Finding Aid to the Gale Wilhelm Papers, 1926-1994

Finding Aid written by Alison E. Bridger
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
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The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Finding Aid to the Gale Wilhelm Papers, 1926-1994

Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 142

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Alison E. Bridger
Date Completed:
May 2007
© 2007 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Gale Wilhelm papers
Date (inclusive): 1926-1994
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-H 142
Creators : Wilhelm, Gale, 1908-
Extent: Number of containers: 5 boxes Linear feet: 1.6
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: Contains typescripts of poetry, short stories, and novels, including Never Let Me Go, and Torchlight to Valhalla; galley proofs; and documents relating to publishing including correspondence, contracts, and royalty statements. Also includes photographs of Gale Wilhelm and of her house in the Berkeley Hills.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gale Wilhelm Papers, BANC MSS C-H 142, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Separated Material

Printed materials have been transferred to the book collection of The Bancroft Library.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Wilhelm, Gale, 1908--Archives
Wilhelm, Gale, 1908--Portraits
Women authors
Authors, American
Lesbian authors, American--20th century
Berkeley Hills (Calif.)--Pictorial works
Manuscripts for publication
Photographs

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Gale Wilhelm Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Gale Wilhelm on March 19, 1962. The bulk of the collection was given by her niece Lauren Kroninger on May 9, 2007.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Alison E. Bridger in 2007.

Biographical Information

Gale Wilhelm was born on April 26, 1908 in Eugene, Oregon. Wilhelm lived in Berkeley, California for most of her adult life. She was an author best known for her lesbian themed novels, We Too Are Drifting (1935), and Torchlight to Valhalla (1938).
Wilhelm died at home in Berkeley, California on July 11, 1991.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Gale Wilhelm Papers contains typescripts of poetry, short stories, and novels, including Never Let Me Go, and Torchlight to Valhalla; galley proofs; and documents relating to publishing including correspondence, contracts, and royalty statements. Also includes photographs of Gale Wilhelm and of her house in the Berkeley Hills.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence, contracts, photographs, etc. 1926-1994

Physical Description: Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically.

Scope and Content Note

Contains correspondence relating to her writing, contracts for published works, royalty statements from Naiad Press, photographs of Gale Wilhelm, a newspaper clipping and photographs about her house in Berkeley, and some miscellaneous notes.
Box 1, Folder 1-2

Correspondence 1934-1964

Box 1, Folder 3

Contracts 1939-1944

Box 1, Folder 4

Naiad Press 1985-1994

Box 1, Folder 5

Photographs 1926-1936, circa 1980s

Box 1, Folder 6

House at 1281 Campus Drive, Berkeley, Calif. 1953, circa 1990s

Box 1, Folder 7

Notes undated

 

Series 2 Writings 1930s-1940s

Physical Description: Boxes 2-5

Arrangement

Arranged by type.

Scope and Content Note

Contains three subseries: Poems, Short Stories, and Novels. Wilhelm did most of her writing in the 1930s and 1940s
 

Subseries 2.1 Poems undated

Physical Description: Box 2, folder 1

Arrangement

Arranged as received.
Box 2, Folder 1

Typescripts undated

 

Subseries 2.2 Short Stories undated

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 2-47

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2, Folder 2

After We've Said Hello undated

Box 2, Folder 3

And the Feet Walking undated

Box 2, Folder 4

Back to the Nightingale undated

Related Material

SEE ALSO Novels (Box 2, folder 48)
Box 2, Folder 5

Bite the Pencil undated

Box 2, Folder 6

California Drypoints undated

Box 2, Folder 7

The Cockroach undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Comrade, How Long Are We Dead? undated

Box 2, Folder 9-10

Cry Wolf undated

Box 2, Folder 11

Danebrook undated

Box 2, Folder 12

Defeat undated

Box 2, Folder 13

Elvira and John undated

Box 2, Folder 14

First Solitude undated

Box 2, Folder 15

The Flight Downward undated

Box 2, Folder 16-19

Four Preludes undated

Scope and Content Note

Melisse, Charles, Frederick, Emma
Box 2, Folder 20

Fragment of a Song undated

Box 2, Folder 21

Journey in the Night undated

Box 2, Folder 22

If I Were Anyone but Tell undated

Box 2, Folder 23

If I Weren't Alone undated

Box 2, Folder 24

In Some Tomorrow undated

Box 2, Folder 25

Intermezzo undated

Box 2, Folder 26

Letter Unposted undated

Related Material

SEE ALSO Novels (Box 2, folder 51)
Box 2, Folder 27

Long Winter undated

Box 2, Folder 28

A Lot of Questions undated

Box 2, Folder 29

The Mrs. Fay undated

Box 2, Folder 30

News Item undated

Box 2, Folder 31

Nils undated

Box 2, Folder 32

No Letters for the Dead undated

Box 2, Folder 33

One Out of Seven undated

Box 2, Folder 34

Only This Darkness undated

Box 2, Folder 35

Rent Party undated

Box 2, Folder 36

Rondo undated

Box 2, Folder 37

The Saint Christopher undated

Box 2, Folder 38

Street Show undated

Box 2, Folder 39

Stories for Nancy's Grandchildren undated

Box 2, Folder 40

Summer Never Lasts Forever undated

Box 2, Folder 41

Testimonial for Tina undated

Box 2, Folder 42

The Tiny Blue Flowers undated

Box 2, Folder 43

Two Lives undated

Box 2, Folder 44

Two Rivers undated

Box 2, Folder 45

Under the Leaves undated

Box 2, Folder 46

Unfinished Portrait undated

Box 2, Folder 47

A Week Away undated

 

Subseries 2.3 Novels undated

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 48-51 ; Box 3-5

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 2, Folder 48

Back to the Nightingale undated

Related Material

SEE ALSO Short Stories (Box 2, folder 4)
Box 2, Folder 49-50

Bring Home the Bride undated

Box 2, Folder 51

Letter Unposted undated

Related Material

SEE ALSO Short Stories (Box 2, folder 26)
Box 3, Folder 1-11

Never Let Me Go undated

Scope and Content Note

4 typescript versions
Box 3, Folder 12

Fragments undated

Box 5, Folder 1

Galley proofs circa 1934

Box 4, Folder 1-4

No Letters for the Dead undated

Scope and Content Note

2 typescript versions
Box 4, Folder 5-6

The Time Between undated

Box 5, Folder 2

Galley proofs circa 1942

Box 4, Folder 7-8

Torchlight to Valhalla undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Two At Prayer undated

Box 4, Folder 10

We Too Are Drifting undated