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Glenway Wescott collection of Nelson Lansdale papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 149

Scope and Contents

The Glenway Wescott Collection of Nelson Lansdale Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, and other personal items relating to Lansdale's life between 1936-1951.

The collection is housed in four boxes and is organized into three series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; and III. Other Material.

Series I, Correspondence , consists of incoming and outgoing letters, mostly to family members and close friends of Lansdale's, concentrated in the early 1940s. The subject of the letters is divided between Lansdale's personal life and his military service in World War II.

Series II. Writings , is divided into two subseries. The first, Interview and Research Notes for Newsweek Articles, contains source material gathered by Lansdale for the magazine. General Writings contains free-lance articles and early creative writing efforts.

Series III. Other Material includes a diary, financial papers, notebooks, and telephone books, among other items.


  • 1936-1951


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Glenway Wescott Collection of Nelson Lansdale Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received with the Glenway Wescott Papers, purchase from Monroe Wheeler, 1988.

Associated Materials

Additional Nelson Lansdale material can be found in the Glenway Wescott Papers [YCAL MSS 134]. The materials in this collection are the contents of a box of Lansdale's papers given to Glenway Wescott for safekeeping.


1.68 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL


The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, and other personal items relating to a period of Lansdale's life between 1936-1951, including his work for Newsweek magazine.


Nelson Lansdale, freelance writer and arts columnist for Newsweek magazine, was a close friend of Glenway Wescott.
Guide to the Glenway Wescott Collection of Nelson Lansdale Papers
Under Revision
by Timothy G. Young
January 2001
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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