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Collection Number: CW2.8

Collection Title: Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 200 items)
Abstract The collection includes letters, photographs, notes, and other items relating to Thomas Wolfe that were collected by Kenneth Rodgers. Included is a 16 January 1937 letter from Maxwell Perkins to Thomas Wolfe responding to Wolfe's claims that Perkins over-edited his books. There is also a photograph of Thomas Wolfe taken in 1900 and photographs of a house, with annotations on the verso (possibly by Thomas Wolfe) indicating that the photographs were taken in 1934 and that the house was in Etowah, N.C., and belonged to a person named Florence. Also included are a legal complaint filed by Wolfe's landlord, Marjorie Dorman, that names Wolfe and his publisher as defendants; notes written by Thomas Wolfe; a letter from Julia E. Wolfe to Fred Wolfe; miscellaneous bills and photocopies of canceled checks; letters written to Thomas Wolfe from fans of his works; and other items.
Creator Rodgers, Kenneth.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe (#CW2.8), North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Kenneth Rodgers of Kenoza Lake, N.Y., in November 2008.
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 collection includes letters, photographs, notes, and other items relating to Thomas Wolfe that were collected by Kenneth Rodgers. Included is a 16 January 1937 letter from Maxwell Perkins to Thomas Wolfe responding to Wolfe's claims that Perkins over-edited his books. There is also a photograph of Thomas Wolfe taken in 1900 and photographs of a house, with annotations on the verso (possibly by Thomas Wolfe) indicating that the photographs were taken in 1934 and that the house was in Etowah, N.C., and belonged to a person named Florence. Also included are a legal complaint filed by Wolfe's landlord, Marjorie Dorman, that names Wolfe and his publisher as defendants; notes written by Thomas Wolfe; a letter from Julia E. Wolfe to Fred Wolfe; miscellaneous bills and photocopies of canceled checks; letters written to Thomas Wolfe from fans of his works; and other items.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.
Box 1

Letter from Maxwell Perkins to Thomas Wolfe, 16 January 1937 #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Letter is Perkins's response to Thomas Wolfe's claims that Perkins over-edited Wolfe's books.

Photographs #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Photograph of Thomas Wolfe taken in 1900 and photographs of a house, with annotations on the verso (possibly by Thomas Wolfe) indicating that the photographs were taken in 1934 and that the house was in Etowah, N.C., and belonged to a person named Florence.

Notes written by Thomas Wolfe #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Marjorie Dorman case #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Complaint in a case filed by Thomas Wolfe's landlord against Wolfe and his publisher.

Letter from Julia Wolfe to Fred Wolfe, 22 February 1937 #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Bills #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Bills and letters informing Wolfe about overdue payments.

Letters to Thomas Wolfe #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Letters to Thomas Wolfe, primarily from fans of his books.

Photocopies of canceled checks #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Postcards and envelopes #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

Business cards, ticket stubs, and other papers #CW2.8, Series: "Kenneth Rodgers Collection on Thomas Wolfe, 1900-1937." Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Benjamin Bromley, November 2009

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, November 2009

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