Manuscript Collection


Nathan Asch



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Accession 344

Inclusive Dates

1927-1965, 1995, 2008 (Bulk: 1927-1965)


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

11,500 Pieces, 5.75 Linear Feet


English; Bengali; German; Kannada; Korean; Malayalam; Polish; Scandinavian; Sinhalese; Zelugu;

Historical Note

Nathan Asch (1902-1964) was the son of the famous Yiddish writer Sholem Asch. Nathan Asch, is the author of five novels published between 1925-1937. He also published dozens of short stories. Asch was an acquaintance of Ernest Hemingway in Paris and he was a longtime friend of literary writer Malcolm Cowley. He was also acquainted with Josephine Herbst, James Farrell, Morley Callaghan, Stefan Zweig, Doris Lessing, Hart Crane, Hermynia Zur Mühlen , John Dos Passos, and Ford Madox Ford. Asch worked for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He died in San Francisco on December 23, 1964.

Scope and Content Note

The Nathan Asch Papers consist of personal and business correspondence, legal and financial papers, published short works of Nathan Asch, book reviews, unpublished manuscripts, notes, photographs, clippings, and a tape recording of the novelist. There is exclusive correspondence with many literary personalities including Malcolm Cowley, Josephine Herbst, James Farrell, Morley Callaghan, Stefan Zweig, Sholem Asch, Doris Lessing, Hart Crane, Hermynia Zur Mühlen, John Dos Passos, and Ford Madox Ford. There is also information pertaining to his work with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and his service in the US Army Corps during World War II.


The Nathan Asch papers were received by the Archives on September 1, 1980. An agreement of gift was executed between Dr. Eva Mills, representing the Archives, and Mrs. Carolyn Asch Williams, widow of Nathan Asch.


Author, Fiction, US Army Corps, Works Progress Administration, Judaism, World War II


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

Nathan Asch Papers - Accession 344

LC Subject Headings

Asch, Nathan, 1902-1964--Archives; Asch, Nathan, 1902-1964--Manuscripts; Asch, Sholem, 1880-1957--Correspondence; Callaghan, Morley, 1903-1990--Correspondence; Cowley, Malcolm, 1898-1989--Correspondence; Crane, Hart, 1899-1932--Correspondence; Dos Passos, John, 1896-1970--Correspondence; Farrell, James T. (James Thomas), 1904-1979--Correspondence; Ford, Ford Madox, 1873-1939--Correspondence; Herbst, Josephine, 1892-1969--Correspondence; Lessing, Doris, 1919-2013--Correspondence; Zur Mühlen, Hermynia, 1883-1951--Correspondence; Zweig, Stefan, 1881-1942--Correspondence; United States. Works Progress Administration; United States. Army Air Forces; Novelists; American fiction--Jewish authors; World War, 1939-1945