Douglas Woolf papers
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Novelist and short story writer Douglas Woolf was born on March 23, 1922 in New York City, the son of Douglas Gordon and Dorothy (Keefe) Woolf. He grew up in Larchmont, a suburb of New York, and rural Connecticut where he attended prep school.
Douglas Woolf attended Harvard University from 1939-1942, where his friends included John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Norman Mailer. He left Harvard in 1942 to serve as an ambulance driver in North Africa as part of the American Field Service. His wartime service shifted to navigating for the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 when became a flight officer, a position he held until 1945.
Following World War II Woolf began a life of travel with a journey to the West Coast. Woolf briefly worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood, where he met and married his first wife, Yvonne Elyce Stone. From Los Angeles he moved to the University of New Mexico where he completed his A.B. in 1950, then continued on to the University of Arizona for graduate work.
Woolf's stories began to appear in print during the 1940s in such journals asStory, Prairie Schooner, The Span, and Western Review. His first published novel, The Hypocritic Days, which had been rejected as a master's thesis at the University of New Mexico, was published in 1955 by Robert Creeley's Divers Press.
Beginning in the 1950s Woolf and his family moved throughout the western states. Douglas Woolf was variously employed as a route driver, migrant farm worker, ice cream salesman, groundskeeper, food vendor at sports venues, etc. In between jobs and frequently by choice, Woolf and his family would live in the desert, woods, or abandoned towns, camping, occupying shacks, or living out of their car. During these intervals Douglas Woolf would concentrate on his writing.
The results were published by Grove Press, firstFade Out in 1959 and later Wall to Wall in 1962. His first published collection of short stories, Signs of a Migrant Worrier (Coyote Press) appeared in 1965. Fade Out was translated into several languages and, in fact, became a bestseller in Poland.
In the late 1960s Douglas Woolf returned to New York, following separation from his wife. In New York he worked as a messenger and wrote. During this period Harper & Row publishedYa! and John-Juan (1971) and Jargon Society published Spring of the Lamb (1972).
By the early 1970s Woolf had migrated to the Midwest. In Minnesota he met poet and musician Sandra Braman, whom he married in 1976. Together they traveled throughout North America, selling remaindered copies of Woolf'sYa! and John-Juan on street corners and university campuses, reading at local campuses, and using drive-away cars as transportation.
In 1974 Woolf and Braman began Wolf Run Books, a combination publishing and book-selling firm. Wolf Run Books published six books and a journal. The books produced were Douglas Woolf'sHad, Loving Ladies, Ya! & John-Juan, The Collected Letters of Wolf Run; and Sandra Braman's Geretschky and The One Verse City. Three issues of their journal Vital Statistics were published between 1978 and 1979.
Book sales, not restricted to books printed under the Wolf Run imprint, numbered in the hundreds of items. Although the publishing portion of Wolf Run ceased in 1979, the book sales continued into the 1990s.
In 1977On Us was published by Black Sparrow Press. It features Woolf's account of his exchanges with the producers of the movie Harry and Tonto and the movie's relationship to his book Fade Out.
During the 1970s and 1980s Woolf'sThe Timing Chain (Tombouctou, 1985) and Future Preconditional (Coach House Press, Canada, 1978) were published. Future Preconditional was awarded the first American Book Award in 1980 by Ishmael Reed's Before Columbus Foundation. His work also continued to appear in numerous journals, such as Tri Quarterly, Unmuzzled Ox, Bezoar, Imprint, Periodics, and Rolling Stock.
By the mid 1980s Woolf's health limited his ability to continue his work as a door-to-door market research interviewer. On January 18, 1992 Douglas Woolf died at the home of Sandra Braman. A memorial service organized by Braman and Robert Creeley was held in New York City on May 31, 1992.
Braman, Sandra. "The Last Trip: A Memory of Douglas Woolf." 1992 Jan 21. Braman, Sandra. Biographical Note published in The Hypocritic Days and Other Tales. Santa Rosa, California: Black Sparrow, 1993. Contemporary Authors. Volume 1-4. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1967. p. 1024. Contemporary Authors. New Revision Series. Volume 2. Detroit: Gale Research Company, 1981. p. 682. Obituary. The Independent (London). 1992 Mar 5.
The Douglas Woolf papers represent the literary life work of this American novelist and short story writer. Spanning the dates 1922 to 1997 (bulk dates 1944-1992), the collection comprises 21 linear feet of autograph and typescript drafts of Woolf's novels, short stories, and poems; as well as the author's personal papers, correspondence files, files related to Wolf Run Books, and printed material. The final segment of the collection is a group of papers related to Woolf's second wife and literary executor, Sandra Braman.
The papers document Douglas Woolf's dedication to his writing and the sacrifices that that vocation entailed, both for himself and his family. The contents of the collection also clearly develop a picture of Woolf's lifestyle. Woolf's varied employment, his need for solitude, his isolation from established professional enterprises, his challenges with the publishing world, and his personality are all variously chronicled in these papers.
The papers are divided into six series: I. Manuscripts written by Douglas Woolf, II. Wolf Run Books, III. Printed material, IV. Correspondence, V. Personal papers, and VI. Sandra Braman papers. Each of these series has an introductory series note that describes the content of the material, as well as giving dates, extent, and type of material available.
The literary legacy of Douglas Woolf is preserved in Series I. Manuscripts written by Douglas Woolf. This series contains most, if not all, of the professional writing completed by Woolf prior to his death in 1992. From Woolf's first published novel,Hypocritic Days, to his yet unpublished final work, "Woolf's Guide to New York," a variety of autograph and typescript drafts are available. The drafts display the author's revision techniques; sometimes Woolf made dramatic shifts in the text and at other times he changed single words in particular phrases. Some of the novels and stories appear in autograph notebooks, some with clean text almost identical to the typescripts that followed. In some cases there are original notes, handwritten drafts, typescript drafts, and galley or page proofs for a single work.
In addition to writing novels and short stories, Woolf also penned brief poems; hundreds of pages of autograph and typescript drafts of these poems are available in the collection. Drafts and supporting material are also present for Woolf's introduction to Larry Eigner'sCountry, Harbor, Quiet, Act, Around (1978), a screenplay on which Woolf and Sandra Braman collaborated, and for Braman's interview of Woolf which was published in Future Preconditional.
In January of 1980 Douglas Woolf tape-recorded a series of sessions, possibly for use in writing his autobiographical novel. Some of the sessions were in the form of interviews conducted by Sandra Braman. Other sessions were monologues by Woolf in which he conveyed whatever was on his mind at the time of the recordings. Woolf recorded his thoughts on personal influences of acting and the theater, his war experiences, and other writers, as well as musings on the economy, religion, music, aging, his parents, and a variety of other topics.
In the miscellaneous section are hundreds of scraps of paper on which Woolf jotted ideas, quotes, phrases, fragments of dialogue, or a line or two of poetry, suggesting that Woolf was constantly observing and connecting his world to his writing.
Wolf Run Books, the press and book-selling enterprise established by Douglas Woolf and Sandra Braman is the focus of Series II. Established in 1974, the press ultimately published six books, all written or edited by Braman and Woolf, and three issues of their journalVital Statistics. Although the publishing arm of Wolf Run discontinued in 1979, the sale of books, including non-Wolf Run imprints, continued into the 1990s.
Business correspondence, original manuscripts submitted for inclusion inVital Statistics, advertising material, proofs for publications, mailings from other small presses, stationery, invoice books, lists of inventory, and even the trademark Wolf Run paw print stamp (carved by Douglas Woolf from an electrical plug) document both functions of Wolf Run Books.
Series III. Printed material complements Series I. In this series are found published versions of many of Woolf's novels, and short stories, as well as an interview, a review, and his ink-drawn self-portrait. The series also includes publications that mention Woolf or his writing and publications by other authors. Books or broadsides written by Cid Corman, Edward Dorn, Robert Creeley, Carl Rakoski, and Anne Waldman appear in this series and in many cases were inscribed to Woolf by the authors. Some of these items have been removed and cataloged for the printed collections in Special Collections. A complete list of the removed items is found in Appendix A.
Series IV. Correspondence documents the professional and personal interactions of Douglas Woolf, with the exception of family correspondence that is found in Series V. Containing incoming letters from over 400 individuals or firms, as well as drafts of some of Woolf's responses, the series reveals much about Woolf's professional accomplishments and struggles, as well as his interpersonal relationships.
Woolf's entire publishing career is represented in the correspondence, from his first published story, "Just the Three of Us," (Story, 1947) through publishers' rejection slips to the posthumous collections or reprints edited by Sandra Braman in the 1990s. Letters document the publication of his novels by Grove Press, Penguin Books, and other large and small publishing firms, as well as the appearance of his short stories in literary journals and magazines.
The correspondence also provides insight into other facets of Woolf's life, such as his job searches, his cross-country reading trips, his book selling ventures, and his friendships and acquaintances.
The extensive Series V. Personal papers comprises thirteen subseries: Woolf's family correspondence, legal documents, personal photographs, identification cards or documents, medical information, financial papers, papers related housing, employment, the postal service, and travel, as well as printed material and miscellaneous items. Series V. A. Family Correspondence and V.B. Other Correspondence and Legal Documents related to the Family have limited access pending permission of Sandra Braman, executor of the estate of Douglas Woolf. Consult the Manuscript Librarian for further information.
The correspondence, documents, and papers in this series illustrate most aspects of Woolf's life, including his mobility, his medical and financial affairs, his dedication to writing, his interactions with his family, and his complex personality. Woolf's correspondence with Yvonne Woolf is valuable because both sides of the correspondence are available and because Woolf was a frequent correspondent. In his letters Douglas Woolf details his daily life, his travel plans, his latest job, and his thoughts on politics, movies, books, and anything else of importance to him.
The papers include three self-portraits, one painted while on fire lookout (photographs present), and later two ink portraits hand-drawn on table napkins. One version of his table-napkin drawings was published inSelf-Portrait: Book People Picture Themselves in 1976.
The final series in the collection contains some personal material related to Sandra Braman, but principally records her relationship to and support of Douglas Woolf. Braman edited posthumous reprints or collections of Woolf's work and arranged for the disposition of his papers. Braman also worked with Robert Creeley in organizing the public memorial for Woolf that occurred in New York City. Related to the memorial service are copies of typescripts of the tributes to Woolf written by Robert Creeley, Norman Mailer, Gilbert Sorrentino, and Ammiel Alcalay.
Boxes 1-20: Shelved in SPEC MSS record center cartons
Removals shelved in SPEC MSS oversize boxes (20 inches) and SPEC MSS oversize boxes (32 inches)
Series I. F21, Series I. F36, Series I. F45 oversized removals shelved in SPEC MSS oversize galleys
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Published works received with the collection have been removed and cataloged separately with imprints in Special Collections. They can be accessed by searching the library catalog for the phrase "From the library of Douglas Woolf".
A full bibliography of these materials appears in the linked Appendix PDF.
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Handwritten manuscripts, typescripts, galley proofs, page proofs, printed material, correspondence, book jackets, notes, promotional flyers and brochures, contracts, reviews, royalty statements, catalog cards, art work, cassette tape recordings, and book design layouts.
The series documents the creative writing of Douglas Woolf. Each of Woolf's published novels is represented in this series. The material available toward each work varies, but typescript drafts are for available for each. Publication proofs, handwritten drafts, notes, reviews, artwork, catalog cards, and dust jackets are included for some of the novels. Some publication correspondence is present, however, the bulk of Woolf's correspondence with various publishers is found in the correspondence series (Series IV), filed under the name of the publisher.
Woolf's stories and poetry are also completely represented in the series. Almost forty stories are available in typescript or handwritten drafts, as well as a few printed copies. Some of these stories were published in collections, others in magazines. See Series III. Printed material for copies of stories that appeared in magazines or in Appendix A for published books.
Douglas Woolf also wrote a significant number of poems. In this series are found over eight hundred pages of typed or handwritten poems. Most of the poems are brief, some only a few lines. Of the handwritten poems, many are written on scraps of paper and most are untitled and undated.
A screenplay, co-written with Sandra Braman, an introduction to Larry Eigner's Country Harbor Quiet Act Around, an interview published in Future Preconditional, tape recordings of his musings on various topics, and a collection of miscellaneous writing complete the series. The miscellaneous writing includes lists, notes, messages, and pages of unidentified drafts.
A substantial amount of unpublished material is present in the series, including the author's autobiographical "Woolf's Guide to New York." A small portion of this work was published in journals or as Loving Ladies, but the majority of the text remains unpublished. Most of Woolf's poems, as well as the tape-recorded autobiographical material, are also unpublished.
Material in this series suggests that Woolf was constantly considering ideas for his stories, writing a thought or phrase on any scrap of paper available, including the backs of store receipts. His handwritten drafts display his development of the story and his vigorous rewrites and corrected drafts are evidence of his exactness in his choice of language.
This series is arranged in subseries: A. Novels, B. Short Stories, C. Poetry, D. Screenplay, E. Introduction, F. Interview, G. Tape recordings, H. Miscellaneous writing. The novels are arranged in chronological order, the short stories are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Since most of the poems are untitled and undated the poetry has been separated into folders of autograph and typescript poems. The screenplay, interview, and tapes are in chronological order. The miscellaneous writing is undated and untitled and therefore grouped by format.Physical Description
4 linear ft
Original manuscripts hand written in four spiral notebooks, bearing autograph revisionsPhysical Description
Fair copyPhysical Description
Fair copyPhysical Description
Promotion for the novel's release
Black Sparrow Press, Edited by Sandra Braman, with a preface by Edward Dorn.
Typescript (photocopy) of Dorn's preface to the collection
Includes Braman's note to the editor. Some pages are missing and the order is random. Typescript (photocopies), with some pages bearing autograph corrections.
Typescript (photocopy) with autograph corrections and notes
Certificate and program
Includes material related to the publication of Douglas Woolf's first novel,Fade Out (1959). Two typed copies are included, the first of which includes Woolf's own penciled corrections. Also included are original galleys, three dust jackets, and a typed version of the eventually rejected screenplay of Fade Out, entitled "Twombly." Finally, the subseries includes Woolf's typed history of Harry and Tonto – a film Woolf felt to be a version of his novel. See also "The Flyman" (F110) for a few pages of drafts for Fade Out and the correspondence series for publisher's correspondence and correspondence regarding film options.
Bears Woolf's pencilled correctionsPhysical Description
ca. 280 pp.
Fair copyPhysical Description
"Duplicate set" and "uncorrected."
Dust jackets for paperback and hardback editions.
Includes a typed note to Sandra Braman
Full manuscript of the screenplay written by Robert Dillon
Drafts of Woolf's history of the film,Harry and Tonto, which Woolf believed was based on Fade Out. Also includes a 1971 issue of The Hollywood Reporter in which he advertises his novels for production.
First published by Grove Press in 1962, Wall to Wall was republished in 1984 by The Dalkey Archive Press.
Pages numbered 1-33 (the beginning of the novel) and four pages of the end of the book.
Pages numbered 2-29, bearing autograph revisions. This set of pages and the set in the next folder were in an envelope labeled "29 pages of an unpublished ending."
Pages numbered 1-29.
Includes the Grove Press, Inc. and The Dalkey Archive Press contracts.
Published in 1965 by Coyote Books.
Typescript of stories originally intended for inclusion but later deleted fromSigns of a Migrant Worker. Pages of the typescript are numbered 1-79 and 165-170. Also includes handwritten tables of contents. One of the lists shows the final contents as published, which (according to this list) were the stories founded on the missing pages 80-164.
Includes original typescripts and handwritten drafts of these two novels that were published together by Harper in 1971. The material is arranged with the early drafts for each separate novel first, followed by material for the book.
Original title forJohn-Juan
Handwritten pages with extensive revisions and some additions on the verso of pages. Originally housed in the binder in F35.Physical Description
Also housed in the binder in F35Physical Description
Handwritten introduction that indicates John-Juan was written between 1962 and 1964Physical Description
Typescript bears autograph correctionsPhysical Description
Pages 265-280 bear a few autograph correctionsPhysical Description
Pages 7-9. 3 pp.
Woolf's handwritten pages on loose-leaf notebook paper, bearing extensive autograph revisions, and additions (some on the verso of pages).Physical Description
Pages are numbered 10-197, with pages 66-67 missing.
Typescript bears autograph corrections, includes title page and page of dedicationPhysical Description
Typescript bears autograph corrections and title page with an address in North WalesPhysical Description
Typescript of a preface to the novel Ya! that bears autograph revisionsPhysical Description
Issue ofBezoar (v. 12 #1) that includes "Entrance to Ya!"
Galley sheets bearing autograph corrections and revisions, plus a one-page note by Woolf. Removed to oversize.
Incomplete (pages 1-118) of the readers' proofs for Ya! bearing autograph corrections. This edition was never printed.
Typescript ofYa! Originally sent to The Copp Clark Publishing Co., Ltd. (Toronto); it was returned to Woolf.
Includes the setting copies for both novels. The typescript (photocopies) bear the editor's and printer's corrections and notes.Physical Description
ca. 270 pp.
Book description bearing editor's corrections and notationsPhysical Description
Typescript (photocopy) of text for the book jacketPhysical Description
Six double pages of layout for the preliminary pages and text of the book, bearing editor's and printer's notationsPhysical Description
Includes a letter from the book's editor, Frances McCullough, to Woolf.
Page proofs that bear autograph corrections by Woolf, as well as corrections and notations by the editor and printer. Also includes a note to Woolf from the publisher.
Galley proofs bear the editor's autograph corrections
Published in 1972 by the Jargon Society
Clean copyPhysical Description
Typescript (photocopy)Physical Description
Photocopy of a review fromThe Library Journal.
Black Sparrow Press
Spiral notebook containing ca. 75 pp. of draft for chapter four and five (pages 74-109 of the printed book). Pages bear extensive autograph revisions and alternative phrasing.
Two typescripts, bearing autograph corrections, plus an issue of Bezoar in which an excerpt ofOn Us was printed.
Typescript drafts of a biographical blurb and poem, plus a letter from John Martin to Woolf.
Woolf's story published in 1977 by Wolf Run Books.
Ideas and possible lines of dialoguePhysical Description
Written in a spiral notebookPhysical Description
Typescript with cover page bears autograph corrections and additionsPhysical Description
Typescript manuscripts submitted toThe New Yorker and Chicago Review, with responses Physical Description
10 pp. each
Includes biographical blurb as well as lettering samples, layouts, and publicity.
Published in 1978 by Coach House Press.
Includes a list of possible contents, notes, and draft pages from "Rest Stop," "Slayer of the Alien Gods," and "The Contest."
Published by The Zelot Press as a pamphlet (The Zelot: No. 6). Includes drafts toward an autobiographical novel.
Bears autograph corrections by Woolf.
ca. 200 pp.
ca. 149 pp.
ca. 40 pp.
Published in 1985 by Tombouctou.
Two spiral notebooks containing an autograph draft that bears autograph revisions and some additions on the verso of pagesPhysical Description
Pages 1-91 and 92-165.
Draft with pages numbered 1-138 that bears autograph corrections and revisions by Woolf. Also includes 25 pages of miscellaneous notes.
Photocopied typescript pages, numbered 27-51, 86-90, and 115-121.
Includes a letter from Michael Wolfe of Tombouctou and a few editorial corrections.
Includes press releases, flyers, a letter from Michael Wolfe, and a draft of a response from Douglas Woolf.
Published by Zelot Books in 1986, this is a portion of "Woolf's Guide to New York." Includes the material for the book, followed by drafts of the larger work.
Typescript (carbon) with pages of autograph notes, a title page and typed corrections.
Bears a few photocopied corrections.
Includes Gale Woolf's original artwork for the cover (ink and watercolor drawings and pencil and crayon designs) and original lettering for the cover and title page. Also includes an autograph note with Woolf's dedication for the book.
Includes one with a printed cover.
Proofs bear Woolf's autograph corrections and include a handwritten title page.
Notebooks containing autograph drafts and notes. This autobiographical novel is based in the early 1970s when Woolf lived and worked as a messenger in New York City. It covers various periods of Woolf life in New York, including his childhood and youth, as well as contemporary interactions with the literary world and the streets.
Some portions of this autobiographical work have been published in journals and asLoving Ladies. Some of the pages in each notebook are part of a numbered consecutively which continues through the four notebooks. Pages of autograph and typed notes, dialogue, and draft have been laid in. Some of this inserted material is typed on the verso of thesis written by others or on the verso of flyers announcing Vital Statistics. Some of the notebooks also include material for Vital Statistics or notes.
Pages 1-8 and 36-79. Pages 9-35 are torn out.
Pages 80-87 and 105-158. Pages 88-104 are removed.
Bears extensive autograph revisions.
Bears autograph revisions by Woolf. Missing pages 1-26.
Typescript bears autograph corrections and has pages of computer typescript added.
Includes a letter from Sandra Braman to Jack Shoemaker of North Point Press.
Autograph and typescript pages.
Arranged in alphabetical order by title, followed by a copy of Sandra Braman's projected book "Selected Short Prose of Douglas Woolf."
Autograph and typescript drafts.
Six pages of autograph notes, plus an offprint.
Photocopy of a printed copy.
Notebook with an autograph draft, plus an incomplete typescript. Published in 1989 inImprint.
Typescript with a few autograph corrections. Published inPrairie Schooner (1947 Summer).
Autograph notes written by Woolf as he reflects on the experience of dying.
Autograph drafts with extensive revisions, plus a few pages of draft material forFade Out.
Typescript with extensive autograph corrections
Typescript excerpt fromHypocritic Days
Autograph draft with revisions
Typescript with a few autograph corrections and title changes, also two different versions of page 13
Typescript draft. Published in 1942 inThe Harvard Advocate.
Spiral notebook containing 18 pages of autograph draft
Typescript with autograph corrections, plus one miscellaneous page
Photocopies of a story written by Woolf in the 1940s and sent out by Braman after Woolf's death. Includes a colored photocopy of a photograph of Woolf taken by Braman in the 1970s. The story was found among the papers of Woolf's mother.
Also titled "Notes on an Autobituary."
Autograph and typescript drafts with autograph corrections
Typescript with autograph corrections
Autograph and typescript pages, with revisions and title changes
Typescript draft with autograph revisions and title changes
Autograph and typescript drafts with autograph revisions and corrections. A note indicates that this was a reading dedicated to Alfred Lunt who had recently died.
Typescript with a few autograph corrections. Autobiographical story for a novel, based on Woolf's experiences working for the OEO in the Southwest in the early 1960s.
Autograph and typescript drafts with autograph corrections
Three typescript (photocopies)
Typescript with a few autograph corrections, plus one miscellaneous page
Draft of a proposed book edited by Sandra Braman
Bearing autograph corrections by Braman
Typescript draft, plus miscellaneous autograph and typescript pages of titles, dedications, and notes
Edited by Sandra Braman on April 5, 1993
Two cards and a photocopy
Folders include handwritten and typed poems, some on the verso of other work, some on scraps of paper or envelopes. Most of the poems are untitled and undated.
ca. 135 pp.
ca. 165 pp.
ca. 160 pp.
ca. 150 pp.
Includes a few typed poems on the versoPhysical Description
Synopsis of a screenplay written by Woolf and Braman.
ca. 19 pp.
13 pp. each.
Includes original autograph and typescript drafts and photocopies of poems and prose by Eigner that will be included in the book.
Notes and drafts from a series of sessions in which Woolf is interviewed by Sandra Braman. This interview was included inFuture Preconditional.
Includes a copy of Woolf's unsigned last will and testament and several letters.
Three complete and two incomplete drafts.
The twelve cassette tapes in this series were recorded by Woolf and Sandra Braman to serve an autobiographical purpose. The material on these tapes was recorded in 1980, after the interview published inFuture Preconditional. The tapes are available in Box 20.
The format for the conversation is two-fold: at times, the recordings take the form of an open interview in which Ms. Braman asked a question to which Woolf responded; at other times, the recordings are a series of snippets and phrases spoken by Woolf about whatever happened to be on his mind. On the tapes Woolf spoke of his first visit to the theater, his experiences in World War II, and of his relationships with his parents, friends, and peers.
Side 1 – The influence acting had on Woolf and theater experience Side 2 – Shakespeare theater, comedy (Broadway), movies ("local escapism"), W.C. Fields, and brain functions
Side 1 – Oregon, "voice," and moving Side 2 – War experience and world economy
Side 1 – Economy, world affairs, religion and his father was half Jewish, war and world travels Side 2 – War/travels, jazz recordings, school, and musicians and agents
Side 1 – blank Side 2 – "Wordful" men, suggestions to novelists, mother's death, influential/ favorite authors, and sophistication
Side 1 – marbles and playwrights Side 2 – blank
Side 1 – thoughts about age and Shakespeare Side 2 – Barnie Rosset, travels (American), reflections on talking into a machine, and Creeley and Williams
Side 1 – Palm reading anecdote, Mexico, writing (public/private audience), and Earth Side 2 – Robert Creeley, God/computer, and religion
Side 1 – Chaucer, Woolf and Braman singing, and parents Side 2 – Peewee Russell and Cid Corman
Side 1 – blank Side 2 – Random thoughts
Side 1 – Dictionary/ Reading Side 2 – blank
Radioshack Realistic Side 1 - (side identified by writing): Mark Harris and personal anecdotes Side 2 - (no writing): Democracy, book awards, and recording of music
Labeled "Douglas Woolf" Side 1 – This is a recording of Woolf reading from one of his works, with an introduction of Sandra Braman singing. After the reading, there is a brief question and answer period with the audience. Side 2 - blank
The autograph and typescript material in this series range from pages of manuscript drafts for stories to lists of tasks to be performed. Included are daily accounts of mail received, grocery lists, telephone numbers and/or addresses, brief messages, and lists of expenses. There are numerous small slips of paper or receipts that bear a phrase or sentence which Woolf jotted down, perhaps ideas for a future poem or story.
Includes a few typescript, but mostly handwritten pages of drafts for prose.
Arrangement varies in each subseries
Correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, galleys, advertising plates, book lists, calendars, stationery, stamps, magazines, notes, and invoice books.
Wolf Run was the press and book-selling enterprise established by Douglas Woolf and Sandra Braman in 1974. Wolf Run publications includedVital Statistics (three issues) and the following six books: The Collected Letters of Wolf Run (edited by Woolf), Geretschky (Braman), Had (Woolf), Loving Ladies (Woolf), The One Verse City (Braman), Ya! & John-Juan (Woolf). Book sales, not restricted to books printed under the Wolf Run imprint, numbered in the hundreds. Although the publishing portion of Wolf Run ceased in 1979, the book sales continued into the 1990s.
This series includes a variety of materials, including advertising plates, book lists, calendars, stationery, stamps, magazines, notes, invoice books and a large correspondence section, which perhaps best chronicles the business done by Wolf Run. Both book orders and receipts are included in the business correspondence, as well as printed material received from publishers and small presses and notices about upcoming readings and conferences. This series reveals much about the day-to-day operation of Wolf Run Books.Physical Description
2 linear ft.
The literary journalVital Statistics was published by Douglas Woolf and Sandra Braman between 1978 and 1979. Ultimately, only three full issues were published, though Woolf would later refer to the journal merely as "dormant" rather than terminated. Vital Statistics was an attempt to print cross-disciplinary subject matter; for example, the first issue included pieces on subjects ranging from architecture to anatomy, including both prose and poetry, as well as a "marbled paper" sample, photographs, and prints of carvings.
Three issues ofVital Statistics have been removed from the collection and cataloged for Special Collections.
Typescripts and photocopies of poetry and prose considered for inclusion inVital Statistics, including work by Robert Creeley, Alan Perlman, Daniel Greenblatt, Raymond Oliver, Anne Herbert, and C. Wolf. Also includes a copy of The Collected Poems of Ernest Hemingway (pirated edition, San Francisco, 1960).
File of clippings, notes, photocopied articles, brochures, flyers, and other material collected by Woolf and Braman for ideas for issue ofVital Statistics.
Includes letters from George Bowering, Robert Creeley, Diane Di Prima, Larry Eigner, Ishmael Reed, Gilbert Sorrentino, Jonathan Williams, Daniel Berrigan, Georges Simenon, Lewis Mumford, Arthur Koestler, Carol Berge, John Hersey, Hayden Carruth, and others.
Booklet by Douglas Woolf
Book of poetry by Sandra Braman
Includes a business license.
Various notes or messages written either by Braman or Woolf, including lines of prose and poetry.
Includes lists of books, records of sales, mailing lists, list ofVital Statistics contributors, and other information.
Lists of the books offered through Wolf Run
Includes the Wolf Run paw stamp carved by Douglas Woolf from an electrical plug.
One calendar removed to oversize
Unidentified page proofs, multiple copies of a few pages
The series is divided into three subseries: A. Books or periodicals containing material written by Woolf, B. Printed items containing material about Woolf, or any mention of his name or work, and C. Books or broadsides written by others (but without Woolf material included). Subseries A is arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the article or story written by Douglas Woolf. Subseries B and C are arranged in alphabetical order by the title of the magazine or journal or by author's name in the case of books.
Newspapers, journals, magazines, books, newsletters, catalogs, and broadsides.
This series is a source of publications that contain the work written by Douglas Woolf. Frequently the published material is one of his short stories; but an interview, excerpts from his novels, a review, and Woolf's drawn self-portrait were also published.
The series continues with publications that include articles or references to Woolf or his work. Reviews of Woolf's books, newspaper articles about the author are the chief contents. Particularly interesting is the commentary that Woolf wrote and taped next to his name into the Harvard College Class of 1943: Fifteenth Anniversary Report (F68). The series concludes with a group of publications sent to Woolf by friends or acquaintances.
It is important to note that some material from these subseries has been removed and cataloged for the printed collections of Special Collections. For example, all of Woolf's published books, as well as broadsides or books written by Cid Corman, Edward Dorn, Robert Creeley, Carl Rakosi, and Anne Waldman, among others, have been removed. See Appendix A for a complete list of material removed.Physical Description
3 linear ft.
Rosset, Barney (ed.).Evergreen Review Reader, 1957-1967. New York, Grove Press, Inc., 1968. Physical Description
"Naar de bank" inYang (Vol. 7 No. 2) Physical Description
Rolling Stock (No. 6). Boulder: Rolling Stock, 1983. Removed to oversize.Physical Description
p. 3. 2 copies.
Jones, LeRoi (ed.)The Moderns: an anthology of new writing in America. New York: Corinth Books, Inc., 1963. Physical Description
pp.75 and 80.
pp. 33 and 35
Interview inSun & Moon (No. 4). College Park, MD: Sun & Moon, 1977. Physical Description
Taylor, J. Chesley (ed.)The Short Story: Fiction in Transition. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1969. Physical Description
Origin (No. 5). Kyoto, Japan: Genichido, 1967Physical Description
p. 2. 2 copies
Inland (Vol. 4 No. 1). Salt Lake City: Inscriptors, 1960Physical Description
Kulchur Vol. 4 No. 13. New York: Kulchur Press, Inc., 1964Physical Description
2 copies. p. 6
Interim (Vol. 4 No. 1-2). Seattle: University of Washington, 1954Physical Description
TriQuarterly (No. 19). Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1970Physical Description
Earth Ship (No.3). Southampton: Earth Ship, 1971Physical Description
Delta (No. 46). Cambridge: Delta, 1969Physical Description
Delta (No. 47). Cambridge: Delta, 1970Physical Description
Material is arranged alphabetically by the author of books or title of periodicals. Some items have been removed and cataloged for Special Collections.
Vol. LXXX1 No. 4. London: Society of Authors, 1970. Insert "Diary," which mentions Woolf as a new member of the Society of AuthorsPhysical Description
Vol. 21 No. 4. "Index and Leave-taking." Index lists Woolf's and Braman's contributions.
New York: The Book Organization, n.d. Includes an advertisement forThe Moderns: An Anthology of New Writing in America, which includes Woolf as one of its writers. Physical Description
Winnipeg: Turnstone Press, 1982. Has a chapter regarding Woolf's story, "Bank Day."Physical Description
New York: Buckley-Little Book Catalogue Co., Inc., 1984. Lists "HAD" and "Ya! & John-Juan."Physical Description
Cambridge: Delta, 1969. Includes MacKillop's "A Neglected Novelist," an article praising the lesser known writing of Woolf.
New York: Longman, Inc., 1980. Discusses "The Flyman."Physical Description
Cambridge, MA: Crimson Printing Company, 1958. An entry for Woolf appears on page 58 with Woolf's taped-in commentary.
Vol. 84 No. 3. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1959. Includes an advertisement forFade Out. Physical Description
Vol. 104 No. 15. New York: R. R. Bowker Co., 1979. Advertisement forVital Statistics Physical Description
Vol. 86 No. 26. Article about Woolf titled "Writer sells books on Washington Avenue bridge."Physical Description
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Printing Office, 1953. Woolf entryPhysical Description
Vancouver: Campbell Printing, 1977. Includes Ron Wray's review ofSpring of the Lamb Physical Description
New York: The Poetry Project, 1975. Mentions Woolf's scheduled appearance at a reading on February 5, 1975.
Elmwood Park, IL: John O'Brien, 1982. Lowell Dunlap's "Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya! Ya!", a review of Woolf'sYa! Physical Description
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Printing Office, 1949. Woolf entry.Physical Description
Vol. 24 Nos. 7-8. Paradise, CA: Len Fulton, 1992. Includes "Woolf: A New York Letter."Physical Description
Vol. 994 No. 3. Washington, D.C.: GPO, 1980. Lists Wolf Run logo as trademark. TM #181.
Toronto: The Coach House Press, 1985. Includes Diana Brydon's review of Woolf'sFuture Preconditional Physical Description
Vol. 1 Nos. 2 and 3. New York: Ronald Sukenick, 1978
Vol. 20 No. 2
Vol. XVI No. 6. Boston: Boston Critic, Inc., 1991
No. 7. Eugene, OR: Cascadian Regional Library, 1978
Tempe, AZ: Counterpoint Productions, 1957
No. 15. Brooklyn: GPWITD, 1987
New York: Amnesty International, 1978
Volume 77, Number 79
Eugene, OR: Universal Publications, n.d.
New York: New Yorker Magazine, Inc., 1985
Vol. 16 No. 12
London: P.E.N., 1970
Nos. 112, 113, and 144. New York: The Poetry Project, 1985.
New York: Saturday Review Magazine Corp., 1979
Vol. XX No. 5. Chicago: Time, Inc., 1932
Vol. XX No. 6. Greenwich Village, NY: The Village Voice, Inc., 1975.
Letters, cards, postcards, drawings, notes, clippings, photographs, brochures, flyers, ephemera.
The correspondence series represents professional and personal interactions of the author, sketching a revealing portrait of the author. The material within the collection ranges widely and variously from drafts of Woolf's own letters to requests for his autograph, from book sales to publishers' rejections, and from offers for public readings to job requests. The correspondence spans Woolf's entire publishing career, beginning with his first published story, "Just the Three of Us," (Story, 1944) and ending with a posthumous collection arranged by Sandra Braman in 1992. In all, this series includes Woolf's correspondence with over 400 individuals and institutions. Containing incoming correspondence as well as drafts of Woolf's outgoing letters, this series is particularly important in revealing Woolf's personal demeanor as well as his professional struggles and accomplishments.
Woolf corresponded with a number of literary contemporaries as well as close friends. Among the literary figures are Larry Eigner, Cid Corman, Robert Creeley, Jonathan Williams, Herb Selbert, Jr., William Shields, Anne Waldman, George Bowering, and Ben Tibbs. Beyond personal communication, the letters also contain short poems and drafts of stories exchanged between correspondents as well as Woolf's dealings with some of the smaller publications that came to contain his pieces, notably Cid Corman's Origin. In fact, the Creeley correspondence includes a posthumous collection of Woolf's poetry, Poems by Douglas Woolf, as well as a short story, "The Mouse Who Lost His Belief in Santa Claus." The two largest groups of correspondence with individuals are with Tricia Dunn (1984-1992) and Michael Crume (later Crowe, 1975-1992). These sets are near chronologies of the lives of Woolf, Dunn and Crume, as each exchanges news of their travels, families, and professional successes and failures. Woolf's professional career is documented in correspondence with a long list of small publications or magazines that contained his shorter works, beginning with his first publication in Story magazine. The series includes correspondence with nearly all of the publications that contained his work, including Origin, Sir!, Earth Ship, Kulchur, Bezoar, and Jargon. Some of the files contain whole or partial manuscripts to some of Woolf's works as well, namely "Oh S," "Had," "Bettytom," and an untitled piece. The publication of his novels is also represented by the correspondence with multiple publishers, including Black Sparrow Press, Grove Press, Coach House Press, Coyote Books, and Penguin Books. The professional correspondence also reveals the difficulties faced in Woolf's career; one case of struggle that is demonstrated particularly well is Woolf's attempts to publish Ya! & John-Juan (both independently and together). The letters also include some of Woolf's contests with unauthorized publication (Acid Underground and New American Scene) and a dispute with M.D. Elevitch about a possible encroachment of Woolf's words.
The professional correspondence also documents Woolf's efforts to supplement the income he earned as a writer, including job inquiries (University College of North Wales and Cibola National Forest among others) and his numerous attempts to schedule readings for his cross-country trips. Letters to booksellers are also included, as are some author-direct book sales. Correspondence related to Woolf's publishing ventures under the imprint Wolf Run Books is found in Series II. Wolf Run Books.
A note on the following contents list: The brief descriptive notes following some of the correspondents' names often based on the content of the letters and are not intended to be a full biographical or literary description.
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent, institution, or organization. Followed by drafts of Woolf's outgoing correspondence, arranged chronologically, 1959-1991 (F545-549).Physical Description
4 linear ft.
Five letters from the publishers
8 letters plus a four-page autograph poem, "The Definition of History."
10 letters from someone who leased Woolf a summer home in France
Three letters from Seymour Lawrence
44 letters from the editor of Evergreen Review and Grove Press, plus drafts or copies of Woolf's letters of response
1 letter from August Derleth
Four letters from University of Arizona Professor and author of a book reviewed by Woolf for theArizona Quarterly.
1 letter and a newsletter
10 letters, including letters from Dorothy Parker and Alfred Knopf, Jr.
Over 100 letters or newsletters
2 letters from Barry Bernard
5 letters regarding the film rights toFade Out for Columbia Pictures
Contemporary novelist, author of The Revolt of Zengo Takakuwa, among others, and friend.
27 letters, plus tear sheets
6 letters from the editor ofHimma
2 letters from the author ofThe Plum Plum Pickers.
27 letters, including correspondence with Tom Bledsoe
2 letters from the co-editor of theChouteau Review
2 letters from the editor ofThe Difficulties.
Woolf awarded the "1980 Before Columbus American Book Award for literary excellence." 4 letters
Draft of a letter from Woolf to Berkeley.
4 letters from the editor ofCredences Magazine
4 letters from this poet and admirer of Woolf
20 letters plus announcements, checklists, and catalogs
1 letter from poet. Includes copy of Blevins' "The Death of Orpheus."
1 letter from the agent for Raphaël Delpard, inquiring about the possibility of a French screenplay of "Les Croulants" (Fade Out)
24 letters from poet and friend; he is the author ofElegies and other books, plus a photograph of Woolf, a report of Bowering's "Old Bottles," and drafts of letters from Woolf.
Draft of letter from Woolf to Braziller.
3 letters from the editor ofSelf-Portrait. Includes Woolf's self-portrait
24 letters, plus a story by Bryan titled "Hank and Bosephus Sing a Duet"
10 letters from the editor ofBezoar, plus poems by Woolf
14 letters from a reviewer of Woolf'sSpring of the Lamb, who would like to publish an interview with Woolf for Margins.
4 letters and an invoice
5 letters from Woolf's friend and professor at SUNY Albany
1 letter and the script ofAha
2 letters from this literary agent
10 letters plus announcements
12 letters from the editor ofBig Table, plus drafts of Woolf's responses
3 letters from a professor at Bennington College
2 letters and a ten page manuscript ofHad
3 letters regard employment with the U. S. Forest Service
8 letters from the editor ofParis Review, plus drafts of Woolf letters and a photocopy of Clark's review of Woolf's The Timing Chain
12 letters of Origin Books
49 letters plus catalogs, announcements, and a manuscript by George Bowering
3 letters from friend and poet; includes three translations of 14th and 16th Century Chinese poems and poems written by Conkle. Also includes a broadside of Conkle's poem, "Memere," inscribed to Woolf and Braman.
3 letters and one photograph from Woolf's friend and a bookseller
79 letters from contemporary American poet and editor ofOrigin and original publisher of John-Juan. Includes two small booklets of Corman's poetry, for you and for now which have been removed and cataloged for Special Collections, and drafts of letters from Woolf to Corman
21 letters, including some from Northwest Review, the press from which Coyote Books separated itself.
6 letters from American poet and Woolf's friend. Correspondence includes Braman's thank-you note (1993) for Creeley's help in Woolf's memorial service andPoems by Douglas Woolf and "The Mouse Who Lost His Belief in Santa Claus."
100 letters from Woolf's friend, poet and folksong lyricist, plus poems written by Crowe, photographs of his family, and clippings
6 letters from the editor ofGranta, the Cambridge student magazine
1 letter from editor L. Rust Hills
7 letters from the editor ofIron
3 letters from a French filmmaker interested inFade Out
32 letters from Woolf's friend, contemporary author, and editor ofWild Dog, plus a photograph of his wife and son and announcements, letters from editors at Wild Dog, a copy of Rolling Stock, drafts of letters from Woolf, and envelopes with notes and cartoons
2 letters from U. S. Supreme Court Justice. Includes a ticket for admission to a speech by Douglas.
1 letter from a friend of Cid Corman and professor at the University of Victoria
1 letter and various writings on botany and anthropology written by Drum
133 letters from Woolf's friend of Woolf. Also includes a draft of Dunn's The Tails of Kites, parts of other stories, poetry, clippings, and photographs.
1 letter from radio personality from KGO San Francisco
11 letters, plus statements and Grove Press letters
6 letters plus a letter from Grove Press
26 letters from contemporary poet, plus numerous copies of poems and one story by Eigner, copies of letters to others, copies of poems by Bill Costley, poetry postcards printed by Station Hill Press, flyers, drafts of letters from Woolf, and a newsletter
5 letters from the author ofGrips concerning rights to the name John-Juan
1 letter from the former Senator of North Carolina
1 letter from Black Mountain College
27 letters from Woolf's friend and the editor ofImprint, Shearsman, and Ninth Decade
1 letter regarding a collection of Eigner's letters
1 letter from the painter
4 letters from this literary and film representative
11 letters and several press announcements
1 letter from the film producer
1 letter and printed material
126 letters from Barney Rosset, Fred Jordan, and Dick Seaver, at Grove Press, most of which regards the publication of Fade Out. Also includes letters from other publisher regarding translations ofFade Out, royalty statements, reviews, announcements, and press releases.
1 letter and printed material
23 letters and cards from the poetry editor for Harper & Row, plus drafts of responses from Woolf
1 letter from the editor ofThe Passage, includes a photocopy of an article about Woolf by Hansen.
40 letters plus royalty statements, bills, reviews, and other material related to the Harper & Row publication ofYa! and John-Juan
1 letter from the Informational Media Guaranty Program
1 letter regarding Hawkins
2 letters from the bookseller
3 letters fromEarth Ship magazine
1 letter from a contemporary actor
1 letter from a former landlord
1 letter from a former columnist for Esquire
2 letters from a prisoner requesting a copy of The Timing Chain
1 letter plus an invoice and clipping
2 letters from the co-editor ofWild Dog magazine
3 letters, two of which are from editor, Arlene Skolnick
17 letters, most of which are from the editor John Rackham
1 letter plus printed material
13 letters plus newsletters and other printed material
7 letters plus printed material
2 letters from this national park supervisor
1 letter from this bookseller
A draft from Woolf to Karnot
37 letters from a filmmaker and one-time owner of production rights toFade Out
11 letters from the Compendium Booksellers owner
4 letters from a editor forThe Los Angeles Times
3 letters from the editor ofthe unspeakable visions of the individual, including on a Cold Mountain Press Poetry Post Card (Series I #1) with a poem by James Tipton.
4 letters from the German publisher ofFade Out (Grosspapa go home)
1 letter regarding Participation Project Foundation
2 letters from this social activist
Draft of Woolf's note to this radio station
23 letters from editor Lita Hornick and letters from Totem Press
6 letters from the editor ofBrilliant Corners
2 letters seeking collaboration for a book concerning the results of her participation in a government genetic program
11 letters from the editor ofNew Directions, plus drafts of Woolf letters
1 draft of a letter from Woolf to Levine
Press release by Morrow Wilson
1 letter plus a proof of aLibrary Journal review of Woolf's Fade Out
1 invitation to a presentation of Linenthal's poetry
4 letters from the editor ofNomad
1 letter plus a review ofYa! & John-Juan (1970 Nov 15)
2 letters from Woolf's architect friend
4 letters from the editor ofGrosseteste Review
18 letters from the owner of the Asphodel Book Shop
6 letters from a contributor to Vital Statistics
8 letters concerning the film rights forFade Out
19 letters from editor ofDelta A Review from Cambridge and reviewer of Fade Out
1 draft from Woolf to Macrae
1 letter from the Polish translator ofFade Out
1 card from a free lance writer
3 letters from a former Landlord to Woolf
1 letter from a person seeking a writing apprenticeship
2 letters concerning readings at Century Hall
1 letter from a reader for Guthrie Theater
13 letters from the editor ofPeriodics and Island
2 letters regardingCity Lights Anthology
Inscribed photograph of Groucho Marx.
1 draft from Woolf to the council
1 letter plus an inscribed typescript (photocopy) of Matlin's poems, "Waiting Song."
2 letters regarding the film rights toFade Out
2 letters from the editor ofUtopia
3 letters from the editor ofThe Orchard
18 letters from a professor at University College, Dublin. Includes "Reprint from The Review of English Studies, Vol. XXXVII, # 147", "Allusion and Echo in Waiting For Godot," and "Kicking Against the Pricks in Beckett's Afterlife."
35 letters from Mazursky and Larry Tucker who were the one-time owners of the film rights ofFade Out. Includes a copy of a proposed contracts.
Thank-you note from Meir's secretary for a book sent by Woolf.
6 letters from the author ofPatagoni, plus drafts of Woolf's responses
4 letters from the editor ofConjunctions
1 letter containing Moss's critique ofYa! & John-Juan
2 letters and a report
33 letter from a Professor of English, Illinois Benedictine College, and friend of Woolf. O'Brien is the editor forThe Review of Contemporary Fiction. Also includes drafts of Woolf's responses to questions by O'Brien (F362).
4 letters from Robert DeMott
4 letters regarding Woolf's royalties from the sale of his books in Poland
Draft of a letter from Woolf to Parker
6 letters from the author ofThe Window concerning advertisements in Vital Statistics
1 letter from a University of Arizona professor who wrote a letter of recommendation for Woolf
1 letter from a professor at Boise State University
Draft of a letter from Woolf that includes partial manuscript (first lines and closing) of Woolf's "Bettytom"
4 letters from the editor ofHills
20 letters from Woolf's friends and owner of Book Project bookstore
9 letters and printed material
15 letters from a cabin owner in Idaho who rented to Woolf and family
1 letter from Theodore Weiss
6 letters from Woolf's friend
2 letters from this literary agent
1 letter from this bookseller
10 letters from the editor ofOutburst, plus a clipping and announcements
1 letter regarding an attempt to commission Woolf to write a biography
6 letters which include a discussion of "Farther and Further: A Disappearing Distinction" (fromFuture Preconditional) and a typescript of poems by Riley
Draft of letter from Woolf to Robinson
5 letters from a German author and translator ofFade Out
7 letters from the publisher ofFriendly Local Press
12 letters and numerous printed items
One calendar removed to oversize
9 letters, including correspondence with The Poetry Center
Drafts of Woolf letter to Schroeder
Draft of Woolf letter to Scorsese
27 letters and a few printed items from Woolf's friend
7 letters from editor Samuel Pitts Edwards
2 letters from the author
Draft of letter from Woolf
3 letters plus statements
6 letters from the poet and storywriter. Includes a two page manuscript of Woolf's "A Story I Wasn't Supposed to Tell" and Shields' "A Cool Cookie." Also includes letters from the publisher of Woolf'sLoving Ladies and several of Shields printed poems published by Zelot Press.
1 letter and a clipping
1 letter from the publisher of North Point Press
4 letters from the French novelist
1 letter, plus a copy of her "Poverty is no crime"
18 letters from Woolf's friend and Professor of English, North Carolina Wesleyan College
7 letters from the motion picture producer with an interest inFade Out
33 letters from Woolf's friend, plus a few clippings or photocopies
3 letters, plus a photocopy of Dorn's "A Much Later Note, OnJohn-Juan" and Stonehill's "Douglas Woolf's Ideal Fictions" from The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Spring 1982.
1 letter from the contributing editor forThe Pushcart Prize V: Best of the Small Presses, plus letters from others
6 letters and a catalog
4 letters from this publisher
1 letters from the author of a study on August Strindberg who asks Woolf's opinion
6 letters from a professor at Florida State University
12 letters concerning the inclusion of Woolf's "The Flyman" in the anthologyNew American Story edited by Chesley, including typescripts of parts of the table of contents
1 letter, plus an untitled story by Woolf
3 letters from Julia Wendell, plus and issues ofTelescope(1981 Spring)
1 letter regarding film rights forFade Out
55 letters from this American poet and friend of Woolf. Correspondence includes Woolf's handwritten piece, "Tribute Bent," as a contribution in Tibbs' festschrift
4 letter from the Warner Brothers Studio filmmaker interested inFade Out
2 letters regarding job possibilities
Draft of letter from Woolf
6 letters, plus a flyer for a reading which included Woolf
7 letters, most from editor Michael Andre
Draft of a letter from Woolf
7 letters form the poet and novelist. A broadside of Waldman's poem, "Philosophia Perennis, (inscribed to Woolf) has been removed and cataloged for Special Collections. Also includes clippings and drafts of Woolf's letters to Waldman
5 letters or telegrams
4 letters from writer and editor ofThis, plus a print piece by Watten
5 letters from an editor ofThe Outsider
30 letters regarding the publication ofFade Out, includes royalty statements
4 letters plus a typescript of Weinstein's poem, "Shout," inscribed to Wolf.
1 letter from Robert Pinsky
1 letter from Ray B. West, Jr.
1 letter from Knute Skinner
7 letters from a producer interested inFade Out
1 printed item
1 letter from a writer forThe Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington)
62 letters from poet, writer, and editor ofJargon, plus issues of Occasional Jargon Newsletter, flyers, galley proof, drafts of letters from Woolf to Williams, copies of copyright documents, printed pieces written by Williams and a copy of Ronald Johnson's The Spirit Walks, the Rocks Will Talk (removed and cataloged for Special Collections)
One sheet of galley proof forSpring of the Lamb removed to oversize.
1 printed card
4 letters from a literary representative
39 letters from the editor of Timbouctou Books, also includes Woolf's "West Bank" postcards, contracts, printed pieces, clippings, reviews, and copyright registration
7 lettersPrimer magazine
12 letters from a publisher interested inJohn-Juan
1 letter from Ted Wilentz
1 letter from a writer for theMinnesota Daily, who authored an article about Douglas Woolf
Letters related to Zea, a producer interested inFade Out
5 letters from the French translator ofWall to Wall
203 drafts of letters sent by Woolf to individuals or companies.
The personal papers of Douglas Woolf are extensive, comprising approximately one-quarter of the total collection. In addition to being extensive, the papers are very diverse in scope and content, providing a broad view of Woolf's personal life.
The personal papers document Woolf's family life through the correspondence and legal documents. The correspondence includes letters to Douglas Woolf from both of his parents; his two wives, Yvonne (Stone) Woolf and Sandra Braman; his daughters, Gale and Lorraine; as well as a few letters from his siblings and grandchildren. Additionally, Douglas Woolf's letters to each of his wives are also available in this series.
The correspondence between Woolf and his first wife Yvonne became extensive following their separation in the 1960s and reflected Woolf's interest in maintaining a relationship with his family and in the decision-making process for raising his daughters. His letters detailed almost every aspect of his life, including his jobs and housing arrangements, writing projects and publishers, travels, health issues, finances, books or movies, forwarded mail, and his daughters.
His transient mobility is documented in not only the subseries "Material related to travel" but in the housing records and employment-related material. The material in the employment section reveals the wide range of jobs Woolf chose in order to support himself and his family and yet maintain his independence.
His medical and financial struggles are well documented, as well as his long-term interactions with the U.S. Postal Service. Most of Woolf's identification cards, as well as several passports and versions of his will are available. Visual images of Douglas Woolf and his family are abundant in the subseries of photographs, as are several of Woolf's hand-drawn self-portraits.
The series is composed of thirteen subseries: A. Family correspondence, B. Other correspondence and legal documents related to the family, C. Identification and legal documents, D. Photographs and drawings, E. Medical documents, F. Financial papers, G. Housing, H. Employment, I. Material related to travel, J. Postal service, K. Printed material about Douglas Woolf, L. Miscellaneous.Physical Description
5.5 linear ft.
Most of the correspondence in this series consists of letters written by Douglas Woolf's family to him. It includes letters from his daughters, wives, father, mother, and several siblings. There are also letters written by Douglas Woolf to family members. Access to this subseries is limited pending permission of Sandra Braman, executor of the estate of Douglas Woolf.
80 letters from Woolf's father, plus a few letters from others
One letter from Leonard Woolf, the husband of novelist Virginia Woolf, in response to a letter written by Douglas Woolf's father regarding possible ties between the two families (1962 Nov 14).
120 letters plus 4 photographs, and responses from Douglas Woolf
16 letters, plus photographs and responses from Douglas Woolf.
13 letters, plus some letters from "Peg" Grier (half-sister?).
Over 390 letters from Yvonne Woolf, Woolf's first wife and mother of his two daughters. Letters include clippings, a few photographs, letters from his daughters, a few bank statements, children's drawings, and an extensive amount of forwarded mail. Some of Woolf's responses to the enclosed mail are also included.
Over 380 letters from Douglas Woolf to Yvonne Woolf. Woolf wrote frequently to Yvonne Woolf and occasionally included notes to his daughters. Also includes drafts of some of Woolf's letters to other individuals or businesses. See also the folders of letters from Yvonne Woolf for drafts of some of Douglas Woolf's letters.
42 letters, plus a few photographs, letters and drawings from Woolf's grandchild, and a few drafts of Douglas Woolf's letters to his daughter. See also the letters of Yvonne Woolf for letters from Lorraine to her father.
25 letters, plus a birth certificate for Gale
99 letters or notes from Woolf's second wife, as well as several poems she wrote for him, clippings, and drafts of several of Woolf's letters of response.
20 letters, a copy of their petition for divorce
24 letters from the parents of Sandra Braman to Woolf, plus several drafts of letters from Woolf to the Bramans and a couple of bills.
Includes correspondence regarding the estate of Woolf's father; trusts and educational opportunities for his two daughters, marriage and divorce documents, and some family financial documents.
Correspondence and documents
A number of attorneys were involved in the guardianship legal matters, several withdrew.
Includes birth certificate, library cards, Army honorable discharge, passports, driver's licenses, insurance cards, social security cards, employee identification cards, Author's Guild membership cards, etc.
Includes a copy of marriage license.
Includes photographs of Douglas Woolf, his family, friends, homes, and scenery from travels; as well as hand drawn self-portraits by Woolf and photographs of those images.
Two negatives of an early self-portrait made by Woolf while on fire lookout.
Includes original ink on napkins drawings, negatives, and photographs.Physical Description
Includes 15 photograph, plus negatives and photocopies
Includes a letter from Woolf's nephew, David Keefe (1992) enclosing the two photographs.
24 photographs, plus bills for development
Includes photographs of Douglas Woolf, an original drawing of a wolf, Woolf's original blood bank card, printed words, and negatives for each of these items.Physical Description
16 photographs, plus negatives
67 photographs, many of Yvonne's home and surroundings
16 Photographs of his first wife, daughters, and grandchildren
Two photographs with glass case
Includes one photograph of the town of Wallace, plus color photocopies of photographs taken by George Bowering of the participants sitting in the woods near WallacePhysical Description
2 images, 9 copies
Three slides of a Woolf book cover, a drawing of Woolf, and two photographs of artwork by Ryan Dorn.
Includes checking and savings accounts statements, cancelled checks, deposit slips, checkbooks, correspondence, and other material related to the numerous bank accounts opened by Woolf in his travels. The records are arranged first by state, next alphabetically by bank name, and finally chronologically within each folder.