Pearl Sydenstricker Buck
 
Photograph of Buck
 
Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Class of 1914

 

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Special Collections

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The Emma Edmunds White Collection

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives
RS 40/19/2

Approximately 90 letters from Pearl S. Buck to Emma Edmunds White, dated 1911-1972.

Supplementary files which include biographical sketches, miscellaneous articles, and photographs.

Books written by Pearl S. Buck.

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The Nora Stirling Collection

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives
RS 40/19/3

The Nora B. Stirling Collection consists of the materials used by the donor in writing the biography, Pearl Buck: A Woman in Conflict, published by New Century Publishers in 1983. Included are drafts of the book, copies of interviews with those who knew Pearl S. Buck at various times in her life, copies of letters from Buck, members of her family, friends and acquaintances, several of her books annotated by Nora Stirling, and a large number of other sources of information on her life and work. Original letters in the Collection have been placed in the Rare Book Room and replaced in the Stirling Collection by photocopies.

Materials in the Stirling Collection fill seventeen boxes. The folders and envelopes containing these materials are Stirling's, organized in her somewhat idiosyncratic way. The first folder in Box 1 contains the donor's description of the collection and a key to the codes used to document sources in drafts of the manuscript. The remainder of this box, Box 2, and part of Box 3 contain early drafts of the biography. Box 3 also contains materials on a number of Buck's works, organized alphabetically. Boxes 4 through 8 hold the sources for the biography, filed most often by the dates of Buck's life, but occasionally by topic or the name of an influential person. In Box 7 are Nora Stirling's extensive notes (214 pages) on the Princeton University Library's collection of material on Buck from the files of the John Day Company. Boxes 9 through 11 and part of 12 contain invaluable records of Stirling's interviews and correspondence with those who knew Buck at all stages of her life, as well as copies of letters that illuminate her experiences. Also in Box 12 are Stirling's outlines of the contents of each chapter and the final manuscript "as sent to the publisher," and a folder of press cuttings. Box 13 contains a miscellaneous collection of materials including short stories and poems by Buck, copies of letters from Pearl and Lossing Buck, and a notebook in which Nora Stirling outlines the events of Pearl Buck's life.

In Box 14 are sealed interviews, not to be opened until 2010.

Boxes 15, 16, and 17 contain copies of nine of Pearl Buck's books, annotated by her biographer.

The Nora B. Stirling Collection is an extraordinarily rich source of biographical material on Pearl S. Buck, as well as a fascinating record of one writer's strategy for gathering and organizing information and composing a biography.

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Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of English, Emerita

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The Jane Rabb Collection

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives
RS 40/19/6

This collection, donated by scholar Jane M. Rabb (also known as Jane Rabb Cohen), reflects her research leading to the entry on Pearl S. Buck in the reference work Notable American Women: The Modern Period (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980) and to a possible biographical or critical study that was never completed. The collection includes photocopies of numerous letters from Pearl S. Buck, housed in several different libraries, and more than forty audiotapes of interviews with individuals personally acquainted with Buck, as well as Rabb's correspondence with Buck friends, acquaintances, and business associates.

The collection is contained in two boxes. In Box One a large box labeled "Letters" on the spine contains materials connected with Randolph-Macon Woman's College, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, Amerasian Children, and three copies of a draft of the entry for Notable American Women, annotated by Buck biographer Nora Stirling, Buck's companion of her last years, Ted Harris, and her employee in Perkasie, Sarah Rowe.

Also included in this box are two large red notebooks. The first, labeled "Buck-Libraries," contains letters from Jane Rabb to a number of libraries and copies of materials from various collections, including a number of letters from Buck to reformer Ida M. Tarbell, women's rights advocate Alma Lutz, Smith College President William Lyon Phelps, and many others. The second, labeled "Buck-Letters," is organized alphabetically and contains Rabb's correspondence with many Buck acquaintances, notes on interviews, and copies of Buck's letters to her friend Margaret Thomson between 1931 and 1936. Also contained in this notebook is a section on institutions with which Buck was associated.

Box Two contains 44 audiotapes of interviews with individuals who knew and work with Pearl S. Buck, as well as a large stack of index cards with notes and bibliographic information.

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Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of English, Emerita

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The Warren Sherk Collection

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives
RS 40/19/5

Dr. Warren A. Sherk, an Asian Studies scholar, served in the 1940's as national Field Secretary for the East and West Association, founded by Pearl S. Buck and her husband Richard J. Walsh. He became a lifelong admirer of the author and in 1992, the centennial of her birth, he published a study of her life and work entitled Pearl S. Buck: Good Earth Mother. His materials on Buck were donated to the Lipscomb Library by his widow, Jean Sherk, after his death.

The collection include more than thirty original letters from Pearl S. Buck to Dr. Sherk and a number of excellent photographs, most of Buck and her family. Many were used as illustrations for his book. Access to these original letters and photographs, housed in the Rare Book Room, is restricted. The remaining material consists of articles and pamphlets by and about Buck, bibliographical information, and correspondence and publications relating to the India League of America and the East and West Association. Of special interest are publicity materials distributed by the East and West Association to promote lectures and performances by Asian speakers and artists, part of the organization's attempt to introduce Americans to Asian culture. Also in the collection included are issues of People, a publication of the East and West Association, as well as copies of Asia magazine containing articles and sections of books by Pearl S. Buck and copies of United Nations World, the successor to Asia.

Dr. Sherk is described on the dust jacket of Good Earth Mother as "a lecturer on biography, Asia, and world affairs." He is the author of The Kuomintang in China, 1912-1938, The Church in Asia through the Centuries, Wider Horizons: A Student's Adventure in World Friendship, and Agnes Moorehead, a Very Private Person.

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Catherine Ehrman Thoresen '23 and William E. Thoresen Professor of English, Emerita

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The W. Aubrey and Corrie Funai Chenault Collection

Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room

This manuscript and typescript collection consists of approximately thirty-five pieces, totaling over 2,500 pages, with many hundreds of words added by Pearl S. Buck. It includes novels, short stories, magazine articles, plays, and other materials. Not yet processed.

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Student Writings in the
Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives

Listed in Chronological Order:

Sydenstricker, P. C. "The Real Santa Claus" The Tattler 7.3 (December 1910): 100-02. [poem]

Sydenstricker, P. C. "The Village by the Sea" The Tattler 7.6 (March 1911): 282-87. [short story]

Sydenstricker, Pearl. "America's Position in Music and Art" The Tattler 7.8 (May 1911): 379-84. [essay]

Sydenstricker, P. C. "By the Hand of a Child." Helianthus, 1912, 111-16. [short story]

Sydenstricker, Pearl. "The Hour of Worship" The Tattler 10.6 (March 1914): 242-46. [short story, read before the Literary Club February 24, 1914]

Sydenstricker, Pearl, trans. "A Chinese Nursery Rhyme" The Tattler 10.6 (March 1914): 263-65. [poem]

Sydenstricker, Pearl. "An Eastern Lullaby" The Tattler 10.7 (April 1914): 295. [poem]

Sydenstricker, Pearl. "Song of the Sun" The Tattler 10.8 (May 1914): 360. [poem; read before the Literary Club March 31, 1914]

Sydenstricker, Pearl. "When 'Lof' Comes." Helianthus, 1914, 122-28. [short story]

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Other Materials in the
Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives

Articles by Pearl S. Buck published in the Alumnae Bulletin, RS 6/3/1.

Articles about Pearl S. Buck published in the Alumnae Bulletin, RS 6/3/1.

Subject files in Archives, RS 40/19/1, and in Roberta D. Cornelius' historical files, RS 15/30.

Photographs, RG 50.

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Letters Written by Pearl S. Buck

To:

Cornelius, Roberta D. May 11, 1943.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. July 24, 1943.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. July 29, 1943.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. August 30, 1948.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

Harvey, Herman. Typed letter, signed. 1 page, 4to, 23 October 1962, Perkasie, Pennsylvania.
Letter saying that if Harvey is in New York he should get in touch with her agent to arrange a meeting.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room (not yet cataloged)

Masten, Bess I. May 13, 1938.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. February 18, 1955.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

Quillian, Jr., William F. February 5, 1953.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. February 9, 1953.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. May 6, 1954.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. April 28, 1959.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. June 9, 1960.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. January 27, 1964.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. March 21, 1964.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. June 18, 1964.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

-----. August 17, 1964.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B15

White, Emma Edmunds. Approximately ninety letters, 1910-1972.
    Randolph-Macon Woman's College Archives RS 40/19/2

Yoshimoto, Masao. January 8, 1949.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room (not yet cataloged)

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Letters Written to Pearl S. Buck

From:

Ferber, Edna. October 10, 1934.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B17

Fisher, Dorothy Canfield. November 7, [no year].
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B18

-----. [no date].
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B19

Ford, Ford Madox. April 16, 1938.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B108

-----. August 10, 1938.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B109

Hurst, Fannie. October 21, 1934.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B23

Masters, Edgar Lee. April 8, 1935.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B21

Phelps, William Lyon. October 29, 1934.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B20

Tarbell, Ida M. January 28, 1935.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B16

Van Loon, Henrik W. April 8, 1933.
    Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room B22

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Books by Pearl S. Buck

In addition to items in the Circulating Collection, the following special collections contain books by Pearl S. Buck:

Randolph-Macon Woman's College Collection

The Nora Stirling Collection

Robert C. Watts Rare Book Room, RBR 813.5 B92x-a

The Emma Edmunds White Collection

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