Nell Wise Wechter Papers, 1957-1974, undated

Manuscript Collection #177

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Nell Wise Wechter Papers
    Creator: Wechter, Nell Wise
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: The Nell Wise Wechter Papers contains copies of the authors’ books, Taffy of Torpedo Junction (1957), Betsy Dowdy’s Ride (1960), Swamp Girl (1971), and The Mighty Midgets of Chimcamacomico (1974). Also included are the typed and written drafts, typed manuscripts with revisions, original manuscripts, and galley proofs for her books. There is also correspondence from the Library of Congress, British Embassy, and Mariners Museum regarding Wechters’ requests for information to assist her in writing her novels.
    Extent: 1.45 Cubic feet, includes five archival boxes,
  • Description
     

    The Nell Wise Wechter Papers contains copies of the authors’ books, Taffy of Torpedo Junction (1957), Betsy Dowdy’s Ride (1960), Swamp Girl (1971), and The Mighty Midgets of Chimcamacomico (1974). Also included are the typed and written drafts, typed manuscripts with revisions, original manuscripts, and galley proofs for her books. There is also correspondence from the Library of Congress, British Embassy, and Mariners Museum regarding Wechters’ requests for information to assist her in writing her novels.

    The collection also contains a letter from the author to Dr. Wendell Smiley, ECU librarian, with a request to have her items donated to East Carolina University, along with her updated biography (1971), and a press release from the ECU News Bureau regarding her work and the donation of her collection. There is a photograph of Wechter at a ceremony and possible speech notes (unknown authorship), depicting her donation to Joyner Library at ECU.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Nell Wise Wechter (1913-1989) was born and raised in Stumpy Point, North Carolina. She attended East Carolina College, where she received her Diploma, 1933, B.S., 1951, & M.A., 1952. Wechter also attended Guilford College and UNC Greensboro in pursuance of graduate degrees in English and Social Studies, and she later worked towards a Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill (1956-1964).

    She taught in North Carolina as a teacher for 30 years and authored several books, The Romance of Juniper River (1937), Taffy of Torpedo Junction (1957), Betsy Dowdy’s Ride (1960), The Mighty Midgetts of Chicamacomico (1974), and Swamp Girl (1971). Wechter won numerous regional and state awards for her work, including the George Washington Gold Medal (1950) from the Freedoms Foundation, American Association of University Women Award for Best Young People’s Book by a North Carolina author (1957), National Teachers Medal (1958) from the Freedoms Foundation, and Catholic Children’s Book Club of America (1960). Wechter donated all of her original manuscripts to Joyner Library of East Carolina University in August of 1971 with “the hope that they may be of some help to other writers coming along.”

    Wechter married her husband, Robert William Wechter, in 1943. Together they had one daughter and two grandchildren, who live in Atlanta, Georgia. Wechter and her husband retired and lived on her plantation home on the Pamlico Sound, where they enjoyed gardening and participating in their local Methodist church.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 12, 1971 5 items, 3 pgs, 0.260 cubic feet. Biographical sketch and literary manuscripts for Taffy of Torpedo Junction, Betsy Dowdy's Ride, and Swamp Girl. Gift of Mrs. Nell W. Wechter

    December 6, 1971, (addition 1), 3 volumes, 0.260 cubic feet. Copies of novels Taffy of Torpedo Junction, Betsy Dowdy's Ride, and Swamp Girl, Gift of Mrs. John F. Blair

    June 30, 1972, (addition 2), 2 items, 2 pgs, 0.260 cubic feet. Galley proofs and page proofs for Betsy Dowdy's Ride. Gift of Mrs. Nell W. Wechter

    January 20, 1975, (addition 3), 9 items, 9 pgs, 0.260 cubic feet. Manuscripts, Galley, and notes for novels Teach's Light and The Mighty Midgets of Chicamacomico. Gift of Mrs. Nell W. Wechter

    January 17, 1984, (addition 4), 4 items, 4 pgs, 0.260 cubic feet. Manuscripts for Teach's Light, Betsy Dowdy's Ride, Swamp Girl, and Taffy of Torpedo Junction. Gift of Mrs. Nell W. Wechter

    July 29, 2003, (addition 5), 78 items; The Mighty Midgetts of Chicamacomico, by Nell Wise Wechter. Photographs of J. Foster Scott. Illustrations of Richard P. Sisson (Manteo, NC: Times Printing Co., Inc., copyright 1974) pertaining to the Midgett family, 1874 - 1972, and their service as Coast Guard life savers on North Carolina' s Outer Banks. Soft Cover. Donor: Mrs. Nell W. Wechter.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mrs. Nell W. Wechter
    Gift of Mrs. John F. Blair

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Nell Wise Wechter Papers(#177), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

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    Processed by Meredith Clark on July 5, 2018.

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