Virgil Scott papers Edit


MSS 37 large


  • 1947-1976 (Creation)


  • 8 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 boxes


  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite . Please request materials 3 days ahead of your visit.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, Virgil Scott Papers, MSS 37, Special Collections MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Collection acquired from Virgil Scott on June 12, 1979.

  • Processing Information

    Processing information unknown, unprocessed final box integrated by Lydia Tang in 2016.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Virgil Scott (1914-2001) grew up in Vancouver, Washington before attending the Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio and Ohio State University; his degrees include an A.B, M.A., and Ph.D. In 1947 he joined the faculty of Michigan State University, where he taught creative writing. He retired in 1977. His publications include novels and short stories.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection documents the process by which a book is planned, written, and published. It includes drafts, galley and page proofs, notes, plot outlines, correspondence, and research subject files related to six of Virgil Scott's books, including The Dead Tree Gives No Shelter (1947); The Hickory Stick (1948); The Savage Affair (1958); I, John Mordaunt (1964); The Kruetzman Affair (1974); and Walk-In (1976)

  • Arrangement

    Papers are arranged by novel and generic research files are at the end.

  • Separated Materials

    Separated published materials integrated into Special Collections' holdings: History of the Revolutions in Europe from the Subversion of the Roman Empire in the West to the Congress of Vienna from the French of Christopher William Koch with a continuation to the year 1815 by M. Schoell, vol. 1, Middletown: Hunt & co., 1840. A universal history of the United States of America, embracing the whole period, from the earliest discoveries, down to the present time... by C. B. Taylor, Buffalo, N. Y.: E. Strong, 1833. E178.T24 Meditations and contemplations: in two volumes by James Hervey, London, 1795. BV4831.H47 Grahams Magazine, January-June 1843 (signed by J. L. Brattin, 1849), AP2 .G73 Peterson's Magazine (signed by J. L. Brattin, 1849), 1860-1887, AP2 .P48