The Papers of Harvey Klevar in the Dartmouth College LibraryWMAN MS-823

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Klevar, Harvey
Title Remainder: Papers. 1936-1993
Dates: 1936-1993
Identification: MS-823





Introduction

In the early 1970's, Harvey Klevar, a member of the faculty of Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, began preliminary research that would lead to a biographical study of Erskine Caldwell. For nearly twenty years, he read, interviewed, wrote, and worked with Caldwell, his family, his friends and colleagues, and others who had been in contact with Caldwell. As a result of this intensive work, Professor Klevar was able to publish his study, Erskine Caldwell: A Biography with the University of Tennessee Press in 1993.

The collection of his papers represents the result of the research and writing on the biography. Included is correspondence with Erskine and Virginia Caldwell, many members of the Caldwell family, childhood friends, other authors, publishers, and editors. Also included is a rich collection of interview tapes and notes taken by Klevar during his research. These tapes were used in his biography, but remain a rich resource for the study of Caldwell and American fiction of the 20th century. Finally, the collection includes the drafts of the biography. As a whole, the collection provides an excellent look at the problems posed in the preparation of a biography of a living author.

The collection is housed in 7 boxes, using 4.5 linear feet of shelf. It was acquired in 1997 as the gift of the Leland Fikes Foundation through the good offices of Professor Klevar.






BOX 1

Correspondence



1. Agnew, Jessie, 1980



2. Arnold, Edwin, 1993



3. Atlanta Historical Society, 1979



4. Atwell, Dorothy Barrow, 1980-1982



5. Ballou, Louis, 1978



6. Barrett, Clifton Waller, 1979



7. Beehive Press, n.d.



8. Boyce, Annabel, 1981



9. Brown, James O., 1978-1979



10. Brown, James O., 1980-1981



11. Brown, James O., 1982



12. Brown, James O., 1983



13. Brown, James O. 1984-1985



14. Bryant, B. F., 1980



15. Busch, Niven, 1978



16. Butler, Edward, 1978-1979



17. Caldwell, Dabney, 1978



18. Caldwell, Erskine, Jr., and Dorothy, 1978-1996



19. Caldwell, Erskine, 1974-1977



20. Caldwell, Erskine, 1978-1979



21. Caldwell, Erskine, 1980-1986



22. Caldwell, Virginia, 1977



23. Caldwell, Virginia, 1978



24. Caldwell, Virginia, 1979



25. Caldwell, Virginia, 1980



26. Caldwell, Virginia, 1981



27. Caldwell, Virginia, 1982



28. Caldwell, Virginia, 1983



29. Caldwell, Virginia, 1984-1985



30. Caldwell, Virginia, 1986-1989



31. Caldwell, Virginia, 1992-1993



32. Castiglioni, Laura, 1977-1978



33. Chesshire, Howard, 1979



34. Cowley, Malcolm, 1978



35. Crotty, Elizabeth, 1978



36. Cushman, Helen Caldwell, 1977-1982



37. Daniel, Frank, 1977-1979



38. Dartmouth College Library, 1977-1979



39. Davies, Donald, 1978



40. Delaware, University of, Library, 1978



41. Emmett, Dorothy Morang, 1978



42. Enoch, Kurt, 1978-1979



43. Erskine College, 1978-1981



44. Fast, Howard, 1978



45. Fikes Foundation, 1980-1984



46. Fishburne Military School, 1981



47. Fletcher, Drew, 1978-1981



48. Frier, Thomas, 1978-1986



49. Georgia, University of, Press, 1980, 1986



50. Goldberg, Vicki, 1982-1992



51. Gooding, Guy and Janet, 1979



52. Griggs, Harry, 1981



53. Halliwell, C., 1978



54. Harcourt, Brace and Jovanovich, 1977



55. Harwell, Richard, 1978-1979



56. Kitajima, Fuji, 1981-1985



57. Jefferson County, GA, Board of Education, 1981



58. Kennebec County, ME, Clerk of Court, 1981



59. Knowlton, n.d.



60. Lathem, E. C., 1979



61. Lewis, Ann, 1979



62. Lewis, Edward, 1979.



63. Little, Brown and Co., 1978



64. Louisiana State University Press, 1985



65. MacDonald, Scott, 1977-1979



66. MacIver, Ray, 1978-1979



67. Maner, Mary, 1979-1992



68. Manuel, Marion, 1978



69. Martin, June Caldwell, 1978-1992



70. Miller, Dan, 1992



71. Mississippi Oral History Project, 1978



72. Mixon, Wayne, 1992-1993



73. Owen, Guy, n.d.



74. Page, Margaret Young, 1978



75. Peachtree Press, 1987



76. Permissions, 1992-1993



77. Princeton University Library, 1978



78. Pustarfi, Betty, 1978-1992



79. Queston, Marjorie, n.d.



80. Rowan, Andrianna, 1979



81. Saha, Mark, 1980



82. Sargent, margaret S., 1981



83. Scribner's, Charles, 1980



84. Selph, Alexa, 1992-1993



85. Sewanee Review, 1977



86. Southern Quarterly, 1989



87. Steinbeck, Elaine, 1978-1979



88. Straus, Roger, 1978-1979



89. Syracuse University Library, 1978



90. Tennessee, University of, Press, 1990



91. Tennessee, University of, Press, 1991



92. Tennessee, University of, Press, 1992



93. Tennessee, University of, Press, 1993



94. Tennessee, University of, Press, 1994



95. Terrie, Henry, 1978



96. Virginia, University of, 1979-1981



97. Warren, Robert Penn, 1980



98. Waugh, Alec, 1979



99. Welshons, John, 1987



100. Wesson, Richard, 1978



101. Weybright, Victor, 1978



102. Wren, Corrie, 1977-1978



103. Wren, Corrie, 1979-1984



Photographs



104. Photographs considered for biography



105. Photographs considered for biography



Essay



106. Draft essay on Caldwell, 1979



BOX 2

Manuscript



1. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



2. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



3. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



4. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



5. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



6. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



7. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



8. Original manuscript of Caldwell biography



Notes on tape recordings (see boxes 3 through 7 for the tapes)



9. A5. Interview with Dee



10. A7. Dartmouth, 1941-1942; 1948



11. A8. Dartmouth, 1952-1954



12. A9. Dartmouth, 1954-1956



13. A10. Dartmouth, 1956-1957



14. A11. Dartmouth, 1958-1959



15. A12. Dartmouth, 1960-1962



16. A13. Dartmouth, 1962-1963



17. A14. Dartmouth, 1963



18. A16. Dartmouth, 1964-1966



19. A18. Dartmouth, 1969-1972; 1943-1945



20. A20. Caldwell Scrapbooks



21. A21. Caldwell Scrapbooks



22. A22. Caldwell Scrapbooks



23. B4. Helen Caldwell



24. B5. Donald Day; Dorothy Morang



25. B6. Jay Caldwell



26. B7. James O. Brown



27. B8. Julius Weiss; Roger Straus; Kurt Enoch



28. B9. Ann Lewis; Ed Butler



29. B10. Eddie Lewis; C. Waller Barrett



30. B11. C. Waller Barrett; Ray McIver; Frank Daniel



31. B12. Bessie Jones: Guy Gooding



32. B13. Bessie Jones; Mary Maner



33. B14. Helen Cushman; Janet Gooding



34. B16. Virginia and Erskine Caldwell



35. B17. Drew Fletcher; Pix Caldwell



36. B19. June Caldwell Martin



37. B23. Virginia Caldwell



38. B24. Virginia and Erskine Caldwell



39. B25. Betty Pustarfi



40. B28. Dabney Caldwell



41. B29. Erskine Caldwell Rochester dinner



42. C1. Helen Caldwell Cushman



43. C2. Corrie Wren



44. C5. First meeting with Caldwells



45. C9. Helen Caldwell Cushman



Calendar



46. Calendar sheets outlining events in Caldwell's life



BOX 3

Tapes of interviews and notes



1. A1. University of Virginia. Transcript records, newspaper interviews, Atcheson Hench comments



2. A2. Letters. ClaireBooth Luce, et al.



3. A3. Syracuse. Morang, Lieber letters, notes on conversations with Crotty, EC-MBW letters, 1936; Dr. Robertson



4. A4. Syracuse. Letters, 1936-1941



5. A5. Interview with Dee



6. A6. Dartmouth, 1940-1950; Lathem; Terrie



7. A7. Dartmouth, 1941-1942; 1948



8. A8. Dartmouth, 1952-1954



9. A9. Dartmouth, 1954-1956



10. A10. Dartmouth, 1956-1957



11. A11. Dartmouth, 1958-1959; Diary 1/1/60-4/16/60



12. A12. Dartmouth, 1960-1962



13. A13. Dartmouth, 1962-1963; June dispute



14. A14. Dartmouth, 1963



15. A15. Caldwell interview, 1973



16. A16. Dartmouth, 1964-1966



BOX 4

1. A17. Dartmouth, 1966-1969



2. A18. Dartmouth, 1969-1972; 1943-1945



3. A19. Diary, 4/17/60-12/31/60



4. A20. Caldwell scrapbooks



5. A21. Caldwell scrapbooks



6. A22. Caldwell scrapbooks



7. A23. Reviews of books and tenants



8. A24. Index to microfilm; reviews; articles



9. B1. Conversation with Virgina Caldwell, 4/28/78



10. B2. Erskine and Virginia Caldwell dinner at Dartmouth



11. B3. Scottsdale. Virginia Caldwell interview, 11/29/78, 11/30/78; letters Erskine to Virginia Caldwell



12. B4. Helen Caldwell Cushman, 9/29/78, Mt. Vernon, Me.



(2 tapes)



13. B5. Donald Day, 11/28/78; Dorothy Morang, 11/26/78



14. B6. Jay and Diana Caldwell, 6/1/78, Santa Monica



(3tapes)



BOX 5

1. B7. James O Brown, 11/10/78



2. B8. Roger Straus, Jr.; Julius Weiss; Kurt Enoch



3. B9. Ann Lewis, 1/18/79; Ed Butler



4. B10. Eddie Lewis, 1/18/79; C. Waller Barrett, 1/19/79



5. B11. C. Waller Barrett; Ray McIver; Frank Daniel; Mary Maner



6. B12. Bessie Jones; Guy Gooding, 1/12/79



7. B13. Mary Maner; Bessie Jones, 1/21/79



8. B14. Helen Cushman, 1/23/79; Jan Gooding



9. B15. Drew and Sandy Fletcher, 12/1/78, Ashland; Notes from Fletcher



10. B16. Erskine and Virginia Caldwell, 5/29/78



11. B17. Drew and Sandy Fletcher, 12/2/78; Pix Caldwell, 12/12/78



12. B18. Betty Pustarfi; Pix and Dorothy Caldwell



13. B19. June Caldwell Martin, 11/28/78



14. B20. Letters to Mere; Mrs. I. S. Caldwell; comments on TR and GLA manuscripts



15. B21. Letters, 1957-1967; EC's response to June's divorce



16. B22. Dartmouth, 9/21/78



17. B23. Virginia Caldwell, 3/8/79



BOX 6

1. B24. Erskine and Virginia Caldwell, 11/30/78



2. B25. Erskine Caldwell, Betty Pustarfi, 12/1/78



3. B26. Virginia Caldwell on courtship, Jay, Jane, Erskine, 5/30/78



4. B27. Helen Caldwell Cushman, 7/19/77, 7/20/77



(2 tapes)



5. B28. Dabney Caldwell, 1/18/78



6. B30. Syracuse, MBW/EC letters, comments on war, friends



7. B31. EC/June letters, comments



8. B32. Frank Daniel, June 1977



9. B33. Erskine Caldwell, childhood memories, 5/30/78



10. B34. Virginia Caldwell, 7/24/80; June Caldwell, memories of Mere



11. C1. Helen Cushman



(2 tapes)



12. C2. Corrie Wren, 7/26/77; Frank Daniel



13. C3. Frank Daniel, June 1977



14. C4. University of Virginia, letters to Hench, article from Florida paper, transcript



BOX 7

1. C5. First meeting with Caldwells, April 1977



2. C6. George Harvey Caldwell (cousin), 9/19/80



3. C7. Ben Farley interview



4. C8. Virginia Caldwell interview, 6/22/81



5. C9. Helen Cushman, 3/5/81



6. C10. Mary Maner, 9/25/80, 10/31/80



(2 tapes)



7. C11. June Caldwell Martin, 10/9/80, 5/5/81



(3 tapes)



8. un-numbered. Leslie Moran, 11/17/80



9. un-numbered. Dr. Bradley Gordon



10. un-numbered. Virginia Caldwell, Scottsdale, November 1988





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