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Guide to the Tillie Olsen Papers, 1930-1990
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    Title: Olsen, Tillie. Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1930-1990
    Collection number: M0667
    Creator: Olsen, Tillie.
    Extent: ca. 62 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Abstract: The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, literary manuscripts by American author Tillie Olsen and others, material on the Longshoremen's Strike and the Socialist Party from during the mid-1930s, teaching material and student work, clippings, pamphlets, book reviews, awards, etc.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1998.

    Preferred Citation:

    Tillie Olsen Papers. M0667. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Tillie Olsen was born in Nebraska in 1913 and has lived in San Francisco for most of her life. Her education was cut short by the Depression: she wrote and published when young, but the necessity of raising and supporting four children and full-time work prevented her from writing for twenty years. She was in her mid-forties before she began again. Tell Me A Riddle was originally published in 1962, and its title novella received the O. Henry Award as the best American story of 1961. In 1974, forty years after part of its chapter appeared in an early Partisan Review, her 'lost' novel, Yonnondio: From the Thirties, was published. Tillie Olsen has taught at Amherst College, Stanford University, was Writer-in-Residence at Massachustts Institute of Technology, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute. She has received both a Ford Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Literature from the American Academy and the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Her first work of non-fiction, Silences, was published in 1979.

    Access Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Aberlin, Betty.
    Appleton, Sarah.
    Atwood, Margaret Eleanor, 1939-
    Bacon, Ernst, 1898-
    Ballantyne, Sheila.
    Barolini, Helen, 1925-
    Bingham, Sallie.
    Boucher, Sandy.
    Boyde, Blanche.
    Boyle, Kay, 1902-
    Boynton, Grace.
    Brandon, Dolores.
    Bridges, Harry, 1901-
    Brindel, June Rachuy.
    Brodine, Karen.
    Brown, Rosellen.
    Bryant, Dorothy, 1930-
    Cahill, Susan Neunzig.
    Childress, Alice.
    Cliff, Michelle.
    Coiner, Constance.
    Conroy, Lynne.
    Cooper, Jane, 1924-
    Cowley, Malcolm.
    Cumming, Patricia.
    Cuomo, Joe.
    De Ford, Miriam Allen, 1888-1975.
    DeSalvo, Louise A., 1942-
    Duncan, Erika.
    DuPlessis, Rachel Blau.
    Durham, Flora.
    Earle, Ralph.
    Elman, Richard M.
    English, Dierdre.
    Ettinger, Elzbieta.
    Fisher, Elizabeth.
    Foley, Margaret.
    Gerson, Deborah.
    Gilbert, Celia, 1932-
    Gilgun, John.
    Goedicke, Patricia.
    Goldfarb, Sidney, 1942-
    Gottlieb, Annie.
    Green, Hannah.
    Greenberg, Joanne.
    Griffin, Susan.
    Grumbach, Doris.
    Guerard, Albert J. (Albert Joseph), 1914-
    Hedges, Elaine.
    Heffernan, Helen.
    Henry, Dewitt.
    Homley, Elaine.
    Hopkins, Glen.
    Hughes, Mary Gray.
    Janows, Jill.
    Jong, Erica.
    Kallet, Marilyn.
    Kaye/Kantrowitz, Melanie.
    Keeble, John, 1944-
    Kitrilakis, Thalia.
    Kizer, Carolyn.
    Klepfisz, Irena, 1941-
    Kolodny, Annette, 1941-
    Konecky, Edith.
    Krapf, Norbert.
    Kumin, Maxine, 1925-
    Lawrence, Margaret.
    Lazreg, Marnia.
    LeGuin, Ursula, 1929-
    Lewis, Janet, 1899-
    Limmer, Ruth, 1923-
    MacShane, Frank.
    Mackenzie, Midge.
    Malamud, Bernard.
    Meehan, Maude.
    Meyer, Howard.
    Meyer, Odette.
    Miller, Nolan, 1912-
    Millet, Kate.
    Miner, Valerie.
    Minty, Judith, 1937-
    Mirrielees, Edith R. (Edith Ronald), 1878-1962.
    Moers, Ellen, 1928-
    Moffat, Mary Jane.
    Morgan, Ellen.
    Moss, Rose.
    Mumford, Lewis, 1895-
    Murray, Michele.
    Myers, Margaret, 1947-
    Naiman, Adeline.
    Nason, Thelma Campbell.
    Ng, Fae Myenne, 1956-
    Orr, Elaine Neil.
    Ozick, Cynthia.
    Paley, Grace.
    Papanek, Hanna.
    Park-Fuller, Linda Marguerite.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne, 1952-
    Piercy, Marge.
    Polite, Frank.
    Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980.
    Randall, Margaret, 1936-
    Redman, Blanche.
    Reeves, Nancy, 1913-
    Rich, Adrienne Cecile.
    Roemer, Michael, 1928-
    Rogers, Linda.
    Rosen, Norma.
    Rosenfelt, Deborah Silverton.
    Ruddick, Sally.
    Russ, Joanne.
    Sarton, May, 1912-
    Saxton, Ruth.
    Schick, Carla.
    Scowcroft, Richard.
    Sexton, Anne.
    Seyersted, Per.
    Shanahan, Thomazine.
    Showalter, Elaine.
    Smith, Alice.
    Starkman, Elaine Markus.
    Sternburg, Janet.
    Stone, Ruth.
    Swan, Barbara.
    Sweeney, John.
    Tanenhaus, Beverly.
    Tovish, Margo.
    Turow, Scott.
    Untermeyer, Louis.
    Walker, Alice, 1944-
    Ward, Theadora.
    Washington, Mary Helen.
    Waterman, Ray.
    Wilder, Annie.
    Wilson, J.J., 1936-
    Wong, Nellie.
    Wright, Michael.
    Yalom, Marilyn.
    Yamada, Mitsuye.
    Zucker, Jack.
    MacDowell Art Colony.
    Radcliffe Institute.
    Shameless Hussy Press.
    Socialist Party of the United States of America.
    American literature--20th century.
    Longshoremen's Strike--United States.
    Silences. The Word Made Flesh. Mother to Daughter. One out of Twelve. Imperial Valley Story. Tell Me a Riddle. Yonnondio. Woman Reader.