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Series 1
Correspondence, 1910-1982
Boxes 1-6

Scope and Content Note

The series contains personal and professional correspondence of Owen Dodson from 1910-1982. The correspondence is divided into three sections: family, people, and general.

The family section of the correspondence contains letters to and among Owen Dodson, his brother Kenneth Dodson, his sister Lillian Dodson, and his sister Edith Dodson. Some letters are addressed to multiple family members. The correspondence begins with Owen Dodson's letters home from Bates College and Yale University in the 1930s. Many of the letters from 1937-1939 are from Kenneth Dodson, who had a close relationship with Owen and passed away in 1940. Later correspondence is primarily among Lillian, Edith, and Owen; the bulk is from Edith. The correspondence also contains numerous letters and postcards from Owen's trips abroad, documenting the range of his travels. Other correspondence in this section includes a 1910 letter from Booker T. Washington to Owen Dodson's father Nathaniel Dodson, who was his press agent.

The people section of the correspondence contains letters to and from major figures and close friends, documenting Dodson's relationships in the literary and theatrical worlds. Correspondence with publishers is also included in this section.

The general correspondence includes letters not involving family or major figures. This section predominantly contains correspondence relating to speaking engagements, fellowships, teaching positions, and recommendations. Letters to and from acquaintances are also located in the general correspondence.

Arrangement Note

Family and general correspondence arranged in chronological order. Some correspondence arranged by correspondent.

Scope and Content Note The series contains personal and professional correspondence of Owen Dodson from 1910-1982. The correspondence is divided into three sections: family, people, and general. The family section of the correspondence contains letters to and among Owen Dodson, his brother Kenneth Dodson, his sister Lillian Dodson, and his sister Edith Dodson. Some letters are addressed to multiple family members. The correspondence begins with Owen Dodson's letters home from Bates College and Yale University in the 1930s. Many of the letters from 1937-1939 are from Kenneth Dodson, who had a close relationship with Owen and passed away in 1940. Later correspondence is primarily among Lillian, Edith, and Owen; the bulk is from Edith. The correspondence also contains numerous letters and postcards from Owen's trips abroad, documenting the range of his travels. Other correspondence in this section includes a 1910 letter from Booker T. Washington to Owen Dodson's father Nathaniel Dodson, who was his press agent. The people section of the correspondence contains letters to and from major figures and close friends, documenting Dodson's relationships in the literary and theatrical worlds. Correspondence with publishers is also included in this section. The general correspondence includes letters not involving family or major figures. This section predominantly contains correspondence relating to speaking engagements, fellowships, teaching positions, and recommendations. Letters to and from acquaintances are also located in the general correspondence.
Family
Box Folder Content
1 1 Undated
1 2 1910-1936
1 3 1937-1939
1 4 1940-1941
1 5 1944-1948
1 6 1949-1950
1 7 1951-1953
1 8 1954-1962
1 9 1968-1974
1 10 1975-1982
People
1 11 Ammann, Kurt, 1968
1 12 Amram, David, undated, 1967-1968
1 13 Angelou, Maya, 1973
1 14 Auden, W.H., undated, 1939-1954
2 1 Baldwin, Faith, 1946
2 2 Baldwin, James, 1955
2 3 Barbour, Floyd, 1963-1977
2 4 Barthé, Richmond, 1967-1972
2 5 Bass, George Houston, 1965
2 6 Benét, Stephen Vincent, 1941
2 7 Berkelman, Robert, undated, 1966-1974
2 8 Bethea, Ednah, 1944-1976
2 9 Biddle, Katherine, undated
2 10 Boyd, Marc, undated, 1970
2 11 Braut, Thomas, 1964-1969
2 12 Bright, Helen, 1973
2 13 Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1960-1973
2 14 Bullins, Ed, 1977
2 15 Callahan, Jim and Virginia Callahan, undated
2 16 Carling, Finn, 1960-1971
2 17 Christensen, Carlo, 1957
2 18 Christmas, St. Clair, 1971
2 19 Claas, Peter, 1964
2 20 Coe, Richard, 1974-1980
2 21 Cullen, Countee and Ida Cullen, 1945-1946
2 22 Davis, Arthur, 1973
2 23 Davis, Clinton, 1980
2 24 Dee, Ruby, 1973
2 25 Dickerson, Glenda Townes, 1974-1981
2 26 Du Bois, W.E.B., 1942
2 27 Duckett, Alfred, 1969
2 28 DuWors, Richard, 1969
2 29 Ede, Jim, 1979-1985
2 30 Eliot, T.S., 1952
2 31 Engle, Paul, 1971
2 32 Erni, Malcolm, undated, 1967-1968
2 33 Farrar, Pauline, 1951-1952
2 34 Farrar, Straus and Company, and Giroux, 1946-1982
2 35 Faulkner, William, 1944
2 36 Fauset, Jessie, 1945
2 37 Fax, Mark, 1968-1971
2 38 Foote, Horton, undated
2 39 Forsyth, James, 1963-1974
2 40 Franklin, John Hope, 1971
2 41 Fratti, Mario, 1966-1971
2 42 Frederick, John T., 1944-1946
2 43 Fried, Milton, Philoime and Michael, 1968-1985
2 44 Gaffney, Floyd, 1969-1973
2 45 Gielgud, John, 1965
2 46 Hagen, Uta, 1973
2 47 Harrison, Paul Carter, 1967
2 48 Hatch, James, undated, 1969-1983
2 49 Hayden, Robert, 1967-1972
2 50 Heath, Gordon, undated
3 1 Heath, Gordon, 1938-1949
3 2 Heath, Gordon, 1950-1955
3 3 Heath, Gordon, 1956-1967
3 4 Heath, Gordon, 1968-1974
3 5 Heath, Gordon, 1975-1980
3 6 Heath, Priscilla, undated, 1941-1980
3 7 Heimbach, Sylvia, 1978-1979
3 8 Hughes, Langston, 1952, 1966
3 9 Hunt, Alma, 1965
3 10 Hyman, Earle, 1949-1980
3 11 Jackman, Harold and Ivie Jackman, 1974
3 12 Jacobsmeyer, Diane, undated
3 13 Jelliffe, Rowena and Russell Jelliffe, 1951-1970
3 14 Jessye, Eva, 1973
3 15 Johnson, Helen, 1972-1974
3 16 Jonathan Cape, Inc., Publishers, 1969
3 17 Kelch, Beverly, 1974-1975
3 18 Kenseth, Arnold, 1968-1977
3 19 Kerouac, Jack, 1950
3 20 Kibble, Cortez and Mabel Cortez, 1967
3 21 Killens, John O., 1974
3 22 King, Cynthia Barksdale, 1968
3 23 Kitamura, Takao, 1968
3 24 Lafour, Franklin, 1970-1974
3 25 La Gallienne, Eva, 1967-1972
3 26 Lawson, Warner, 1965-1966
3 27 Lenya, Lotte and George Davis, 1951-1957
3 28 Leonard, John and Margaret Leonard, 1964
3 29 Lewis, Robert, 1973-1979
3 30 Locke, Alain, 1951
4 1 MacLeish, Archibald, 1955
4 2 Major, Clarence, 1972
4 3 Malet, Eduardo, 1952
4 4 McIver, Ralph, 1969-1972
4 5 Michael, Charles, 1969
4 6 Miller, May, 1975-1980
4 7 Miller, Ruth, 1964
4 8 Miniclier, Louis, 1970-1974
4 9 Mitchell, Loften, 1951
4 10 Montgomery, William, undated, 1971-1972
4 11 Morrison, Toni, 1980
4 12 Newman, Geoffrey, undated
4 13 Nicoll, Allardyce, 1941-1966
4 14 Norman, Jessye, 1968
4 15 O'Brien, John, 1971-1973
4 16 Oenslager, Donald, 1974
4 17 Paul Breman Limited Publishers & Booksellers, 1967-1974
4 18 Parchowski, Alain, undated, 1968
4 19 Payant, Lee, undated, 1969-1974
4 20 Peters, Brock, 1972
4 21 Pollock, Helen, 1968-1972
4 22 Pool, Rosey, 1968-1971
4 23 Priebe, Karl, 1945-1955
4 24 Publishers (other), 1938-1980
4 25 Randall, Dudley, 1972-1974
4 26 Ray, David, University of Missouri, 1971-1974
4 27 Reid, Anne and Ira Reid, 1941-1973
4 28 Reynolds, Thomas, Bates College, 1967-1977
4 29 Rieser, Leonard and Peggy Rieser, 1943-1944
4 30 Rieser, Leonard and Peggy Rieser, 1945-1947
4 31 vRieser, Leonard and Peggy Rieser, 1948-1958
4 32 Riley, Norman, 1971-1972
4 33 Robeson, Essie, 1939-1941
4 34 Ross, Dorothy, undated, 1974-1977
4 35 Russell, Jim, 1968-1969
4 36 Sachetti, Giocondo, 1967
5 1 Schaffner, John, 1938-1966
5 2 Scott, Claude, 1967
5 3 Sebree, Charles, 1944-1959
5 4 Selig, Richard and Florence Selig, 1956-1968
5 5 Shine, Ted, 1967-1974
5 6 Shine, Ted, undated, 1978-1982
5 7 Silvera, Frank, 1968
5 8 Simons, Ellen, 1979-1982
5 9 Smith, Esther, 1967
5 10 Stock, Mildred, 1968
5 11 Stowe, Tom, 1967-1982
5 12 Swallow, William, 1945
5 13 Taylor, Prentiss, undated, 1949
5 14 Thomas Jefferson High School, 1964-1974
5 15 Trajtenberg, Mario, 1960-1962
5 16 Ulderigo, Grassi, 1953
5 17 Van Vechten, Carl, undated, 1943-1952
5 18 Vaughan, James, 1967
5 19 Wadkins, Janice, 1966
5 20 Wesselius, Rudi and Ina Wesselius, 1969
5 21 White, Edgar, 1973
5 22 Wilder, Thornton, 1957-1960
5 23 Williams, Billy Dee, undated
5 24 Willis, Bob, 1977
5 25 Wright, Richard, 1940-1959
5 26 Yu, Peter, 1970-1974
General
5 27 Undated
5 28 1938-1949
5 29 1950-1959
6 1 1960-1966
6 2 1967
6 3 1968
6 4 1969
6 5 1970
6 6 1971
6 7 1972
6 8 1973
6 9 1974-1975
6 10 1976-1979
6 11 1980-1982
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