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John Idol, Jr. papers

Identifier: AC-1098

Scope and Contents

The John Idol, Jr. Papers contains diaries and journals by Idol, scrapbooks, personal correspondence, and ephemera. Aside from personal materials, there is a dearth of ephemera, newsclippings, and articles on Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also included are articles written by Idol on various literary subjects, including Wolfe and Hawthorne. Audiovisual materials consists of personal photographs, photographs related to Thomas Wolfe, photographs of Hawthorne's works, microfilm of Thomas Wolfe manuscripts, microfilm of 18th century newspapers, an interview with Jeaneane Williams, and documentaries on the life and Works of Thomas Wolfe.


  • circa 1930-2010, undated


The materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No interlibrary loan.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research in the Dougherty Reading Room.

Biographical Note

Dr. John Idol, Jr. was raised in Watauga County, North Carolina and was a Professor of English at Clemson University. He is a scholar of authors Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. He is the author of A Thomas Wolfe Companion, Blue Ridge Heritage, and A Critical Companion to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Idol served as the editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society newsletter from 1983 to 1985 and editor of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Review from 1986 until 1992. He also edited the works Hawthorne and Women: Engendering and Expanding the Hawthorne Tradition, Thomas Wolfe: An Illustrated Biography, and Thomas Wolfe's A Party at Jack's: A Novella.


18 Linear Feet (17 manuscript boxes, 3 half-sized manuscript boxes, 1 shoe box, 1 small oversize box, 1 CD box 1 large oversize box)


The John Idol, Jr. Papers contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. John Idol, Jr., a writer and scholar on the lives and works of Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Included in the collection are Idol's personal journals and travel diaries, poetry, correspondence, and scrapbooks. The collection also contains materials including ephemera, academic articles, newspaper clippings, and media related to Thomas Wolfe and Nathaniel Hawthorne.


The collection is arranged into three series. Series I: Personal Papers and Series II: Professional Papers are both arranged alphabetically. Series III: Audiovisual is divided into four subseries: Subseries A: Black and White Photographs, Subseries B: Color Photographs, and Subseries C: Microfilm are all arranged alphabetically. Subseries D: Mixed Media is arranged by media format. User and archival CD copies of materials in Box 23 are housed in Subseries E.

Acquisitions Information

The materials were donated by John Idol, Jr. in 2010 and 2012 and accessioned as AC.2010.083 and AC.2012.017.

Related Materials

The John and Marjorie Idol Hawthorne Collection is located in the Rare Books & Manuscripts Collection of Special Collection. The Idol Hawthorne Collection contains over 650 rare and annotated publications by and about Nathaniel Hawthorne, collected by John L. Idol, Jr. All titles in the Hawthorne Collection are available in the library catalog.

Idol also donated his Thomas Wolfe Collection to the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. All titles in the Thomas Wolfe Collection are available in the library catalog.

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.
AC.1098: John Idol, Jr. Papers, circa 1930-2010, undated
Trevor McKenzie
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Repository Details

Part of the Appalachian State University Special Collections Repository

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