Richard Gaither Walser Papers 1937-1982

Creator
Walser, Richard Gaither, 1908-1988
Size
1 linear foot
Location

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Call number
MC 00111

Personal papers, manuscripts, correspondence, publications, Watauga Club minutes, news clippings of Richard Gaither Walser. The collection chiefly reflects Walser's work as an authority on North Carolina literature and a scholar of Thomas Wolfe. Included are personal items, such as passports, articles on and some writing by Zeb Vance Walser (his father), alumni-related items from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and items relating to Walser's retirement from North Carolina State University. There are also publications and reviews by and about Richard Walser. The Thomas Wolfe material contains reviews of Walser's books on Wolfe, correspondence pertaining to the writing of these books, and an issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review honoring Richard Walser (Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1982). Correspondence and speeches span the years from 1970 to 1981. Brief biographies of significant North Carolina authors, including Lodwick Hartley and Guy Owen are also included. The Watauga Club material includes a manuscript for the history of the club and some sources for this history, as well as minutes, reports, financial records, a constitution and membership lists.

Richard Gaither Walser (1908-1988) was an authority on North Carolina literature, Thomas Wolfe scholar, English professor at North Carolina State University, writer, editor, and anthologist, veteran of the Naval Reserve (1942-1945), Guggenheim fellow, and recipient of the North Carolina Award. He earned his B.A. (1929) and M.A. at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Biographical/historical note

Richard Gaither Walser (1908-1988) was born in Lexington, North Carolina, in 1908, the son of state Attorney General Zeb Vance Walser and Estelle Adderton Walser. He attended Davidson College for one year, and then transferred to the University of North Carolina, from which he was graduated in 1929. He received an M.A. from the University in 1933.

Walser taught English in Linwood, Lexington, Durham, and Greenville, North Carolina, high schools until 1942, when he enlisted in the United States Navy. Returning from service with the United States Naval Reserve, he taught briefly at the University of North Carolina before joining the English faculty at North Carolina State University in 1946. He retired from teaching in 1970. He died in 1988.

During his teaching career and continuing after retirement, Walser was a strong advocate for North Carolina culture, with particular emphasis on the state's literary heritage. Tom Wicker called Walser the evangelist of North Carolina writing (Winston- Salem Journal, 19565 August 5) and W. C. Burton dubbed him North Carolina's anthologist laureate (Greensboro Daily News, 1978 March 12. Walser wrote or edited more than 30 books during his career, most of them collections of works relating to various aspects of North Carolina life and literature. He also explored the work of several North Carolina writers more intensely, however, producing major works on Thomas Wolfe, George Moses Horton, and William Hill Brown.

Walser was interested in folklore studies and was an active member of the North Carolina Folklore Society. He also held active membership in many organizations dedicated to teaching, writing, and history, among them the North Carolina English Teachers Society, North Carolina Writers Conference, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the Watauga Club of Raleigh, and the Historical Society of North Carolina. Walser received numerous fellowships and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1957 and the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1976.

Scope/content

Personal papers, manuscripts, correspondence, publications, Watauga Club minutes, news clippings of Richard Gaither Walser. The collection chiefly reflects Walser's work as an authority on North Carolina literature and a scholar of Thomas Wolfe. Included are personal items, such as passports, articles on and some writing by Zeb Vance Walser (his father), alumni-related items from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and items relating to Walser's retirement from North Carolina State University. There are also publications and reviews by and about Richard Walser. The Thomas Wolfe material contains reviews of Walser's books on Wolfe, correspondence pertaining to the writing of these books, and an issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review honoring Richard Walser (Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 1982). Correspondence and speeches span the years from 1970 to 1981. Brief biographies of significant North Carolina authors, including Lodwick Hartley and Guy Owen are also included. The Watauga Club material includes a manuscript for the history of the club and some sources for this history, as well as minutes, reports, financial records, a constitution and membership lists.

Physical description

2 archival boxes

Arrangement

Unprocessed.

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Gaither Walser Papers, MC 00111, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Related material

Source of acquisition

Gift of Richard Gaither Walser, 1978-1991.

Processing information

Processed by Special Collections Staff; Encoded by Linda Sellars, 2006 March

Personal items: Robert Welfare Will
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Personal items: Passports 1936, 1959-1973
Box 1
Personal items: Articles on Zeb Vance Walser (his father) and"Flashes of Wit and Humor of the North Carolina Bench and Bar," by Z. V. Walser,
Box 1
Personal items: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Davidson College alumni information
Box 1
Personal items: Retirement
Box 1
Poetry, author unknown 1905-1906
Box 1
Publications: North Carolina Folklore , Vol. XIX, No. 3 4 1971
Box 1
Publications: Publications by Richard Walser and order forms 1941-1982
Box 1
Publications: Reviews by Richard Walser 1973-1978
Box 1
Publications: Reviews of Richard Walser's books 1948-1982
Box 1
Articles about Richard Walser
Box 1
Articles by Richard Walser
Box 1
Thomas Wolfe: Review and order form for Walser books on Wolfe,
Box 1
Thomas Wolfe: Correspondence with Mr. Duffy including references to research on a book about Thomas Wolfe at UNC-Chapel Hill 1971-1972
Box 1
Thomas Wolfe: The Thomas Wolfe Review , Vol. 6, No. 2 (issue honoring Richard Walser) Fall 1982
Box 1
Thomas Wolfe: Correspondence and speeches 1970-1981
Box 1
Awards: Bronze Star Medal (citation newsclipping) 1945
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Awards: Guggenheim Fellowship (newsclipping 25 years later) 1957
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Awards: Twenty five year certificate from NCSU 1970
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Awards: North Carolina Award 1976
Box 1
Awards: Letter re Joe Clark contribution in honor of Walser 1982
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Awards: Certificate from the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention 1982
Box 1
Other writers: Zafar Hassan 1958-1960
Box 1
Other writers: Phillip Horne 1982
Box 1
Other writers: Lodwick Hartley 1979
Box 1
Other writers: Guy Owen 1979-1982
Box 1
Watauga Club: Early history includes sources for history,
Box 2
Watauga Club: Joseph William Peel,
Box 2
Watauga Club: Manuscript for history of the Watauga Club 1920-1955
Box 2
Watauga Club: "Recent Years," 1956-1980
Box 2
Watauga Club: Minutes 1897-1899, 1902, 1956-1979
Box 2
Watauga Club: Reports, financial records, constitution, 100th anniversary,
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Watauga Club: Membership Lists
Box 2

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Gaither Walser Papers, MC 00111, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

Use of these materials

The nature of the NCSU Libraries' Special Collections means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The NCSU Libraries claims only physical ownership of most Special Collections materials.

The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.