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   Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection, 1952-1965.

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Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains primarily correspondence between author Herman Wouk and his secretary and research assistant, Nancy Dawson.

At a Glance

Call No.:MS#0331
Bib ID:4078684 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Dawson, Nancy, 1920-
Title:Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection, 1952-1965.
Physical description:0.42 linear ft (1 document box).
Language(s):In English.
Access: This collection is located on-site. Researchers must acquire written permission from Mrs. Ralph Burk Dawson in order to access the collection.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in two series.

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Description

Scope and Content

The Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection is composed primarily of correspondence between Wouk and Dawson over a nine year span. There is also a small amount of subject files related to Wouk as a writer and to specific works of his.

Series I: Correspondence, 1956-1965

Series I contains letters sent between Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk. Topics discussed included researching needs, family life (both Dawson and Wouk), current affairs, the field of publishing, and writing.

Series II: Subject Files, 1952-1960

This small series holds several files including biographical sketches about Herman Wouk used for publicity purposed, articles about his books, research notes for Youngblood Hawke, and several miscellaneous items.

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Using the Collection

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Access Restrictions

This collection is located on-site.

Researchers must acquire written permission from Mrs. Ralph Burk Dawson in order to access the collection.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection; Box and Folder (if known); Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Selected Material at Columbia

Herman Wouk Papers

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Processed in 2010 by Lea Osborne

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2010-06-11 xml document instance created by Lea Osborne.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Biographical sketches.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Correspondence.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Research Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

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American literature--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Authors, American.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Columbia College (New York, N.Y.)--Students.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Virgin Islands.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wouk, Herman, 1915-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Historical Note

Nancy Dawson (neƩ Nancy Scott Causey) was born on May 17th 1920 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended the School of General Studies from 1949 to 1951 and received a B.S. in English on October 31st 1951. A few years later she began working for writer Herman Wouk. Wouk was living in the Virgin Islands with his wife Betty Sarah and their two children, Abraham and Joseph. Since Wouk was an extremely private person, he wanted few people to be able to reach him. Dawson was his point person in the United States and was often called upon to run important errands and conduct business for him. As Wouk's research assistant, Dawson sent along bibliographies, research notes, and citations for relevant texts. She also handled all of his incoming mail. Any interesting letters were passed onto Wouk, but the bulk of the letters consisted of Dawson summarizing that week's mail.

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