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Ben Lucien Burman Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0063
Overview The Ben Lucien Burman Papers consist of xeroxed material relating to three of his books: Blow a Wild Bugle for Catfish Bend, Look Down That Winding River, and The Sign of the Praying Tiger. Included are carbon typescripts, holograph copies, worksheets, first drafts, galley proofs and an incomplete synopsis.
Dates: Undated

Ernest J. Gaines Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0163
Overview This small collection consists of one uncorrected proof copy of In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines and a holograph manuscript fragment of 32 pages front and back of the same title.
Dates: circa 1970s

Caroline Gordon Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0175
Overview This .21 linear foot collection consists of three file folders. It includes one folder of outgoing correspondence from 1942, 1972, and 1973. In addition, the collection contains two of Gordon’s manuscripts: “Old Mrs. Llewellyn” and “The Olive Garden,” both of which are not dated.
Dates: 1942 - 1973

George Washington Harris Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0194
Scope and Content Note The George W. Harris papers contains correspondence, a bound volume of stories, including letters to editor and Sut Lovingood Yarns. Also included is the dissertation “The Life and Works of George Washington Harris” – by Donald Day, March 1942 and a typescript of the manuscript “High Times and Hard Times. Sketches and Tales” by George W. Harris – by M. Thomas Inge. © 2012 Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives
Dates: multiple

Andrew Nelson Lytle Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0267
Overview The Papers of Andrew Nelson Lytle (1902-1995), author, educator, editor, critic and Vanderbilt University alumnus (B.A. 1925), were acquired from Mr. Lytle in three segments. Lytle was a member of the Agrarian literary movement and was close colleagues with Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, and Allen Tate.
Dates: Inclusive: 1873-1988; Bulk: 1920-1960

Andrew Nelson Lytle Papers - 1988 Addition

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Identifier: MSS.0603
Overview The Papers of Andrew Nelson Lytle (1902-1995), author, educator, editor, critic and Vanderbilt University alumnus (B.A. 1925), were acquired from Mr. Lytle in three segments. Lytle was a member of the Agrarian literary movement and was close colleagues with Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, and Allen Tate.
Dates: 1922 - 1988

Andrew Nelson Lytle Papers - Addition

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Identifier: MSS.0599
Overview The Papers of Andrew Nelson Lytle (1902-1995), author, educator, editor, critic and Vanderbilt University alumnus (B.A. 1925), were acquired from Mr. Lytle in three segments. Lytle was a member of the Agrarian literary movement and was close colleagues with Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, and Allen Tate.
Dates: 1853 - 1995

George Marion O’Donnell Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0316
Scope and Content Note The papers of George Marion O’Donnell date from approximately the 1870s to 1982. The bulk of the collection, however, dates from the 1940s and 1950s. It includes O’Donnell’s correspondence, journals, and daybooks, which reflect his interest in modern literature and the influence of several Vanderbilt and other Southern literary figures over his own work. His correspondence includes one letter each from Allen Tate, John Peale Bishop, and Harriet Owsley, and a brief scribbled note from John Crowe...
Dates: Inclusive: c.1870s - 1982; Bulk: 1940s-1950s

The Noel Polk/Andrew Lytle Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0339
Scope and Contents Note In 1985, Special Collections at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library acquired a collection of working papers from Noel Polk on his bibliography of Andrew Nelson Lytle. The Noel Polk/Andrew Lytle Collection was a generous donation made by Mr. Polk himself. This collection contains the working papers of Noel Polk, a literary scholar whose areas of specializations include: American literature, Southern writers, and Bibliographies. The materials housed in this collection relate to...
Dates: Inclusive: 1925-1971; Bulk: 1968-1970

Walter Sullivan Collection

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Identifier: MSS.0426
Scope and Contents This collection is 1.21 linear feet. It contains 157 pieces of correspondence, in 27 file folders, to Walter Sullivan from the following Southern literary writers, who were part of the Fugitives/Agrarians: Donald Davidson, Andrew Lytle, Allen Tate, Peter Taylor, and Robert Penn Warren. It also includes four books, and 43 reel-to-reel tapes, in chronological order, from Literary Symposium Lectures, Panels, Readings, and Interviews with Southern writers.
Dates: 1928-1993

The Peter Taylor Papers

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Identifier: MSS.0435
Overview The papers of Peter Hillsman Taylor (1917-1994), collected by bibliographer Stuart Wright and purchased by Vanderbilt University in 1988, are an important collection of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library's Special Collections. A native of Tennessee and a former Vanderbilt student, Taylor is acknowledged as a master of the short story form and has won several major literary awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his 1986 novel A Summons To Memphis. Taylor was...
Dates: Inclusive: 1905-1988; Bulk: 1939-1980

The Peter Taylor Papers Addition

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Identifier: MSS.0591
Overview The papers of Peter Hillsman Taylor (1917-1994) were purchased by Vanderbilt University in 1995, and are an important addition to the Jean and Alexander Heard Library’s Special Collections. The papers and correspondence (1988-1992), are an addition to a significant collection of Taylor’s pre-1988 letters and manuscripts. Taylor, who died in 1994 in Charlottesville, Virginia, received a Pulitzer Prize for his novel, A Summons to Memphis, which was published in 1986. He attended Vanderbilt as an...
Dates: Inclusive: 1945-2000; Bulk: 1988-1992

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