Edward C. Aswell was born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1900. After graduating from Harvard University in 1926, he joined the staff of the Forum, and, in 1930, became assistant editor of The Atlantic Monthly. In 1935, Aswell moved to Harper & Brothers as an assistant editor of general books, later becoming editor-in-chief. While assistant editor, Aswell persuaded Thomas Wolfe to sign with Harper & Brothers. Before Wolfe left on his trip through the western United States during which he acquired the illness that led to his death, he turned over to Aswell a large amount of manuscript material. After Wolfe's death in September 1938, Aswell began editing the material Wolfe left behind. The result of this work was two posthumous novels, The Web and the Rock (1939) and You Can't Go Home Again (1941), and one volume of short stories, The Hills Beyond (1941). Aswell moved from Harper & Brothers to the trade-book department of McGraw-Hill and then to Doubleday & Company, where he was senior editor. He succeeded Maxwell Perkins as administrator of the Thomas Wolfe Estate in 1947. Aswell died in 1958.


John R. Bittner was a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests included Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemingway. Bittner died in 2002.
The Braden-Hatchett Collection of Thomas Wolfe Materials was compiled over the years by William Hatchett and Eve Braden Hatchett at the Memphis University School in Memphis, Tenn. They developed a close relationship with Thomas Wolfe's brother Fred and corresponded with him frequently. One of the main goals of the Braden-Hatchett Collection was to collect a copy of every article written about Thomas Wolfe, an endeavor that was undertaken with the help of students at Memphis University School. In the early 1990s, the collection was donated to the University of North Carolina.


Benjamin Cone was born in 1899, a member of the prominent Cone family of Greensboro, N.C. He was a friend of Thomas Wolfe while both were students at the University of North Carolina. Cone graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1920; he was mayor of Greensboro, 1949-1951.


Leslie A. Field (1926-2012), a white author, wrote five books and numerous articles and reviews about Thomas Wolfe and his writings. The Leslie A. Field Collection consists of manuscript drafts, editorials, research files, correspondence, clippings, speeches, and other materials related to his study of Thomas Wolfe and to the Thomas Wolfe Society.
Elizabeth Nowell was the literary agent and the first biographer of Thomas Wolfe. She also collected and published The Letters of Thomas Wolfe (1956). Vardis Fisher was an American author born in Idaho in 1895. He was the director of the Idaho Guide Project, a division of the Works Progress Administration, during the Great Depression. His writings include the twelve-volume series The Testament of Man.


Richard S. Kennedy was born in 1920. Kennedy's dissertation (Harvard University, 1953) on novelist Thomas Wolfe, the first to make use of Wolfe manuscripts in Harvard's Houghton Library and to examine Wolfe's literary career in depth, was published by UNC Press in 1962. Kennedy was on the faculty of the University of Rochester, 1950-1957; the University of Witchita, 1957-1964; and Temple University, 1964-1988, emeritus 1988-2002. He continued to work on Wolfe throughout his career, but also wrote extensively on e.e. cummings and Robert Browning. Kennedy died in 2002.


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.


Aldo P. Magi's interest in Thomas Wolfe began in 1957 when he read The Letters of Thomas Wolfe. From this he read through Wolfe's fiction and the existing biographical works and began to develop the collection that would become a lifelong interest. Magi pursued his collection largely through a correspondence he maintained with librarians, scholars, and Thomas Wolfe's own friends and family. By the 1970s, Magi was an active participant in Thomas Wolfe scholarship. He was one of the founding members of the Thomas Wolfe Society and was an editor of the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter, which later became the Thomas Wolfe Review. Magi began publishing on Wolfe in 1978, producing a number of limited-edition volumes of previously unpublished Wolfe writings. He often collaborated with his close friends and fellow Wolfe scholars John S. Phillipson and Richard Walser. Magi maintained his growing collection in his house in Sandusky, Ohio, devoting even more time to it after his retirement from the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company in 1983. The collection was transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000.


Ephemera from North Carolina counties, cities, and regions including brochures, pamphlets, flyers, leaflets, newsletters, menus, travel guides, and scattered issues of periodicals. Materials document arts and entertainment; businesses and nonprofit organizations; county/city departments; housing and accommodations; parks and historic sites; political, religious, and social organizations; restaurants and bars; schools and institutes; sports and recreation; and tourism. Some ephemera was created prior to 1980 and some items may date to the late 19th century. The collection began in the 1980s as a ready reference file maintained by the North Carolina Collection. Materials are collected by library staff and friends of the North Carolina Collection during their travels throughout the state. Donations vary from year to year. Some cities, counties, and regions may not be represented in every series.


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.


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.


Sallie Faxon Saunders accompanied Thomas Wolfe in New Mexico as part of his western journey of 1938. She was later the editor of the Junior League Magazine.
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.
The St. Mary's College Thomas Wolfe Collection was founded at St. Mary's College in Raleigh, N.C., in 1975 by Catherine and John O. Fulenwider. The collection contains materials from many different sources. Items such as programs, publications, and clippings related to Thomas Wolfe were actively sought by St. Mary's College archivists and librarians and added to the collection. The largest individual collections are the papers of George McCoy, editor of the Asheville Citizen Times and one of the founding members of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association, and those of Richard Walser, professor of English at North Carolina State University and noted Wolfe scholar. There are also papers of Edgar E. (Jim) Wolf, Thomas Wolfe's cousin who lived in Gettysburg, Penn., and corresponded occasionally with the Wolfe family in Asheville, N.C., and some papers of Thomas Wolfe's brother, Fred Wolfe. The collection was transferred to the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990.


John Skally Terry, born in Rockingham, N.C., in 1894, entered the University of North Carolina in 1914. As an undergraduate, he was active in student publications and became a friend of Thomas Wolfe. While living in New York in the early 1920s, Terry renewed his friendship with Wolfe, joining Wolfe as a member of the English faculty at New York University in 1925. After Wolfe's death in 1938, Terry became a close friend of Wolfe's mother, Julia E. Wolfe, and worked with her on Thomas Wolfe's Letters to His Mother (Scribner's, 1943). Selected by Maxwell Perkins and the Wolfe family to write a biography of Thomas Wolfe, Terry compiled a great deal of material about Wolfe. There was, however, no manuscript of the biography found among Terry's papers after his death in 1953.


Henry T. Volkening was a literary agent and co-founder of Russell and Volkening, Inc., a literary agency of New York City, N.Y.


Richard Gaither Walser was born in Lexington, N.C., in 1908. He received an MA from the University of North Carolina in 1933. After returning from service with the United States Naval Reserve, he taught briefly at the University of North Carolina before joining the English faculty at North Carolina State University in 1946. Walser wrote or edited more than 30 books, most of them collections of works relating to various aspects of North Carolina life and literature. He also explored the work of several North Carolina writers, producing major works on Thomas Wolfe, George Moses Horton, and William Hill Brown. He retired from teaching in 1970 and died in 1988.
The Wolfe family of Asheville, N.C., included author Thomas Wolfe, his mother Julia E. Wolfe, brother Fred Wolfe, and sister Mabel Wolfe Wheaton.
Frederick William Wolfe was born in Asheville, N.C., in 1894, the seventh child and fourth son of Julia Elizabeth Westall and William Oliver Wolfe. He was educated in Asheville schools and worked as a salesman in Dayton, Ohio, before serving in the Navy during World War I. After his naval service, he attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, graduating in 1922. Fred Wolfe worked in Atlanta for Fairbanks, Morse and Company for about seven years, and then held several sales jobs in High Point, N.C., and Harrisonburg, Pa. In 1934, he joined the Blue Bird Ice Cream Company of Spartanburg, S.C., as a salesman, a position he held until the early 1960s. He married Mary Burris in 1943. In his later years, Fred Wolfe devoted himself to perpetuating the memory of his brother, Thomas Wolfe, through the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Association and in speeches at colleges and universities. Fred Wolfe died in 1980 and is buried in the family plot in Riverside Cemetery, Asheville, N.C.