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Finding-Aid for the Jarvis Thurston Papers (WTU00114)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Jarvis Thurston Papers,
Creator: Thurston, Jarvis 1914-
Inclusive dates: 1959-1969.
Extent: 53 items
Call number: WTU00114
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130


Access and Use:
Access Restrictions:

Open.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.


Biography

Jarvis Thurston, a native of Utah, is an editor, author, and educator who studied at the University of Utah and the University of California at Berkeley. He received a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Iowa in 1946 and has been a professor of literature since that time. He taught at the University of Louisville for four years and in 1950 joined the faculty of Washington University. Thurston served as English Department chairman from 1967-1969 and retired in 1982.

Thurston's articles and short stories have appeared in literary magazine and anthologies; how- ever, he is best known as an editor. While at the University of Louisville, he and his wife, the poet Mona Van Duyn, founded the quarterly Perspective and served as the magazine's principal editors for its entire run from 1947 to 1975. Thurston has also edited several anthologies of short stories, principally for use in college classrooms.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

The Jarvis Thurston Papers consist primarily of correspondence relating to Washington University's Department of English and its visiting writers program. The most significant part of the Thurston collection is the correspondence from James T. Farrell to Thurston and Van Duyn. These letters are of a more personal nature and often discuss literary matters such as Van Duyn's work. A small group of manuscripts, notably two drafts of a Thurston short story, "The Cross," is also included.

Subject Terms

  • Anderson, Lee, 1896-1972.
  • Benedikt, Michael, 1935-
  • Carver, Raymond, 1938-
  • Coover, Robert, 1932-
  • Curley, Daniel, 1918-
  • Dickey, James, 1923-
  • Dickey, Robert Preston, 1936-
  • Elkin, Stanely, 1930-
  • Farrell, James T., 1904-1979.
  • Finkel, Donald, 1929-
  • Flaherty, Douglas, 1939-
  • Gass, William H. 1924-
  • Gold, Herbert, 1934-
  • Hall, James B., 1918-
  • Hawkes, John, 1925-
  • Hecht, Anthony, 1923-
  • Hollo, Anselm, 1934-
  • Howard, Richard, 1929-
  • Kessler, Milton, 1930-
  • Larkin, Philip, 1922-1985.
  • Lassing, Doris, 1919-
  • Laughlin, James, 1914-
  • Legler, Philip, 1928-
  • Merrill, James Ingram, 1926-
  • Merwin, W.S., 1927-
  • Percy, Walker, 1916-
  • Rago, Henry, 1915-1969.
  • Roth, Philip, 1933-
  • Starbuck, George, 1931-
  • Tarn, Nathaniel, 1928-
  • Williams, Miller, 1930-
Contents List
      Title
box-folder   1/1-4  
I. General Correspondence [series]:
box-folder   1/1-2  
I.1 General Correspondence. ca. 1951-1982, [subseries]: (160 items.)   
Scope: Consists of business and personal correspondence, primarily to Thurston.


 
Adams, Dock W., University of North Carolina
 
1968:
 
November 8, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Anderson, Lee, 1896-1972, American author.
 
1970:
 
May 21, ((ALS, 1p))
 
Barnett, Howard A., Lindenwood College
 
1968:
 
September 25, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Bartlett, Elizabeth, 1911-, American author.
 
1967:
 
November 7, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Benedikt, Michael, 1935-, American author.
 
1969:
 
February 16, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Blankenship, Jack E.
 
1947:
 
March 20, ((ALS, 2p))
 
Brantley, Fred, New Yorker.
 
1956:
 
June 14, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Carver, Raymond, 1938-, American author.
 
1970:
 
March 5, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1971:
 
July 9, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Cassilli, R.V., 1919-, American author.
 
1969:
 
October 24, ((TLS, 2p))
 
Childress, William, 1933-, American author.
 
1970:
 
February 14, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Cohn, Ruby, 1922-, American author.
 
1970:
 
April 22, ((ALS, 1p))
 
Coover, Robert, 1932-, American author.
 
1968:
 
November 25, ((1p))
 
Curley, Daniel, 1918-, American author and editor.
 
[n.d.],
 
((TLS(x), 1p))
 
1973:
 
January 18, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Dickey, James, 1923-, American author.
 
1968:
 
May 25, ((TLS, 1p))
 
June 18, ((TLS, 1p))
 
To Matheson, William
 
1967:
 
November 19, ((TLS(x), 1p))
 
Dickey, R.P., 1936-, American author.
 
[n.d.],
 
((TL(x)S, 1p))
 
Duncan, Jeff L, 1939-, American author.
 
1970:
 
April 29, ((ALS, 1p))
 
1971:
 
March 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 19, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Eliot, Thomas H., Washington University
 
1968:
 
December 26, ((TLS, 1p))
 
((TLS, 1p))
 
Elkin, Stanley, 1930-, American author.
 
1965:
 
January 5, ((ALS, 2p))
 
Finkel, Donald, 1929-, American author.
 
1969:
 
((TLS, 1p))
 
Flaherty, Douglas, 1939-, American author.
 
1968:
 
September 5, ((ACS, 1p))
 
Foster, Richard, 1942-, American author.
 
1960:
 
June 18, ((TLS, 2p))
 
Gass, William H, 1924-, American author.
 
1962:
 
September 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1965:
 
August 14, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1968:
 
April 9, ((TLS, 1p))
 
June 4, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1969:
 
January 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
February 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Gold, Herbert, 1924-, American author.
 
1968:
 
June 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1969:
 
March 19, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Gonczy, Daniel J., Southern Illinois University
 
1968:
 
October 28, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Gregor, Arthur, 1923-, American author.
 
1971:
 
September 1, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Grotrian, Carol., Washington University
 
To Hille, Bob
 
1968:
 
October 28, ((TL(cb), 1p))
 
Hall, James B, 1918-, American author.
 
1973:
 
October 7, ((TCS, 1p))
 
Hawkes, John, 1925-, American author.
 
1982:
 
August 11, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Hecht, Anthony, 1923-, American author.
 
1971:
 
October 4, ((TCS, 1p))
 
Hollo, Anselm, 1934-, Finnish author.
 
1969:
 
March 6, ((ALS, 1p))
 
Howard, Richard, 1929-, American author.
 
[n.d.],
 
((TCS, 1p))
 
1968:
 
September 12, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Karchmer, Sylvan, University of Oregon.
 
1960:
 
April 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 19, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1965:
 
April 15, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1976:
 
May 14, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Karl, Barry, 1927-, American author.
 
[n.d.],
 
((TLS, 2p))
 
Kessler, Milton, American author.
 
1976:
 
September 29, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Kinkel, Frances W., Fonbonne Collge.
 
1968:
 
September 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Larkin, Philip, 1922-, British author.
 
1966:
 
February 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1968:
 
June 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Laughlin, James, 1914-, American author and publisher.
 
1968:
 
September 5, ((ACS, 1p))
 
Legler, Philip, 1928-, American author.
 
1970:
 
December 1, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1971:
 
January 22, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
May 19, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Lessing, Doris, 1919-, British author.
 
1968:
 
June 8, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Levi, Albert William, 1911-, American author.
 
1947:
 
August 9, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Liberman, Michael.
 
1965:
 
February 17, ((ACS, 1p))
 
Lore, William E.
 
1975:
 
May 27, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Martin, Tillman L.
 
1952:
 
January 18, ((ALS, 4p))
 
Merrill, James Ingram, 1926-, American author.
 
1968:
 
May 25, ((ALS, 3p))
 
June 19, ((ALS, 2p))
 
Merwin, William S, 1927-, American author.
 
1968:
 
August 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Painter, L A.
 
1956:
 
May 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Percy, Walker, 1916-, American author.
 
1968:
 
April 26, ((ALS, 1p))
 
Petersen, Donald, 1923-, American author.
 
1966:
 
April 18, ((TLS, 1p))
 
October 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Prager, Len.
 
1962:
 
November 26, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Rago, Henry Anthony, 1915-1969, American author.
 
1966:
 
March 1, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Roth, Philip, 1933-, American author.
 
1968:
 
June 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Santner, George J., Mollman Publishing Co.
 
1969:
 
December 5, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Sayle, Mrs. M.T., Sect'y to J. P. Donleavy.
 
1968:
 
June 22, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Schneider, Dorothy L.
 
1970:
 
November 9, ((ALS, 1p))
 
Sebenthall, Roberta E, 1917-, American author.
 
1970:
 
March 6, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Simmons, Herbert A, 1930-, American author.
 
1969:
 
April 8, ((ALS, 4p), With enclosures)
 
Smith, Ken, 1938-, British author.
 
1969:
 
May 18, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Starbuck, George, 1931-, American author.
 
1969:
 
August 12, ((TL(mim)S, 1p))
 
Tarn, Nathanial, 1928-, British author.
 
1969:
 
July 31, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Thurston, Jarvis A., 1914-, American author and editor
 
To Cardwell, Guy Adams, 1905-, American author
 
[1951]:
 
((ALS, 1p))
 
To Dickey, James, 1923-, American author
 
1968:
 
May, ((TL, 1p))
 
To Gass, William, 1924-, American author
 
1968:
 
March 26, ((TLS, 2p))
 
To Gass, William H, 1924-, American author
 
1968:
 
May, ((ALS, 2p))
 
To Gold, Herbert, 1924-, American author
 
1968:
 
May, ((2p))
 
To Howard, Richard, 1929-, American author
 
1968:
 
September 10, ((TL(cb)S, 1p))
 
To Kling, Merle
 
1968:
 
March, ((TL, 1p))
 
March 22, ((TLS, 2p))
 
19684:
 
((TLS, 2p))
 
To Larkin, Philip, 1922-, British author
 
1968:
 
May, ((ALS, 3p))
 
To Little, Brown & Co., Public Relations Dept.
 
1968:
 
May 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
To Merrill, James Ingram, 1926-, American author
 
1968:
 
May, ((AL, 3p))
 
May 20, ((TL, 1p))
 
To Stanley, William Merwin, 1927-, American author
 
1968:
 
August 20, ((TL(cb), 2p))
 
Wallace, Robert, 1932-, American author.
 
1969:
 
April 12, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
September 9, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Webb, Howard, Southern Illinois University.
 
1968:
 
October 23, ((TLS, 1p))
 
November 18, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Weiss, Neil.
 
1960:
 
July 14, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Williams, Miller, 1930-, American author.
 
1968:
 
December 3, ((TLS, 1p), With enclosures)
 
Williamson, Pat.
 
1971:
 
June 25, ((TLS, 1p))
 
Wolf, Luna, Sect'y to James T. Farrell.
 
1956:
 
July 30, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1957:
 
December 16, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1959:
 
February 18, ((TLS, 1p))
box-folder   1/3-4  
I.2 James Farrell Correspondence
 
1946:
 
August 3, ((TNS, 1p))
 
August 14, ((TLS, 1p))
 
August 23, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1947:
 
February 24, ((TLS, 2p))
 
April 3, ((TLS, 1p))
 
May 9, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 24, ((TLS, 1p))
 
October 13, ((TLS, 1p), Enc.: The AYD, reprint of article by Farrell)
 
November 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1949:
 
March 11, ((telegram, 1p))
 
March 12, ((telegram, 1p))
 
March 12, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 15, ((TLS, 1p))
 
April 4, ((TLS, 1p))
 
April 21, ((TLS, 1p))
 
August 8, ((TLS, 1p))
 
October 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1951:
 
January 2, ((TLS, 1p))
 
March 1, ((TLS, 1p))
 
December 16, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1952:
 
December 20, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1953:
 
December 26, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1954:
 
December 23, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1955:
 
January 17, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1956:
 
December 19, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1957:
 
March 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1959:
 
February 17, ((ALS, 1p))
 
1962:
 
March 17, ((ALS, 1p), letter is intended as Christmas greeting and is composed of 2 poems by Farrell, Trite poem and The sun is warm)
 
July 16, ((TLS, 1p))
 
To Cardwell, Guy Adams, 1905-, American author
 
1952:
 
December 6, ((TLS, 1p))
 
To Van Duyn, Mona Jane, 1921-, American author
 
1951:
 
April 10, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1954:
 
January 19, ((ACS, 1p))
 
March 22, ((TLS, 2p))
 
March 29, ((TLS, 1p))
 
July 31, ((ACS, 1p))
 
November 12, ((TLS, 1p))
 
1959:
 
February 21, ((ALS, 4p))
box-folder   1/5-6.  
II. Manuscripts. [series]: (2 items.)   
Scope: Consists of manuscripts by Jarvis Thurston and James T. Farrell. The manuscripts by Farrell are filed in Ser. I.


 
Farrell, James T.
 
A memoir on Sherwood Anderson 1954: January 11. (Ts. 9p. filed in Ser. I.1 with correspondence from Farrell.)
 
The sun is warm [poem]. (ALS. 2p. filed in Ser I.1 in text of letter from Farrell, 1962: Mar 17.)
 
Trite poem [poem]. (ALS. 2p. filed in Ser I.1 in text of letter from Farrell, 1962: Mar 17.)
 
Thurston, Jarvis A. The cross [short story]. (Ts, Ts(cb). 2 drafts, 92p.)
box-folder   1/7-8.  
III. Miscellany. [series]: (21 items.)   
Scope: Includes vitas, announcements, new releases and clippings relating to visiting writers at Washington University, and corrected galley proofs for an issue of Washington University Magazine.


box-folder   1/2-4  
IV. Printed Material. [series]:   
Scope: Consists of 2 printed pieces by James T. Farrell filed in Ser. I.


box-folder   1/2-4  
Farrell, James T.
 
The Ayd New York, NY: Window, 1947. (offprint. filed in Ser I. with letter from Farrell, 1947: Oct.13..)
 
Truth and myth about America New York, NY: Rand School press, 1949. (wrappers. filed with Farrell correspondence.)