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Scott Donaldson Papers

Identifier: Mss. 90 D71

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Scope and Contents

Notes, drafts, interviews, letters and setting copy for publications by Scott Donaldson, professor emeritus of English at the College of William and Mary. The publications include: By Force of Will: The Life and Art of Ernest Hemingway, Fool for Love: F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Cheever: A Biography, Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald and Edwin Arlington Robinson:  A Poet's Life, and Death of a Rebel: The Charlie Fenton Story Inventories for most of the colleciton are available in the finding aid/inventory section of this finding aid.


  • Creation: circa 1970-2012

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Conditions Governing Access:

All material related to John Cheever research and publications is restricted until March 6, 2017, or the death of Prof. Donaldson. The remainder of the collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

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21.50 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged into 6 series in accession number order.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1983.37, gift of Scott Donaldson on 8/16/1983; Acc. 1989.8, gift of Scott Donaldson on 2/14/1989; Acc. 1992.37, gift of Scott Donaldson on 8/5/1992; Acc. 1993.36, gift of Scott Donaldson on 5/6/1993; Acc. 2000.20 gift of Scott Donaldson in 2000; Acc. 2008.166 gift of Scott Donaldson in 2008. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.


Future accruals are expected.

Processing Information:

Processed by Maia Conrad in 1990. Processed by Lauren Chapman in 2008.

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Revision Statements

  • May 24th, 2018: Materials were added to this collection in 2000. Materials added to this collection in 2008 and separate inventory created for this accession:  Mss. Acc. 2008.166. Updated in 2009 by Anne Johnson. Box and Folder List compiled by Carly Zeh, SCRC staff, from September-November 2010. Acc. 2014.051 accessioned and minimally processed by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in May 2014.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository