MACDOUGALD, DUNCAN, 1913-1969.
Duncan MacDougald papers, 1936-1965

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

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rose.library@emory.edu

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: MacDougald, Duncan, 1913-1969.
Title: Duncan MacDougald papers, 1936-1965
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 519
Extent: 2.5 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of freelance writer Duncan MacDougald, including various drafts, notes, outlines and some source material.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Source

Gift, 1970.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Duncan MacDougald papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Duncan MacDougald, Jr. (September 14, 1913-January 2, 1969), free-lance writer on a variety of subjects, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the only child of Duncan MacDougald, Sr. a real estate salesman, and his wife Elise Hansard. When the boy was small the family moved to Athens, Ga. and then to Brevard, N. C. Duncan spent his high school years at Woodberry Forest School, majored in modern languages at Princeton University, finishing there in 1936, and during the next three years, according to his own statement, continued his studies at the Universities of Berlin, Heidelberg, Paris, College de France, and Columbia University. For a short while he worked in Atlanta as a copy writer with Jas. A. Greens & Co, an advertising firm. He held a fellowship in Columbia University's Office of Radio Research and in 1940 joined the staff of Broadcast Music, Inc, remaining there until 1942. During the years 1942-1944 he worked in various capacities with the Office of War Information and the War and State Departments. His small books The languages and press of Africa appeared in 1944 (African handbooks, 4. Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press, the University Museum). After the war he returned to New York an a free-lance script writer of musical radio programs and editorial consultant, and for a while did program annotations for RCA Victor's Red Seal records. A small inheritance received in 1951 permitted him to abandon radio scripts and spend much of his time in Europe, particularly Capri and Kitsbulhal in Austria. Brevard, N. C. he gave as his home address during these years. He continued to write and sell articles and to work on the manuscripts of several books which apparently were not published. Duncan MacDougald never married. At the time of his death, he was a resident of New York City.

Duncan MacDougald, Jr. (September 14, 1913-January 2, 1969), free-lance writer on a variety of subjects, was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the only child of Duncan MacDougald, Sr. a real estate salesman, and his wife Elise Hansard. When the boy was small the family moved to Athens, Ga. and then to Brevard, N. C. Duncan spent his high school years at Woodberry Forest School, majored in modern languages at Princeton University, finishing there in 1936, and during the next three years, according to his own statement, continued his studies at the Universities of Berlin, Heidelberg, Paris, College de France, and Columbia University. For a short while he worked in Atlanta as a copy writer with Jas. A. Greens & Co, an advertising firm. He held a fellowship in Columbia University's Office of Radio Research and in 1940 joined the staff of Broadcast Music, Inc, remaining there until 1942. During the years 1942-1944 he worked in various capacities with the Office of War Information and the War and State Departments. His small books The languages and press of Africa appeared in 1944 (African handbooks, 4. Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania Press, the University Museum). After the war he returned to New York an a free-lance script writer of musical radio programs and editorial consultant, and for a while did program annotations for RCA Victor's Red Seal records. A small inheritance received in 1951 permitted him to abandon radio scripts and spend much of his time in Europe, particularly Capri and Kitsbulhal in Austria. Brevard, N. C. he gave as his home address during these years. He continued to write and sell articles and to work on the manuscripts of several books which apparently were not published. Duncan MacDougald never married. At the time of his death, he was a resident of New York City.

Scope and Content Note

The Duncan MacDougald papers consists primarily of various drafts, in typescript and holograph, as well as notes, outlines and some source material from many of MacDougald's articles, books and other writings from 1936-1965. There are approximately 110 letters, notes and telegrams addressed to him, most of which relate to his writings. Subjects covered by this author include food and cooking, jazz and other aspects of music, travel, sex, and linguistics. Included are the manuscripts for an aphrodisiac cookbook, a lengthy essay on salt, and a novel. Notes, source material and occasionally letters have been filed with the draft or drafts of articles or longer works to which they pertain.

Arrangement Note

Organized into two series: (1) Correspondence and miscellany and (2) Literary manuscripts.


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