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Ina B. Forbus Manuscript

Identifier: MSS 0111

Scope and Contents

Typescripts of a rough draft and the setting copy for the author's novel Melissa, which was published by Viking in 1952.


  • 1962


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Ina B. Forbus was born in Scotland and moved to the United States when she was a child. She became a citizen upon her marriage to Sample Forbus in 1931. Forbus attended the University of Rochester and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1935 she and her husband bought an old grist mill on Cane Creek and converted it into a summer home. Mrs. Forbus often used the grist mill as a setting for her stories.


0.40 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Ina B. Forbus was a Scottish immigrant, UNC alumna, and author, who set many of her stories at a converted grist mill in North Carolina where she and her husband summered. This collection contains the rough draft and setting copy for Forbus' novel Melissa.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the author.

Related Materials

More Ina B. Forbus papers are available at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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