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Collection Number: CW2

Collection Title: Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract The collection contains original letters from Thomas Wolfe to Albert Coates, Benjamin Cone, Julian Meade, Corydon Spruill, James Holly Hanford, Archibald Henderson, J. Maryon Saunders, and others. There are photocopies of letters from Thomas Wolfe to various recipients, including Lora French and Horace Williams. There are also two original letters from William Faulkner to Richard Walser and one from Sinclair Lewis to Julian Meade. The collection also contains printed material, reminiscences, material gathered by Don Bishop when he was writing about Thomas Wolfe, a bibliography of Wolfe material in the scrapbooks of the Carolina Playmakers, a photocopied galley proof of Of Time and the River, scripts, essays, and articles about Wolfe. There is also material from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association of Asheville, N.C.; the Thomas Wolfe Society; the Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration; the annual Wolfe Fest at St. Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C.; the North Caroliniana Society; and the University of North Carolina.
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 Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources (#CW2), North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
The items in this collection were obtained by gift or purchase from sources other than the Wolfe family, the Terry family, or Edward Aswell. Among the donors to this collection are Albert Coates, Benjamin Cone, Mrs. Archibald Henderson, Richard Walser, Beverly Moore, Corydon P. Spruill, Edward M. Miller, Aldo Magi, James Holly Hanford, Don Bishop, and others. Six original Thomas Wolfe letters were purchased from the family of Julian Meade. Other items are from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the Wolfe Fest at St. Mary's College, and the Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration.
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 following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The collection contains original letters from Thomas Wolfe to Albert Coates, Benjamin Cone, Julian Meade, Corydon Spruill, James Holly Hanford, Archibald Henderson, J. Maryon Saunders, and others. There are photocopies of letters from Thomas Wolfe to various recipients, including Lora French and Horace Williams. There are also two original letters from William Faulkner to Richard Walser and one from Sinclair Lewis to Julian Meade. The collection also contains printed material, reminiscences, material gathered by Don Bishop when he was writing about Thomas Wolfe, a bibliography of Wolfe material in the scrapbooks of the Carolina Playmakers, a photocopied galley proof of Of Time and the River, scripts, essays, and articles about Wolfe. There is also material from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association of Asheville, N.C.; the Thomas Wolfe Society; the Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration; the annual Wolfe Fest at St. Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C.; the North Caroliniana Society; and the University of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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About 300 items.
Box 1

Thomas Wolfe letters, 1917-1938 (original) #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 1

Original letters written by Thomas Wolfe, including letters from Wolfe to Albert Coates, Benjamin Cone, Julian Meade, Corydon Spruill, James Holly Hanford, Archibald Henderson, J. Maryon Saunders, and others.

Thomas Wolfe letters, 1920-1938 (photocopies) #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 1

Photocopies of letters written by Thomas Wolfe to Lora French, Horace Williams, and other recipients.

Box 2

William Faulkner letters, 1950-1952 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 2

Two original letters from William Faulkner to Richard Walser, clarifying Faulkner's statement that Thomas Wolfe was the best writer of his generation.

Other letters, 1921-1978 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 2

Letters and telegrams written in response to Thomas Wolfe's death, letters regarding the publication of Wolfe's unfinished work A Western Journey, and other letters. Included is a letter from Sinclair Lewis to Julian Meade.

Box 3

Notes, scripts, reminiscences, reviews #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 3

Reminiscences about Thomas Wolfe, a photocopy of Thomas Wolfe's transcript from the University of North Carolina, a certificate given to Wolfe by the General Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina, and other items.

Box 4

Thomas Wolfe Society, 1978-1985 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 4

Promotional material, agendas, meeting minutes, and other materials related to the Thomas Wolfe Society.

Box 5

"Thomas Wolfe at North Carolina," North Caroliniana Society imprint number 6, 1982 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 5

Material related to the production and release of "Thomas Wolfe at North Carolina."

Box 6

Wolfe Fest, 1977-1982 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 6

Promotional materials and schedules of events for Wolfe Fest, 1977-1982.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 6

Promotional material, budgets, and annual reports, among other items, of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association, Asheville, N.C.

Modern Language Association session on Thomas Wolfe, 1979 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 6

Thomas Wolfe 75th Anniversary Celebration, 1975 #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 6

Box 7

Galley proof of Thomas Wolfe's Of Time and the River (photocopy) #CW2, Series: "Papers Relating to Thomas Wolfe from Various Sources, 1917-1985." Box 7

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Cassette tapes that were made at the 75th Anniversary Celebration in Asheville in 1975 were transferred to the Wolfe collection of records and tapes.

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Processing Information

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

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, September 2009

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