Virginia Sorensen manuscript books
Scope and Contents
Contains seventeen books, 16 x 22 or smaller, of poetry, prose, and sketches by Virginia Sorensen, handmade and bound by the author for her husband Frederick. Also contains typescript of books contents and a floppy disk (the original to the transcriptions).
- Sorensen, Virginia, 1912-1991 (creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
While the transcriptions are available for public research, the original little books have restricted access. Access is granted only with permission from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Virginia Sorensen manuscript books must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Virginia Sorensen (1912-1991) was an author in Utah.
Virginia Sorensen was born Virginia Eggertsen in Provo, Utah, in 1912. She graduated from Brigham Young University in 1934, and she also studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and at Stanford University. She married Frederick Sorensen, but the marriage ended in divorce. She later married the English writer Alec Waugh and lived with him in Morocco from 1967 to 1980, when she returned to the United States. Sorensen is best know for her works of historical fiction that centered on individuals in small-town Mormon society, including her most recognizable work, A Little Lower than the Angels (1942). She was also renowned as a children's author. Sorensen was twice awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to support her literary research, and received other literary awards. Virginia Sorensen died on December 24, 1991.
5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Contains seventeen books, 16 x 22 or smaller, of poetry, prose, and sketches by Virginia Sorensen handmade and bound by the author for her husband Frederick. Also contains typescript of books contents and a floppy disk (the original to the transcriptions).
Series 1 contains the original Little Books, in chronological order, including the diary from which some of the poetry came, 1932-1949; Series 2 includes complete transcripts of both the diary and the books, 1932-1948; and Series 3 consists of preliminary transcripts possibly done by Susan Howe, 1932-1948.
Other Finding Aids
A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2103.xml
Obtained by means of Monroe and Shirley Paxman, Susan Howe, and Exponenet II.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Obtained; Monroe and Shirley Paxman, Susan Howe, and Exponenet II.
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
Processed; Jonathan Harmon; 2004.
- Register of Virginia Sorensen manuscript books
- Jonathan Harmon
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008