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Guide to the Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers, 1918-1955 (inclusive), 1944-1951 (bulk) M0001
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  • Other Biographical Sources
  • Scope and Content Note
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  • Title: Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers,
    Identifier/Call Number: M0001
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 63.0 Linear feet
    Date: 1918-1955 (inclusive), 1944-1951 (bulk)
    Abstract: Correspondence, typescripts and galley proofs of 19 major works, 166 articles, 25 short fiction and non-fiction papers, broadcasts, speeches, lectures, and other papers. The correspondence (1948-55) with Harper's magazine relates to DeVoto's column The Easy Chair, and includes letters from Harper's magazine to senders of letters of condolence, and letters concerning DeVoto. Includes research material used in DeVoto's literary writings and in his work relating to politics, conservation and reclamation, free speech, national parks, and Western Americana. Correspondents include many of the leading persons in contemporary literature, politics, education, and the arts.
    creator: De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955

    Biographical Note

    1897 Born, January 11, Ogden, Utah.
    1902 Began schooling at Sacred Heart Academy, Ogden.
    1910 Entered Ogden High School.
    1914 Graduated Ogden H.S.; entered University of Utah.
    1915 Entered Harvard College as a sophomore.
    1917 Enlisted U.S. Army, to 1919.
    1920 Harvard graduation; return to Ogden.
    1922 Appointed as Instructor, Northwestern University.
    1923 Married Helen Avis MacVicar.
    1924 The Crooked Mile.
    1925 "Ogden: The Underwriting of Salvation."
    1926 The Chariot of Fire.
    1927 Writer's Handbook, A Manual of English Composition.
      Moved to Lincoln, Mass.
    1928 The House of Sun-Goes-Down.
    1929 Began part-time teaching at Harvard; instructor and tutor, 1929-1934; lecturer, 1934-36.
    1930 Americana Deserta
      Editor of Harvard Graduate's Magazine, 1930-32.
      Birth of a son, Gordon King.
    1932 Mark Twain's America.
    1934 We Accept With Pleasure.
    1935 Harper's Magazine.
    1936 The Saturday Review of Literature; </emph>moved to New York City. <emph render="italic">Forays and Rebuttals.
    1937 Awarded honorary Litt. D. by Middlebury College.
    1938 The Saturday Review of Literature;
    1939 Troubled Star.
    1940 Birth of a son, Mark
      Mark Twain in Eruption
      Minority Report.
      Rain Before Seven.
    1942 Year of Decision: 1846.
      New England Quarterly
      Awarded honorary Litt. D. by Kenyon College.
      Advance Agent.
      Mark Twain at Work.
    1944 Strange Fruit
      The Woman in the Picture.
      The Literary Fallacy.
    1946 Trip West in summer led to conservation work.
      The Portable Mark Twain
    1947 Editor in chief of the History Book Club.
      Mountain Time.
      Across the Wide Missouri.
    1948 Across the Wide Missouri.
    1950 The World of Fiction.
    1951 The Hour.
    1952 Attacked by Senator Joseph McCarthy.
      The Course of Empire.
    1953 Journals of Lewis and Clark
      Won National Book Award for best non-fiction of 1952.
    1955 The Easy Chair.
    1956 Women and Children First.

    Other Biographical Sources

    For additional material see the following:
    Material in Box labeled "Biographical", including various genealogies, journals, a play concerning his life from 1920 to 1922, and the "Kent Potter" story.
    Dissertation by Robert Edson Lee. (Includes a checklist of DeVoto's works).
    Letters to DeVoto from Avis DeVoto and Marian M. Condliss.
    Letters from DeVoto to Melville Smith, 1920-25;
    Letters from DeVoto to Robert Forsythe, 1927;
    Letters from DeVoto to Adrienne Burke, 3/27/44;
    Letters from DeVoto to Natl. Inst. of Arts and Letters, 12/22/47;
    Letters from DeVoto to Kate Sterne (safe) dated 10/6/27.
    Pseudonyms: Cady Hewes; C.H.; John August; J.A.; Frank Gilbert; Richard Dye; Fairley Blake.

    Scope and Content Note

    The DeVoto Papers contain Bernard DeVoto's correspondence date from 1918 until his death in November 1955. The bulk of the correspondence was written between 1944 and 1951. The collection also includes manuscript, typescript and galley proof copies of nineteen major works, 166 articles, 25 short fiction and non-fiction items, and about 44 broadcasts, speeches and lectures.
    Of primary interest is DeVoto's research material used in his literary output and in his life-long work in many fields, including politics, conservation and reclamation, free speech, the national park systems and Western Americana.
    Correspondents include many of the leading figures in contemporary literature, politics, education and the arts. A partial list of the correspondents is included in the Optional Section of this register.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from the estate of Bernard DeVoto, 1956; supplemented by gifts from various sources.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Bernard Augustine De Voto Papers, M0001, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    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.


    Collection is open for research. Please page materials at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
    The family notes located in 1/22/466 are not to be photocopied although they may be read.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984
    Alsop, Joseph, 1910-
    Balch, E.
    Barrett, Frank.
    Beebe, Lucius.
    Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977
    Bowen, Catherine Drinker, 1897-
    Brandt, Carl.
    Briggs, L. B. R.
    Brinton, Clarence Crane, 1898-1968.
    Brooks, Paul, 1909-
    Brooks, Van Wyck, 1886-1963.
    Bruner, Jerome Seymour.
    Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973.
    Buley, R.
    Bundy, McGeorge.
    Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961.
    Carhart, Arthur Hawthorne, 1892-
    Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881.
    Catton, Bruce, 1899-
    Chamberlain, T. G.
    Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
    Church, Frank
    Collins, Carvel Emerson, 1912-
    Cozzens, James Gould, 1903-
    Crane, Hart, 1899-1932
    Davis, Elmer.
    De Voto, Bernard Augustine, 1897-1955
    Dobie, J. Frank, (James Frank). 1888-1964.
    Douglas, Paul Howard, 1892-
    Edmonds, Walter Dumaux, 1903-
    Edsall, John Tileston, 1902-
    Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-
    Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979.
    Faulkner, William, 1897-1962.
    Fischer, John, 1910 Apr. 27-
    Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958.
    Hicks, Granville, 1901-
    Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, 1823-1911
    Hillyer, Robert Silliman, 1895-
    Holbrook, Stewart Hall, 1893-1964.
    Hoover, J. Edgar, (John Edgar), 1895-1972.
    Howard, Joseph Kinsey, 1906-1951.
    Hurlbut, B.
    Hutchinson, W.
    Huxley, Aldous , 1894-1963
    Ickes, Harold L. (Harold Le Clair), 1874-1952.
    Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
    Jones, Howard Mumford, 1892-
    Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945.
    King, G.
    Knopf, Alfred A., 1892-
    Kubie, Lawrence Schlesinger, 1896-
    Lark, C. T.
    Lattimore, Owen, 1900-
    Lewis, Sinclair, 1885-1951
    Lindsay, Vachel, 1879-1931.
    Little, Brown and Company.
    Lodge, Henry Cabbot, 1850-1924.
    Mansfield, Mike, 1903-
    Marx, Groucho, 1891-1977.
    Mattingly, Garrett, 1900-1962.
    McCord, David Thompson Watson, 1897-
    Mein, F.
    Melville, Herman, 1819-1891
    Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956.
    Merk, Frederick, 1887-
    Mirrielees, Edith R. (Edith Ronald), 1878-1962
    Morgan, Dale Lowell, 1914-1971.
    Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976.
    Morrison, Theodore, 1901-
    Moss, Frank E., 1911-
    Murdock, Kenneth Ballard, 1895-1975.
    O'Neill, Eugene, 1888-1953.
    Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937.
    Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947
    Porter, C.
    Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972
    Pratt, Fletcher, 1897-1956.
    Pulitzer, Joseph, 1847-1911.
    Rhodes, Eugene Manlove, 1869-1934.
    Robeson, Paul, 1898-1976.
    Saltonstall, Leverett, 1892-
    Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967.
    Schlesinger, Arthur Meier, 1917-
    Spillane, Mickey, 1918.
    Stassen, Harold Edward, 1907-
    Stearns, Harold T. (Harold Thornton), 1900-
    Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993
    Stein, Gertrude, 1874-1946.
    Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1900-1965
    Stout, Rex, 1886-1975
    Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
    Untermeyer, Louis, 1885-1977
    Van Doren, Mark, 1894-1972.
    Wecter, Dixon, 1906-1950.
    Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944
    Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938.
    Wylie, Philip, 1902-1971.
    Conservation of natural resources.
    Galley proofs.
    Indians of North America.
    Lewis and Clark Expedition.
    Manuscripts (literary)
    National parks and reserves--United States.
    Natural resources.
    North Africa.
    United States--History--1849-1877.
    United States--History--1865-1921.
    United States--Politics and government--1929-1933.
    United States--Politics and government--1933-1945.
    United States--Politics and government--1945-1953.
    United States--Politics and government--1953-1961.
    West (U.S.)--History.