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Collection of Edith Wharton Materials

Identifier: WHARTON-1

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence of writer, Edith Wharton. The collection consists of letters written by Wharton to various correspondents between 1903 and 1933.


  • 1903 - 1933


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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials to be used on site during regular Special Collections hours or by appointment. Photocopying or scanning may be possible at discretion of staff for nominal fee. Materials may be protected by copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Born to a wealthy family in New York City, wharton traveled frequently to Bar Harbor, Maine during her childhood, and built her adult home in Lenox, Massachusetts. Wharton was friends with many intellectuals of her day, including Sinclair Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt, and especially Henry James (although the other time she met R. Scott Fitzgerald was reportedly an "awful" experience). She traveled frequently in Europe throughout her life and moved permanently to France just before World war I, spending the war years aiding refugees and orphans as well as touring hospitals and battlefields to help the sick and injured. Wharton wrote novels, including "The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome" and "The Age of Innocence," for which she won a Pulitzer in 1920, as well as poems, short stories, and nonfiction on subjects such as interior design, gardens, and France.


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Materials arranged in one series: Correspondence.

Custodial History

Materials were gifts from Irene Cooper Willis and Muriel Crooks.

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Repository Details

Part of the Colby College Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & Archives (SC&A), located in Miller Library, is the college’s repository for historically and culturally -significant materials, including the college archives. Our fabulous materials range in date from the 12th to the 21st centuries and represent a wide range of formats. We fully support Colby’s academic program and innovative pedagogies through aspirational collection development, faculty and student engagement, teaching and exhibition.