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Guide to the Dorothy Thomas Archive

 


INTRODUCTION

In 1990, the Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors received from the estate of Dorothy Thomas, 17 boxes of materials relating to Dorothy Thomas’ writing life. Although Lincoln City Libraries does not hold literary rights to these materials, their literary executor, Wanda Barbee of Bronte, Texas, has been generous in allowing the use of these papers. Requests for usage must be cleared through Mrs. Barbee.

The collection includes thousands of letters to and from Dorothy Thomas, hundreds of story manuscripts, photographs, slides, clippings, and other ephemera. This collection was sorted and ordered by Heritage Room staff between 1997 and 1999. When possible, the original order the materials were placed in by Dorothy Thomas was preserved. This is especially true with her stories. However, the correspondence came to us in no particular order and so has been arranged chronologically and by sender, without interfiling. All material is housed in acid-free document boxes in acid-free folders. Clippings have been transferred to acid-free paper. Personnel who worked on the collection include Vicki Clarke, Joanna Lloyd, and Christine Pappas.

HOLDINGS

  1. Manuscripts
    1. Sold / Published Stories Box 1 and 2
    2. Complete Alberta Christmas Stories Box 2
    3. Unsold Stories by Decade (when dates available) Box 2
    4. Unsold Stories Box 3 and 4
    5. Frieda Telling Letters Box 4 and 5
    6. Poetry Box 6
    7. Nonfiction Box 6
    8. Manuscripts Written by Others Box 6
  2. General Box 7-8
  3. Correspondence
    1. Letters to Dorothy Thomas Box 8-11
    2. Literary Correspondence Box 11
    3. Letters from Dorothy Thomas Box 12-14
  4. Diaries Box 15-17
  5. Ephemera
    1. Slides
    2. Photographs
    3. Awards

 

A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF DOROTHY THOMAS

Dorothy Thomas was born, August 13, 1898 in Kansas, the sixth of ten children to Willard and Agusta Dodge Thomas. When Dorothy was seven, the family moved to Alberta, Canada, where they homesteaded near a logging company, often providing food and shelter to the loggers. The family moved back to Kansas when Dorothy was 12, and she attended school for the first time. A bright child, Dorothy showed immediate aptitude in writing stories and creating artwork, but always struggled with her other schoolwork. Other members of the Thomas family, especially Dorothy’s sister Kennetha, share Dorothy’s artistic strengths.

After the death of her father, Dorothy moved with her mother and other siblings to Bethany, a suburb of Lincoln. Dorothy received a Second Grade teaching certificate in 1918. Not graduating from either school, she attended Cotner College for two semesters during the 1920 and 1921 school years and the University of Nebraska for a semester in 1921. From 1918 to 1929, Dorothy taught elementary and secondary school in Emerson, Tryon, Gering, Scotts Bluff, Saunders County and Lincoln. While teaching in Scotts Bluff in 1924, Dorothy met a young farmer named Martin Gable and became engaged, but later returned the ring at her mother’s urging.

Dorothy’s first publication was in the Prairie Schooner—a poem entitled "The Beast Room," which appeared in 1927. Selling her story "The Blue Doves" to Scribners in 1928 gave Dorothy the confidence to return her 1929 teaching contract unsigned: "sink or swim, I would risk everything, work at whatever jobs I could get, and write for my life and my living."

Despite the raging Great Depression, Dorothy’s plan succeeded, and throughout the 1930s she supported her large family with the proceeds of her writings. By 1975, Dorothy sold over 150 stories to the top magazines and journals all over the world, with many stories being placed in American Mercury, The New Yorker, Harpers and other literary magazines in the 1930s and 1940s. After the 1940s, Dorothy’s stories mainly found their way into slicks and women’s magazines—Saturday Evening Post, Red Book, Colliers, or Good Housekeeping. H. L. Mencken admired her writing, and New Yorker founding editor Harold Ross called her story "The Getaway" the "best damn story ever in The New Yorker." Many of her stories were deemed among the best stories of the year.

Alfred A. Knopf published two novels by Dorothy, but they were really collections of short stories— Ma Jeeter’s Girls in 1931 and The Home Place in 1934. The rights to both of these books are held by the University of Nebraska Press, which has issued reprints of each. Besides her children’s book Hi-Po the Hippo, published by Random House in 1942, these were Dorothy’s only book-length publications, although, as the manuscript collection reflects, she worked extensively on other projects. These include a collection of stories from her Alberta, Canada childhood, a book on teaching children to read, and a collection of letters regarding Dorothy’s relationship with D. H. Lawrence’s widow Frieda whom, Dorothy visited in New Mexico (see the "Frieda Telling Letters").

In her life Dorothy was associated with several prominent writers. In Lincoln in the 1920s, she came to know Loren and Mabel Dodge Eiseley and forged a life-long correspondence. In Lincoln, she also was acquainted with Mari Sandoz, Rudolph Umland, and Louise Pound. Dorothy Thomas was living in naturalist Mary Autsin’s guesthouse when Austin died in 1934 and was the last person who saw her alive. During the summer of 1935, Dorothy attended the writing retreat at Yaddo, New York, and fell in love with prominent writer Leonard Ehrlich, a relationship about which, when it ended, Dorothy wrote, "pulled a ligament in my personality."

After leaving Lincoln, Dorothy lived in a variety of places—Espanola, New Mexico; New York City; Vernon, New Jersey; the US Virgin Islands, and finally, Bronte, Texas. While in Vernon, Dorothy met retired machinist John Buickerood who lived in her trailer park. They were married on Valentine’s Day, 1959, and consolidated their trailers. They lived happily reading, writing and gardening together until his death in 1990.

Dorothy’s personal correspondence and diary writing is voluminous, and many of the people she kept in touch with were family members. Never having children of her own (although she did take in two troubled foster children in 1950s), Dorothy doted on the children in her family and was affectionately known as Aunt Dolly. Dorothy loved clothes almost as much as she loved books and many of her letters contain drawings and descriptions of the newest article of clothing she had sewn.

Dorothy died in 1990. She had long been weakened by myasthenia gravis and suffered a debilitating stroke brought on by an unfavorable review of one of her stories. Dorothy cared about her literary reputation and hoped to be "discovered" in the Twenty-First Century. Dorothy’s correspondence shows that she had a buoyant spirit and was ever confident in her ability to create a good story. She wrote that on her grave marker, she wished it to say, "she told an enjoyable story."

By Christine Pappas, 12/99

  1. MANUSCRIPTS

  1. Sold / Published Stories BOX 1

1920s: The Goat [Avenue, 1927]

1920s: Three Blue Doves [Scribners, Oct. 1929]

1930s: A Jeeter Wedding [American Mercury, 1931]

1930s: Agusta and the Big Brewer’s Horses [Harpers, Nov. 1932]

1930s: The Red Chair [Canadian Home Journal, 1933]

1930s: To the Brave, the Fair [Omaha World Herald, 1933]

1930s: The Consecrated Coal Scuttle [Harper’s, May, 1933]

1930s: All Day Sunday [American Mercury, July 1933]

1930s: Ma Jeeters’s Girls [published by Knopf, 1933]

1930s: The Girl from Follow [Atlantic Monthly, 1934]

1930s: The Sunday Dishes [1934]—TV playscript; Woman’s Day ?

1930s: First Love [Atlantic Monthly, May 1934]

1930s: The Getaway [New Yorker, 1934]

1930s: Hazel [Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1934]

Home Place Stories

1930s: Fall (from Home Place), [Harper’s, Jan. 1935]

1930s: Christmas Morning (from Home Place), [Harper’s, Jan. 1936]

1930s: Spring (from Home Place), [Harper’s, Aug. 1935]

1930s: Summer (from Home Place), [Harper’s, Sept. 1935]

1930s: Second Fall (from Home Place)

1930s: The Home Place carbons [published by Knopf, 1936]

1930s: The Home Place proof of illustrations

1930s: Ice Cream on Monday [Atlantic Monthly, July 1935]

1930s: Apple Wood [Atlantic Monthly, 1936]

1930s: Home for the Wedding [Good Housekeeping, Sept. 1936]

1930s: Past Speaking [Sat. Eve. Post, Dec. 26, 1936]

1930s: Flowers Appear on the Earth [New Yorker, 1936]

1930s: Garish Day [Harper’s, July 1937]

1930s: Helen, I’ve Seen Your Father [Sat. Eve. Post, Sept. 25, 1937]

1930s: The Car [Sat. Eve. Post, 1938]

1930s: Morning [Canadian Home Journal, May 1939]

1930s: Star Light, Star Bright [Ladies Home Journal, Ap. 2, 1939]

1940s: After Many Mysteries [Woman’s Day early 1940s]

1940s: The Handkerchiefs [Sat. Eve. Post May 11, 1940]

1940s: We’ll Not Speak of It [Ladies Home Journal March, 1941]

1940s: My Pigeon Pair [Harper’s June 1941]

1940s: Love is a Proud and Gentle Thing [Sat. Eve. Post, Ap. 28, 1942]

1940s: Sin [Sat. Eve. Post July 4, 1942]

1940s: The Thread that Runs So Truly [Woman’s Day, Aug. 7, 1942]

1940s: Come and Bring the Children [Sat. Eve. Post, Aug. 8, 1942]

1940s: Such Sweet Sorrow [Ladies Home Journal, Oct. 1943]

1940s: Help One Fainty Robin [New Yorker, 1944]

1940s: Worth the Telling [Good Housekeeping, March 1945]

1940s: We Got Back [Ladies Home Journal, July 8, 1945]

1940s: Never Said a Word [Ladies Home Journal, Aug. 1947]

1940s: Impatient Bridegroom [Sat. Eve. Post, May 15, 1948]

1960s: Mina’s Man Trap [Ladies Home Journal, Nov. 1961]

1960s: A Word Fitfully Spoken [Ladies Home Journal, May 1961]

1960s: Of Day of Rest and Gladness or Angels Ever Bright and Fair [Redbook, 1964-5]

1960s: Madonna of the Rocking Chair or Joy Cometh in the Morning [Redbook, 1966]

1960s: Violets are Brief or Faster, Faster, Faster [Redbook, Ap. 1967]

1960s: The Holy Stove [Redbook, Jan. 1968]

1980s: The Car [Sat. Eve. Post, June 1984]

1980s: Another Lilac Time [West Texas Sun, Nov. 1989]

1990s: The Goat [West Texas Sun, Ap. 1990]

A. Sold Stories but Date Unknown BOX 2

A Good Heart [Canadian Home Journal]

Harvest Idyl [sold in 1957 to English magazine ? ]

In the Lord’s Hands [Woman’s Home Companion]

The Mercy Barrel [Woman’s Day]

Spur of the Morning [sold to a Canadian magazine]

A Touch of Genius [Canadian Home Journal]

The Woman Not to be Known [Woman’s Day]

Woman Trouble [Mercury Magazine]

You Have to Believe in Love [Woman’s Day]

 

  1. Complete Alberta Christmas Stories BOX 2

The Halfway Spot that Whirled the Sun Across the Sky [early 1960s]

The Christmas Whopper or The Christmas Lie [Sat. Eve. Post , Dec. 1983]

First Canada Christmas or Christmas Lost and Christmas Found

Something to Draw On [1959]

Joy Cometh in the Morning [Redbook, Dec. 1966]

C. Unsold Stories By Decade Arranged by Dorothy Thomas BOX 2

1920s: Angus

1920s: The Blue Teapot

1920s: The Call

1920s: A Fairy Story

1920s: Frost in the Morning

1920s: No Panties

1920s: Sunday School Lesson

1920s: Twas Meant

1920s: A Writing of Divorcement

1930s: Antelope Boy

1930s: Belinda, Europe and a Good New Fiddle

1930s: The Bloom and the Blossoming

1930s: Buried Treasure

1930s: The Carved and Painted Bed

1930s: The Creation of Stinky Oleander

1930s: Diagnosis in Gillian’s Pasture

1930s: A Dr. Christiansen Play Script

1930s: Every Day a Red Rose

1930s: A Face Seen in a Dream

1930s: Four Triple A

1930s: Gone to Find the One I Love

1930s: Let there be Duck and Damsels

1930s: The Living Heir

1930s: Mountain Idyl

1930s: Runaway Squaw

1930s: Tigers of Consequence

1930s: To Do the Chores

1930s: Twin Sons

1930s: Young Man’s Vision, Old Man’s Dream

1940s: The Bargain

1940s: The Big Jump

1940s: Butter on the Cat’s Paws

1940s: A Good Name

1940s: I Came to See You

1940s: I’ll Ask My Husband

1940s: A Little Learning

1940s: Mrs. Johnson and the Atomic Bomb

1940s: The Opera Tune

1940s: Right to Marry

1940s: Some Sturdy Midsummer Illusion

1940s: There are Lions

1940s: The Wake of the Party

1940s: The Wandersome One

1950s: Above the Storm

1950s: The Blizzard

1950s: The Closed Door

1950s: Cold White Fury

1950s: Spur of the Morning

1950s: The Very Necessary Little Dog

1960s-1970s: The Faithful Orchard

1960s-1970s: The Halcyon Day

1960s-1970s: O Time in Your Flight

1960s-1970s: Steam Children

1960s-1970s: Today is My Husband’s Wedding Day

1960-1966: Based on Life in Vernon, N.J.: Christmastree Arcadia

1960-1966: Based on Life in Vernon, N.J.: In Time of Tomatoes

1960-1966: Based on Life in Vernon, N.J.: Our Corn Patch

D. Unsold Stories, Dates Uncertain BOX 2

Abigail: A Biblical Screen or Television Play

Ann Hays’ Story of the Girl Sent from Sweden

The Bargain or The Good Swap (6/28/67)

The Building of the Sussex County Home Place

A Clap of Thunder Brought Me into this World

Cooking with Gas or High Point Venture

Come Look

Death Wish in a Pretty Place or To Heaven From the Pretty Place (4 versions) or To Town

A Delicate Undertaking

The Fall

Farm Homes

Fire Guard

For Baby’s Christmas

Fortnight Away

Forty Odd

The Happy Ending

Hospital Story

Journal of an Impractical Nurse (1952)

A Late and Sudden Wooing or Two Early and a Third Sudden but Late Wooing

 

D. Unsold Stories, Dates Uncertain BOX 3

The Light Blue China Hen

Little Girl Wife

A Little Learning

The Long Mystery of the Averted Scandal

Love Letters from Espanola

Mary Austin

A Matter of Time or Fortnight Away

The Most Amazing Secret of What Was Needed to Get a Baby Sister

My Mother and Me (or I) on the Night of My Sudden Birth

Never Said a Word

Next to Last Happy Rights

Old Pointer (1938)

Our Three Ducks

Papa’s Supper

Pedro and Otero of New Mexico

Prairie Children (see Manuscripts Written by Others, Prairie Children by Agusta Dodge Thomas)

Rain from Heaven

Responsibility

Right as Rain

A School Marm’s Story

Set Another Plate

The Old Spicer House

Split Up

The Story of the Building of Our House in Bronte

A Sunday Joke

Tell Us About the Children

Three Silk Handkerchiefs or The Holy Stove

A Time for Embracing or The Mobil and Completely Simple Life

To Stay the Night

To Them, Benighted

Town

The Trip from the Schoolhouse

Two-Mile Journey from School to Our Homestead or Journey in the Head

Two with a Light: An Alaska Idyll

Uncle Martin’s Halocination

Up in the Hills

Visit from the Luckiest Wiseman

Westward to Santa Fe

Worst Laid Plans Gang Too

You are my Other Self

Scraps of Stories

Misc. Pages

E. Frieda Telling Letters BOX 4

Original Frieda Telling Letters Written to Ted Mabley

Edited Letters to Ted Mabley

E. Frieda Telling Letters BOX 5

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 1

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 2

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 3

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 4

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 5

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 6

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 7

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 8

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 9

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 10

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 11

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 12

Frieda Lawrence Book Story 13

Frieda Telling Letter 2nd Version

Frieda Telling Letters Handwritten

Edited Letters to Ted about Frieda

Again We Went to Taos to See Frieda Lawrence

Frieda Telling Letters Bronte Version

  1. Poetry BOX 6

Poetry

Poems

Children’s Poetry

Nursing Home Telling or Grandpa Walked Home

A Story Told in Big Country Nursing Home

Sunday Joke and Beauteous Evening

  1. Nonfiction BOX 6

Loren Eiseley Celebration Talk

Plays

A Tutoring Book

The Story Opening

Memoir

Dorothy

Dorothy: In her Kansas and Alberta Early Years

A Nine Decade Personal History

A Personal History

  1. Manuscripts Written by Others BOX 6

Carney, Paul: Stories

Franklin, Mary: The Overturning of Marcella

Franklin, Mary: Snow White, Clara and the Seven Dwarfs

Frost, Robert: A Masque of Reason

Hays, Allegra Thomas: A Very Special Day

Int Haut, Della: Quicksand on the Middle Fork

Merrill, Kennetha Thomas: Wrack and Ruin: A Tale of the Horses

Merrill, Kennetha Thomas, Allegra and Burrus: The Others Remember

Murray, Don and Fred Clasel: The Homeless

Thomas, Agusta Dodge: Prairie Children

Wollin, Gosha: Untitled

II. GENERAL BOX 7

Addresses and Phone Numbers

Alberta—Letters about Battle Lake

Alberta—Valuble Letters and Papers

Alberta—Dorothy’s Trip to Alberta, June-July, 1957

Book Sales by Consignment

Buickerood, John

Buickerood, John—Sympathy Cards Received upon Death

Buickerood Land and Ski Runs

Buickerood Wedding—February 14, 1959

Christmas Cards

Clarke, Deanna—Correspondence

Clippings—About Dorothy Thomas

Clippings—Misc.

Financial Information

Friends of Loren Eiseley

Geneology I

Geneology II

Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors/ NLHA

Horizontal Sundial Plans

Kansas—Trip, 1953

Letters about Writing and Publishing

Letters from Readers

Lifetime Literary Achievement Award

Little People’s Corner

Kirkham Family Newsletter

II. GENERAL BOX 8

Medical

Poetry Society of Texas

Sussex County Welfare Board

Teaching Papers

Texas Nightwriters

Texas Observer (Joe Holley and Alicia Daniel)

University of Nebraska Press

Personal Miscellanea

  1. CORRESPONDENCE BOX 8
  2. A. Letters to Dorothy Thomas BOX 8

    Letters from Unknown Authors

    Miscellaneous

    Abercrombie, Edna

    Ackerman, Dora (John’s sister)

    Adler, Fagan A.

    Alcorn, Helen—1953-1983

    Allen, Myrtle—1953-1983

    Alumbaugh, Goldie

    Armijo, Karen

    Asher, Eleanor

    Aull, Peggy

    Barbee, Alan Hodges

    Boardwell, Mrs. Bruce

    Brower, Bill

    Brown, Dorris

    Brown, June Heacock

    Buickerood, Ed and Helen (John’s brother and sister-in-law)

    Buickerood, Jim (John’s nephew, son of Ed and Helen)

    Buickerood, John (and from Dorothy to John)

    Burgess, Eve

    C., Martha

    Callahan, Grace

    Campbell, Hope—1954-1977

    Champe, Flavia Waters—1954-1990

    Chodorov, Edward

    Christenson, Brenda

    Christenson, Gale

    Church, Peggy

    Clark, Deanna and Ross (Dorothy’s foster children)

    Clemens, Lois

    Cooper, George

    Corlett

    Crockett, Harriet

    Daniels, Sherrill

    Darrow, Martha

    Day, Bess (includes "Singer of Life" interview)

    Denlon, Grace

    Dodge, Doris

    Doyle, Esther

    Drury, Margaret

    Dunbar, Eva

    Earnest, Altha

    East, Therese

    Eckert, Vera

    Ehrman, Lola Pharook

    Eiseley, Mabel and Loren

    Esser, Grace D.

    Ewing, Gordon

    Farron, Paul

    Ferris, Bernice (Aunt Bird)

    Fink, Agusta

    Fitzgerald, Florence

    Fitzgerald, Marty

    Franklin, Rosalie

    Freeborn, Roselyn

    Frisbie, Jo

    Gable, Martin (early boyfriend)

    Giel, Marilyn and Jack

    Glaze, Eleanor

    H., Bob and Fritz

    Hanck, Randy and Louise

    Hanson, Lois

    Hare, Dennis O.

    Harper, Mary

    Harris, Ann

    Harris, Eva B.

    Havener, Sandra

    Hays, Bonna and Hobe

    Heaner, Dorothy

    Hey, Ann and Harry

    Hoover, Helen

    Howell, Madge Bunny

    Hult, Carrie

    Hyde, Herb

    Int-Hout, Della

    Jacobs, Elijah

    Jarvis, Deana King

    Jewett, John Figgis

    Johnson, Libbie

    Kadhibs,

    Kemp, Mildred

    Kirk, Joy

    Kirkham, Steve

    Klinkhamer, Tina/Carolyn Randall

    Klug, Bertha and Carl

    Kudlack, Ed and Marjorie

    A. Letters to Dorothy Thomas BOX 9

    Kysekla, Jo

    Lakey, Denise

    Lancaster, Sarah Heaner

    Lane, Rose Wilder

    Larkin, Elizabeth

    Lasch, Robert and Zora

    Lent, Helen

    Lewis, Marguerite Good

    Lightly, Florence and Paul

    Lisowski, Austiss

    London, Lloyd

    Long,

    Lowe, Robert Liddell

    Mabley, Mabelle

    Mabley, Ted

    Mabley, Ted—Traveling with Strangers

    MacGregor, Thelma

    Macklin, Eugenie

    Marshall, Mary Thomas

    Martin, Katie

    Marx, Groucho

    McHugh, Jane

    Mencken, H. L.

    Menke, Dorothea and Hattie

    Michel, Darlene

    Miller, Skedge

    Murphy, Eve O.

    Murray, Don

    Newton, C. A.

    Nickel, Mrs, Louis

    Nielson, Soren

    O’Brien, Edward

    Older, Vera and Jim

    Packwood, Ann

    Palmer, Charlotte and Rocky

    Pearce, T. M.

    Pryor, Nancy and John

    Purchard, Dora

    Rodenberger, Lou

    Rodman, Nathan

    Rowland, Barbara

    Roy, Elizabeth

    S., Denise and Jody

    S., Geneva

    Sanders, Bob

    Sanford, Annette

    Sartin, John

    Schultz, Marian and Bert

    Sedluck, Thema

    Sexton, Annie

    Sheldon, Mrs. A. B.

    Sjolin, Oscar and Jenny

    Skippen, Pat and Skipper

    Sowanick, Paul and Nancy

    Speight, Anne

    Spencer, Mrs. Tom

    Stafford, Amber

    Stauffer, Helen Winter

    Stelfox, Henry

    Stepanek, Orin

    Sterling, Pan--1952-1955

    Sterling, Pan--1956-1960

    Sterling, Pan--1961-1966

    Sterling, Pan—1967-1970 and undated

    Stuart, Winifred

    Sulphen, Florence

    Swanson, Berry

    Taylor, John

    Teague, Ruth and Walter

    Teller, Walter

    Theissen, Leonard

    A. Letters to Dorothy Thomas BOX 10

    Thomas, Agusta Dodge

    Thomas, Agusta Dodge—1936-1937

    Thomas, Augsta Dodge—Death of

    Thomas Hays, Allegra

    Thomas, Aurelle

    Thomas, Bob

    Thomas, Buzz and Marie

    Thomas, David and Mildred

    Thomas, Esther

    Thomas, Evan

    Thomas, Hap

    Thomas, Jacquelyn

    Thomas, John

    Thomas Kelly, Laurie

    Thomas, Margaret and Vance

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—General

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1950s

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1960

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1961

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1962

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1963

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1964

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1965

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1966

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1966

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1968

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1969

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1970

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1971

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1972

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1973

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1974

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1975

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1977

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1978

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1979

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—1980

    Thomas Merrill, Kennetha—death of

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—1950s

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—1960-1066

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—1967-1969

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—1970s

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—1980-1990

    Thomas, Lowell and Elaine—The Thomas Times

    A. Letters to Dorothy Thomas BOX 11

    Thomas, Macklin—1935

    Thomas, Macklin and Marjorie—1958-1982

    Thomas, Marjorie Joan

    Thomas, Mark and Grace

    Thomas, Michael

    Thone, Ruth

    Umland, Rudolph

    Wallis, Bill

    Ward, Bert and Christine

    Watkins,

    Watson, Jane

    Wells, Paulene

    Westmorland, Roberta

    Wheeler, Elsie Jane

    Williams, Robert Orzo

    Wilson, Nadene and Ray

    Zesch, Mrs. Kurt

    Becky

    Bernard

    Betty

    Betty and Al

    Carol

    Charlotte and Rocky

    Claire and Paul

    David

    Dennis

    Esther

    Eva

    Florence and Betty

    Gayle

    Genny

    Gerry

    Gladys

    Goldie

    Gretchen

    Hazel

    Henry

    Irene

    Jim and Hylda

    Joan

    Jocelyn

    June and Lou

    Karen

    Kay

    Kristen

    Lauralea

    Lillymae

    Louise

    Louise

    Marj

    Mary Alice

    Ola

    Patty

    Ross

    Scottie

    Tony and Ruth

    Walter

    B. Literary Correspondence BOX 11

    Jack Chambrun Letters 1

    Jack Chambrun Letters 2

    Jack Chambrun Letters 3

    Jack Chambrun Letters 4

    Letters about Nineth-Nine Alarm Clocks—1938-1939

    Letters about Writing and Publishing: 1976-

    Letters from Readers

    Literary Correspondence I—1953-1964 (Henry Volkening)

    Literary Correspondence II—1965-1975 (Sylvia Plapinger)

    Redbook—Conflict over Angels Ever Bright and Fair—1967

    C. Letters from Dorothy Thomas BOX 12

    Letters Dorothy Wrote Home: 1919-1920 (Gering) and 1924 (Tryon)

    Dorothy’s Letters: 1930s

    Letters from Yaddo: 1935

    Letters Dorothy Wrote Home: 1935-1939

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1940s

    Letters to Ted Mabely from Washington, D.C.: 1943-4

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1950s

    Dorothy’s Letters: 1951

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1952

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1953

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1954

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1955

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1956

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1957

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1958

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1959

    Dorothy’s Letters and Diary Writing: Jan-May, 1960 (Vernon, NJ)

    Dorothy’s Letters and Diary Writing: June-Dec., 1960 (Vernon, NJ)

    Dorothy’s Carbobs: Jan.-June, 1961 (some journal, mostly letters)

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan.-June, 1962

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec., 1962

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1963

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1964

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1965

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan-July, 1966

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec. and undated, 1966

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan.-June, 1967 (St. Croix)

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec., 1967

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan-June, 1968

    Dorothy’s Unattached Carbons: 1966-1969 and undated (St. Croix)

    C. Letters from Dorothy Thomas BOX 13

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec, 1968

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan.-Aug, 1969

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Sept.-Dec., 1969

    Dorothy’s Carbons: re: New Jersey Land, 1969

    Dorothy’s Unattached Carbons: 1969

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan.-June, 1970

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec., 1970

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1971

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1972

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1973

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1974

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1975

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1976

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1977

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1978

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1979

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1980

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan.-June, 1981

    Dorothy’s Carbons: July-Dec., 1981

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1982

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1983

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1983

    C. Letters from Dorothy Thomas BOX 14

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1984

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan. 29-Aug. 30, 1985

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Sept. 19-Dec.28, 1985 and Undated

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1986

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Jan. 1-May 30, 1987

    Dorothy’s Carbons: June 9-Dec. 17, 1987 and Undated

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1988

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1989

    Dorothy’s Carbons: 1990

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Loose and Undated I

    Dorothy’s Carbons: Loose and Undated II

  3. DIARIES BOX 15-17
  4. Diary—1923 and 1934-5

    Diary—1939

    Diary—1946 and 1948

    Diary—1949 and 1951

    Diary—1950s (sets of notes in this folder)

    Diary—1952

    Diary—1953

    Diary—1956(?)

    Diary—1957(?) (envelope of notes)

    Diary—1957 (trip to Alberta)

    Diary—1958 (two diaries for 1958)

    Diary—1959 (loose sheets of notes)

    Diary—1963

    Diary—1964 and 1965

    Diary—1966 (two diaries for 1966)

    Diary—Jan. 9, 1967-Aug. 1967 and Aug. 14, 1967-June, 1968

    Diary—1969

    Diary—1970-1975

    Diary—July, 1972-Oct., 1988 (diary includes photographs)

    Diary—Jan-April, 1974

    Diary—Sept., 1947-Dec., 1975

    Diary—1975 (blank) and Jan.-Aug, 1975

    Diary—Aug.-Oct., 1975 and Nov.-Dec., 1975

    Diary—Jan., 1976-Jan., 1977

    Diary—Jan.-Sept., 1977

    Diary—Jan.-March, 1978

    Diary—Aug. 13, 1978-1979 (204 loose pages in this folder)

    Diary—Aug. 13, 1979-1980 (loose pages in this folder)

    Diary—1981

    Diary—Jan. 3-Nov.11, 1982 (10 loose pages in this folder)

    Diary—Dec. 30, 1982-Jan. 1, 1985

    Diary—Sept. 30-Nov. 28, 1983

    Diary—1985 (diary includes key in box)

    Diary—May-Dec., 1985

    Diary—1986-7

  5. EPHEMERA

A. Slides

Mainly taken on trip to Canada and of art subjects in photography class. A few slides of Dorothy and John taken around the time of their wedding in 1959. A few slides of Dorothy in the 1940s. Pictures of Dorothy’s foster children Deanna and Ross Clark (c. late 1940s).

  1. Photographs

C. Awards