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Edward Dahlberg papers, 1960-1971

Identifier: 1973-002

Scope and Contents

Organized into 3 series:

Series 1: Writings consists of Dahlberg's typescripts and photocopy typescripts of published and unpublished novels, novellas, short stories, essays; galleys and proof pages as well as paste-ups of binding designs and other pre-production material; and works edited by Harold W. Billings in which Dahlberg's works appear (e.g. The Leafless American; Edward Dahlberg. American Ishmael of Letters . A Selection of Critical Essays; A Bibliography of Edward Dahlberg) The writings are arranged alphabetically by title.

Series 2: Correspondence consists primarily of 121 autograph and typescript letters from Dahlberg to his publisher, William R. Holman and to his editor, Harold W. Billings and date from 1965-1967. In addition, there are 43 autograph and typescript letters from Billings to Holman, dating from this same time period. Included in the correspondence are 13 autograph letters from D. H. Lawrence to Dahlberg in reference to Dahlberg's novel, Bottom Dogs, and 24 typescript letters from Dahlberg to novelist/poet, Fanny Howe, as well as letters to Dahlberg's wife, R'lene. The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Series 3: Miscellaneous consists of a photograph of Dahlberg, a 8mm movie film shot at the Harold Billings home, press cutting of an article about Dahlberg, and an autograph note by Dahlberg in reference to the history of the celebration of stellar time.


  • Creation: 1960 - 1971



These materials are in English.


This material is open for research use by any registered reader. This material is housed off-site and will require advance notice of 1 business day for use.

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 Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright.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

Edward Dahlberg was born in Boston, Massachusetts on July 22, 1900. His mother was Elizabeth Dahlberg. They lived a poor exsistance. In 1912, he was sent to live in an orphan aslyum in Cleveland, Ohio until 1917. He attended the University of Berekely and later Columbia University were he earned a B.S in Philosophy (1925). He was an expatriate writer of the 1920s, a proletarian novelist of the 1930s, a spokesman for a fundamental humanism in the 1940s. He wrote novels, essays and autobiographies, but also taught at various universities and colleges. He is known for writing several novels including "The Sorrows of Priapus." He died February 27, 1977.


2.5 Linear Feet (5 Boxes)

Physical Location

Collection shelved at off-site storage.

Immediate Source of Acquisition




Edward Dahlberg papers, 1960-1971
Milissa Burkart
1992 January
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Repository Details

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

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