Newman, Carol M., Jr. Papers

A Guide to the Carol M. Newman, Jr. Papers, 1930-1987 Ms.1978.004


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Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.1978.004
Title
Carol M. Newman, Jr. Papers,1930-1987
Quantity
0.4 Cubic Feet 1 box; 1 oversize folder
Creator
Newman, Carol M., Jr., 1910-1997
Language
The materials in the collection are in English.
Abstract
This collection contains the papers of Carol Montgomery Newman, Jr., a graduate of Virginia Tech (BS in biology, 1931), writer and editor for The New Yorker (1949-1972), and Virginia Tech Department of English faculty member (1934-1949, 1972-1975). Includes correspondence relating to The New Yorker, including letters and notes from Charles Addams, Louis Auchincloss, S.J. Perelman, J. D. Salinger, and William Shawn; other materials relating to the magazine, including a manuscript poem by John Updike, drawings by Frank Modell, and newspaper clippings relating to various staff members; a selection of Newman's writings; correspondence relating to Virginia Tech; and materials relating to Virginia Tech's 1931 commencement.

Administrative Information

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: [identification of item], [box], [folder], Carol M. Newman Jr. Papers, Ms1978-004, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Source of Acquisition

The Carol M. Newman Jr. Papers were donated to Special Collections in three accruals, dated 1978, 1988, and 2000.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Carol M. Newman Jr. Papers commenced and was completed in July, 2012.


Biographical Note

Carol Montgomery Newman Jr., the son of Carol and Caroline Fain Newman, was born in Bristol, Virginia on September 1, 1910. Reared in Blacksburg, Virginia, he attended Virginia Tech and served as editor of the school newspaper during his senior year. After graduating in 1931 as class valedictorian with a a BS degree in biology, Newman held a number of writing jobs at public relations firms and newspapers in Washington, DC; New York; Richmond; and New Brunswick, New Jersey. He also served as an English instructor at Virginia Tech from 1934 to 1942, joining the department in which his father (1879-1941) had served as head for many years. Newman married Jean Mills (1913-1994) in 1942, and the couple would have two children.

During World War II, Newman served in the US Navy. Following his discharge as a lieutenant commander in 1945, Newman obtained an MA in English from the University of Virginia and resumed his position at Virginia Tech. He was hired by The New Yorker as a reporter (writing under the name "Montgomery Newman") and later served as a fiction editor for the magazine. After retiring from the The New Yorker in 1972, Newman again returned to Blacksburg and rejoined the university's English department before finally retiring. Carol M. Newman died on June 2, 1997, and was buried in Blacksburg's Westview Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Carol M. Newman Jr., a 1931 graduate of Virginia Tech (BS, biology), writer and editor for The New Yorker (1949-1972), and faculty member of Virginia Tech's Department of English (1934-1949, 1972-1975). The collection contains such materials as correspondence, printed materials, drawings, and certificates. Many of the materials in the collection are accompanied by explanatory notes written by Newman.

The collection includes letters and notes from people associated with The New Yorker, including founder Harold Ross; editor William Shawn; writers Louis Auchincloss, Joyce Cary, Emily Hahn, Dan Jacobson, J. D. Salinger, and E. B. White; and cartoonists Charles Addams and Frank Modell. Also related to The New Yorker, the collection contains a file of general materials collected by Newman, including a manuscript poem ("B.W.I.") by John Updike, original drawings by Frank Modell, and newspaper clippings about people associated with the magazine. Of Newman's writings, the collection contains examples from The New Yorker, Virginia Tech's Context, and various newspapers and magazines.

The collection also contains a small assortment of correspondence relating to Virginia Tech. The file includes a 1930 letter from Will Grove ("Uncle Bill") Witt, a popular campus personality of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Also included are letters from H. S. Grenoble, of the Department of Industrial Engineering; President Julian A. Burruss; Director of Athletics C. P. Miles; and English professors Clifford Harrison and Dayton Kohler. Transcriptions of letters written by Newman to English Professor Edward L. Tucker in the 1980s are included as well. An assortment of materials relating to Virginia Tech's 1931 commencement completes the collection and includes such materials as Newman's diploma, the commencement program, a letter of congratulations from President Julian A. Burruss, Newman's valedictory address, and a Phi Kappa Phi certificate.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by subject matter.

Separated Material

A 1906 European travel diary maintained by Newman's father was transferred to the Carol M. Newman Papers (Ms1978-003) in 2012.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Faculty
  • New Yorker (New York, N.Y.: 1925)
  • University History
  • Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute (1896-1944)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1944-1970)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1970-)

Rights Statement for Archival Description

The guide to the Carol M. Newman Jr. Papers by Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, is licensed under a CC0 (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/cc0/).

Container List

box-folder 1 folder: 1
New Yorker correspondence,
1949-1987, n.d.
  • Addams, Charles,
    1972, n.d.
    [2 items]
  • Auchincloss, Louis,
    1969
  • Cary, Joyce,
    1954-1956
    [2 items]
  • Geraghty, James A.
    1968
  • [Hahn, Emily],
    1965
  • Henderson, Robert,
    1970
  • Jacobson, Dan
    1962-1966
    [2 items]
  • McGahern, John,
    1963
    [2 items]
  • Macken, Walter,
    1963
  • MacKenzie, Rachel,
    [1970]
  • Modell, Frank,
    1958, n.d.
    [4 items]
  • Perelman, S. J.,
    1955
  • Ross, Harold,
    [1949]-1950
    [2 items]
  • Salinger, J. D.,
    [1950]
  • Shawn, William,
    1960-1987
    [5 items]
  • White, E. B.,
    n.d.
    [3 items]
  • White, Katharine,
    1961
box-folder 1 folder: 2
New Yorker subject file,
1946-1969, n.d.
[see also Oversize Materials]
box-folder 1 folder: 3
New Yorker articles,
1944-1971
box-folder 1 folder: 4
Context articles,
1968-1977
box-folder 1 folder: 5
Other writings,
1931-1981, n.d.
box-folder 1 folder: 6
Virginia Tech correspondence,
1930-1986
box-folder 1 folder: 7
Virginia Tech commencement,
1931
[see also Oversize Materials]
oversize folder: 1
Oversize materials,
1931-1934, n.d.
  • Virginia Tech diploma,
    1931
  • Photograph of W. N. McAnge Jr. dinner of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association New York Chapter,
    1934
  • Frank Modell drawings,
    n.d.
    [2 items]