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Wilcox, Wendell, 1906-1981
Wendell Wilcox Papers
Manuscripts Division
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17 boxes and 6.7 linear feet
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  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-17


Consists of papers of the American author and novelist Wendell Wilcox (1906-1981), including personal correspondence and photographs of his wife, Esther Willson Wilcox, their relatives, and other writers and friends.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers of Wilcox, including correspondence, diaries (various years from 1940-1979), typescripts of his published and unpublished short stories, articles, literary criticism, and novels, photographs, and printed material. There are approximately 95 short works, primarily from the 1930s-1940s, such as "Mother of a Hero" anmd "Night Falls in Michigan," as well as manuscripts for his published novel Everything is Quite All Right (1945) and three other novels, The Color of Darkness, Rock Me to Sleep, and Helen. Correspondence includes 46 letters (1934-1959) from Alice B. Toklas, five from Gertrude Stein, several from Thornton Wilder, Samuel M. Steward, August Becker, Gertrude Abercrombie, and other writers and friends. Also present is an extensive correspondence between Wilcox and his wife, Esther Willson Wilcox, spanning their courtship, marriage (1931), and his trip to Paris in 1950. Their home was in Chicago, Illinois.

In addition, there are over 400 photographs of Wilcox, his wife and their relatives, Alice B. Toklas, Sam Steward, James Purdy, and others. Printed material includes such magazines as Creative Writing, The New Yorker, Decade, and Story which contain works by Wilcox.

Collection Creator Biography:

Wilcox, Wendell, 1906-1981

Wendell Wilcox was an American novelist and storywriter.

Collection History


Purchased from August Baker in 1987. Additions are a gift of Tom H. Ray.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Natalie Kim in September 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim in October 2008.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Wendell Wilcox Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-17