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Charles Morrow Wilson Papers

Identifier: mss-016

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence (to Wilson), drafts of manuscripts, galleys, page proofs, newspaper clippings (mostly reviews about Wilson’s books), Wilson’s notebooks, and copies of magazine articles by Wilson. they papers have been arranged by type and chronologically within each group.


  • 1925-1966



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Charles M. Wilson, son of Joseph Dickson and Mattie Maud (Morrow) Wilson, was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on June 16, 1905. He received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 1926, married Martha Lois Starr in 1939, and had three children: Morrow, James, and Joseph. Wilson was associate editor of the monthly magazine All’s Well in Fayetteville, 1926-1927, worked as a special reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1927-1928, and for the New York Times, 1930-1933. He did free lance work for Atlantic Monthly, Commonwealth, Scribner’s, Harper’s, Saturday Evening Post, Vermont Life, and other magazines. He was a foreign correspondent and tropical agriculturist in Latin America and Africa, a motion picture consultant, and a member of the board of directors of the American Foundation for Tropical Medicine.

Wilson is the author of many well received juvenile, farming, historical, travel, and general interest books such as: The Roots of America (1936), Aroostook: Our Last Frontier (1937), One Half of the People (1949), and The Great Turkey Drive (1964).


3 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials



Wilson worked as a writer and journalist. Collection includes letters to Wilson; articles (1929-60) on topics such as farming, economics, health, industry, and travel; drafts, galleys, and page proofs of his books; reviews of his work; and notebooks, newspaper clippings, and other papers. Includes letters (1959) in response to an article in Reader’s Digest critical of Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas.


Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Acquisition Note

Gift of Charles M. Wilson on June 18, 1964, and later.

Guide to the Charles Morrow Wilson Papers
Finding aid prepared by M. Rivera
1976 March 1
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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