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Edgar Wolfe Letters

Call Number: RH MS 1302


Letters from Edgar Wolfe to John and Dorothy Baird, from 1953-1988.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1988


Language of Materials

English, Turkish.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biography of Edgar 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.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box + 1 oversize folder)

Scope and Contents

Includes handwritten letters sent to John and Dorothy Baird by Edgar Wolfe between 1953 and 1988. While mostly in English, many letters include Turkish, especially within dates.

Physical Location

RH MS 1302

Physical Location

RH MS R346

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, John and Dorothy Baird, 1991.

Related Materials

Edgar Wolfe papers, RH MS 669, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Uniersity of Kansas

Guide to the John and Dorothy Baird Collection
Edgar Wolfe letters
Finding aid prepared by hc, 2013. Finding aid encoded by hc, 2013. Finding aid revised by mhr, 2015; mwh, 2022.
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Edgar Wolfe letters, RH MS 1302, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

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

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