O. B. Emerson Collection (William Faulkner)
Scope and Contents
The O. B. Emerson Collection is comprised of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, newsletters, and graphic items collected by O. B. Emerson. The bulk of these items relate to William Faulkner and his life and work, but the collection also contains information on other Southern writers.
- 1922 - 1990
Conditions Governing Access
This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection is open for research.
O. B. Emerson (1921-1990) was a professor of English at the University of Alabama from 1946 to 1986. He earned a BA in 1943 from Lambuth College, an MA in 1946, and a PhD in 1962 from Vanderbilt University. He taught at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, and his research interests included Southern literature, African American literature, and the works of William Faulkner. In 1984, he published Faulkner's Early Reputation in America. He retired from the University of Alabama in 1986.
William C. Faulkner (1897-1962) was a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, poet, and screenwriter. Born and raised in Mississippi, Faulkner was best known for creating the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, which was the setting of many of his novels. As a young man, he spent time in New Orleans where he met and befriended Sherwood Anderson, and in later life traveled for the US State Department to Japan. He was also Writer-in-Residence at the University of Virginia.
3.13 Linear Feet (4 Hollinger, 1 oversize)
Language of Materials
The O. B. Emerson Collection, 1922-1990, consists of material that literary scholar O. B. Emerson, 1921-1990, collected about author William Faulkner, 1897-1962.
The O. B. Emerson Collection contains nine series: I. Oversized, II. Correspondence, III. Emerson's Personal Info, IV. Southern Studies, V. Faulkenr Publicity, VI. Info on Faulkner's Texts, VII. Faulkner's Own Words, VIII. Faulkner Biographical Info, and IX. Family Family Info.
Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Finding Aid for the O. B. Emerson Collection
- Jill E. Anderson
- June 2023
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository
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