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Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers

Title: Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers

Creator: Faulkner, Virginia

Dates: 1930-1980

Quantity: 4 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

Collection Number: RG 12-10-20

Language: English

Restrictions: None

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Preferred Citation: Virginia Faulkner, Editor Papers (RG 12-10-20). Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska–Lincoln Libraries.

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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 friends.


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 Description: 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.

Container List: 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 Cather 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 Printing Department" 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 Press," 1959 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 Directory," 1978-1979 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

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