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William Van O'Connor - Faulkner research papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-141

Scope and Content of the Collection

Material assembled in 1951-1953 by scholar William Van O'Connor for a study of the work of William Faulkner. Mainly newspaper clippings, many from The Oxford Eagle of Oxford, Mississippi, either about or by Faulkner, and several articles. Also, a group of incoming letters from people associated with Faulkner, which consists of responses to O'Connor’s search for personal information about the novelist, particularly his military career in the Royal Air Force and his experience as a Hollywood scriptwriter.


  • Creation: 1925-1953



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The William Van O'Connor - Faulkner research papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The William Van O'Connor - Faulkner research papers are 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 William Van O'Connor

American professor of English.

Born in Syracuse, New York, in 1915, and educated at Syracuse and Columbia Universities, O'Connor taught at Ohio State, University of Minnesota and University of California at Davis. Much in demand as a visiting scholar, O'Connor produced many articles, reviews and books, including studies of Wallace Stevens and William Faulkner. He also wrote poetry, fiction and drama. He died, suddenly, in 1966.


0.1 Linear Feet (3 folders)


Material concerning William Faulkner assembled in 1951-1953 by Professor William Van O’Connor while teaching at the University of Minnesota, in preparation for a study of Faulkner’s work. Mainly newspaper clippings and articles about or by Faulkner, and a few letters to O’Connor from publishers, Hollywood associates and others, and the British Air Ministry regarding Faulkner’s service in the Royal Air Force.


Arranged by type of material in 3 folders.

Collection Stack Location

1 1 2



Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the William Van O'Connor - Faulkner research papers, 1925-1953
Virginia Hay Smith
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Repository Details

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

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