John Skally Terry papers on Thomas Wolfe and other materials, 1917-1953.


John Skally Terry papers on Thomas Wolfe and other materials, 1917-1953.

The collection chiefly contains material compiled by John Skally Terry during the years he was working on a biography of Thomas Wolfe. Original correspondence is primarily between Terry and Wolfe's friends, relatives, and acquaintances from whom Terry solicited anecdotes and reminiscences. There are a few postcards from Thomas Wolfe to Terry and one autograph letter written from London in 1935 from Wolfe to Terry. On a trip to the western United States in 1940, Terry interviewed doctors who had cared for Wolfe in 1938, and Terry reported on those interviews in letters to his sister. Also included are typed copies and photocopies of letters to and from Thomas Wolfe and of correspondence among other members of the Wolfe family; 15 typed responses by Maxwell Perkins to Terry's questions about Wolfe and his work; a few notes by Julia E. Wolfe and some notes about her; and transcripts of Terry's interviews with Julia E. Wolfe, which were recorded on a dictaphone machine (tapes not accessible). Terry founded the Thomas Wolfe Biography Club of New York University, and minutes of the Club's meetings are included here. Minutes mention Kathleen and Clayton Hoagland, Belinda Jelliffe, Melville Cane, John Hall Wheelock, Murdoch Dooher, and Madeleine Boyd, among others. Terry also had his New York University students search out and interview Wolfe's former students, and correspondence and interviews with these students are in the collection. There are also materials relating to Wolfe's student days at the University of North Carolina; scholarly works about Wolfe; note cards Terry kept for the Wolfe biography; clippings; and other items.

About 1200 items.

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Hoagland, Kathleen (person)

Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947 (person)

Editor at and vice-president of Charles Scribner's Sons. From the description of Correspondence to Maxwell Struthers Burt, 1938-1943. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 122629156 Maxwell Evarts Perkins was one of the most importnat editors in American literary history. Belinda Dobson Jelliffe, born in Asheville, N.C., became a friend of Thomas Wolfe in 1933. In 1935, Charles Scriber's Sons published her only book, a semi-autobiographical work titled Fo...

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Lawyer and poet. From the description of Letters 1936-1957. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 703899109 Lawyer, poet, and Naumburg's brother-in-law. From the description of Correspondence with Margaret Naumburg, 1922-1975. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 63585399 Lawyer, poet. From the description of Reminiscences of Melville Henry Cane : oral history, 1956. (Columbia University In the City of New York). Worl...

University of North Carolina (1793-1962) (corporateBody)

The University of North Carolina was chartered by the state's General Assembly in 1789. Its first student was admitted in 1795. The governing body of the University, from its founding until 1932, was a forty-member Board of Trustees elected by the General Assembly. The Board met twice a year; at other times the business of the University was carried on by the Board's secretary-treasurer and by the presiding professor (called president beginning in 1804). Other faculty members later assumed the r...

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Terry, John Skally, 1894-1953 (person)

John Skally Terry, born in Rockingham, N.C., in 1894, entered the University of North Carolina in 1914. As an undergraduate, he was active in student publications and became a friend of Thomas Wolfe. While living in New York in the early 1920s, Terry renewed his friendship with Wolfe, joining Wolfe as a member of the English faculty at New York University in 1925. After Wolfe's death in 1938, Terry became a close friend of Wolfe's mother, Julia E. Wolfe, and worked with her on Thomas Wolfe's Let...

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Wolfe, Julia Elizabeth, 1860-1945 (person)

Boyd, Madeleine Elise Reynier (person)

Literary agent and author. From the description of Letter to Montgomery Evans [manuscript], n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647816345 ...

Jelliffe, Belinda, 1890-1979 (person)

Hoagland, Clayton (person)

New York University (corporateBody)

The Class Collection documents selected student and alumni activities of New York University graduating classes from 1843-1966. Formal and informal gatherings were common, and were documented in detail by the participants. From the description of Class collection, 1843-1966. 1880-1900 (bulk). (New York University). WorldCat record id: 477254465 New York University (formerly, University of the City of New York), is an academic institution and, as such, its faculty produces ar...