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Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection, 1952-1965 

Creator: 
Dawson, Nancy, 1920-
Phys. Desc: 
0.42 linear feet (1 document box)
Call Number: 
MS#0331
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Nancy Dawson (neé Nancy Scott Causey) was born on May 17th 1920 in Greensboro, North Carolina. She attended the School of General Studies from 1949 to 1951 and received a B.S. in English on October 31st 1951. A few years later she began working for writer Herman Wouk. Wouk was living in the Virgin Islands with his wife Betty Sarah and their two children, Abraham and Joseph. Since Wouk was an extremely private person, he wanted few people to be able to reach him. Dawson was his point person in the United States and was often called upon to run important errands and conduct business for him. As Wouk's research assistant, Dawson sent along bibliographies, research notes, and citations for relevant texts. She also handled all of his incoming mail. Any interesting letters were passed onto Wouk, but the bulk of the letters consisted of Dawson summarizing that week's mail.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains primarily correspondence between author Herman Wouk and his secretary and research assistant, Nancy Dawson. The Nancy Dawson and Herman Wouk Collection is composed primarily of correspondence between Wouk and Dawson over a nine year span. There is also a small amount of subject files related to Wouk as a writer and to specific works of his.