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Gordon E. Bigelow Papers

Identifier: MSS 0386

Scope and Content

This collection consists of biographical information (e.g. curriculum vitae, lists of publications, documentation concerning the Fulbright in Vienna), a number of articles and essays, most undated, and correspondence and reviews of Bigelow's edited volume of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings's correspondence, Selected Letters of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, with Laura V. Monti, 1983.


  • Creation: 1960-1985



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gordon E. Bigelow (1919-2008) was born in Springfield, MA. He attended the University of Florida from 1937-38 and again from 1939-1941. Bigelow's studies were interrupted by his service in the Army Air Corps during WWII as a B-26 bomber pilot in the European Theater. He flew a total of 44 missions. He attended Johns Hopkins University where he received an M.A. in 1947 and a Ph.D. in 1950. Upon receiving his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins, Bigelow taught American Literature for 30 years at the University of Florida. He was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1961, where he lectured in American Literature at the University of Vienna from 1961-62. Bigelow died in Gainesville, FL on February 23, 2008.


.4 Linear feet (1 Box)

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Correspondence, manuscripts, and other materials created by or related to the professional life of scholar of American Literature Gordon E. Bigelow.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lydia Bigelow.

Related Material

For more information about Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the subject of Bigelow's 1966 literary biography Frontier Eden, see the guide to the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Papers.

A Guide to the Gordon E. Bigelow Papers
Finding aid created by Florence M. Turcotte
April 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America