Box 70

Clippings #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 69-70

Box 71

Envelopes #CW, Series: "Wolfe Family Papers, 1890-1958: Original Deposit." Box 71

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3 items.

Contains two letters, one from Fred Wolfe and one from Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, to Samuel McKee Bradley Jr. regarding the hospitalization and death of Thomas Wolfe. Also included is a newspaper article about Thomas Wolfe and his family.

Box 72

Letter from Fred Wolfe to Samuel McKee Bradley Jr., 14 August 1938 #CW, Series: "Addition of July 2008." Box 72

Letter from Mabel Wolfe Wheaton to Samuel McKee Bradley Jr., 8 October 1938 #CW, Series: "Addition of July 2008." Box 72

Newspaper article about Thomas Wolfe and his family, circa 1938 #CW, Series: "Addition of July 2008." Box 72

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Processing Information

Processed by: Frances Weaver, A. Hope Shull, Nicholas Graham, 1998

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, January 2009

Finding aid updated in by Benjamin Bromley in November 2009 because of an addition.

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