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Nora Waln Literary Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-265

Scope and Contents

The collection includes many incomplete manuscripts, at least some of which were returned to her family by the publisher after her death. A portion of this material was never published, and some represents earlier drafts of published works. Series 1 includes correspondence with Edward A. Weeks Jr., her publisher at the Atlantic Monthly, in the late 1930s and the early 1940s. The papers have been maintained in the folder groups with which they were associated, resulting in mixed content, with newspaper clipping, manuscripts, and other materials together as received.

Organized into series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Literary Manuscripts; 3. Miscellaneous.

Dates

  • 1939-1964

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

Nora Waln was a 20th century Quaker author and journalist who wrote about Nazi Germany and China.

Born in Grampion, Pennsylvania, in 1895, she was the daughter of Thomas Lincoln and Lillian Quest Waln. She entered Swarthmore College with the Class of 1919 but left during her second year when war broke out. In 1920 she sailed for China to live with the Lins, a family with Waln connections in Hopei Province. She met her future husband, English foreign service officer George Edward Osland-Hill in the Far East. They were married in 1922 in the Cathedral of the Church of England in Shanghai. Nora and Ted had one child, Marie. Eventually she had to leave China, and in June of 1934 went to Germany with her husband who had retired and wanted to study music.

Nora Waln’s best known books include House of Exile and Reaching for the Stars. The former was drawn from her life in Germany, and latter the account of her stay in a Chinese household. She contributed articles to the Saturday Evening Post, the Atlantic Monthly, and other magazines. She was also the European administrator of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fund for War Mothers and Children. Nora travelled widely, maintained residences in England and Philadelphia, and spent the final years of her life at Rincon de la Victoria, near Malaga in southern Spain.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

Nora Waln was a 20th century Quaker author and journalist who wrote about Nazi Germany and China. This collection includes editorial correspondence and many incomplete manuscripts, at least some of which were returned to her family by the publisher after her death.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Alice Waln, 1997.

Creator

Title
Finding aid for the Nora Waln Literary Papers
Author
FHL staff
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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