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C.E. Frazer Clark collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Identifier: SCU-RBSC-2004-11

The C.E. Frazer Clark collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne contains both primary and secondary materials gathered or produced by Clark (1926-1975) during his time studying the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1804, Hawthorne is famous for short stories such as ‘Young Goodman Brown’ and the novels The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. He frequently employed allegory and symbolism in his works which are considered a part of the dark romanticism movement. A common theme in his works is the inherent moral failings of humanity. He is noted for his female characters, which are typically more fully realized than their male counterparts. In all, he published 6 novels and well over 100 short stories. C.E. Frazer Clark’s interest in Hawthorne goes back at least as far as his college years; his Master’s Thesis, copies of which are included in the collection, was a study of the author’s work. Clark spent much of his adult life collecting material related to Hawthorne, was a member of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society, and was featured in several magazines articles featuring his collection. During his career, Clark compiled bibliographies of Hawthorne’s work and wrote extensively about him. He co-founded the Bruccoli Clark publishing company with Matthew Bruccoli in 1962 and served as vice president unitl his semi-retirement in 1983. The collection contains numerous articles about Nathaniel Hawthorne as well as vintage catalogs with manuscripts and materials related to Hawthorne, some from the 1800s. Also included is a series of journals and magazines spanning the second half of the 20th century with articles on either Hawthorne or Clark. In addition there is a series of correspondence which, among other items, includes a typed copy of a letter from Hawthorne to his publisher. Finally, there is a small photograph series with a photos of Hawthorne himself as well as a photo of guests at the ‘Old Manse’.


  • 1865-2004


Access Restrictions

Open to research

Publication Rights

All rights reside with the creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.


7 boxes


Gift, 2004

Repository Details

Part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections Repository

Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library
1322 Greene Street
Columbia SC 29208 USA
(803) 777-3847

C.E. Frazer Clark Collection of Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1865 - 2004
Raef Mills, Jessica Crouch
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