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Edna Ferber Collection, 1921-2002

Collection Overview

Title: Edna Ferber Collection, 1921-2002

ID: LU-MS/002

Creator: Garden, Yvette B.

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject, then chronologically at the file level.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection is comprised of correspondence and biographical materials of Edna Ferber, a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist who spent her childhood and early career in Appleton, Wisconsin, and continues to have a strong influence on the city to this day. The correspondence range from 1946-1966 and consist mostly of letters between Ferber and her secretary, Yvette B. Garden. Ferber describes her travels around the world, finances, and her family. Letters exchanged between Ferber and Lawrence University president Douglas Knight regarding a possible trip for Ferber to Appleton are included. Other correspondence covers the donation of Ferber memorabilia to Lawrence University. Materials from the 1985 Centennial celebration in Appleton, Wisconsin, commemorating Ferber’s birth are also part of the collection. Newspaper articles and biographical materials regarding Ferber and her time and influence on Appleton are also contained in the collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Property rights reside with Lawrence University.  Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

Acquisition Method: The majority of letters, some newspaper clippings, and other Ferber memorabilia were gifts of Yvette B. Garden, 1975.  The remainder of the collection materials was acquired by the Lawrence University Archives.

Preferred Citation: Edna Ferber Collection.  LU-MS002.  Lawrence University Archives, Seeley G. Mudd Library, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Processing Information: Processed by Julia Stringfellow, 2006.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Biographical materials and newspaper clippings, 1921-2002
Folder 2: Centennial celebration in Appleton, Wisconsin, of Ferber’s birth, publicity materials, 1985
Folder 3: Correspondence regarding donation of Ferber memorabilia to Lawrence University, 1970-1975
Folder 4: Correspondence with Garden, Yvette, and others, 1946-1966
Folder 5: Correspondence with Knight, Douglas, president of Lawrence University, regarding centennial of Appleton, Wisconsin, 1957-1962
Folder 6: Correspondence with Manthey, Carl, 1940
Folder 7: Road atlas belonging to Ferber, 1963