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Lewis M. Dabney III papers

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: ViU-2021-0077

Content Description

The Lewis M. Dabney III papers consists of manuscripts, notes, audio interviews, transcripts, articles, journals, and other papers relating primarily to his research on the life and works of Edmund Wilson, an American writer and critic. This collection also holds items related to a historical and literature study of William Faulkner’s treatment of Native Americans in his works, and an examination of the lifelong friendship between Dabney’s mother, Crystal Ross, and the American novelist, John Dos Passos. A sizable portion of the collection related to Dabney’s research on Wilson has been fully processed while additional research material on Wilson, and materials on Crystal Ross and John De Passos remain unprocessed.

Acquisition Type



Gift of Sarah Dabney, Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, and Lewis Dabney (son), 21 January 2021.

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research; however, boxes 21-23, containing the Dos Passos/Crystal Ross materials, are restricted until book publication or 5 years (2025), whichever comes first. Original digital media (floppy disks, zip disks, thumb drives, born digital files, etc.) and other media formats such as LPs, audiotapes, reel-to-reels, videotapes, films, CDs, and DVDs cannot be handled directly by patrons. Please contact Special Collections via our online Reference Request form,, to request access to these materials. Please be aware that additional actions may be required to make these items available. Items will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis before access can be made. Depending on the size of the request, it may take some time to make them available for use.


  • 1895 - 2005



19 Cubic Feet (15 cubic boxes and 8 legal-sized document boxes)

98 items (93 audiocassettes, 3 CDs, 1 floppy disk, 1 zip disk)


23 boxes