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Thomas Wolfe Ephemera Collection Finding Aid

Collection Number: M09-3
Dates: 1969-2008
Size: 2 linear ft. (1 box)
Repository: Special Collections, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida
Arrangement: Alphabetical by type and format of item.
Language: English
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The collection contains printed materials relating to the early twentieth century American author Thomas Wolfe. Items of particular interest are signed and numbered art prints and illustrations of Wolfe's boyhood home in Asheville, North Carolina, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, a North Carolina historic site. Also included are several commemorative keepsakes and publications issued by the Thomas Wolfe Society as a part of the Society's annual meeting.


The majority of the collection was donated by Walter R. Graham, Jr., in 2009.

Access to the Collection

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail

Preferred Citation

Thomas Wolfe Ephemera Collection, Thomas G. Carpenter Library, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida.

Additional Guides

Related Materials

Borland, Deborah A. Selected essays from The Thomas Wolfe newsletter/review : a memorial to Dr. John S. Phillipson, editor, 1977-1996. edited by Deborah A. Borland, John L. Idol, Jr. [S.l.] : Thomas Wolfe Society, 1999.

The Proceedings and membership list of the Thomas Wolfe Society. [Clemson, S.C.] : Thomas Wolfe Society, c1990-. Holdings: 24th (2002), 26th (2004), 28th (2006), 29th (2007)

Historical / Biographical Note

Thomas Clayton Wolfe was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, North Carolina. He attended local Asheville schools, graduated from high school at age 15, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a sophomore at UNC, one of his poems was published in the University of North Carolina Magazine and he became increasingly active in the Carolina Playmakers, a course in playwriting. His first play, entitled The Return of Buck Gavin, was produced by the Playmakers and starred Wolfe in the lead role. After graduating from UNC in 1920, Wolfe studied playwriting at Harvard University and completed a Master of Arts degree in literature. He moved to New York where he alternated for the rest of his life between teaching at New York University, writing and publishing, and traveling frequently to Europe.


His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, published in 1929, prominently featured characters and scenes from his boyhood town of Asheville. His next autobiographical novel, Of Time and the River, followed in 1935. He also published numerous short stories, novellas, and plays during his lifetime. His other two novels - The Web and the Rock (1939), and You Can't Go Home Again (1940) - were both published posthumously. He died on September 15, 1938, at age 38, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains miscellaneous printed materials relating to the life of the major American novelist Thomas Wolfe. Many of the items depict and feature his childhood home in Asheville, North Carolina. Types of items include art prints and illustrations, keepsakes, postcards, brochures, and posters.

Index Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection:


  • Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938.
  • Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938 -- Homes and haunts -- Pictorial works.
  • Wolfe, Thomas, 1900-1938 -- Portraits.
  • Thomas Wolfe Memorial (Asheville, N.C.) -- Pictorial works.
  • Historic sites -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- Pictorial works.
  • Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
  • Thomas Wolfe Society.