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Norvelle, D. mss, 1911-1980

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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Norvelle, Deborah Starr, 1905-1980.

Norvelle, D. mss, 1911-1980

Collection No.
LMC 1938

117 items

Materials are in English

Consists of the papers of Deborah Starr (Waters) Norvelle, 1905-1980.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Mrs. Norvelle was born in Catawissa, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John B. and Florence (Taylor) Waters. She graduated from Bloomsburg State Normal School in Pennsylvania, then attended Indiana University receiving her degree in education in 1927. Following graduation she married Lee Roy Norvelle, 1892-1984, a member of the Department of English, and later chairman of the Department of Speech and Theatre at Indiana University. For a period of several years Mrs. Norvelle was an active contributor to Dell Crossword Puzzles.


The collection is organized into the following: Correspondence; Diaries; Genealogy; Travel; Memorabilia; Writings; Photographs; and Artwork

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, family genealogy, travel journals and memorabilia relating primarily to travel. The correspondence consists chiefly of Mrs. Norvelle's letters to her brother John B. Waters and cousin Margaret Schnick while traveling. These recipients then returned the letters to the writer so that they constitute a supplement to her travel diary and journals.

Other items in the collection include a lengthy diary, in parts, March 1935-January 1980; genealogy of Parvine, Starr and Taylor families; a travel diary of her first trip abroad in 1927, as well as 13 bluebooks containing travel notes 1953-1979; some poems and prose writings; pencil sketches. Memorabilia consisting of awards and certificates, travel mementos and newspaper clippings, including a few examples of her puzzles for Dell Crossword Puzzles, complete the collection.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 1980
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Norvelle, D. mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Lilly Staff.

Completed in 2012

Box 1 Correspondence

folder 1 1911-1968

folder 2 1969-1978


folder 3 1935, Mar. 15 - 1945, July 26

folder 4 1945, July 27 - 1955, Dec. 29

folder 5 1955, Dec. 30 - 1965, Dec. 17

folder 6 1965, Dec. 18 - 1980, Jan. 16

folder 7 Genealogy

Includes information on the Parvine, Starr, and Taylor Families


folder 8 My trip abroad: 1927, July 1-Sept. 2

folder 9 Travel logs, 1953-1979


folder 10 Travel

folder 11 News clippings

folder 12 Awards, certificates, etc.




Includes poetry and prose




Includes photos of Deborah Starr Waters (2 photographs); John B. Waters (1 photograph); Chickawa Tribe no. 14, 9-14-1918 (1 photograph); Ocean liner cruises, 1977 and 1978 (6 photographs)




Pencil sketches, portraits (7 sketches)