William Jay Smith Papers, ca. 1924-2004.
Collection Scope and Content Note
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Scope and Contents Note
William Jay Smith's Papers make up one of the largest groups in the
Modern Literary Manuscript Collection; they are also one of the most
varied, and help demonstrate Smith's versatility. His extensive file of
incoming correspondence includes hundreds of letters from literary
figures dating back to the 1940's, including a substantial group of
letters from Russian, Hungarian, and other Eastern European authors.
Numerous letters from publishers, editors, scholars, and friends are
also present in the collection. Smith's papers include manuscripts and
editorial matter towards all of his published work, as well as a large
collection of manuscripts by other authors. Finally, the Smith Papers
include a large assortment of miscellaneous material relating to
specific writing projects, academic work, literary awards panels,
Smith's travel, family and other personal papers, all of which help
document in detail the career of this American literary figure.