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Dayton M. Kohler Papers, 1889-1971 (Ms1971-002)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms1971-002


  • 1889 - 1971


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Dayton M. Kohler Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

Dayton McCue Kohler, son of Edwin and Bertha Kohler, was born in Pennsylvania on September 24, 1906. The 1910 and 1920 censuses list the family living in Wormleysburg (Cumberland County), Pennsylvania. The younger Kohler graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor's degree in 1928 and obtained his master's degree at the University of Virginia in 1929. That same year, Kohler was hired by Virginia Tech as an instructor of English. By 1932, Kohler had been promoted to assistant professor. The 1946 university academic catalog lists him as an associate professor beginning in 1946, and professor in 1957. Kohler married Jean Stewart Ogden in 1937. Kohler retired in 1970 and was named professor emeritus of English. At the time of his death, on February 1, 1972, he was a resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Language of Materials


Acquisition Information

The Dayton M. Kohler Papers were donated to Special Collections in several separate accruals in 1971 and 1972.

Related Materials

A keyword search on Kohler's name in the library's catalog will provide the titles of works the library purchased from Kohler's collection in 1971.

Physical Characteristics

4.5 cu. ft. 9 boxes


Papers of Dayton M. Kohler, professor of English at Virginia Tech and an authority on modern American literature. Includes correspondence from noted authors, typescript drafts of essay-reviews for Masterplots, manuscripts of articles written by Kohler, and a collection of materials associated with various authors.

Scope and Content Note

This collections contains the papers of Dayton M. Kohler, a professor of English at Virginia Tech (1929-1970) and an authority on modern American literature. The collection contains correspondence, drafts and galley proofs of literary essay-reviews for publications edited by Kohler, manuscript drafts for articles written by Kohler, and a collection of materials relating to various authors. Among the noted authors most prominently featured in the collection are Willa Cather, Conrad Richter, Carl Sandburg, James Still, and Jesse Stuart. Within the correspondence are single letters from a number of other noted authors, including Sherwood Anderson, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Katherine Anne Porter.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Dayton M. Kohler Papers commenced and was completed in July, 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US