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  • Title: Tillie Olsen papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M0667
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 62.0 Linear feet ca. 62 linear ft.
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1990
    Abstract: The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, literary manuscripts by American author Tillie Olsen and others, material on the Longshoremen's Strike and the Socialist Party from during the mid-1930s, teaching material and student work, clippings, pamphlets, book reviews, awards, etc. Accessions from 2009 including photographs have also been processed.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/spc.
    Creator: Olsen, Tillie


    Tillie Olsen was born in Nebraska in 1913 and has lived in San Francisco for most of her life. Her education was cut short by the Depression: she wrote and published when young, but the necessity of raising and supporting four children and full-time work prevented her from writing for twenty years. She was in her mid-forties before she began again. Tell Me A Riddle was originally published in 1962, and its title novella received the O. Henry Award as the best American story of 1961. In 1974, forty years after part of its chapter appeared in an early Partisan Review, her 'lost' novel, Yonnondio: From the Thirties, was published. Tillie Olsen has taught at Amherst College, Stanford University, was Writer-in-Residence at Massachustts Institute of Technology, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. She has received both a Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her first work of non-fiction, Silences, was published in 1979.

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    Tillie Olsen Papers. M0667. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Purchased, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Aberlin, Betty.
    Appleton, Sarah.
    Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939-
    Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990
    Ballantyne, Sheila.
    Barolini, Helen, 1925-
    Bingham, Sallie.
    Boucher, Sandy
    Boyde, Blanche
    Boyle, Kay, 1902-1992
    Boynton, Grace.
    Brandon, Dolores.
    Bridges, Harry, 1901-
    Brindel, June Rachuy.
    Brodine, Karen.
    Brown, Rosellen.
    Bryant, Dorothy, 1930-
    Cahill, Susan Neunzig.
    Childress, Alice.
    Cliff, Michelle.
    Coiner, Constance.
    Conroy, Lynne.
    Cooper, Jane, 1924-
    Cowley, Malcolm.
    Cumming, Patricia.
    Cuomo, Joe.
    De Ford, Miriam Allen, 1888-1975.
    DeSalvo, Louise A., 1942-
    Duncan, Erika
    DuPlessis, Rachel Blau.
    Durham, Flora.
    Earle, Ralph.
    Elman, Richard M.
    English, Dierdre.
    Ettinger, Elzbieta.
    Fisher, Elizabeth.
    Foley, Margaret.
    Gerson, Deborah.
    Gilbert, Celia, 1932-
    Gilgun, John.
    Goedicke, Patricia.
    Goldfarb, Sidney, 1942-
    Gottlieb, Annie.
    Green, Hannah, 1932-
    Greenberg, Joanne.
    Griffin, Susan.
    Grumbach, Doris.
    Guérard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914-
    Hedges, Elaine.
    Heffernan, Helen.
    Henry, Dewitt.
    Homley, Elaine.
    Hopkins, Glen
    Hughes, Mary Gray
    Janows, Jill.
    Jong, Erica
    Kallet, Marilyn.
    Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie.
    Keeble, John, 1944-
    Kitrilakis, Thalia.
    Kizer, Carolyn.
    Klepfisz, Irena, 1941-
    Kolodny, Annette, 1941-
    Konecky, Edith
    Krapf, Norbert.
    Kumin, Maxine, 1925-
    Lawrence, Margaret.
    Lazreg, Marnia.
    LeGuin, Ursula, 1929-
    Levertov, Denise, 1923-1997
    Lewis, Janet, 1899-1998
    Limmer, Ruth, 1923-
    MacDowell Art Colony.
    Mackenzie, Midge.
    MacShane, Frank.
    Malamud, Bernard.
    Meehan, Maude.
    Meyer, Howard N.
    Meyer, Odette.
    Miller, Nolan, 1912-
    Millet, Kate.
    Miner, Valerie.
    Minty, Judith, 1937-
    Mirrielees, Edith R., (Edith Ronald), 1878-1962.
    Moers, Ellen, 1928-
    Moffat, Mary Jane
    Morgan, Ellen.
    Moss, Rose
    Mumford, Lewis, 1895-
    Murray, Michele.
    Myers, Margaret, 1947-
    Naiman, Adeline.
    Nason, Thelma Campbell.
    Ng, Fae Myenne, 1956-
    Orr, Elaine Neil.
    Ozick, Cynthia.
    Paley, Grace.
    Papanek, Hanna.
    Park-Fuller, Linda Marguerite.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne, 1952-
    Piercy, Marge
    Polite, Frank.
    Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980.
    Radcliffe Institute.
    Randall, Margaret, 1936-
    Redman, Blanche.
    Reeves, Nancy, 1913-
    Rich, Adrienne Cecile
    Roemer, Michael, 1928-
    Rogers, Linda.
    Rosen, Norma.
    Rosenfelt, Deborah Silverton.
    Ruddick, Sally.
    Russ, Joanne.
    Sarton, May, 1912-
    Saxton, Ruth.
    Schick, Carla.
    Scowcroft, Richard
    Sexton, Anne, 1928-1974
    Seyersted, Per, 1921-
    Shameless Hussy Press.
    Shanahan, Thomazine.
    Showalter, Elaine
    Smith, Alice.
    Socialist Party (U.S.)
    Starkman, Elaine Markus.
    Sternburg, Janet.
    Stone, Ruth.
    Swan, Barbara.
    Sweeney, John.
    Tanenhaus, Beverly.
    Tovish, Margo.
    Turow, Scott
    Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977
    Walker, Alice, 1944-
    Ward, Theadora.
    Washington, Mary Helen.
    Waterman, Ray.
    Wilder, Annie.
    Wilson, J.J., 1936-
    Wong, Nellie.
    Wright, Michael.
    Yalom, Marilyn
    Yamada, Mitsuye.
    Zucker, Jack.
    American literature--20th century.
    Longshoremen's Strike--United States.