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Primary Sources for Literature in Special Collections: American Literature

About the collection

Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library has a very strong collection of American literature from the earliest imprints to contemporary writings. Most major American writers are represented, often by first or early editions.

Hightlights from the manuscript collection

MSS 113 Alice Dunbar Nelson papers, 1895-1942

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MSS 398 Ishmael Reed Papers, 1964 – 1995, 65 linear ft.

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MSS 269 Ernest Hemingway Collection, 1938 - 2001

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MSS 103 John Malcolm Brinnin papers, 1930-1981

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MSS 110 Archive of Pagany, 1925 - 1970

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Listed here are annotated bibliographies of resources in Special Collections pertaining to American literature. Please note that the items listed in the bibliographies represent only a small portion of materials on works by and about American literary figures and literature in America held in Special Collections.

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