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Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Sherwood Anderson Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and manuscripts of American fiction writer Sherwood Anderson.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence and manuscripts of Sherwood Anderson. The bulk of his correspondence is addressed to his friend, historical novelist James Boyd. In these letters Anderson writes about friendly matters, his work, and about other authors. Also included are three autograph letters by Anderson to Elmer Adler, one of which contains some biographical information.There is a letter from Mrs. Eleanor Anderson to Elmer Adler, dated August 20, 1943, requesting the return of a page of her husband's poem "The Mink." In addition, there is a photocopy of a letter by Anderson to Irving Dillard, dated April 28, 1922.

Included are an autograph manuscript page of "The Mink" and an autograph manuscript copy (8 pp.) of "Being Published," which was printed in The Colophon in February 1930. (A printed copy accompanies the manuscript.)

Collection Creator Biography:

Anderson, Sherwood, 1876-1941.

Sherwood Anderson was an American fiction writer, best known for his short story cycle Winesburg, Ohio (1919). That work had a profound influence on American fiction, and its literary voice can be heard in Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck, and others. Anderson also wrote novels including Windy McPherson's Son and Marching Men. He married three times. Eleanor Anderson was his third wife.

James Boyd was an American historical novelist. His first book, Drums (1925), is considered by some scholars to be the best novel written about the American Revolution.

Collection History


Letters to James Boyd were a gift of Mrs. James Boyd in November 1947 (AM15128, 22084, 1999-108).

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on April 24, 2009. Finding aid written by Lauren Kustner on April 28, 2009. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

Sherwood Anderson Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1