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Finding Aid for the Carl Petersen Collection (MUM00163)

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Finding Aid for the Carl Petersen Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carl Petersen Collection
Collector: Petersen, Carl
Physical Extent: 12 boxes and 2 binders
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM00163
Language of Material: English
Abstract: Collection of correspondence and materials related to Carl Petersen's collection of William Faulkner manuscripts and materials.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Carl Petersen, 3 August 1978.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 15 May 2009.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 -- Authorship
Book collecting


lists (document genres)
clippings (information artifacts)
book catalogs
proofs (printed matter)

Scope and Content Note

The Carl Petersen Collection contains materials related to the acquisition of Petersen's significant Faulkner collection. Primarily, the collection contains correspondence between Petersen and major booksellers and collectors and documentation about Petersen's collection. Also contains materials related to other collections as well as auction information.

Collection contains manuscript items for Petersen's various works as well, including On the Track of the Dixie Ltd., Another Turn: Imperfect Notes on a Faulkner Collection, Each in its Ordered Place and Eiiop.

User Information

Prefered Citation

Carl Petersen Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The Carl Petersen Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

For a description of the William Faulkner archival collections housed at the University of Mississippi, please view our William Faulkner Subject Guide

Separated Material

Photographs have been removed from this collection.


Correspondence pertaining to Petersen's acquisition of his Faulkner collection is included in boxes 1-8, 10 and arranged alphabetically. Miscellaneous clippings, auction information and collection lists related to William Faulkner materials are located in boxes 8-11.

Container List

Folder 1.1 Abadie
Folder 1.2 Abernethy, Milton
Folder 1.3 Adler
Folder 1.4 Algren, Nelson
Folder 1.5 Algren
Folder 1.6 Allen
Folder 1.7 Altman
Folder 1.8 Anderson, Eleanor
Folder 8.8 Ardis
Folder 1.9 Attic Books
Folder 1.10 B
Folder 1.11 Blotner
Folder 1.12 Boozer, Bill
Folder 1.13 Bradford File
Folder 1.14 Bradley
Folder 1.15 Brennan
Folder 1.16 Brodsky
Folder 1.17 Brodsky II
Folder 1.18 Brodsky, R.L.
Folder 2.1 Buttitta
Folder 2.2 C
Folder 2.3 Cerf
Folder 2.4 Charlottesville Exhibits
Folder 2.5 Cohn I
Folder 3.1 Cohn II
Folder 3.2 Cohn House of Books
Folder 3.3 Cohn
Folder 3.4 Collins
Folder 3.5 Collins
Folder 3.6 Collins
Folder 3.7 Collins, Carvel
Folder 3.8 Cowley
Folder 3.9 Cowley, Malcolm
Folder 4.1 Crane, Joan
Folder 4.2 D
Folder 4.3 E
Folder 4.4 Ellman
Folder 4.5 Evans
Folder 4.6 Faulkner, M.C.
Folder 4.7 Faulkner Forgery
Folder 4.8 F
Folder 4.9 G
Folder 4.10 General: Booksellers
Folder 4.11 General: Other
Folder 4.12 Graduation Dress
Folder 4.13 H
Folder 4.14 I
Folder 5.1 J
Folder 5.2 Joseph the Provider Books
Folder 5.3 K
Folder 5.4 L
Folder 5.5 Marble Faun / Poetry
Folder 5.6 Massey, Linton
Folder 5.7 Mencken, H.L.
Folder 5.8 MC
Folder 5.9 Meriwether
Folder 5.10 Meriwether, Jim - 1
Folder 5.11 Meriwether, Jim - 2
Folder 5.12 Meriwether, Jim - 3
Folder 6.1 M
Folder 6.2 Northwestern University Exhibit
Folder 6.3 N
Folder 6.4 O
Folder 6.5 Princeton University Library
Folder 6.6 P
Folder 6.7 Q
Folder 6.8 Rideout, Walter
Folder 6.9 Runyan, Harry
Folder 6.10 R
Folder 6.11 Romaine, Paul and Harry Schwartz
Folder 6.12 Sanctuary
Folder 6.13 Sandburg
Folder 6.14 Serendipity Books
Folder 7.1 Shenton
Folder 7.2 Silver, James
Folder 7.3 Southern Lit Festival
Folder 7.4 Starr
Folder 7.5 Stone, Phil
Folder 7.6 Stone Fiasco
Folder 7.7 S
Folder 7.8 T
Folder 7.9 U
Folder 7.10 V
Folder 7.11 University of Virginia Library
Folder 7.12 W
Folder 7.13 Wells
Folder 7.14 Warner Brothers
Folder 7.15 Webb, James
Folder 7.16 Wenning, Henry
Folder 7.17 Wilde, Meta
Folder 7.18 Williams, Joan
Folder 7.19 XYZ
Folder 8.1 Unfiled Correspondence
Folder 8.2 Cash Journal
Scope: All of Petersen's Faulkner purchases listed by invoice total, broken down by seller, date and purchase price.
Folder 8.3 Another Turn: Imperfect Notes on a Faulkner Collection revised and expanded version of Each in its Ordered Place between 1985-1986.
Folder 8.4 Photocopy of Transcript
Folder 8.5 Holograph of Eiiop
Folder 8.6 Copy of 1st edition of Eiiop
Scope: Eiiop with Petersen's Notes, Corrections
Folder 8.7 2nd Proof, loose sheets with Petersen's holograph corrections with photocopy of some pages
Folder 8.9 Permissions
Folder 8.10 Photocopies of Index Cards in chronological order
Folder 8.11 Miscellaneous
Folder 8.12 Miscellaneous
Scope: Includes photos of illustrations for book
Folder 9.1 Extra pinted pages of Eiiop
Folder 9.2 Photocopy of 2nd proof Eiiop
Folder 9.3 Publisher's copy Eiiop
Folder 9.4 1st proofs Eiiop with Petersen's holograph corrections
Folder 9.5 Individual types Index Cards
Folder 9.6 Eiiop copy with holograph changes and inserts; re: photos
Folder 9.7 Black Notebook
Folder 10.1 On the Track of the Dixie Ltd.
Scope: Typescript with corrections plus related correspondence
Folder 10.2 Insurance Materials
Scope: Delcaration of Value of Petersen's Faulkner Collections 69, 72, 75, 79
Folder 10.3 Translations
Scope: Includes over 30 invoices, letters between Petersen or House of Books and foreign publishers and booksellers, journal articles pertaining to Faulkner translation, correspondence regarding Faulkner translation, copies of Faulkner foreign title pages.
Folder 10.4 Photographs: over 89 contact sheets with negatives, including 1978 University of Mississippi exhibit
Separated Material: Photographs have been removed.
Folder 10.5 Display cards: University of Mississippi exhibit
Folder 10.6 Index Cards: several attempts at chronology
Folder 10.7 Friends of the Library, 7 November 1968
Folder 11.1 Manuscripts and Typescripts of articles written by Petersen on his Faulkner Collection
Folder 11.2 Publishers' catalogues describing books about Faulkner
Folder 11.3 Periodicals and photocopies of periodicals describing the Faulkner collections belonging to other collectors, including libraries and individuals
Checklists of holdings belonging to other collectors
Folder 11.4 Petersen's notes as to Faulker appearances in book auctions and book dealer's catalogs
Folder 11.5 Newspaper Clippings
Item A "The Burning of the Cofield Studio"
Item B Reviews of Faulkner books, circa 1930-1960 (10 reviews)
Item C "Faulkner Manuscript is Bought" (by Virginia), etc.
Folder 11.6 Photocopies of Faulkner letters, inscriptions, etc. sent by fellow collectors, librarians and book dealers
Folder 11.7 Lists of desired Faulkner materials
Folder 11.8 Photocopies of bibliographical work done by others
Scope: Includes Joan Crane
Folder 11.9 Quotes of Faulkner materials by major book dealers
Scope: Contains clippings from book catalogues
Folder 11.10 Personal Materials
Item A Listing of Faulkner materials in Petersen's bank deposit boxes
Item B Request to withdraw funds from company savings plan to purchase Warner contract manuscript materials
Folder 11.11 Listings, Charts and Commentary by Petersen
Scope: Materials concern Faulkner publication prices, dates of reprints and contemporary values