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Collection Number: CW8

Collection Title: Murray J. Smith Collection of Thomas Wolfe Letters and Related Materials, 1934-1938

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Size 30 items
Abstract Volume compiled by Murray J. Smith containing ten letters, five postcards, and one Christmas card, 1934-1938, from Thomas Wolfe to his friend Catherine Brett, director and superintendent of a private school for girls in Pennsylvania. Wolfe visited the school several times from 1934 to 1938; the letters are substantive and discuss Wolfe's writing and common friends, among other topics. There are also two letters from Wolfe to Ellen Field, one of Catherine Brett's students. The scrapbook volume also contains supplemental material including biographical information about Wolfe, photographs of Wolfe, summaries and transcriptions of the letters to Catherine Brett, and other items.
Creator Smith, Murray J.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Murray J. Smith Collection of Thomas Wolfe Letters and Related Materials #CW8, North Carolina Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Donated by Murray J. Smith in June 2016 (Acc. 102600).
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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Thomas Wolfe was an American author, born in Asheville, N.C., in 1900. Catherine Brett was the director and superintendent of a private school for girls with special needs in Pennsylvania which Wolfe visited several times from 1934 to 1938.

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The collection is a volume compiled by Murray J. Smith containing ten letters, five postcards, and one Christmas card, 1934-1938, from Thomas Wolfe to Catherine Brett. The letters are substantive and discuss Wolfe's writing and common friends, among other topics. There are also two letters from Wolfe to Ellen Field, one of Catherine Brett's students. The scrapbook volume also contains supplemental material including biographical information about Wolfe, photographs of Wolfe, summaries and transcriptions of the letters to Catherine Brett, and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Gergana Abernathy, September 2016

Encoded by: Gergana Abernathy, September 2016

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