Contents and Arrangement

The Naked Woman, undated

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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of papers of Wilcox, including correspondence, diaries (various years from 1940-1979), typescripts of his published and unpublished short stories, articles, literary criticism, and novels, photographs, and printed material.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 History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

The Naked Woman; Wendell Wilcox Papers, C0666, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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