MsC 703

Iowa Author

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1957 -- 1977 and undated
2.5 linear ft.

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900

Posted to Internet: 1998

Acquisition Note: These papers were donated to the Libraries by Wallace Stegner over a period of years.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Digital Surrogates: Except where indicated, this document describes but does not reproduce the actual text, images and objects which make up this collection. Materials are available only in the Special Collections Department.

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Use of Collections: The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Please read our Use of Manuscripts Statement.

Biographical Note

Wallace Stegner (1909 -- 1993) was born in Lake Mills, Iowa. He was the second son of Hilda Emelia (Paulson) and George Henry Stegner. They lived a nomadic life moving from North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana and Wyoming before settling down in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1921. He and his brother, Cecil, grew up hunting, fishing, and exploring the West that he learned to admire and respect. Stegner graduated from the University of Utah in 1930. His professors arranged a teaching assistantship for him at the University of Iowa, so he could pursue his writing. He received his M.A. in 1932 and Ph.D. in 1935. While at Iowa he met his wife, Mary Page. After graduation they moved back to the West where he found a teaching position at the University of Utah. While there Stegner wrote Remembering Laughter, which won a novelette contest advertised by Little, Brown and Company. This marked the real beginning of his writing career. In 1937, he began teaching at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Two years later, he moved farther East and accepted a faculty post at Harvard. It was during his time there that he completed his first big novel, The Big Rock Candy Mountain. This autobiographical work was published in 1943. He remained at Harvard until 1945 when he moved back to the West and Stanford University. He served as the director of Stanford's Creative Writing Center from 1946 -- 1971. His students included some of the most notable contemporary writers of the American West. Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, and Ken Kesey are only a few who were part of Stanford's writing program during Stegner's years there. Retiring in 1971 to devote himself full-time to writing, Stegner went on to publish eleven more major works including the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Angle of Repose and the National Book Award winner of 1977, The Spectator Bird. These are only two of the many awards and honors he received for his writing; there were also three O. Henry prizes, a Commonwealth Gold Medal, and the Western History Association Prize. Wallace Stegner died on April 12, 1993, after being seriously injured in an automobile accident in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Scope and Contents

The Wallace Stegner Papers at the University of Iowa Libraries consist of three boxes containing various stages of manuscript drafts and proofs for a number of Stegner's works. Included are The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Remembering Laughter, Mormon Country, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian and more.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1957 -- 1977. Including letters from Paul Engle and John Leggett.

Articles about Wallace Stegner

"In the Company of Wallace Stegner," by Mark Hunter. San Francisco Magazine, 23:7 (July, 1981).

"Wallace Stegner: A Most Notable Writer," by Richard W. Etulain. American West, (April, 1988).

"Writers, Fish, and Buffalo Jumps," by Donald Snow. Sierra, (July/August, 1989).

"Western History Association Prize Recipient, 1990: Wallace Stenger." Western History Quarterly, 22:2 (May, 1991).

Articles by Wallace Stegner

"The Geography of Hope." The Living Wilderness, 44:151 (December, 1980).

"The Coast of Oregon." Travel & Leisure, (Autumn, 1973).

"The Indians of Otavalo." Travel & Leisure, (October, 1974).

"The Trail of the Hawkeye." The Saturday Review of Literature, (July, 1938).

Beyond the Glass Mountain

First draft. Under title "Kilroy Was Here."

Printer's copy, with revisions and carbon.

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

Early draft of manuscript. With some editorializings and changes indicated. (3 folders)

Early draft of manuscript. Including acknowledgments.

Early draft of manuscript. Including section titled notes.

Publisher's copy with corrections. (3 folders)

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

Original draft, transcript. (4 folders)

Printer's copy. (4 folders)

Biographical information, including an autobiographical essay

The Blue Winged Teal

Printer's copy with revisions.

Book jackets

Book reviews, 1950 -- 1992

Mormon Country

Printer's copy. (2 folders)

Newspaper and miscellaneous clippings, 1937 -- 1988

Obituaries, eulogies, memorials for Wallace Stegner

Box 2

The Preacher and the Slave

Preliminary working draft with notes. (2 folders)

Working draft with corrections. (2 folders)

"Interview--The Editor."

Notebook. With titles of books and articles on subject.

Another draft with corrections. (2 folders)

Box 3

Pamphlet - "Teaching the Short Story," by Wallace Stegner (1965).

The Preacher and the Slave

Publisher's copy. (2 folders)

Promotional and bibliographic materials

Remembering Laughter

Two incomplete versions of the first draft.

Complete first draft.

Printer's proof.

Second Growth

Printer's copy. Under title "Landscape with Figures."

Wallace Stegner and the Continental Vision - interdisciplinary symposium materials; 1996

The Women on the Wall

Printer's copy with revisions.

2008 Addendum

Timberg, Scott. "The Western Sage," Los Angeles Times, Saturday, November 24, 2007. Gift of Matthew Maibaum


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