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Joseph Auslander and Audrey Wurdemann papers


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

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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

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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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Folder 341: The Lyric, Vol. 38, Issue no. 2, 1958Add to your cart.
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