Wallace Stegner Research Collection, 1942-1996  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Colberg, Nancy
Title
Wallace Stegner Research Collection
Dates
1942-1996
Quantity
3.2 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2443, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Wallace Stegner Research Collection consists of periodicals and newspapers (including clippings) by and about Wallace Stegner throughout his prolific writing career. Besides his large body of monographic works, he wrote fictional short stories; accounts based on his childhood in the west; articles on writing, conservation, western U.S. history, Mormons, the wilderness, and politics (primarily of the west and its future).
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Additional Reference Guides

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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Nancy Colberg, a librarian, author of Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Bibliography (Confluence Press Inc., 1990) and retired owner of Willow Creek Books, a used and rare book store in Denver, Colorado, collected one of the country's largest collections of publications written by and about Wallace Stegner - writer of fiction, history and essays on the U.S. west including: history, literature, public policy and conservation. In 1982, Colberg met Stegner and, as she collected works by him, she realized a need for an in-depth descriptive bibliography. When Stegner learned of her project, he granted her access to his books and papers and gave her a corner desk in his study when she visited at his California home. He also wrote letters of introduction for her to libraries and other sources of materials for her research. Colberg eventually gathered 54 original letters and postcards from Stegner written to her, photocopies of 370 Stegner letters written to others, and about 600 books, journals and article offprints created by or written about Stegner. All of Colberg's collected monographs have been individually cataloged and are available in Special Collections. The journals, articles, correspondence and other miscellaneous materials by and about Wallace Stegner are included in this collection. A second and smaller private collection of monographs and journal articles belonging to the late Thomas H. Watkins, who intended on writing a biography of Stegner, has been incorporated into this collection.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection of published materials contains periodicals and newspapers (including clippings) by and about Wallace Stegner throughout his prolific writing career. Besides his large body of monographic works, he wrote fictional short stories; accounts based on his childhood in the west; articles on writing, conservation, western U.S. history, Mormons, the wilderness, and politics (primarily of the west and its future). The collection is organized into five series which, for the most part, conform to the arrangement of the sections in Colberg's published bibliography of Stegner. Series 1 contains Stegner articles from periodicals and newspapers. Series 2 is an assortment of short stories in periodicals. Series 3 consists of published interviews; articles about Stegner's body of work; book reviews by and about Stegner; miscellaneous materials containing lectures, addresses, reprints and quotes from his writings; articles by his son, Page and book announcements and collecting information. Series 4 contains the letters and postcards from Wallace Stegner to Nancy Colberg. Series 5 is a set of business correspondence between publishers, individuals, educational institutions and others and Wallace Stegner.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-4 Series 1: Articles in periodicals and newspapers
This partial physical bibliography of articles by Wallace Stegner which appeared in periodicals and newspapers between July 1944 and winter of 1993 has been arranged chronologically and conforms to the arrangement in Section C of Nancy Colberg's Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Bibliography.
1944-1983
4 Series 2: Short stories in periodicals and newspapers
Wallace Stegner wrote many short stories which were published in magazines and newspapers and won many awards. This series has seven of these publications arranged chronologically and conforms to the arrangement in Section D of Nancy Colberg's Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Bibliography.
1942-1987
5-6 Series 3: Miscellaneous published materials by and about Wallace Stegner
This series contains a miscellaneous assortment of published items by and about Wallace Stegner. They have been arranged by category and therein chronologically. Included are: book reviews by Stegner; interviews of Stegner; addresses, pamphlet articles, lectures and quotes by Wallace Stegner; periodical and newspaper articles on Stegner's works; reviews of Stegner books; materials based on Stegner's work; and obituaries and tributes to Stegner. Also included are two articles by Page Stegner (his son) and a collection of book promotion and collecting materials. Some but not all of these materials were listed in Section E and the Appendix of in Nancy Colberg's Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Bibliography.
1942-1996
6 Series 4: Correspondence from Wallace Stegner to Nancy Colberg
This part of the collection is comprised of 54 letters and postcards from Wallace Stegner to Nancy Colberg sent between Jan. 5, 1982 - Dec 9, 1990. They pertain in most part to the bibliography project and the resulting book published in 1990.
1982-1990
7 Series 5: Business correspondence for selected publications of Wallace Stegner
A collection of photocopied business correspondence related to specific publications of Wallace Stegner. They are arranged alphabetically by title. Included are letters from The Brandt and Brandt literary agency; publishing firms: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, Inc.; McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.; Curtis Brown Ltd.; Meredith Press; Look Magazine; Houghton Mifflin Company; Citadel Press; Atlantic Monthly Press; Viking Press, Inc.; Horizon; Hammond, Hammond and Company Ltd.; and ancillary letters from individuals, educational institutions and law firms pertaining to these titles.
1943-1976

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Stegner, Wallace, 1909-1993
  • Stegner, Wallace, 1909-1993-Bibliography
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)-In literature-Bibliography
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Articles
  • Book reviews
  • Correspondence
  • Interviews
  • Lectures
  • Short stories
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Stegner, Page (creator)
    • Stegner, Wallace, 1909-1993 (creator)
    • Watkins, Thomas H. (Thomas Henry), d. 2000 (creator)