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August Derleth Papers

Identifier: DG0264

Scope and Contents

The August Derleth Papers contains typescripts and correspondence related to short stories and poetry composed by August Derleth.

The collection is arranged into one series (Writings) that includes typescripts of two short stories and one single poem. A correspondence related to one of the short stories is also included. Each item in the series is contained in an individual folder. All of the items have been signed by the author in ink.


  • 1951-1967


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; Available for research

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical / Historical

August (William) Derleth was born in Sauk City, Wisconsin on February 24, 1909. He began writing at the age of 13, and, only three years later, sold a story to Weird Tales. He later received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1930 and went on to work as an associate editor of Mystic Magazine for Fawcett Publications from 1930 to 1931, a freelance writer and a publisher for Arkham House from 1939 to 1971, and a literary editor for The Capital Times from 1941 to 1971. In 1938, he was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, and by 1960, ninety of his books had been published.

Derleth’s work is diverse in genre, style, and form: he has published biographies, short stories, poetry, mystery novels, historical novels, supernatural fiction, and junior books. His writing has appeared in more than 500 magazines and newspapers, including Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Nature, and Christian Science Monitor. He attributed his extensive list of publications to “economic necessity,” saying that “I have no doubt that the quality of my work has suffered to some extent because of its necessary quantity” (Derleth, 1961, para. 10).


.30 Cubic Feet (1 Box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by August Derleth.

Processing Information


August (William) Derleth (1909-1971). (1971). In A. Commire (Ed.), Something About the Author (Vol. 5, pp. 54-55). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from

Derleth, A. (1961). Biography. Retrieved from
August Derleth Papers
Dee Jones
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Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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