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Anna Olswanger papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1034-077

Collection Overview

The collection consists of publications, short stories, and other papers of Anna Olswanger, a children's story author and freelance editor. Included are published copies of Olswanger's short stories "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues" and "Chicken Bone Man," as well as materials relating to Olswanger's father, Berl Olswanger, a blues musician and composer. Also present is a published transcript of Anna Olswanger's 1993 interview with Gene Olswanger (Berl Olswanger's sister) describing her family.

Dates

  • 1985-2004

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Anna Olswanger, a literary agent, children's book author, and miniature book publisher, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1953. She has written several short stories, many of which revolve around the themes of blues music and Jewish life, including "Schlemiel Crooks, "Greenhorn," "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues," "Berl's Blues," and "Chicken Bone Man." In 2001, Olswanger moved to New Jersey, where she began publishing limited edition miniature books for collectors of Judaica.

Berl Olswanger (1917-1981), Anna Olswanger's father, also a native of Memphis, was a noted blues musician and composer. He toured in the 1930s with George Olsen's big band orchestra, served in World War II as Admiral Halsey's entertainment officer for the South Pacific, wrote commercial jingles, hosted his own television show, and owned a music store. Several of Berl Olswanger's compositions are the basis of Anna Olswanger's writings.

Extent

1 folder

Abstract

Publications, short stories, and other papers of Anna Olswanger, children's story author and freelance editor. Included are published copies of Olswanger's short stories "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues" and "Chicken Bone Man," as well as materials relating to Olswanger's father, Berl Olswanger, a blues musician and composer from Nashville (Tennessee), and his sister Gene Olswanger.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the item level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in 1997 and 2004 by Anna Olswanger.

Related Material

Related materials at the College of Charleston Special Collections include the Olschwanger Journal.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, March 2011.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Anna Olswanger Papers, 1985-2004
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
Date
2011
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections
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Charleston South Carolina 29424
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