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Edgar Wolfe papers

Call Number: RH MS 669


This collection contains personal correspondence, books on learning Turkish, books written in Turkish, and manuscripts by Edgar Wolfe and his students and colleagues.


  • Creation: 1918 - 1994


Language of Materials

English; Turkish

Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of G. Edgard Wolfe (1906-1989)

George Edgar Wolfe was born in Ottawa, Franklin County, Kansas in 1906. He received his bachelors from the University of Kansas in 1928 and returned for his masters in 1947, serving as a professor of creative writing thereafter at KU from 1949 to 1977, gaining full professor status in 1970.

In between earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees, Wolfe taught at a high school in rural South Dakota as well as in Kansas, also working as a door-to-door salesman. In 1929 he married Nina Ruth Winters, the daughter of Augustus P. and Bertha (Riant) Winters, and during the Great Depression he was employed as a case worker for the Kansas Emergency Relief Commission.

Wolfe published short stories, poetry, an English textbook, a novel, and a novella during his lifetime. Widow Man was on the New York Herald-Tribune's list of best books for the year 1953. Other published items include the textbook Write Now (1954), the novella Trial by Ice (1961), To All the Islands Now (1986), and the poetry collection The Almond Tree (1989).

Nina Winters passed away in 1973. In 1977 Wolfe remarried to Marguerite Everett. Edgar Wolfe passed away in 1989. His legacy includes an award for creative writing given to undergraduate students for a work of fiction established at the University of Kansas in his honor.


34 Linear Feet (56 boxes + 1 oversize box)

Physical Location

RH MS 669

Physical Location

RH MS Q149

Physical Location

Contact Spencer Library Reader Services (Library Annex)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Marguerite Wolfe, 1991, 1992; Virginia B. Edwards; Ann Branden, 2019.

Related Materials

Edgar Wolfe letters, RH MS 1302, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Processing Information

Materials formerly located at PP 117 have been added to this collection.

Guide to the George Edgar Wolfe Collection
Edgar Wolfe papers
Finding aid prepared by aw, 2006. Finding aid encoded by aw, 2006. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; skt, 2010; mwh, 2016, 2022.
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Edgard Wolfe papers, RH MS 669, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States