English & American Literature Collections
In addition to these named collections, other collections in the Department include first editions
of major English and American authors, editions published during their lifetime, as well as works
published before 1801. Please note: In the case of many of these authors, circulating copies of works are also often
available in the general stacks. Check MadCat and the card catalog on the 2nd floor. The
Short Title Catalog (STC) for English works published 1475-1640, including numerous works
held in the Department, is available on microfilm in 443 Memorial Library.
American gift-books & annuals.
A collection of some 400 volumes, initiated by the late Professor
Cairns and still being enlarged. Mostly items are located in Memorial
Library stacks with call no. AY (LC classification) or Y .95...
(Cutter Classification). A few are in Special Collections, some
available in microform in 443 Memorial Library. See the card and
catalogs under the subject "Gift-books."
Armed Services Editions Collection U.
One hundred and twenty-seven examples of compact paperbacks
distributed to American troops in World War II; mostly
popular American fiction. Gift of Wm. Schuette.
British Amateur Journalism Collection ZB.
Some 8500 titles dating from about 1912 to the early 1970s, collected by Ralph A.L. Breed.
Cairns Collection of Pre-1920 American Women Authors
The Cairns Collection contains published works by over 1450 American
women authors who published before 1920, manuscripts and other materials,
and a comprehensive reference collection. For nine authors among
the 1450 -- Louisa May Alcott, Anne Bradstreet, Kate Chopin, Emily
Dickinson, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Margaret Fuller, Charlotte Perkins
Gilman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Special
Collections is trying to collect all variant editions. For more
information, see the Cairns
Little Magazines (Sukov) Collection
Experimental English-language literary magazines, beginning about
1900, non-commercial and avant-garde in nature, associated with
many literary and artistic movements, and featuring distinguished
writers (and those who later achieved distinction). With some 5800
journals, 1200 received on current subscription, the collection
is one of the most extensive of its kind in the U.S. The original
collection was assembled by Dr. Marvin Sukov and acquired by the
University of Wisconsin in 1959; new titles are added every year.
Most titles are cataloged on MadCat.
For more information, see the Little
Magazines collection description, search MadCat for the subject "Little magazines," or contact the Department of Special Collections.
Twentieth Century Collection
Works by prominent writers in the English language. These items
are cataloged partly on MadCat.
Works illustrated by noted English illustrator George Cruikshank (1792-1878) or Isaac Robert
Cruikshank (1789-1850). A shelf-list is available in the Department (CA8900-CA9017),
plus 50 additional titles listed in the
Department's author/title card catalog.
English Grammar (Benjamin David Berry) Collection
English grammars (17th-20th century) acquired in 1923.
The collection includes titles not typically not found in U.S. research institutions.
The material is divided between Special Collections and the general stacks.
Supplements the Twentieth Century Collection and other printed works in the Department's
holdings. Authors include, among others, Felicia Hemans, Mary Russel Mitford, Laura Riding,
Mary Imlay Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, and Rebecca West.
See also Author Collections below.
Felix Pollak Collection
Little magazines containing poetry by Pollak (1909-1987), other writings, and
books and manuscripts of distinguished modern literary figures and their correspondence with
Carl Rakosi Collection
Manuscripts collection F.
Letters, manuscripts, work sheets, clippings,
poetry readings, and miscellaneous items by poet Carl
Rakosi, born 1903 in Berlin (as Callman Rawley),
educated in Hungary and at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Other published materials are located in the Twentieth Century Collection.
Kenneth Fearing Collection
Manuscripts collection B.
Manuscripts, personal letters and business correspondence.
Other published materials are housed in the Twentieth Century Collection.
D.M. Thomas Collection Manuscripts--D.M.Thomas, MS-229.
Manuscripts of poetry, notebooks, and a manuscript copy of The White Hotel.
Published materials by Thomas (born in Britain in 1935) are available in the
Twentieth Century Collection.
Thornton Wilder Collection.
Manuscripts--Thornton Wilder, MS-150.
Sixty letters (1946-1975) from Wilder to an aspiring writer, Sally Higginson.
The Department also holds many of
Wilder's published works in the Twentieth Century Collection.
Zona Gale Collection.
Manuscripts--Zona Gale, MS-226.
Letters and manuscripts by Zona Gale (1874-1938), a writer from
Portage, Wisconsin. Additional items are in the Library of the State
Historical Society, searchable on ARCAT
O. Henry (William Sydney Porter) Collection
This collection includes first editions plus several items of Porteriana
and a signed document. Gift of Norman Bassett in 1958.
Shelf-list available in the Department card catalog (SC1222047-1222069, one item in the safe).
Mark Twain Collection
Two collections from Messrs. George H. Brownell and Norman Bassett, containing some 370 items,
with many ephemeral materials by and about Twain (1835-1910), also many first periodical
appearances and first editions.
John Milton Collection
Fine edition by Milton, plus works by contemporary European poets and
miscellaneous works on subjects of interest to Milton.
Donated by the late Professor Merritt Y. Hughes and Grace Hughes. Shelf list
available in the Department's card catalog (CA4873-CA5009).
Wordsworth (Arthur Beatty) Collection
Nearly 100 titles donated by Beatty, a professor of English at Madison, with many others
located in the general stacks. Shelf-list available in the
Department's card catalog (SC 1213952-1214141).
Norman Bassett Collection
Works by Dickens, Bellamy, Cooper, James Joyce.
Also works by or about Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), other published works are
available in the Twentieth Century
Collection. Shelf-list available in the Department's
card catalog (SC 1219748-1219757).
William Stanley Marshall Collection
First or early editions of literature,
poetry, and travel by Byron, Longfellow, Thomas
Jefferson, Holmes, Whittier, etc. Acquired about 1950 from Marshall,
professor of zoology. An additional sixty
titles were later donated by the family.
Shelf-list available in the Department's card catalog (SC 971912-972206).
Ruth Coons Wallerstein Collection
Library of Professor Wallerstein of the English department. First and early
editions of Elzevier, Jansen, Plantin, and other famous publishing houses
as well as literary classics of the seventeenth
century. Acquired in 1958. Shelf-list available in the Department's
card catalog (SC 1084076-1084175).
Jonathan Swift Collection
Some one hundred items acquired in 1962 from the
estate of Dr. Herman Teerink, including eighteenth century editions, first editions, and
editions with commentaries.
L. Frank Baum / Oz Collection
Some forty editions of the Wizard of Oz.
Thornton Burgess Collection
About one hundred titles, many inscribed. Formerly
in the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) on campus.
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