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Waldo Frank Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-166

Scope and Content of the Collection

Nine letters to Lucille R. Stern, mostly about Frank’s social activities and criticisms of Stern’s attempts at writing.


  • Creation: approximately 1925-1935



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Waldo Frank Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Waldo Frank Papers are 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.

Biography of Waldo Frank

Novelist, social historian, and political activist.

Born in New Jersey in 1889, Waldo Frank wrote fourteen novels, eighteen volumes of social history, and over a hundred articles on literary and political subjects. Frank considered himself a “naturalistic mystic”, believing many of the world’s problems would be solved if individuals could achieve a oneness with the universe.

Most of Frank’s writings went unnoticed, although he had a successful lecture tour of Latin America in 1942. In the 1930s he became active politically, attending strikes and protests, yet when he died in 1967, he was pretty much forgotten by readers and critics.


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Nine letters from novelist, historian, and political activist Waldo Frank to Lucille R. Stern, mostly concerning Frank’s social activities and criticisms of Stern’s attempts at writing.

Collection Stack Location

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Gift, Priscilla Stern Sloss (Mrs. James Sloss) and Herbert Stern, undated

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Waldo Frank Papers, approximately 1925-1935
Virginia Hay Smith
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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