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Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley research collection

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Nuzum

Scope and Content of the Collection

Primarily photocopies of articles, letters, reviews, and other material by or related to Malcolm Cowley and assembled in notebooks or loose by Ruth Nuzum.


  • Creation: approximately 1930-1999



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley research collection is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley 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.

Biography of Ruth Nuzum

Ruth Nuzum was a book collector from Boulder, Colorado. She began corresponding with Malcolm Cowley in 1979, and through the mail became friends with him and his wife Muriel. As a Cowley completist she asked Cowley many questions over the years about more rare books and works of his, and as she acquired more materials by and about Cowley she would send him copies of items he might not have. Cowley responded graciously and in kind, offering to inscribe books she sent along, and to offer advice on who to contact to purchase works of his.

Biography of Malcolm Cowley

Malcolm Cowley was born Aug. 24, 1898, in Belsano, Pennsylvania. After living and attending school in and around Pittsburgh, he entered Harvard University at the age of 17. Sophomore year at Harvard, he dropped out briefly to join the American Field Service and served at the French front as a camion driver during World War I. In 1918 he returned to Harvard and graduated, living in the 1920's in both Paris and Greenwich Village, New York. After freelancing for a number of years he became the associate editor of The New Republic in 1929. Settling in Sherman, Connecticut with his second wife Muriel, Cowley continued to write for the rest of his life, succumbing to a heart attack at the age of 90 on Mar. 27, 1989.


9.5 Linear Feet (11 boxes and 1 oversize box)


Photocopies of articles, correspondence, and other material assembled by rare book collector and Cowley completist Ruth Nuzum.


Collection organized into sections: Malcolm Cowley works, Reviews of Cowley works, About Malcolm Cowley, Malcolm Cowley's contemporaries, Alger Hiss Case, and Miscellaneous correspondence. Oversize materials are at the end.

Collection Stack Location

1 27 6-7, 1 30 7


Gift of the University of Delaware Library - Special Collections Department, 2004.

Processed by

Monica Petraglia and Pamela Olson, 2004.

Inventory of the Ruth Nuzum - Malcolm Cowley research collection, approximately 1930-1999
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States