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Zona Gale papers, 1838-1945

Gale, Zona, 1874-1938

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  • Format Mixed Materials; Photos, Drawings, Prints
  • Physical Details
    • 7.7 c.f. (19 archives boxes and 1 oversize folder); plus
    • additions of 2.4 c.f
    • 195 photographs, and
    • 1 lithograph
    • 1 painting
  • OCLC ocn173704804, ocn173692546
  • Finding Aids
    • Register to the processed portion


  • REPRODUCTION RESTRICTED: For accession M82-258 reproduction in any form and publication use requires permission from Princeton University Library. Must also obtain advance permission in writing from both Charles Scribner's Sons and the owners of the common law literary property rights before publishing any excerpts, however brief, from the Charles Scribner's Son's Archive files.


  • Papers of Zona Gale, a Wisconsin novelist and playwright who won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1921 for her play "Miss Lulu Bett." Literary papers, including manuscript drafts and revisions of plays, novels, articles, and other writings, form the major portion of the collection. The correspondence includes letters to and from many literary figures, including Louis Adamic, Sherwood Anderson, Heywood Broun, Pearl S. Buck, Willa Cather, Margaret Deland, August Derleth, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Edna Ferber, Hamlin Garland, Joseph Hergesheimer, Fannie Hurst, James Weldon Johnson, Richard Le Gallienne, Meridel Le Sueur, Guthrie McClintic, Christopher Morley, Martha Ostenso, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Carl Van Doren, Hendrik W. Van Loon, Edith Wharton, Margaret Widdemer, and Elinor Wylie.
  • Interests in many other activities are also reflected; among these are woman suffrage, pacifism, prohibition, mysticism, civil liberties, and support of Progressive politics in Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin. Among her correspondents on social, political, and educational matters are Jane Addams, John R. Commons, Richard T. Ely, John Haynes Holmes, and Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • The processed portion is summarized above and is described in the register. Additional accessions are described below and include photographs, drawings, and photocopies of correspondence between Zona Gale and Margery Latimer.


  • Most presented by W. L. Breese, 1944; additional items presented by the Portage Free Library, 1974, and by Jessie Gruner, Watertown, Wisconsin, 1978.
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