Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
series: I. Personal Materials
This section, consisting of boxes one through eleven, begins with autobiographical and biographical materials. Correspondence with Jackson Benson, Stegner's designated biographer, and Nancy Colberg, who compiled the bibliography of his published works, is included here. Family matters focus primarily on his wife, Mary, and son, Page. (Both Stegner's parents and his brother, Cecil, had died by the 1940s.) Other family concerns included here pertain to the Heggen family, consisting of his cousin Tom and Aunt Minna. Scholastic and medical matters are also included in this section, as are copies of Stegner's masters and PhD theses. Documents relating to awards, recognitions and nominations received follow. The series ends with tributes, letters of condolence, and obituaries.
box 1: Autobiographies, Biographies, Bibliographies, Travel (1935-1997)
box 2: Family; Medical Matters (1921-1994)
box 3: Personal Financial and Legal Matters (1935-1990)
box 4: Gift Publications to Stegner; Master's Thesis; PhD. Dissertation (1932-1988)
box 5: Eastend; Interviews (1939-1996)
Folders 1-22 contain correspondence and published information regarding the Stegner family house in Eastend, Saskatchewan. Materials in folders 23-30 are concerned with interviews Stegner gave between 1957 and 1990.
box 6: Awards, Recognitions, Nominations (1942-1975)
box 7: Awards, Recognitions, Nominations (1976-1994)
box 8: Letters of Condolence and Obituaries (1993)
box 9: Obituaries, Memorials, Tributes (1993-1997)
box 10: Articles About or Mentioning Stegner (1937-1991)
box 11: Articles About or Mentioning Stegner (1992-2000)
Articles published in 1992-2000 are in folders 1-21. Folders 22-31 contain undated articles.
series: II. Correspondence
Stegner's correspondence has been organized into five sections. Personal correspondence is located in boxes 12-22. Letters from acquaintances and requests for lectures and autographs are included in this section. Boxes 23 through 29 contain correspondence between Stegner and Bernice Baumgarten and Carl Brandt, his long-time agents at Brandt & Brandt. Also included in this section are copies of brief letters sent to other literary agents, publishers, and media representatives, either by Stegner or his agents. The third group in this section, Publishers (boxes 30-42), contains correspondence, royalty statements and other miscellaneous documents referred to in the correspondence. Stegner's correspondence as West Coast Editor for Houghton Mifflin from 1945 to 1951 is in boxes 43-50. Fan Mail is located in boxes 51-56. All sections are arranged alphabetically by sender. Copies of Stegner's responses are frequently included. Some folders contain manuscripts and/or copies of news articles in addition to the correspondence.
box 12: Personal, A-B (1940s-1990s)
box 13: Personal, C (1940s-1990s)
box 14: Personal, D-F (1940s-1990s)
box 15: Personal, G (1940s-1990s)
box 16: Personal, H-I (1940s-1990s)
box 17: Personal, J-K (1940s-1990s)
box 18: Personal, L-M (1940s-2001)
box 19: Personal, N-Q (1940s-1990s)
box 20: Personal, R-S (1940s-1990s)
box 21: Personal, T-V (1940s-1990s)
box 22: Personal, W-Z, and Incomplete Names
box 23: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1937-1949)
box 24: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1950-1957)
box 25: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1958-1961)
box 26: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1962-1968)
box 27: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1969-1973)
box 28: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence (1974-1985)
box 29: Brandt and Brandt Correspondence, 1986-1993 and Other Agents Correspondence, 1930s-1990s (1930s-1990s)
box 30: Publishers, A (1930s-1990s)
box 31: Publishers, B-C (1930s-1990s)
box 32: Publishers, D-Doubleday (1930s-1990s)
box 33: Publishers, Doubleday-Duell, Sloan & Pearce, Inc (1930s-1990s)
box 34: Publishers, E-G (1930s-1990s)
box 35: Publishers, H-Horizon (1930s-1990s)
box 36: Publishers, Houghton Mifflin (1941-1991)
This box contains fifty years of Stegner's correspondence with Paul Brooks, Lovell Thompson, Austin Olney and others at Houghton Mifflin. Paul Brooks' manuscript, "Canyonlands: A New National Park?" is found in folder 19.
box 37: Publishers, Houghton Mifflin-L (1930s-1990s)
box 38: Publishers, M-P (1930s-1990s)
box 39: Publishers, R-Shawnee (1930s-1990s)
box 40: Publishers, S-U (1930s-1990s)
box 41: Publishers, V (1930s-1990s)
box 42: Publishers, W-Y (1930s-1990s)
box 43: West Coast Editor, Houghton Mifflin, A-B (1945-1951)
Wallace and Mary were the West Coast Editors of Houghton Mifflin publishers from 1945 to 1951. Boxes 43 to 50 contain the correspondence related to this position. Also included throughout, correspondence with editors Austin Olney and Paul Brooks.
box 44: Houghton Mifflin, C-E (1945-1951)
box 45: Houghton Mifflin, F-G (1945-1951)
box 46: Houghton Mifflin, H-L (1945-1951)
box 47: Houghton Mifflin, M-N (1945-1951)
box 48: Houghton Mifflin, O-R (1945-1951)
box 49: Houghton Mifflin, S-T (1945-1951)
box 50: Houghton Mifflin, U-Z (1945-1951)
box 51: Fan Mail, A-C (1930s-1990s)
box 52: Fan Mail, D-G (1930s-1990s)
box 53: Fan Mail, H-K (1930s-1990s)
box 54: Fan Mail, L-O (1930s-1990s)
box 55: Fan Mail, P-St (1930s-1990s)
box 56: Fan Mail, Su-Z (1930s-1990s)
Folder 55 contains partial letters, first names only, unsigned pages. One group birthday card also included.
series: III. Writings
This section includes manuscripts for books, short stories, and articles written by Wallace Stegner. Organized chronologically, the section begins with manuscripts, drafts, and galley proofs of Stegner's novels, essays, short story collections, histories and biographies. There are also some manuscript drafts for unpublished and untitled works. Material related to the books for which Stegner served as contributor or editor is also found here, as well as book reviews written by Stegner.
box 57: Early Works
This box contains material concerned with Stegner's earliest book publications.
box 58: Early Works, Big Rock Candy Mountain (1957-1973)
box 59: Early Works, Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943-1975)
box 60: Early Works: One Nation, Second Growth (1945-1949)
box 61: Early Works (1949-1981)
Folders 3-17 contain matters related to Stegner's research and drafts concerned with the Joe Hill story and Stegner's book.
box 62: Early Works, Joe Hill (1969-1981)
box 63: Beyond the Hundredth Meridan (1953-1984)
box 64: Research: John Wesley Powell (1865-1950)
box 65: Powell Research (1859-1951)
box 66: Powell Research (1867-1939)
box 67: Powell Research Notebooks
box 68: Powell Research
Stegner's research in this box is from his indexed 4x6 note card file, arranged by subject.
box 69: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian
box 70: The City of the Living, A Shooting Star, Wolf Willow
box 71: Wolf Willow, Manuscript Drafts
Research material for this manuscript can also be found in material pertaining to Eastend. See box five.
Research material for this manuscript can also be found in material pertaining to Eastend.
box 72: Wolf Willow, Research
box 73: The Gathering of Zion, Manuscripts
box 74: The Gathering of Zion; Teaching the Short Story
box 75: All the Little Live Things, Early Drafts
box 76: All the Little Live Things, Working Draft and First Draft
box 77: All the Little Live Things, Second Draft, Final Draft, and Galleys
box 78: All the Little Live Things, Film Version and Reviews
box 79: Sound of Mountain Water, Typescript, Editing Copy, and Foundry Proof
box 80: Sound of Mountain Water, Proofs, Publicity,and Reviews
box 81: Discovery! Full Length Version
The title used for this full length version is "American Discovery" with subtitle "The Beginnings of Saudi Arabian Oil."
box 82: Discovery! First Draft and Reader's Copy
box 83: Discovery! Master Copy and Notes
box 84: Discovery! Letters, Journals, and Interviews
box 85: Discovery! Correspondence
box 86: Discovery! Personnel, Articles, Research,and News Clippings
box 87: Angle of Repose, Early Manuscript Drafts
box 88: Angle of Repose, Early Drafts
box 89: Angle of Repose, Early Drafts, First and Second Drafts
box 90: Angle of Repose, Third and Fourth Drafts
box 91: Angle of Repose, Fifth Draft
box 92: Angle of Repose, Typescript
box 93: Angle of Repose, Editing Copy
box 94: Angle of Repose, Page Proofs, Galley
box 95: Angle of Repose, Publicity, Reviews,and Mary Hallock Foote
box 96: Angle of Repose, Opera, Italian Edition, and Frost and DeVoto
box 97: The Uneasy Chair, Biography of Bernard DeVoto
box 98: The Uneasy Chair, Biography of Bernard DeVoto
box 99: The Uneasy Chair, Biography of Bernard DeVoto
box 100: The Uneasy Chair, Biography of Bernard DeVoto
box 101: The Uneasy Chair, Page Proofs and Galleys
box 102: The Uneasy Chair, Research, Notecards
box 103: The Uneasy Chair, Notecards
box 104: The Uneasy Chair, Publicity and Reviews (1973-1989)
box 105: TheSpectator Bird, Early Manuscript Drafts
box 106: TheSpectator Bird, Manuscript Drafts
box 107: TheSpectator Bird, and Recapitulation
Folders 1-6 contain material on , including proofs, publicity, and reviews. Folders 7-13 contain early manuscript drafts of .
box 108: Recapitulation, Early Manuscript Draft
box 109: Recapitulation, First and Second Drafts
box 110: Recapitulation, Third and Fourth Drafts, Editing Copy
box 111: Recapitulation, Proof, Notes, Publicity, and Reviews
box 112: American Places, Manuscript Drafts
This box contains material produced by both Wallace and Page Stegner, as well as a draft note from Mary.
box 113: American Places, Manuscript Drafts
box 114: One Way to Spell Man, Manuscript, Galleys, and Reviews
box 115: Conversations with Wallace Stegner
This box contains Etulain's early questions for Stegner and the first manuscript draft.
box 116: Conversations with Wallace Stegner Manuscript Drafts
box 117: Conversations with Wallace Stegner, Final Draft, Press Copy, New Essay
box 118: Manuscripts
Folders 1-4 contain correspondence, publicity, and reviews. Folder 5 contains documents. Folders 6-14 contain notes and early draft material.
box 119: Crossing to Safety, Manuscript Drafts
box 120: Crossing to Safety, Manuscript Drafts
This box contains 12 folders of manuscript draft pages arranged in chronologically numbered page groups through draft page numbered page 239. These page groups are sometimes chapters or partial chapters, some are re-workings of scenes or events.
box 121: Crossing to Safety, Manuscript Drafts
Folders 1-9 of this box contain manuscript draft pages through page 342. Folders 10-13 contain the first and second drafts of the manuscript which was written under the original title, "Amicitia," and are numbered pages 1-222 and 1-192.
box 122: Crossing to Safety, Manuscript Drafts
Contains third through fifth draft material.
box 123: Manuscripts
Folders 1-11 contain notes, notebooks, advertising,sales material, and reviews. Folders 12-19 contain research notes and reviews.
box 124: Collected Stories, Repo Dupe, Final
box 125: Collected Stories, Final Drafts, Author's Galleys, and Editing Copy
box 126: Collected Stories, Editing Copy, Master Pages, and Galleys
box 127: Collected Stories and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
box 128: Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs
box 129: Short Stories (1934-1953)
box 130: Short Stories (1954-1958)
box 131: Short Stories (1959)
This box contains materials for the short story, "Genesis."
box 132: Short Stories (1959-1984)
box 133: Articles (1930-1949)
box 134: Articles (1950-1956)
box 135: Articles (1957-1966)
box 136: Articles (1967-1972)
box 137: Articles (1973-1977)
box 138: Articles (1978-1980)
box 139: Articles (1981-1983)
box 140: Articles (1984-1989)
box 141: Articles, "A" to "N" (1990-1992)
box 142: Articles, "S" to "W" (1992-1993)
Articles in folders 12-14 were published, but no publication date is given.
box 143: Contributions To and Edited By Stegner (1942-1950)
box 144: Contributor and Editor, This Is Dinosaur
box 145: Contributor/Editor
box 146: Contributor/Editor (1963-1966)
box 147: Contributor/Editor (1969-1974)
box 148: Contributor/Editor, The Letters of Bernard DeVoto (1975)
box 149: Contributor/Editor, The Letters of Bernard DeVoto (1975)
box 150: Contributor/Editor, The Letters of Bernard DeVoto
box 151: Contributor/Editor (1976-1982)
box 152: Contributor/Editor (1983-1996)
box 153: Unpublished/Untitled Manuscripts
box 154: Book Reviews by Wallace Stegner (1938-1992)
series: IV. Contracts, Copyrights, Permissions, and Adaptations
series: V. Universities, Libraries, Museums, and Associations
series: VI. Teaching, Speeches, and Lectures
series: VII. Addendum
box 170: Environment
box 171: Environment
box 172: Notebooks
box 173: Organizations and Foundations
box 174: Road Maps
box 175: Topographic Maps
box 176: Articles and Advertisements
box 177: Magazines and Awards
box 178: Graduation Gowns
box 179: Maps, Posters, and Galleys for Gathering of Zion
box 180: Miscellaneous
box 181: Wallace Stegner: A Descriptive Biblography and On Teaching and Writing Fiction
series: VIII. Carl Brandt Addendum (1975-1994)
This addendum consists of correspondence files kept by Stegner's long-time agent, Carl Brandt.
box 182: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1975-1976)
box 183: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1977-1979)
box 184: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1980-1984)
box 185: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1985-1986)
box 186: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1988-1990)
box 187: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1991)
box 188: Stegner-Brandt Correspondence (1992-1994)
series: IX. Philip Fradkin Addendum (1927-1991)
This addendum contains miscellaneous Stegner correspondence and writings collected by Fradkin in conjunction with writing a biography of Wallace Stegner.
box 189: Stegner Writings
series: X. Mary Page Stegner Addendum (1939-2002)
This addendum consists of files kept by Mary Page Stegner.
box 191: Ansel Adams to Jack Benson
folder 1: Ansel Adams (1985)
folder 2: "Adventures with Trinket" (1950)
Stegner short story.
folder 3: All the Little Live Things, John Hart Screenplay (1994)
This folder is RESTRICTED. No photocopying.
folder 4: The American West (1964-1967)
folder 5: "The Angle of Repose: An Operat in Three Acts" (1976)
folder 6: Angle of Repose Study Guide (1986)
folder 7: Jack Benson Biography (1994-1996)
Contains correspondence relating to Benson's biography of Wallace Stegner.
folder 8-9: Jack Benson Essays (2000)
folder 10: Jack Benson Reviews (1996-2002)
box 192: Jack Benson to Crossing to Safety
folder 1: Jack Benson, Wallace Stegner: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997)
folder 2: Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943, 1993)
folder 3: Big Rock Candy Mountain, John Pielmeier Screenplay (1995)
This folder is RESTRICTED. No photocopies.
folder 4: Jill Brody, Artist Proofs
folder 5: Jill Brody Correspondence (1997-2001)
folder 6: Kipling Charles Clark, "Writing to Learn: Writers and Writing in Three Novels by Wallace Stegner" (1991)
folder 7: "Conservation Equals Survival"
folder 8: Richard Cracroft (2002)
folder 9: Jesse Crisler, "Literature and Belief" (2002)
folder 10: "Crossing Nevada, 1957"
folder 11: Crossing to Safety, Modern Library (2001)
box 193: Daedalus to James Hepworth
folder 1: Daedalus (1971)
Contains a transcript of the Planning Conference on The Adult, sponsorted by Daedalus and the Ford Foundation.
folder 2: Daedalus Essay (1975)
folder 3: John Daniel (1996)
folder 4: "Der Vulkan"
German-language reprint of Wallace Stegner piece.
folder 5: Dugout Rancy, Dave Livermore (1997)
folder 6: Eastend (1991-2001)
folder 7: Richard Etulain, University of New Mexico (1997-1998)
folder 8: "Flight to the North Pole" (1950)
folder 9: Jim Foley (2001)
folder 10: Bruce Franklin (1972)
folder 11: Frost and Brodsky (1996)
folder 12: Neilma Gantner Correspondence (1980-1997)
folder 13: Gathering of Zion and Mormon Country (1995)
folder 14: Eva Gowenius Correspondence (1954-1963)
folder 15: Green Foothills Talk
folder 16: "Guide to Writing Local History in Saskatchewan" (1954)
folder 17: Joe Beck Hairston, "Wallace Stegner" (1966)
Master's Thesis, University of Texas at Austin.
folder 18: Hatch River Expeditions, Scenic Photos
Photocopies. Originals were removed to Multimedia Archives.
folder 19: Jeff Hayden (1993-1994)
folder 20: James Hepworth, University of New Mexico Press (1998-2002)
box 194: Hidden Villa to "The Long Road From Byblos"
folder 1: Hidden Villa (1976-1997)
folder 2: "History Comes to the Plains" (1957)
folder 3: "Home to Utah" (1949-1957)
folder 4: "Hometown Revisited" (1949-1957)
folder 5: Huckleberry Finn, Stegner Introduction
folder 6: Internet, Wallace Stegner
folder 7: Joe Hill, Alan Sharp Screenplay
This folder is RESTRICTED. No photocopies.
folder 8: Sidney La Marr Johnson, "The Middle Ground: A Study of Wallace Stegner's Use of History in Fiction" (1972)
PhD Thesis, University of Utah.
folder 9: Louis and Esther Kesselman (1944-2001)
folder 10: Richard Kurtz (1995-1996)
folder 11: Beth LaDow (2001)
folder 12: Lazy El Ranch (1978)
folder 13: Patty Limerick (1994)
folder 14: Seymour Martin Lipset, "Canada and the United States" (1985)
folder 15: "The Long Road from Byblos" (1992)
box 195: Marking the Sparrow's Fall to PBS Tribute (Redford)
folder 1: Marking the Sparrow's Fall (1998)
folder 2: Miscellaneous News Clippings (1950-2002)
folder 3: Michael Millman (Penguin) (1994-2000)
folder 4: Modern Haiku (1973)
folder 5: Montana Magazine (1993, 2002)
folder 6: Montana Magazine , Charles Rankin (1994-1996)
folder 7: Montana State University (Stegner Chair) (1992-1999)
folder 8: Mormon Country (1942-2002)
folder 9: National Institute of Arts and Letters (1972)
folder 10: National Wildlife Art Museum (1993)
folder 11: National Wildlife Federation (2002-2003)
folder 12: Oak Tree (1997-1998)
folder 13: On the Teaching of Creative Writing (1999-2000)
folder 14: One Nation (1994-2001)
folder 15: Nancy Packer (2001)
folder 16: Nancy Packer, Talk on the Stegners (1989)
folder 17: Page (1948-2002)
folder 18: PBS Tribute (Redford) (1999)
box 196: Permissions to Published Work
folder 1: Permissions (1984-2002)
folder 2: Poems (1993)
folder 3-4: Publications Removed
Contains information on books donated in this addendum which were routed to other departments within the library. Also contains ephemera found within the books.
folder 5-9: Published Work (1950s-1990s)
Contains articles written by Wallace Stegner and published in various magazines.
box 197: "Remembering Laughter" to "The Twilight of Self-Reliance"
folder 1: "Remembering Laughter" (1994-2003)
folder 2: San Francisco Arts Festival (1981)
folder 3: Santa Fe Notebook (1993)
folder 4: Security Alarm (1999-2000)
folder 5: "A Sense of Place" (1992)
folder 6: Sierra Club Book (1993-1995)
folder 7: Sierra Club, Geography of Hope (1988-2001)
folder 8: Sound of Mountain Water (1999)
folder 9: South Dakota Review, Wallace Stegner Number (1985)
folder 10: Ruth Spangenberg (1976-1997)
folder 11: The Spectator Bird (1994-2001)
folder 12: The Spectator Bird, Joan Sorkin Screenplay
This folder is RESTRICTED. No photocopying.
folder 13: Stanford University (1963-1991)
folder 14: Stanford University Library (1983-1985)
folder 15: Steeplechase Films, Ansel Adams (2001)
folder 16: Trust for the Public Land, Wally Letters (1981-1992)
folder 17: "The Twilight of Self-Reliance," Tanner Lecture, University of Utah (1980)
box 198: The Uneasy Chair to Vanishing America
folder 1: The Uneasy Chair (2001)
folder 2: Unpublished Manuscript
folder 3: University of Colorado at Boulder, Wallace Stegner Award (2001)
folder 4: University of Nevada Press, Conversations on History and Literature (1995-2000)
folder 5-10: University of Utah (1972-2001)
folder 11-12: University of Utah Law School (1994-2002)
folder 13: Uses and Abuses (1988)
folder 14: Utah State University Press
folder 15: Utah Wilderness Briefing Book , Introduction (1988)
folder 16: Vanishing America, Introduction (1964)
box 199: Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library (1993-2001)
box 200: Wallace Stegner, Personal
folder 1: Wallace and Mary Correspondence (1937-2002)
Contains letters written by or sent to Wallace or Mary Stegner. This folder does not contain correspondence between the Stegners.
folder 2: Wallace and Mary, Family Correspondence (1998-2002)
folder 3: Wallace and Mary, Miscellaneous (1924-2996)
folder 4: Wallace and Mary, Miscellaneous Notes
folder 5-6: Wallace Stegner, In Memoriam (1993)
folder 7: Wally's Biography, Contemporary Authors
folder 8: Wally's Diary, S. S. Berlin to Europe (1937)
folder 9: Wally's Genealogy, Hans Lindebraekke
folder 10: Wally's Internet Biography (2000)
folder 11: Wally's Record of Royalties (1942-1959)
folder 12: Wally's Square Dance Text
box 201: Wallace Stegner Society to A Writer's Life
folder 1: Wallace Stegner Society (2001-2002)
folder 2-3: Tom Watkins (1991-2001)
folder 4: Western American Literature (1975-1993)
folder 5: "Wilderness Letter" (1960-2000)
folder 6: Terry Tempest Williams (1996-2002)
folder 7: Wisconsin Stegner Symposium (1996)
folder 8: Wolf Willow (1994-2002)
folder 9: Work in Progress
folder 10: A Writer's Life (1996-1997)
box 202: Scrapbook, Miscellaneous Writing (1960s-1980s)
box 203: Scrapbook (1939-1989)
box 204: Scrapbook (1970s-1980s)
box 205: Scrapbook (1990s)
box 206-209: Scrapbooks, Letters of Condolence (1993)
box 210: Oversize Material
box 211: Awards
series: XI. Ansel Adams Addendum
series: XII. Page Stegner Addendum
box 213: Correspondence and Personal Material (1948-2005)
folder 1: House Record Book, South Fork Lane (1948-1984)
folder 2: "Dear Mom and Pop," Page Stegner Correspondence (1960s)
folder 3: Angle of Repose, Correspondence and Contract (1976-1992)
folder 4-5: Page Stegner and Thomas Rickman, Angle of Repose Screenplay Draft
folder 6: Stegner Article Manuscripts and Correspondence (1947-1957)
box 7: Wolf Willow, Correspondence (1977-1991)
folder 8: Wallace Stegner, "Xanadu by the Salt Flats" (1980-1981)
folder 9: Wilderness Society Correspondence (1983-1986)
folder 10: News Clippings (1952-1981)
folder 11: Stegner Accident (1993)
box 214: Oversize
box 215-216: Memorabilia
item: Poster, Angle of Repose, San Francisco Opera (1976)
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Wallace Earle Stegner (1909-1993) was born on 18 February 1909, in Lake Mills, Iowa, the second son of Hilda Emelia Paulson and George Henry Stegner. He described his father as a man with the frontier characteristics of the late nineteenth century--a "boomer" who moved his wife and two sons from Iowa to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, Wyoming, and in 1921, to Salt Lake City, Utah, always seeking fresh opportunities for quick financial success. Even in Salt Lake City, the family moved within the city several times. His mother, Stegner realized, was a "nester" who struggled to make a home for her husband and sons wherever they settled.
The years of moving kept the family close. Cecil, the eldest son, was athletic and active in team sports. Wallace was less so but participation in sports programs sponsored by the Mormon Church and ROTC training provided the focus and discipline for developing that aspect of himself and he played on the Freshman football team at the University of Utah. More importantly, he developed skill in tennis with then-coach, Theron S. Parmelee, and was a member of the University tennis team in 1929.
Stegner graduated from the University of Utah in 1930. He had been working for a local rug and linoleum company and it was his expectation that he would continue doing so. However, Sherman Brown Neff, head of the English Department, arranged a teaching assistantship at the University of Iowa enabling Stegner to do graduate work and to begin a different career direction.
Stegner received his master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1932 and planned to work toward a Ph.D. when his mother's struggle with cancer became critical. At that time his parents were living in Los Angeles, California. Stegner spent some time in Berkeley to be closer and to help with her care. Upon his return to Iowa, he completed the work on his Ph.D. which he received in 1934. On 1 September 1 1934, he married fellow student Mary Stuart Page. They moved to Salt Lake City where Stegner began teaching in the English Department at the University of Utah.
Their son, Stuart Page Stegner, was born in 1937. That same year Stegner won a Little, Brown and Company contest with his novelette, Remembering Laughter. Using the prize money, the Stegners traveled in France and England before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, where he had accepted a teaching position. Some of his Wisconsin experiences were later fictionalized in Crossing to Safety.
After two years in Madison, Stegner joined the faculty at Harvard University. During this period Stegner developed a friendship with Bernard DeVoto, which grew over the years, culminating in Stegner's writing a biography of DeVoto and editing a volume of DeVoto's letters. While at Harvard, Stegner completed The Big Rock Candy Mountain, which was published in 1945. Other books published during this time were On a Darkling Plain, 1940; Fire and Ice, 1941; and Mormon Country, 1942.
In 1945, the Stegners again moved west, this time to California. Stegner was offered a professorship in the English Department at Stanford University. He served as director of the Creative Writing Center from 1946 to 1971. Edward Abbey, Thomas McGuane, and Scott Momaday were writing fellows in this program. Other students he worked with included Larry McMurtry, Wendell Berry, Nancy Packer, Ken Kesey, and his son, Page Stegner.
After the Stegners moved to California they served as West-Coast editors for the publishing house of Houghton Mifflin in the 1940s and 1950s. Among the writers they recommended for publication was Stegner's cousin, Tom Heggen, author of Mister Roberts.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, the Stegners traveled extensively. During this time Wallace wrote a number of articles and produced the origins of novels to come. Wallace gave a number of lectures and taught for three months each at Stanford's overseas campuses in Austria and in England. In 1955, Wallace and Mary traveled to Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Syria where he worked on the history of the Arabian-American Oil Company, ARAMCO. Stegner wrote several articles for Aramco World, an industry publication. Later, in 1971, this material was published in book form under the title, Discovery.
Wallace Stegner's abilities as an editor led him to accept a number of responsibilities such as editor-at-large for Saturday Review and editor of The American West.
Fiction written by Stegner during the Stanford years included Second Growth, 1947; The Women on the Wall(a short story collection), 1950; The Preacher and the Slave, 1950 (reprinted in 1969 as Joe Hill: A Biographical Novel); The City of the Living(a short story collection), 1956; A Shooting Star, 1961; All the Little Live Things, 1967; and Angle of Repose, 1971.
Non-fiction written and published during the period included Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West, 1954; Wolf Willow: A History, A Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier, 1962; The Gathering of Zion: The Story of the Mormon Trail, 1964; and The Sound of Mountain Water (an essay collection), 1969.
Stegner retired from Stanford in 1971 to devote his time to writing and traveling. He had been thinking about the DeVoto biography for some time. This was published in 1974 as The Uneasy Chair, and was followed by The Letters of Bernard DeVoto in 1975. Also published following his retirement were The Spectator Bird, 1976; Recapitulation, 1979; American Places, written with Page Stegner, 1981; One Way to Spell Man, a volume of essays, 1982; Crossing to Safety, 1987; and Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs, 1992.
The Stegners established two homes, a Vermont summer place and a home in Los Altos, California. Despite extensive travel, the homes provided Stegner with what he felt he had missed in his youth--a place that meant familiar work, friends, and landscape. These two locales and the Salt Lake City environs which he considered his hometown, are part of his writing, serving as background in novels and as visuals in his environmental efforts.
As he grew up in the arid regions of the West, Stegner developed a keen awareness of the fragility of the land. In his biographical research of Charles Dutton and later John Wesley Powell, he saw the western landscape as being fundamentally characterized by the scarcity of water resources. Stegner's concern found expression in activism directed at education of the public in the realities of living with the arid climate of the land west of the hundredth meridian. He felt other environmental problems would occur as multi-purpose land use increased. He wrote eloquently about these concerns in his letter to David E. Personen in 1960, now known globally as "The Geography of Hope: A Wilderness Letter." He served as wilderness advocate for the National Park Service, the Sierra Club, and the Wilderness Society. Some of the positions he held to address these concerns were: Co-Founder, Committee for Green Foothills in California, 1960; Special Assistant to Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, 1961; and Advisory Board, National Parks, Historical Sites, Buildings and Monuments, 1962-1965.
In addition to the prize for Remembering Laughter in 1937, Stegner received numerous other awards, among them an O. Henry first prize for short story in 1950, the Blackhawk award for Wolf Willow in 1963, the Commonwealth Club gold medal for All the Little Live Things in 1968, the Pulitzer Prize for Angle of Repose in 1972, and the National Book award for The Spectator Bird in 1977. He was a Guggenheim fellow in 1950, 1952, and 1960; received a Rockefeller grant in 1950-1951; Fulbright in 1962 and 1968; and the Robert Kirsch award in 1980. Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs was nominated for the 1993 National Book Critics Circle award. Stegner refused the National Medal for the Arts which he was to have received in January of 1993 because he was "troubled by the political controls" he felt right wing groups placed on the National Endowment for the Arts.
Always a popular speaker, Stegner gave a number of speeches in Utah throughout the years. He gave the Dedicatory Address for the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah in 1968. He was the speaker at the Friends of the Library annual banquet in 1974. In 1980 Stegner gave a lecture titled "The Twilight of Self Reliance: Frontier Values and Contemporary Values" in the Tanner Lecture Series. He spoke at the Dedication of the Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve, Moab, Utah, in 1991. In recognition of his close ties with Utah and his alma mater, Stegner designated Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, as repository for his papers in 197l. In 1995 the Stegner family granted permission to the University of Utah College of Law to rename its energy law center the Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment.
In the spring of 1993, Wallace and Mary Stegner were in Sante Fe, New Mexico, to talk about his latest book, Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs. Stegner was seriously injured when the car he was driving was hit by another vehicle. He was hospitalized and seemed to rally, but after a relapse he died on April 13.
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Section I, Personal Material, contains personal and autobiographical material including correspondence, scholastic and medical material, documents pertaining to awards, and obituaries, tributes, and condolence letters. Section II, Correspondence, is made up of personal and professional correspondence, and slco contains royalty statements and other miscellaneous documents referred to in the correspondence. Fan mail is also found in this section. Section III, Writings, contains manuscript drafts for books, articles, short stories, and reviews written by Stegner. Section IV, Contracts, Copyrights, Permissions, and Adaptations contains documents pertaining to the legal and publishing aspects of Stegner's work. Section V, Universities, Libraries, Museums, and Associations, contains correspondence, pamphlets, brochures, newsletters, and other documents produced by Stegner's association with these organizations. His notes and drafts related to teaching and lecturing are found in Section VI, Teaching, Speeches, and Lectures. Section VII, Addendum, contains miscellaneous material donated by Mary Stegner in 1999. Section VIII, Carl Brandt Addendum, contains the Brandt-Stegner correspondence, and section IX, Philip Fradkin Addendum, contains material collected by the author of a Stegner biography. The Mary Page Stegner Addendum, Section X, consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, and documents related to Stegner's writing. Section XI, the Ansel Adams Addendum consists of correspondence between Adams and Stegner. The Page Stegner Addendum,Section XII, contains personal items, correspondence, and manuscripts.
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These papers were donated to the University of Utah by Wallace Stegner from 1972 through 1991, and by Mary Page Stegner from 1994 through 2000. Additional material was donated by Lynn Stegner in 2002, Page Stegner in 2006, and Carl Brandt and Philip Fradkin in 2006. Other donors include Everett Cooley, Richard Etulain, Ralph J. Hafen, Robert Steensma, Greg Thompson, and Don D. Walker. The Mary Snyder letter to Stegner and his reply were donated by Snyder's daughter, Kriss Douglas. Beth LaDow, Richard Etulain, Mark W. T. Harvey, and Gary Topping donated papers presented at conferences and other research on Stegner. Purchased items include three letters with Viking Press (1968), thirty five letters from John Ferrone of Western-Dell Publishing (1956-1965), two letters to Barnaby Conrad (1988 and 1992), and one letter from V. E. Gil Moody. The Ansel Adams correspondence was purchased in 2008. Boxes 213-216 were donated by Page Stegner in 2008.
Processed by Ann Reichman, assisted by Deb Allard, Martha Stewart, Serena Peterson, and Karen Carver in 1972-2008.
Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993
Materials are in English and German.
138 linear feet
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