Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers
Title: Virginia Faulkner,
Creator: Faulkner, Virginia
Quantity: 4 boxes (1.5 linear
Collection Number: RG 12-10-20
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Preferred Citation: Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers (RG 12-10-20). Archives & Special
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Virginia Faulkner was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 1 March 1913. After graduating
with honors from Lincoln High School in 1928, she attended the University of
Nebraska from 1928-1930. She went to Rome to study at Miss Moxley's School from
1930-1931 and then attended Radcliffe from 1932-1933. She did not obtain a degree
from these two institutions. Faulkner got a job writing for the Washington Post in 1933 and stayed for one year before
becoming the Associate Editor of Town and Country from
1934-1935. She also worked as a scenarist for Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios from
1935-1938. Faulkner married Everett Weil in 1935 but the marriage was annulled after
six days. She returned to Nebraska and taught English until 1956, when she became
the Assistant Editor of the University of Nebraska Press. Within three years
Faulkner became Editor-in-Chief of the press, a position she held until her death on
15 September 1980. She also served as fiction editor of the Prairie Schooner. She wrote several books, including My Hey-Day, The Barbarians,
and Friends and Romans. In 1979 Faulkner received the
Mari Sandoz Award from the Nebraska State Library Association. That same year she
received the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Award for scholarly research and the
promotion of Cather's works.
Scope and Content:
The materials include correspondence to Faulkner, both personal and business, from
1930-1980. Those items of correspondence that are not written by Faulkner include
letters sent to her by Wright Morris, Bernice Slote, and Helen Cather Southwick,
Willa Cather's niece. Other materials include articles written by Faulkner and notes
that she gathered on Willa Cather's writings and on Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant. The
item entitled, Dream Bien Meublé is an un-revised
Cather-related article by Faulkner. The book reviews are those Faulkner collected on
general literary authors. The collection also includes awards and certificates won
by Faulkner, newspaper clippings, and photographs of Faulkner, her family, and
Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
Faulkner, Virginia, 1913-1980
Morris, Wright, 1910-1998
Sergeant, Elizabeth Shepley, 1881-1965
Slote, Bernice, 1899-1983
Southwick, Helen Cather, 1918-
Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1, Folders 1-7, Box 2, Folder 3
This series includes Virginia Faulkner's personal correspondence.
Series 2: Professional Materials,
This series includes materials relating to Faulkner's professional life as
editor of the Prairie Schooner, such as notes and articles.
Series 3: Research Materials,
This series contains book reviews and newspaper clippings.
Series 4: Photographs,
This series contains photographs of Faulkner, her family, and friends.
Series 1: Correspondence, Box 1. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1930-1959
Box 1. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1960-1962, Sept.
Box 1. Folder 3. Correspondence, 1962, Oct.-1964, Aug.
Box 1. Folder 4. Correspondence, 1964, Sept.-1965, July
Box 1. Folder 5. Correspondence, 1965, Aug.-1966, Sept.
Box 1. Folder 6. Correspondence, 1967, Jan.-1968, Apr.
Box 1. Folder 7. Correspondence, 1968, May-1971, Nov.
Box 2. Folder 1. Correspondence, 1972-1980, Feb.
Box 2. Folder 2. Correspondence, 1980, Mar.-Aug., undated
Box 2. Folder 3. Correspondence, non-Faulkner, 1979-1980
Series 2: Professional MaterialsBox 2. Folder 4. Materials on The World of Willa
Box 2. Folder 5. Articles
Box 2. Folder 6. Article, "Dream Bien Meublé," 1954
Box 2. Folder 7. Notes, Willa Cather
Box 2. Folder 8. Notes, Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant
Box 2. Folder 9. Typeset booklet, "Type Specimens
Box 2. Folder 10. University of Nebraska Press, "There
Are No Hostile Indians: A Documentary Report," 1957, May 5-1957, May 7
Box 2. Folder 11. University of Nebraska Press, "Scholarly Publishing as Viewed by the University of Nebraska
Box 3. Folder 1. University of Nebraska Press, catalogs 1976-1979
Box 3. Folder 2. University of Nebraska Press, "The
American Association of American University Presses
Series 3: Research materialsBox 3. Folder 3. Book reviews
Box 3. Folder 4. Book reviews
Box 3. Folder 5. Newspaper clippings, Faulkner and writings
Box 3. Folder 6. Newspaper clippings, Faulkner's family
Box 3. Folder 7. Writings by others, signed with notes, B-W
Box 3. Folder 8. Department of English handbook, 1976, Oct.
Box 8. Folder 9. Certificates and awards
Series 4: PhotographsBox 4. Folder 2. Photographs, Faulkner, family, friends