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Glenway Wescott Collection

Abstract

Title:
Glenway Wescott Collection
Author/Creator:
Wescott, Glenway
Collection number:
2007-124
Size:
29.25 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1932-1962
Inclusive dates:
1932-1977
Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Glenway Wescott (1901-1987) was the author of novels, poetry, short stories, and essays. He met Katherine Anne Porter in Paris in the 1930s, and they remained friends for many years. Wescott's papers include several versions of the manuscript for a never-completed edition of some of Porter's letters. The book was titled Letters to a Circle of Friends 1933-1962: Thirty Years of Friendship and was to include correspondence from Porter, Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Barbara Harrison Wescott, George Platt Lynes, and Russell Lynes. Originals of some of the letters are included in the manuscript collection, along with notes and miscellaneous published material by and about Porter.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

Some of the correspondence in Series 2 is restricted. Please see the series description for more information.

Preferred citation:

Glenway Wescott Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1541
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Glenway Wescott was the author of novels, poetry, short stories, and essays. Born on a farm outside Kewaskum, Wisconsin, on April 11, 1901, he began his post-secondary studies at the University of Chicago in 1917 but only completed three semesters, because he contracted the Spanish flu in 1919. While recuperating, he made the acquaintance of and began a relationship with Monroe Wheeler, which lasted until Wescott's death in 1987.

After his health improved, Wescott moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and stayed with his friend Yvor Winters. While there, he produced a group of poems, The Bitterns, which was published by Monroe Wheeler in 1920. In late 1921, Wescott and Wheeler made their first trip to Europe. After returning to New York City with Monroe Wheeler in 1922, Wescott finished his first novel, The Apple of the Eye, published in 1924.

In 1925, Wescott and Wheeler returned to Europe and, in 1926, moved to Villefranche, in the south of France. In France, they became friends with many other artists, including W. Somerset Maugham, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jean Cocteau, Ford Madox Ford, and Isadora Duncan. Wescott published his second work of fiction, The Grandmothers, a series of sketches drawn from his early memories, in 1927. This was followed the next year by his collection of short stories, Good-bye Wisconsin.

Wescott lived with Wheeler in France through 1934, alternating between Villefranche and Paris with occasional trips to New York. During one of these trips to New York in 1927, they met photographer George Platt Lynes. Between 1930 and 1935, Wheeler published fine press editions of belle-lettres texts with Barbara Harrison under the Harrison of Paris imprint. Also, during this period, Katherine Anne Porter became friends with Wescott, Wheeler, Harrison, and Lynes. She remained friends and corresponded with them for many decades. Harrison of Paris published Katherine Anne Porter's French Song-Book in 1932 and Hacienda in 1934. In 1935, Barbara Harrison married Wescott's younger brother, Lloyd, and, with the dissolution of Harrison of Paris, the Wescotts and Wheeler moved back to the United States. Glenway Wescott and Wheeler set up households on a farm in New Jersey owned by Barbara Harrison and Lloyd Wescott and in various New York City apartments with George Platt Lynes.

After returning to the United States, Wescott continued to write, publishing The Pilgrim Hawk in 1940 and Apartment in Athens in 1945. Between 1945 and 1962, when he published Images of Truth: Remembrances and Criticism, Wescott lectured, wrote reviews and criticism, served as president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and worked on a number of novels. In 1963, he began working on the Letters to a Circle of Friends 1933-1962: Thirty Years of Friendship, an edition of letters documenting the friendships among Katherine Anne Porter, Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Barbara Harrison Wescott, George Platt Lynes, and Russell Lynes, brother of George Platt Lynes and editor of Harper's Magazine. The book was never completed. When Isabel Bayley became Katherine Anne Porter's literary trustee in 1983, Wescott gave all of the materials he had amassed for the project to Bayley, whose edition, Letters of Katherine Anne Porter, was published in 1990.

Wescott died on February 22, 1987.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Glenway Wescott Collection includes four versions of the manuscript for the never-completed edition of the letters of Porter and her friends. The book, tentatively titled Letters to a Circle of Friends 1933-1962: Thirty Years of Friendship, was originally to include correspondence from Porter, Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Barbara Harrison Wescott, George Platt Lynes, and Russell Lynes. As time passed, Wescott changed the scope of the book to include just the letters between himself and Katherine Anne Porter and finally only to selected letters of Katherine Anne Porter. The collection includes originals of some of the letters, along with notes and miscellaneous published material by and about Porter.

The collection spans the period from 1931 to 1977, with the bulk falling between 1932 and 1962. There are drafts of the planned edition of Porter's correspondence as well as notes, research materials, outlines, and other materials related to the project. It also includes originals and copies of correspondence exchanged between Katherine Anne Porter, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Barbara Harrison Wescott, Russell Lynes, George Platt Lynes, William Humphrey, Marianne Moore, W. Somerset Maugham, Robin Maugham, Wallace Stevens, Alan Searle, Eugene Pressly, Albert Erskine Jr., Nelson Rockefeller, Harold Ross, and William R. Ross.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Isabel Bayley, Literary Trustee for the Estate of Katherine Anne Porter, deposited Glenway Wescott's collection of Katherine Anne Porter materials at the University of Maryland Libraries in 1984 and formally donated it to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1992. In 1994, W. Hewitt Bayley, Isabel Bayley's widower, donated the Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler correspondence with W. Somerset Maugham, Alan Searle, Wallace Stevens, Robin Maugham and Nelson Rockefeller to the Libraries with his wife's papers.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed: May 2008 by Lara D'Agaro. Revised November 2009.

Processing note:

The collection was processed in spring 2008. At that time, it was arranged into three series: "Letters to a Circle of Friends 1933-1962: Thirty Years of Friendship," "Correspondence," and "Additional Katherine Anne Porter-Related Material." The original order of the materials in the binders in which Glenway Wescott had housed the drafts of the edition of letters was maintained. This condition was imposed by Isabel Bayley when she donated the collection to the University of Maryland Libraries. However, because of the condition of the three-ring binders, these materials were rehoused in acid-free three-ring archival boxes to replicate, more or less, the original binders. Some of the archival boxes house the contents of two binders and have been labelled accordingly. All but two of the binders were labelled by Wescott, and his labels appear in the box inventory and in the archival boxes. Four additional folders of materials removed from the binders by Wescott were housed in an additional archival box.

Before processing, the letters in the correspondence series had been roughly arranged by correspondent. Wescott placed most of the letters into blue folders, which have been retained. There were separate blue folders for individual letters, and these folders housed original letters and/or transcribed copies. Identifying information was recorded on the folders. Duplicates of transcribed copies were discarded. The correspondence was arranged in the order enumerated in the description of Series I above.

The additional Porter-related materials were originally housed in unlabelled folders intermingled with the folders of correspondence. One folder titled "Katherine Anne Porter" included newspaper and journal articles both by and about Katherine Anne Porter. The contents of this folder were sorted into those by and about Katherine Anne Porter and arranged accordingly. All staples and paperclips were removed and replaced by plastic fasteners when necessary. The entire collection was placed in new acid-free folders and boxes.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Lara D'Agaro, July 2008.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Letters to a Circle of Friends 1933-1962: Thirty Years of Friendship, circa 1963-1972 (26.25 linear feet)

The series consists of materials Wescott assembled in 35 three-ring binders. Four binders (rehoused in boxes 1 and 2) contained reviews of and notes by Wescott and others about Katherine Anne Porter's fiction; Wescott's articles about Katherine Anne Porter's life and her writing of Ship of Fools; research notes; a transcript of Katherine Anne Porter's appearance on The Open Mind, an NBC television program that aired May 13, 1962; time lines of Katherine Anne Porter's life; Wescott's key for the manuscript; his editing concerns and questions about Katherine Anne Porter's life; and notes for his speech at Katherine Anne Porter's birthday celebration at the University of Maryland on May 15, 1968. These notes and research materials, presumably made in advance of the writing of the book, have been placed at the beginning of the series.

The remaining 31 binders housed four drafts of Wescott's planned edition of letters. These drafts (rehoused in boxes 3-26) are arranged in chronological order based on Isabel Bayley's December 17, 1992, letter to the University of Maryland's Director of Libraries, Dr. H. Joanne Harrar. It was impossible to determine whether the creation of the binders labelled "Letters" preceded those labelled "Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters." However, the "Letters" version was placed before that of the "Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters" when the collection was processed. It is clear, because of subsequent changes in the scope of the project, that "K.A.P. Penultimate" and "The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter" are successive drafts.

Four additional folders of materials removed from the binders by Wescott that include transcriptions, notes, publication notes, and keys to codes for the manuscript were housed in box 27 and placed after Wescott's final draft.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Pale Horse Pale Rider, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Left-over pages of Praise, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- The Leaning Tower, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Caedmon record, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 4
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Katherine Anne personally, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 5
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Notes, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 6
[Reviews of Katherine Anne Porter's works] -- Lecture notes, 1939-1940, 1961 and undated series 1box 1folder 7
[Notes about Katherine Anne Porter and her work], undated series 1box 1folder 8
Porter's Birthday -- Introductory, undated series 1box 2folder 1
Porter's Birthday -- The Lifework as a Whole, undated series 1box 2folder 2
Porter's Birthday -- The Institute Gold Medal, undated series 1box 2folder 3
Porter's Birthday -- Anti-success, undated series 1box 2folder 4
Porter's Birthday -- Anti-Catholic, undated series 1box 2folder 5
Porter's Birthday -- Anti-feminine, undated series 1box 2folder 6
Porter's Birthday -- The Emerald Ring, undated series 1box 2folder 7
Porter's Birthday -- Letter-writing, undated series 1box 2folder 8
Porter's Birthday -- Notes, undated series 1box 2folder 9
Porter's Birthday -- The Open Mind Telecast, undated series 1box 2folder 10
Notes on Porter Correspondence -- Questions for K.A.P., undated series 1box 2folder 11
Notes on Porter Correspondence -- G.W.s notes Feb. 20-22 68, undated series 1box 2folder 12
Notes on Porter Correspondence -- Chronology, undated series 1box 2folder 13
Notes on Porter Correspondence -- Queries, undated series 1box 2folder 14
Letters: 1932-36, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 3folder 1
Letters: 1937-39, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 3folder 2
Letters: 1944-45, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 4folder 1
Letters: 1946-47, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 4folder 2
Letters: 1949-52, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 5folder 1
Letters: 1959-62, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 5folder 2
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1932-1936, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 6folder 1
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1937-1939, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 6folder 2
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1940-1942, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 7folder 1
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1943-1945, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 7folder 2
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1945-1946, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 8folder 1
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1946-1949, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 8folder 2
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1950-1956, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 9folder 1
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1957-1961, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 9folder 2
Porter-Wescott-Wheeler Letters 1962-1965, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 10folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1933-35, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 11folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1936-39, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 12folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1940-42, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 13folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1943-44, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 14folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1945-46, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 15folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1947-48, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 16folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1953-56, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 17folder 1
K.A.P. Penultimate 1957-58, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 18folder 1
The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter, 1933-1940, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 19folder 1
K.A.P. Selected Letters: Deletions, 1933-1940, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 20folder 1
The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter, 1941-1944, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 21folder 1
K.A.P. Selected Letters: Deletions, 1941-1944, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 22folder 1
The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter, 1945-1950, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 23folder 1
K.A.P. Selected Letters: Deletions, 1945-1950, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 24folder 1
The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter, 1951-1962, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 25folder 1
K.A.P. Selected Letters: Deletions, 1951-1962, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 26folder 1
[Transcriptions and notes], circa 1963-1972 series 1box 27folder 1
[Transcriptions], circa 1963-1972 series 1box 27folder 2
[Notes on codes, letters, publication], undated series 1box 27folder 3
Duplicates of KAP, GW, MW and GPL letters -- removed from binders by Wescott, circa 1963-1972 series 1box 27folder 4

Series 2: Correspondence, 1932-1977 and undated (2.75 linear feet)

This series contains original and transcribed copies of letters to and from Katherine Anne Porter, Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler, Barbara Harrison Wescott, Russell Lynes, George Platt Lynes, William Humphrey, Marianne Moore, W. Somerset Maugham, Robin Maugham, Wallace Stevens, Alan Searle, Eugene Pressly, Albert Erskine, Jr., Nelson Rockefeller, Harold Ross, and William R. Ross. The majority of the letters are to or from Katherine Anne Porter.

Katherine Anne Porter executed a Power of Attorney designating Glenway Wescott as her Principal for her dealings with the Library of Congress, to which she had initially intended to give her papers, and there is a file of Wescott's correspondence relating to his actions in that role as well as the original copy of the Power of Attorney.

In addition, there are numerous original letters from W. Somerset Maugham to both Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler, in which he writes about his own and other's literary efforts and his personal life.

The arrangement of the series is alphabetical by correspondent. Within the three large groupings of correspondence of Katherine Anne Porter, Glenway Wescott, and Monroe Wheeler, the letters are arranged alphabetically by Porter's, Wescott's or Wheeler's individual correspondents. Their correspondence with each individual is arranged chronologically. There are both original and transcribed copies of letters. Glenway Wescott arranged some of the originals and the corresponding transcriptions in blue folders, which have been retained. On some of these folders, Wescott made notes. See the appendix for a listing of the original letters.

Until 2019, no one may consult the correspondence of Glenway Wescott with W. Somerset Maugham, Alan Searle, and Wallace Stevens and the correspondence of Monroe Wheeler with Robin Maugham, W. Somerset Maugham, Nelson Rockelfeller, Alan Searle, and Wallace Stevens unless authorized by the Literary Trustee of the Estate of Katherine Anne Porter.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
William Humphrey to Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1967 series 2box 1folder 1
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Christopher LaFarge, 1947 series 2box 1folder 2
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1932-1939 series 2box 1folder 3
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1940-1942 series 2box 1folder 4
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1943 series 2box 1folder 5
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1944 series 2box 1folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1945 series 2box 1folder 7
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1946 series 2box 1folder 8
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1947-1948 series 2box 2folder 1
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1949-1952 series 2box 2folder 2
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with George Platt Lynes, 1953-1955 series 2box 2folder 3
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Russell Lynes, 1939-1959 series 2box 2folder 4
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Russell Lynes, 1947-1948, 1954, 1958, 1960 and undated series 2box 2folder 5
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Robert McAlmon, 1932, 1938 series 2box 2folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Marianne Moore, 1968 series 2box 2folder 7
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Harold Ross, undated series 2box 2folder 8
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with William R. Ross -- University of Colorado, 1951 series 2box 2folder 9
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1932-1934 series 2box 2folder 10
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1935-1938 series 2box 2folder 11
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1940-1943 series 2box 2folder 12
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1944-1945 series 2box 3folder 1
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1950, 1955-1959 series 2box 3folder 2
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1960-1962 series 2box 3folder 3
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1963-1968 series 2box 3folder 4
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, 1970, 1976-1977 series 2box 3folder 5
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Barbara (Harrison) Wescott, undated series 2box 3folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1934-1939 series 2box 3folder 7
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1940-1942 series 2box 3folder 8
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1943-1949 series 2box 3folder 9
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1951-1959 series 2box 4folder 1
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1960-1962 series 2box 4folder 2
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1963 series 2box 4folder 3
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1964 series 2box 4folder 4
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1965 series 2box 4folder 5
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, 1966-1967 series 2box 4folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Glenway Wescott, undated series 2box 4folder 7
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1932-1934 series 2box 4folder 8
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1935 series 2box 4folder 9
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1936-1939 series 2box 4folder 10
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1940-1942 series 2box 4folder 11
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1943 series 2box 4folder 12
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1945-1946 series 2box 5folder 1
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1947-1949 series 2box 5folder 2
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1950-1954 series 2box 5folder 3
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1955-1959 series 2box 5folder 4
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1960-1963 series 2box 5folder 5
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1964-1969 series 2box 5folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1972-1973 series 2box 5folder 7
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, 1934-1938, 1948, 1954 and 1965 series 2box 5folder 8
Katherine Anne Porter Correspondence with Monroe Wheeler, undated series 2box 5folder 9
Glenway Wescott Correspondence with Albert Russel Erskine, Jr., 1939 series 2box 5folder 10
Glenway Wescott Correspondence with William Faulkner, 1951 series 2box 5folder 11
Glenway Wescott Correspondence with the Library of Congress -- (Roy Basler, Nathan Einhorn, Irwin Karp, Seymour Lawrence, David Mearns, Jennings Wood), 1962-1963 series 2box 5folder 12
Glenway Wescott Correspondence to George Platt Lynes, ca. February-March 1943 series 2box 5folder 13
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from W. Somerset Maugham, 1940-1941 series 2box 5folder 14
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from W. Somerset Maugham, 1942 series 2box 5folder 15
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from W. Somerset Maugham, 1943-1944 series 2box 6folder 1
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from W. Somerset Maugham, 1945-1948 series 2box 6folder 2
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from Alan Searle, 1961, 1965 series 2box 6folder 3
Glenway Wescott Correspondence from Wallace Stevens, 1921 series 2box 6folder 4
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence from Robin Maugham, 1945 series 2box 6folder 5
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence from W. Somerset Maugham, 1941-1946, 1949, 1961 series 2box 6folder 6
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence with Eugene Pressly, 1935-1937 series 2box 6folder 7
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence with Nelson Rockefeller, 1968 series 2box 6folder 8
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence from Alan Searle, 1965 series 2box 6folder 9
Monroe Wheeler Correspondence from Wallace Stevens, 1923 series 2box 6folder 10

Series 3: Additional Katherine Anne Porter-Related Material, 1940-1974 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains materials arranged in three groupings in the following order: "By Porter," "About Porter," and "Katherine Anne Porter Foundation." Within groupings, arrangement is alphabetical. The "By Porter" grouping includes a file containing an envelope, on which she wrote an explanation of her exchange of opinions with George Dixon regarding scientists in 1961, and the contents of the envelope--an annotated carbon copy of Porter's October 13, 1961, letter to Dixon and associated clippings from the Washington Post; newspaper and journal articles by Porter, including a reading list she suggested at the Olivet Writers' and Readers' Conference in July 1940; the first paragraph of Katherine Anne Porter's synopsis of "No Safe Harbor," hand copied by Glenway Wescott; and photocopies of some of her poems. "About Porter" consists of newspaper and journal articles whose subject is Porter, as well as Wescott's notes on Porter's reading of Noon Wine at the Olivet Writers' and Readers' Conference in summer 1940, and copies of programs for University of Maryland events honoring Porter. Wescott made marginal notes on some of the articles. The "Katherine Anne Porter Foundation" file includes copies of the amended articles of its incorporation, by-laws, and minutes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
By Porter -- A Letter to the Editor of the Washington Post, 1961 series 3box 1folder 1
By Porter -- [Newspaper and journal articles], 1940-1974 and undated series 3box 1folder 2
By Porter -- No Safe Harbor, first paragraph, -- hand copied by Glenway Wescott, undated series 3box 1folder 3
By Porter -- [Poems] -- photocopy, undated series 3box 1folder 4
About Porter -- [Newspaper and journal articles], 1940-1974 and undated series 3box 1folder 5
About Porter -- [University of Maryland events to honor KAP], -- programs for, 1968-1969 series 3box 1folder 6
Katherine Anne Porter Foundation, 1967 series 3box 1folder 7

Related Material

There is a copy of a version similar to one of Wescott's manuscripts, either "K.A.P. Penultimate" or "The Selected Letters of Katherine Anne Porter," with editorial comments and notes by Katherine Anne Porter in Series II of the Katherine Anne Porter Papers. Glenway Wescott's personal papers are at the Beinecke Library at Yale University and the New York Public Library. Wescott's professional papers related to his Presidency of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, from 1959 to 1962, can be found in the American Academy of Arts and Letters Library and Archives in New York. Monroe Wheeler's personal papers are also at the Beinecke Library at Yale University. The administrative papers of Monroe Wheeler, for his various positions at the Museum of Modern Art, are at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The George Platt Lynes Collection can be found at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, Austin.

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