Robert D. Middendorf Collection of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
The Robert D. Middendorf Collection of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was acquired in 2005 from Mr. Middendorf with a majority of gift from the collector and with additional support from donations to the library's Treasures Acquisition Program. The Florida-based writer Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953) is best-known for her Pulitzer-prizewinning novel The Yearling (1938). Along with first editions and periodical writings, in fine condition, some signed or inscribed, the Middendorf Collection also includes letters, proofs, and movie memorabilia.
The Middendorf collection supports other recent acquisitions made through the Donna I. Sorensen Endowment for Southern Women in the Arts, and (through the Rawlings/Scribner/ Perkins connection) it relates closely also to Thomas Cooper Library’s other collections of Scribner authors and editords: the Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Speiser & Easterling-Hallman Collection of Ernest Hemingway, the James Dickey Library, letters of Maxwell Perkins, and the John Hall Wheelock Archive.