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Collection Number: CW4

Collection Title: Librarian's Papers on Thomas Wolfe, 1938-2006

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Size About 1300 items
Abstract The collection contains correspondence, legal documents, copies of acquisition forms, and memoranda that document the establishment, growth, and development of the Thomas Wolfe Collection at the North Carolina Collection in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's University Library. Correspondence is with Charles E. Rush, Olan V. Cook, Mary Lindsay Thornton, Andrew Horn, Jerrold Orne, William S. Powell, H.G. Jones, Agatha Boyd Adams, and other Library staff members. Also included are many letters to and from the members of the Wolfe family relating to the Wolfe family gift; correspondence with Edward C. Aswell pertaining to the death of John Skally Terry and the Terry family gift; and some materials relating to the establishment of the Thomas Wolfe Fund, which was started in 1939 to raise money to buy the Wolfe papers that were later purchased by William B. Wisdom and donated to Harvard University. Correspondence after 1958 deals primarily with additions to the Wolfe Collection, requests for access to the Wolfe papers, questions about the contents of the papers, and other materials relating to the collection. There are also letters and related materials about the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association of Asheville, the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter, the Thomas Wolfe Society, and the Wolfe Fest at St. Mary's College.
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 Librarian's Papers on Thomas Wolfe (#CW4), North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
The papers in this collection were transferred from the University Archives of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the North Carolina Collection.
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 correspondence, legal documents, copies of acquisition forms, and memoranda that document the establishment, growth, and development of the Thomas Wolfe Collection at the North Carolina Collection in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's University Library. Correspondence contains letters to and from Charles E. Rush, Olan V. Cook, Mary Lindsay Thornton, Andrew Horn, Jerrold Orne, William S. Powell, H.G. Jones, Agatha Boyd Adams, and other Library staff members. Also included are many letters to and from the members of the Wolfe family relating to the Wolfe family gift; correspondence with Edward C. Aswell pertaining to the death of John Skally Terry and the Terry family gift; and some materials relating to the establishment of the Thomas Wolfe Fund, which was started in 1939 to raise money to buy the Wolfe papers that were later purchased by William B. Wisdom and donated to Harvard University. (See also Mary Lindsay Thornton's bound volume of memorabilia for additional material about the establishment of the Thomas Wolfe Collection. This volume is located in the North Carolina Collection under the call number VC027.7 N87un2.)

Correspondence after 1958 deals primarily with additions to the Wolfe Collection, requests for access to the Wolfe papers, questions about the contents of the papers, and other materials relating to the collection. There are also letters and related materials about the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association of Asheville, the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter, the Thomas Wolfe Society, and the Wolfe Fest at St. Mary's College. (See also collections CW2 and CW6 for material from these organizations and activities.)

Printed material, especially articles by Agatha Boyd Adams, which was formerly located in these files, was transferred to the Wolfe collection of printed material.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

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

Encoded by: Benjamin Bromley, January 2009

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