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Erskine Caldwell manuscripts, 1930-1959

Identifier: 1971-001

Scope and Contents

The Erskine Caldwell material is an artificial collection composed primarily of printed editions of his work, including such items as God's Little Acre, Tobacco Road, and American Earth. The collection also includes manuscript material for Erskine Caldwell's Gulf Coast Stories and original pen and ink drawings for by Louis Macouillard for Caldwell's When You Think Of Me.


  • Creation: 1930 - 1959
  • Record Keeping: Accession



This material is open for research use by any registered reader.

Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Erskine Preston Caldwell was an author, born on December 17, 1903 outside of Moreland , Georgia. His father was a minister who led the family from state to state working for various churches. He wrote his forst novel in 1929, but is most noted for "Tobacco Road," and "God's Little Acre." He sympathsized with the poor working class and wrote about their daily sufferings. From 1939-1942, he was married to photographer Margaret Bourke-White. They collaborated on three photo documentaries. During WWII he became a foreign war correspondant. He settled in San Francisco, California after the war. He died on April 11, 1987.


2 Linear Feet (1 Box, 1 oversize box)

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Physical Location

Collection shelved on 3rd floor and 5th floor oversize racks.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation by Erskine and Virginia Caldwell.


Erskine Caldwell manuscripts, 1930-1959
Milissa Burkart
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
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Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
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