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Finding aid for the Willard Morse collection on Sinclair Lewis 0138
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Biographical note

  • Title: Willard Morse collection on Sinclair Lewis
    Collection number: 0138
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Storage Unit: 3
    Storage Unit: 1
    Storage Unit: 2
    Physical Description: 3.0 Linear feet 3 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1907-1952
    Abstract: Book reviews, journal and newspaper (originals and photostats) articles by and about Sinclair Lewis, and an extensive type- and handwritten catalog of Morse's holdings on Lewis, author and novelist, who was the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Willard S. Morse (1856-1935) was a mining executive in the West and Mexico. He was later made a director and member of the executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company. After retiring, Morse devoted much of this time to the collection of Americana.
    creator: Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
    creator: Morse, Willard S. (Willard Samuel), 1856-1935

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Willard Morse collection on Sinclair Lewis, Collection no. 0138, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Biographical note

    Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885-January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was awarded "for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters." His works are characterized by their insightful and critical views of American capitalism and materialism between the wars. His work is also respected for its characterizations of modern working women.

    Scope and Content

    Book reviews, journal and newspaper (originals and photostats) articles by and about Sinclair Lewis, and an extensive type- and handwritten catalog of Morse's holdings on Lewis.

    Related Archival Materials

    See also:
    Willard Morse collection on Ambrose Bierce, Collection no. 0136 Willard Morse collection on William Dean Howells, Collection no. 0137 Willard Morse collection on Edgar Lee Masters, Collection no. 0139 Willard Morse collection on Thomas Nelson Page, Collection no. 0140 Willard Morse collection on Vincent Starrett, Collection no. 0141 Willard Morse collection on Henry Van Dyke, Collection no. 0142
    Willard S. Morse Collection of Material About Bret Harte (Collection 1019). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biographical note

    Willard S. Morse (1856-1935) was a mining executive in the West and Mexico. He was later made a director and member of the executive committee of the American Smelter Securities Company, Chilean Exploration Company, and Braden Copper Company. After retiring, Morse devoted much of this time to the collection of Americana. He died on October 4, 1935 in Santa Monica, California.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 -- Archives
    Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951 -- Bibliography
    Morse, Willard S. (Willard Samuel), 1856-1935 -- Archives
    American literature--20th century--Archival resources
    Authors, American--20th century--Archival resources
    Bibliographies
    Clippings
    Manuscripts
    Typescripts