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Douglas C. Wixson-Jack Conroy research collection

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Wixson

Scope and Content of the Collection

Correspondence, research files and works, mostly relating to Jack Conroy and his literary circle.

The majority of correspondence, research files, and subject in the papers is related to Wixson’s research for his works on Jack Conroy. It includes incoming and outgoing letters, clippings, reviews, and other information about a subject or individual that was gathered for Wixson’s book Worker-Writer in America: Jack Conroy and the Tradition of Midwestern Literary Radicalism, 1898-1990 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994). Some items were also created or collected by Conroy, and kept by Wixson for research purposes. To the extent possible, those items were separated and interfiled into the existing Jack Conroy Papers.

Also included are other works of Wixson’s, and promotional material about the publications of all of his works.


  • Creation: 1968-2001



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Douglas C. Wixson-Jack Conroy research collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Douglas C. Wixson-Jack Conroy research collection is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Douglas C. Wixson

American author, literary critic, and editor.

Douglas Wixson was born August 9, 1933 and held various teaching positions in the United States and in France before becoming a Professor of English at University of Missouri-Rolla in 1976. Around that time, he and author Jack Conroy became friends and sometime collaborators. Later in Conroy’s life, Wixson kept close ties to Conroy’s family and his caretaker, Carolee Hazlett. Wixson was also Jack Conroy’s literary executor and was responsible for the transfer of the Conroy Papers to the Newberry Library. Wixson retired to Austin, Texas, and died on May 26, 2017.


3.3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)


Correspondence, research files and works from American writer and literary critic Douglas C. Wixson. Materials are mostly relating to author Jack Conroy (1898-1990) and his literary circle.


Papers are organized in the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence, 1977-2001
Boxes 1-2
Series 2: Research and Correspondence files, 1967-2000
Boxes 3-5
Series 3: Subject Files, 1968-1999
Boxes 6-7
Series 4: Works, 1982-2001
Box 8

Collection Stack Location

1 36 6


Gift of Douglas C. Wixson, 2008-2014.

Processed by

Alison Hinderliter, 2020.

Inventory of the Douglas C. Wixson-Jack Conroy research collection, 1968-2001
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States