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Collection Scope and Content Notes

The collection of correspondence between Walter Leuba and Ernest Dilworth consists of 13 document boxes of mostly handwritten letters and manuscript materials. Additional materials include postcards, clippings, photographs and assorted ephemera. The collection spans between the date ranges of 1935 and 1988 with a considerable portion of the materials dated between 1941 and 1966.

The manuscript materials in the collection gather the authors’ correspondences that were later developed into published monographs. These documents were largely written on note paper and postcards and include items where one author writes his response on the other author’s initial communication. These materials can be found in Series I, “Manuscripts of Published Correspondence” and are subdivided into two date ranges, 1941-44 and 1947-48. They relate to the titles Smith Unbound: A Conversation and Two Dialogues: Norman Douglas and George Santayana respectively.

The personal correspondence between Leuba and Dilworth spans five decades and discusses a variety of topics. The two communicated in a detailed manner on the subject of their published works, both as collaborators and sole authors, including discussions on editing, assigning titles to works, and the publishing process. A significant portion of materials dated between 1942 and 1946 relates to Dilworth’s military service in World War II. Other topics cover academic pursuits, literature and book collecting, gardening, family, health and travel. In addition, there are examples of Leuba’s poetry and short compositions. Letters from Walter Leuba addressed to Ernest Dilworth can be found in Series II, “Correspondence by Walter Leuba,” and letters from Dilworth addressed to Leuba are located in Series III, “Correspondence by Ernest Dilworth.”

Series IV "Correspondence Between Ernest Dilworth, Family, Friends, and the Leubas" features exchanges between Dilworth and the Leubas, family members, as well as friends and colleagues. It contains a box of personal correspondence written to Ernest Dilworth by friends and family during his service in World War II. Leuba’s wife Martha corresponded with Dilworth across a four decade window with increased frequency following Walter’s death. The majority of her correspondence is located in Series IV but some pieces may be found across the collection.

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