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American Literary Studies


Wallace Stegner Collections

The Collections

Stanford has significant holdings of Stegner materials, including manuscripts, research notes, and correspondence. These are contained in a number of different collections, each described below.

Location of All Collections: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Finding Guides: Details are listed below with the specific collections.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at speccollref@stanford.edu or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.


Career of Wallace Stegner (1909-1993)

Novelist, short-story writer, historian, and environmentalist, Wallace Stegner was born in Lake Mills, Iowa, in 1909. After graduating from the University of Utah in 1930, he studied literature at State University of Iowa, receiving his doctorate in 1935. Stegner gained his first popular and critical success with The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943), which marked the beginning of his lifelong association with the American West. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angle of Repose (1971), and the National Book Award for The Spectator Bird (1977). His last novel, Crossing to Safety was published in 1987; he later released The Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner (1990). His nonfiction books include Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the American West (1954) and The Gathering of Zion (1964), a study of the Mormon migration to Utah. He continued to write essays until the end of his life, many contained in Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West (1992). A professor of English at Stanford starting 1945, Stegner founded Stanford's Creative Writing Program in 1947 and led it until his retirement in 1971. He wrote about the experience in On Teaching Creative Writing (1989).


The Papers

Wallace Stegner Papers, 1842-1990
Size:
14 linear ft.
Call Number: M0054
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.
Content: Correspondence, research notes, photocopied research materials, manuscripts, and corrected typescripts relating to Stegner's published works, including Women on the Wall (1950), Sabrina (1962), and Beyond the Hundredth Meridian (1954). Also included are photocopies of portions of the 19th century diaries and journals of Oliver B. Huntington, Patience Loader, Pioneer Company A of 1861, John Pulsipher, the 1852 Immigration Company, Norton Jacob, John Bond, and others.

Wallace Stegner Papers, 1930-1975
Size:
5 linear ft.
Call Number: Special Collections
Content: Typescripts, galleys, business documents, correspondence, and other material relating to published works.

Wallace Stegner Papers, 1961-1965
Size:
2.5 linear ft.
Call Number: M0184
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.
Content: Correspondence, research notes, manuscripts, typescripts, printed materials, photographs, and documents relating chiefly to A Shooting Star (1961) and The Gathering of Zion (1964).

Angle of Repose Collection, 1875-1934
Size:
1.5 linear ft.
Call Number: M0254
Finding Guides: An unpublished index of the collection is available.
Content: Manuscripts, research notes, and correspondence related to Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Angle of Repose (1971), which was based on the life of Mary Hallock Foote.

Creative Writing Program : Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1949-1992
Size:
3.5 linear ft.
Call Number: M0558
Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.
Content: Primarily incoming correspondence to Stegner. Includes some literary manuscripts by Pauline Bates Alden, Frank Bergon, Neilma Gantner, Mary Jane Moffat, Jack Nisbet, and Nancy Packer.

Wallace Stegner Interviewed by John Milton, 1969
Size:
1 audio cassette tape.
Call Number: MISC 219

Ansel Adams and Wallace Stegner, A Conversation, 1982
Size:
2 video cassette tapes.
Call Number: Special Collections Video 7A-B

Letters to Avis DeVoto, 1956-1988
Size:
.25 linear ft.
Call Number: M0540


Related Manuscript Collections

Wallace Stegner, Miscellaneous papers, 1914-1950
Size:
1 ms. box.
Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Content: Correspondence, notes, photographs, and copies of newspaper articles and trial transcripts, relating to the murder trial of labor organizer Joe Hill in 1914-1915, used as research material for Stegner's novel, The Preacher and the Slave (1969).

Bibliography of Wallace Stegner

  • Colberg, Nancy. Wallace Stegner : A Descriptive Bibliography. (Lewiston, Idaho : Confluence Press, 1990).

Selected Biography and Criticism

  • Arthur, Anthony. Critical Essays on Wallace Stegner. (Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982).
  • Benson, Jackson J. Wallace Stegner : His Life and Work. (New York : Viking, 1996).
  • Lewis, Merrill and Lorene. Wallace Stegner. (Boise, Idaho: Boise State College Press, 1972).
  • Rankin, Charles E. Wallace Stegner: Man and Writer. (Albequerque University of New Mexico Press, 1996).
  • Robinson, Forrest G. and Margaret G. Wallace Stegner. (Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1977).
  • Stegner, Page and Mary, eds. The Geography of Hope: A Tribute to Wallace Stegner. (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1996).

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

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