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Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann papers, 1916-1957 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Rudo Kemper

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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann papers, 1916-1957Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944-1957

ID: ASM0019

Creator: Auslander, Joseph and Audrey Wurdemann

Extent: 7.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Collection is organized into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Radio Programs and Scripts, and III. General Files.

Formats/Genres: Leases, Letters, Mimeographs, Notebooks, Notes, Periodicals, Photographs, Transcripts, Typescripts, World War, 1914-1918 - Trench warfare - Pictorial works

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann Collection consists predominantly of correspondence, programs, and scripts relating to their involvement with the CBS radio program Housewives' Protective League. The Housewives' Protectice League, airing from 1948 to 1962, was a daily CBS radio feature which explored a variety of issues from childrearing and health to fidelity and marriage troubles. The letters are either from publishers confirming the Auslander's permission to review or discuss their books on air, or from CBS executives discussing their scripts. Included also are several scripts not by Auslander or Wurdemann, and an untitled typescript. Finally, the collection contains a leasing agreement from the Auslanders for a house in New York City. several periodicals, 15 research notebooks, and 28 photographs (with French inscriptions) depicting trench warfare in Belgium during World War I.

Biographical Note

Joseph Auslander was born on October 11, 1897 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Harvard College, He was a poet, anthologist, translator of poems, editor, and novelist. Auslander was appointed as the first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, from 1937 to 1941. Auslander was noted for his war poems, and his best-known work is "The Unconquerables" (1943), a collection of poems addressed to the German-occupied countries of Europe.

Audrey Wurdemann was born January 1, 1911 in Seattle, Washington. Wurdemann was the youngest winner of the Pulitzer Price for Poetry at the age of 24, for her collection Bright Ambush. She married Joseph Auslander in 1932. Wurdemann and Auslander collaborated on the novels My Uncle Jan and The Islanders.

They spent their last years living in Coral Gables, Florida. Wurdemann died on May 20, 1960 and Auslander died on June 22, 1965.

Subject/Index Terms

Auslander, Joseph, 1897-1965
CBS Radio Network
Housewives' Protective League
Malone, Ted, 1908-1989
Poets laureate - United States
United States
Women poets, American - 20th century
Wurdemann, Audrey, 1911-1960

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann Papers Finding Aid © 2009 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Related Materials:

See also the following book held in Special Collections:

Auslander, Joseph and Audrey Wurdemann. The Islanders. New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1951.

Spec Coll Florida PS3501 .U67 18 1951

For more information please see

Preferred Citation: Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

Finding Aid Revision History: Container list by Marcia Evanson.

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Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alston, Susan L., 03-03-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Abidgdon Cokesburg Press: Charles H. Branch, 03-30-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Alfred A. Knoff Inc.: William Cole, 02-03-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Bible Society: Francis Stifler, 01-05-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Appleton Century: Eleanor Nichols, 02-09-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Bobbs Merrill Company: Ross Baker, 01-13-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Butler, Herrick & Marshall, 03-21-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 8: C. B. S. Radio, 07-15-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Charles Scribner’s Sons: Hope English, 02-05-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Citadel Press: Kathryn Siddens, 01-22-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Crown Publishers, Inc.: Samuel H. Post, 04-12-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Dean Alfange, 04-13-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Dial Press Inc.: Delia Bye, 01-27-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Doubleday & Company Inc.: Pyke Johnson Jr., 01-12-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Durez Plastics & Chemicals Inc.: H. S. Spencer, 03-31-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Edward M. Cameron Jr., 07-16-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 17: E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc.: Elliott Graham, 02-02-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Fredrick, George J., 12-29-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Funk and Wagnall’s Co.: Margaret Amend, 03-11-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 20: G. P. Putnam’s Sons: Clip Boutell, 01-26-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Greenberg Publishers: J. W. Greenberg Mrs., 01-12-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 22: The Greystone Corporation: Gaylord Johnson, 02-25-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Grosset & Dunlap Inc.: William Morris, 12-31-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Harcourt, Brace & Co.: Mildred Salivar, 01-30-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Harper & Brothers Publishers: D. Fiske, 01-13-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 26: The Housewives’ Protective League: Sherley, 07-23-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 27: H. W. Wilson Company: Allen R. Borden, 03-29-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 28: J. B. Lippincott Company: Barbara Frost, 01-20-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 29: The John Day Company: Richard J. Walsh, 01-22-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Keates & Shelly Association of America, 03-08-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 31: The Kingsway Press Inc.: Douglas E. Lurton, 01-19-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Lachicotte, Virginia, 03-23-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Lemon, Dot, 03-02-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Little, Brown & Company: Marion Hunt, 03-24-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Longmans, Green & Company: Edwards Mills E., 12-24-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Louis P. Young, 04-12-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Macmillan Company, 01-13-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 38: McGraw Hill Brook Company: Sonia Levinthal, 01-09-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Oxford University Press: Fon W. Jr. Boardman, 01-30-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 40: the Presbyterian Hospital: Lyman R. Hartley, 03-04-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Probst, J. Anthony, 04-05-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Quittner, Joseph, 01-02-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Rinehart & Company Inc.: Newell, Pat, 03-29-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Random House, Inc.: Saxe Comins, 01-14-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Seamen’s Church Institute: Tom Baab, 01-22-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Simon & Schuster, Inc.: Larry Vinick, 09-22-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Sterling Publishing Company: David a. Boehm, 01-19-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Thomas Y.Crowell Company, 01-24-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 49: The Viking Press Inc.: Marjorie Griesser, 02-03-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Voilson, Jack, 04-04-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 51: This Week Magazine: Emily J. Shepherd, 04-09-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 52: The World Publishing Company: Eleanor Kash, 01-29-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 53: W. W. Norton & Company Inc.: Frances Grossman, 03-11-1954Add to your cart.

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