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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1883.12

Maxwell Evarts Perkins correspondence and papers on Thomas Wolfe


Papers of the American editor Maxwell Perkins relating to his literary executorship of the estate of American author Thomas Wolfe.


  • 1933-1948

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

These manuscripts may not be consulted without the written permission of the Estate of Thomas Wolfe.


4.2 linear feet (10 boxes)

These are primarily the papers of Perkins as literary executor for The Estate of Thomas Wolfe. There is extensive correspondence between Perkins, the Wolfe family, and publishers. Correspondents include: Edward C. Aswell, Atlantic Monthly, Aline Bernstein, Effie W. Gambrell, Harper & Brothers, Heinemann (Firm), Elizabeth Nowell, Mabel Wolfe Wheaton, William B. Wisdom, Frank C. Wolfe, Fred Wolfe, Julia Elizabeth Wolfe, Thomas Wolfe, and many others. Includes financial and legal records, some estate papers of Maxwell Perkins and Thomas Wolfe, lists of Wolfe manuscripts, clippings and printed materials, and photographs. Material by Thomas Wolfe includes: The web and the rock; Where was green; You can't go home again (contents page only); Der aint no decent air in Brooklyn; These things will never change; family photographs; and some correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Perkins was an editor with Charles Scribner's Sons for over thirty years.


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*87M-34. Deposited Estate of Thomas Wolfe, Paul Gitlin, Administrator; received: 1985; gift: 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt.

Perkins, Maxwell E. (Maxwell Evarts), 1884-1947. Maxwell Evarts Perkins correspondence and papers on Thomas Wolfe: Guide.
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