TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Administrative Information

Biography of Ruth Nuzum

Scope and Content of the Collection

Arrangement

Selected Search Terms

Container List

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Inventory of the Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley Research Collection, ca. 1930-1999


The Newberry Library
Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610-7324
USA
Phone: 312-255-3506
Fax: 312-255-3646
E-Mail: specialcolls@newberry.org
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Alison Hinderliter, 2004.

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Descriptive Summary of the Collection

Creator Nuzum, Ruth
Title Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley Research Collection
Dates ca. 1930-1999
Extent 9.5 linear feet (11 boxes and 1oversize box)
Abstract Photocopies of articles, correspondence, and other material assembled by rare book collector and Cowley completist Ruth Nuzum.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Newberry Library, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections
Collection Call Number Midwest MS Nuzum
Collection Stack Location 3a 38 9-10

Administrative Information

Cite As

Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley Research Collection, The Newberry Library, Chicago.

Provenance

Gift of the University of Delaware Library - Special Collections Department, 2004.

Processed by

Monica Petraglia and Pamela Olson, 2004.

Access

The Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley Research Collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley Research Collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

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Biography of Ruth Nuzum

Ruth Nuzum was a book collector from Boulder, Colorado. She began corresponding with Malcolm Cowley in 1979, and through the mail became friends with him and his wife Muriel. As a Cowley completist she asked Cowley many questions over the years about more rare books and works of his, and as she acquired more materials by and about Cowley she would send him copies of items he might not have. Cowley responded graciously and in kind, offering to inscribe books she sent along, and to offer advice on who to contact to purchase works of his.

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Biography of Malcolm Cowley

Malcolm Cowley was born Aug. 24, 1898, in Belsano, Pennsylvania. After living and attending school in and around Pittsburgh, he entered Harvard University at the age of 17. Sophomore year at Harvard, he dropped out briefly to join the American Field Service and served at the French front as a camion driver during World War I. In 1918 he returned to Harvard and graduated, living in the 1920's in both Paris and Greenwich Village, New York. After freelancing for a number of years he became the associate editor of The New Republic in 1929. Settling in Sherman, Connecticut with his second wife Muriel, Cowley continued to write for the rest of his life, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 90 on Mar. 27, 1989.

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Scope and Content of the Collection

Primarily photocopies of articles, letters, reviews, and other material by or related to Malcolm Cowley and assembled in notebooks or loose by Ruth Nuzum.

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Arrangement

Collection organized into sections: Malcolm Cowley Works, Reviews of Cowley Works, About Malcolm Cowley, Malcolm Cowley's Contemporaries, Alger Hiss Case, and Miscellaneous Correspondence. Oversize materials are at the end.

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Selected Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Newberry Library's public catalog. Researchers desiring additional materials on a particular topic should search the catalog using these headings.

Names

  • Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989
  • Hiss, Alger
  • Nuzum, Ruth

Subjects

  • Authors, American -- 20th century
  • Critics -- United States
  • Manuscripts, American

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Container List

Box Contents
1-4 Malcolm Cowley Works
5-6 Reviews of Cowley Works
7 About Malcolm Cowley
8-9 Malcolm Cowley's Contemporaries
10 Alger Hiss Case
11 Miscellaneous Correspondence
12 Oversize Box