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Guide to the Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family Manuscripts Collection,​ 1995

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE UHC327

Accession Number: 11-024

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 327

Creators: Hildebrand, John (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)

Title: Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family Manuscripts Collection

Dates: c. 1995

Quantity: 0.8 linear feet (2 archives boxes)

Location of Collection: A9/1c

Languages: Collection materials are in English.

Summary: In 1995, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire English professor John Hildebrand published his book Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family. This collection includes seven manuscripts of the book. Three of the manuscripts were returned to Professor Hildebrand from the publishers. An additional three appear to have been edited by his peers. The final manuscript is an unedited proof of the text. Professor Hildebrand joined the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 1977. He specialized in teaching nonfiction writing and literature, the short story, and American literature. He retired in 2009 after 32 years of teaching

Biographical / Historical Note

John Hildebrand, professor emeritus of English, received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Michigan in 1971, and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska in 1974. In 1977, he joined the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he specialized in nonfiction writing and literature, the short story, and American literature.

Hildebrand is the author of three nonfiction books, the most recent of which is A Northern Front (2005), a collection of essays that previously appeared in such magazines as Harper's, Audubon, Outside, Sports Illustrated, Manoa, and The Missouri Review. He also wrote Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon (1998).

Hildebrand’s book, Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1995. Mapping the Farm documents a century of American agricultural and rural life. It focuses on William and Catherine O’Neill, an Irish immigrant family who settled on a Rochester, Minnesota farm in 1880. Their grandson Ed runs the farm today, but none of his children farm full time and the future of the farm is uncertain.

Hildebrand received the Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship and the Excellence in Scholarship Award during his tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He was also awarded a Bush Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, the BANTA Award from the Wisconsin Literary Association, and a Friends of American Writers Literary Award. His work has been anthologized in Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin Fiction (2005), Best American Sports Writing 1999, American Nature Writing 1997, The Great Land: Reflections on Alaska (1994), and Nature's New Voices (1992). His work has been translated into German and Italian. He retired from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 after 32 years of teaching.

Content Description

Three manuscripts were returned to Hildebrand after the publication of Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family. The edited versions of the manuscript were returned to Hildebrand after the publication of Mapping the Farm. This returned material, referred to as “foul matter,” is the material that is returned to the author after their book is finished: the edited manuscript and proofs of a book that are superseded by revised or corrected versions of the final printed work. Also included is one uncorrected proof of the manuscript.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to Special Collections & Archives, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire prior to January 2011.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family Manuscripts Collection, 1995. UHC 327. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Peter DeCarlo in March, 2011.

Arrangement: Flat arrangement.

Subjects

Personal Names:
Hildebrand, John
O’Neill Family

Subject Terms:
Farm life – Minnesota—Rochester region.
Family farms– Minnesota—Rochester region.

Geographical Terms:
Rochester—Minnesota.
Detailed List of Contents

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 1/1

Foul Matter: Manuscript # 1

1995

Box/Folder 1/2

Foul Matter: Manuscript # 1

1995

Box/Folder 1/3

Foul Matter: Manuscript # 1 Photo inserts and negatives

1995

Box/Folder 1/4

Foul Matter: Manuscript # 2

Oct. 1995

Box/Folder 1/5

Foul Matter: Manuscript # 2

Oct. 1995

Box/Folder 1/6

1st Pass Galley: Manuscript # 3

1995

Box/Folder 1/7

1st Pass Galley: Manuscript # 3

1995

Box/Folder 2/1

Edited Copy: Manuscript #4

Undated

Box/Folder 2/2

Edited Copy: Manuscript #4

Undated

Box/Folder 2/3

Edited Copy: Manuscript #5

Undated

Box/Folder 2/4

Edited Copy: Manuscript #5

Undated

Box/Folder 2/5

Edited Copy: Manuscript #6

Undated

Box/Folder 2/6

Edited Copy: Manuscript #6

Undated

Box/Folder 2/7

Uncorrected Proof: Manuscript # 7

Undated

Box/Folder 2/8

Uncorrected Proof: Manuscript # 7

Undated

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