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Nebraska Writers Guild


RG3557.AM:  Nebraska Writers Guild

Records:  1923-2009
Nebraska:  Organization of Professional Writers
Size:  5.5 cu.ft.; 6 boxes

BACKGROUND NOTE

The Nebraska Writers Guild was organized in 1925 for the "promotion of good fellowship among Nebraska writers (by residence or affiliation); to encourage the recognition of professional writing and writers in the production of fine literature; and to foster the development of the talent of those who desire to write and who show definite possibilities of authorship."

Active members, admitted only by vote of the Executive Council, must be persons who have "published and placed on sale through the regular channels of the book trade one or more books and/or have received payment for fiction, verse, or articles accepted by magazines or newspapers of recognized merit."

The Guild holds two meetings a year and publishes a Bulletin and a Newsletter. It has held book fairs to display publications of members, and in 1967 it published an anthology of members' writings.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection of the records of the Nebraska Writers Guild, consisting of five boxes of manuscript material and eight oversize items shelved with the collection, is arranged in ten series (plus an addendum): 1) Minutes, 1933-1942; 2) Correspondence, 1929-1976; 3) Biographical and bibliographical information about Nebraska writers; 4) Financial records, 1943-1965; 5) Programs, 1928-1966; 6) Publications of the Nebraska Writers Guild, 1929-1976; 7) Records regarding publication of the Anthology, 1967-1968; 8) Scrapbooks, 1930-1985; 9) Clippings, 1923-1963; and 10) Miscellany. See also the addendum of materials added after the collection was fully processed.

The most significant portions of this collection, containing information about the lives and work of Nebraska writers, can be found in Series 3, 6 and 8. Series 3 contains membership application forms and survey questionnaires, which were completed by Nebraska writers and returned to the Guild. The records contain biographical and bibliographical information about these authors. Series 6 contains publications of the Nebraska Writers Guild including its Bulletin and its Newsletter which describe activities of the Guild and its members. Also in this series is the Anthology, a collection of short stories, essays, and verse by Guild members published in 1967. Included in Series 8 are the scrapbooks which contain newspaper clippings on the activities of the Guild and of its members. Series 9 contains some clippings similar to those in the scrapbooks.

The official records of the organization are incomplete. Series 1 contains minutes of some of the meetings between 1933 and 1942. Series 2 includes correspondence of various officers from 1929 to 1976. An incomplete file of programs of the Guild's semi-yearly meetings is contained in Series 5. Series 7 includes records relating to the publication and sale of the Anthology in 1967. The Miscellany includes the Guild's constitutions, invitations, and copies of a few publications by members.

Parts of this collection have been received from time to time, courtesy of various officers of the Nebraska Writers Guild.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Minutes, 1933-1942

Box 1
Folder
  1. 1933-1942

Series 2 - Correspondence, 1929-1976

  1. 1929-1976
    1996 (1 letter)
    1997 (1 letter)

Series 3 - Biographical and Bibliographical Information about Nebraska Writers

  1. Membership applications, 1957-1958
  2. Survey of information about Nebraska writers, A-Z
  3. Survey of books published by members of the Nebraska Writers Guild, A-Z

Series 4 - Financial Records, 1943-1965

  1. Treasurer's Record Book, 1943-1947
  2. Bank statements, 1947-1951 and 1960-1963
  3. Receipts for dues paid, 1960-1965

Series 5 - Programs, 1928-1966

Box 2
Folder
  1. Programs of meetings of the Nebraska Writers Guild, 1928-1966
  2. Programs of other events, 1946-1951

Series 6 - Publications of the Nebraska Writers Guild, 1929-1976

  1. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 1929-1950
  2. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 1951-1976
  3. Nebraska Writers Guild Newsletters, 1947-1949
  4. Anthology, 1967

Series 7 - Records regarding Publication of the Anthology, 1967-1968

  1. Announcement of the Anthology project
  2. Manuscripts considered for publication
  3. Correspondence, 1967-1968
Item
  1. Galley of the Anthology (see oversize)
  2. Off-set negatives of the Anthology (see oversize)

Series 8 - Scrapbooks, 1930-1985 (oversize)

Volume
  1. 1949-1955
  2. 1930-1952
  3. 1956-1959
  4. 1959-1964
  5. 1960-1968
  6. 1968-1970
  7. 1983-1985
  8. 1975-1983

Series 9 - Clippings, 1923-1963

Box 3
Folder
  1. 1923-1963

Series 10 - Miscellany

  1. Constitution of the Nebraska Writers Guild, 1925 and 1965
  2. Report on book exhibit, 1929
  3. Invitations, banquet tickets, list of items donated to NSHS in 1970
  4. Copies of publications by Nebraska writers

Addendum: 2008.0101

Box 4
Folder
  1. Business papers, letters, membership list and articles, 1967, 1976
  2. Business papers, letters and articles, 1980
  3. Business papers, letters and articles, 1982
  4. Business papers, letters and articles, 1983
  5. Business papers, letters and articles, 1984
  6. Business papers, letters and articles, 1985
  7. Business papers, letters and articles, 1986
  8. "Alive and Writing in Nebraska" grant, 1986
  9. Business papers, letters and articles, 1987
  10. Business papers, letters and articles, 1988, pt. 1
  11. Business papers, letters and articles, 1988, pt. 2
  12. Presidential correspondence (Harry Dolphin), 1988, pt. 1
  13. Presidential correspondence (Harry Dolphin), 1988, pt. 2
  14. Business papers, letters and articles, 1989
  15. Presidential correspondence (Harry Dolphin), 1989
  16. Business papers, letters and articles, 1990
  17. Business papers, letters and articles, 1991, pt. 1
  18. Business papers, letters and articles, 1991, pt. 2
  19. Business papers, letters and articles, 1992, pt. 1
  20. Business papers, letters and articles, 1992, pt. 2
  21. Business papers, letters and articles, 1993
  22. Business papers, letters and articles, 1994
  23. Business papers, letters and articles, 1995
  24. Business papers, letters and articles, 1996
  25. Business papers, letters and articles, 1997
  26. Business papers, letters and articles, 1998
  27. Business papers, letters and articles, 1999
  28. Business papers, letters and articles, 2000
  29. Financial records, 1978-1999
  30. Financial records, 2000
Box 5
Folder
  1. Membership dues, 1978-1999, A-K
  2. Membership dues, 1978-1999, L-Z
  3. Membership applications, 1980s-1990s, pt. 1
  4. Membership applications, 1980s-1990s, pt. 2
  5. "Meet Your Nebraska Author," 1982
  6. "Meet Your Nebraska Author," 1983, pt. 1
  7. "Meet Your Nebraska Author," 1983, pt. 2
  8. Braddy, Glen, 1984
  9. Eads, James, 1998
  10. Reilly, Robert, 2004
  11. Stortvedt, Leatta, 1990s
  12. Stroman, Connie, 1984
  13. Misc. authors
  14. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 1961-1986 (incomplete)
  15. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 1987-1991 (incomplete)
  16. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 1992-1997
  17. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletin, 2000, 2004, 2006
  18. Clippings, 1982-1983
  19. Misc. photographs

Addendum: 2010

Box 6 (Misc. meeting minutes, conference materials, financial reports, etc.)
Folder
  1. 1982
  2. 1984
  3. 1985
  4. 1987
  5. 1989
  6. 1990
  7. 1991
  8. 1992
  9. 1993
  10. 1994
  11. 1995
  12. 1996
  13. 1997
  14. 1998
  15. 1999
  16. 2000
  17. 2001
  18. 2002
  19. 2003
  20. 2004
  21. 2005
  22. 2005
  23. 2006
  24. 2006
  25. 2007
  26. 2008
  27. 2008
  28. 2009
  29. Nebraska Writers Guild Bulletins, 1976, 1983-1989, 1994-1997, 2000, 2008-2009
  30. NWG The Broadside, 1990-1992, 1994-1998, 2000-2001, 2003-2006, 2008-2009
  31. Misc. undated materials

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

American literature -- Nebraska
Authors -- Nebraska
Nebraska Writers Guild

 

APD/cat   12-15-1976
Revised TMM   06-19-2008
Encoded TMM   03-20-2010
Revised TMM   06-24-2013

 

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