Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wilson mss., 1891-1983, consist of the papers of William Edward Wilson, 1906-1988, Indiana University James A. Work Professor of English at Bloomington, Indiana, author, and newspaperman. Born in Evansville, Indiana, Wilson received his education at Harvard University and holds honorary degrees from the University of Evansville, Indiana University, and Indiana State University. During World War II Wilson served in the Navy and taught at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Other teaching positions were at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Johns Hopkins University, University of Colorado, University of Aix-Marseille, and Indiana University. As a newspaperman Wilson reported for The Evansville Press, The New Bedford (Mass.) Standard, and The Evening Sun of Baltimore, as well as serving as a free-lance journalist for a number of other newspapers.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Financial; IV. Indiana University; V. Photographs; VI. Speeches; VII. Writings; VIII. Printed.

The correspondents include: Earl Henry Antes, Philip Dean Appleman, John William Ashton, Edward Campbell Aswell, J. Robert Atkinson, David Sweet Ballou, Helen Ballou, Richard Elwell Banta, Cesar Lombardi Barber, Walter Jackson Bate, Pierre Baubaut, Yvonne Baubaut, Morris Bishop, Lurton Blassingame, Odette E. Bornand, James Oliver Brown, John Mason Brown, Edwin Harrison Cady, Frank Michael Calabria, William Edward March Campbell, Roberta (Murray) Capers, Paul Jefferson Carter, John Orville Chewning, Thomas Dionysius Clark, Diane Cleaver, James Lowry Clifford, Ralph Leonard Collins, Henry Steele Commager, Richard Albert Cordell, George Washington Corner, Savington Crampton, George Michael Cuomo, Burke Davis, Kenneth S. Davis, Ralph Otis Davis, Thomas J. Davis, George Deaux, Anne (Folger) Decker, William Butterfield Decker, James Frank Dobie, John Richard Dodds, Scott Donaldson, Denis Joseph Dooley, Vera Dreiser, Electa Duncan, Marilyn (Wall) Durham, Charles E. East, Lealdes M. Eaton, William Henry Edwards, Helen Elliott, Josephine Dorothea (Mirabella) Elliott, Agnes Elpers, Bergen Evans, Robert James Fair, Royal Bailey Farnum, Oliver Watkins Ferguson, Edward Lewis Ferman, Louis Filler, Aubrey Wray Fitch, Charles J. Foltz, Joseph Chamberlain Furnas, Mary Elizabeth Gaither, Lewis Stiles Gannett, John Champlin Gardner, Kellie Gardner, Elizabeth L. Gilman, Donald Gray, Arlette Grebel, Donald Jay Grout, Susanne (Ribeyre) Guenther, Roger C. Hackett, Margaret Halsey, Philip Hamburger, William Burnett Harvey, Stanley H. Haste, Walter Edwin Havighurst, Brian P. Hayes, Joseph Arnold Hayes, Marrijane (Johnston) Hayes, Louis H. Haynes, Will Harrison Hays, Stanislaw Helsztynski, Robert Henderson, Cecilia (Hennel) Hendricks, Ruth (Elliott) Hickam, Quentin Manning Hope, Hazel (Whiteleather) Hopper, David Stewart Hull, Haydn Huntley, Melvin Watson Hyde, Elizabeth (Stevenson) Ives, Ejler Jakobsson, Oliver Ormerod Jensen, Bess (Sellers) Johnson, Felix L. Johnson, Howard Mumford Jones, Matthew Josephson, Israel James Kapstein, Alfred Kazin, Elizabeth Hutchings (Zulauf) Kelemen, Michael Korda, Alexander Lemcke Leich, Charles Francis Leich, Lois Marie (Bauman) Leich, Roland Leich, Harry Guyer Leslie, Harry Tuchman Levin, Sonia Levinthal, Kenneth Dale McCormick, Kenneth Peva McCutchan, Elizabeth McCutcheon, Clarence H. MacLachlan, Archibald MacLeish, Claude A. Mahoney, John Phillips Marquand, John Bartlow Martin, Lynne Lionel Merritt, Ellen (Boyd) Milisen, Edith Ronald Mirrielees, Henry Allen Moe, Vardine (Russell) Moore, Malcolm Charles Moos, Herbert Joseph Muller, Jay Neugeboren, Jeannette (Covert) Nolan, Jane (Blaffer) Owen, Thomas L. Owen, Hamilton Owens, Katharine F. Pantzer, Edwards Park, Edd Winfield Parks, Isabel M. (Bowler) Paterson, Bernard Berenson Perry, Harrison Gray Platt, Murray Pollinger, David Ambrose Remley, Stanley Marshall Rinehart, John Albert Robbins, Martin Robbins, George Chambers Roberts, Betty J. Russell, John William Ryan, Mildred (Walker) Schemm, Mark Schorer, Dorothy (Stingle) Schrodt, John Franklin Schrodt, Charles Elbert Scoggins, Winfield Townley Scott, John Allen Selby, Karl Jay Shapiro, Louis Sheaffer, Edward Shenton, Constance Lindsay Skinner, Bernard Smith, Lillian Eugenia Smith, William Mode Spackman, Berry Spacks, Sara Spencer, Sharon (Dougherty) Spencer, Elvis Jacob Stahr, John Ernst Steinbeck, Miriam Joy (Meloy) Sturgeon, William Andrew Swanberg, Lorna LaVonne (Lutes) Sylvester, Gayle Thornbrough, Coles Trapnell, Erico Lopes Verissimo, James O'Shea Wade, Thomas Christopher Wallace, Edward Augustus Weeks, Herman B Wells, Matthew Empson Welsh, Jessamyn West, Harry Anthony White Douglas Cook Wilson, Ellen Janet (Cameron) Wilson, Henry Cameron Wilson, Howard Aaron Wilson, William Edward Wilson, 1906-1988, William Edward Wilson, 1934- , Sophus Keith Winther, Mirian S. Wood, Lawrence Counselman Wroth, Thelma Louise (Sherrill) Wynn, Samuel Yellen Lela Ann (Ives) Zacharias. Consult the Manuscripts Index in the Library for dates of letters of Individual correspondents.

An inventory is available.

Gift. 1968, 1978, 1983

Collection size: 1,535 items

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