Clark Dobson Collection
Edward Clark Dobson (1939- ), a higher education professor and administrator, developed a warm personal relationship with Katherine Anne Porter that began in 1972 and endured until her death in 1980. During their relationship, they frequently attended Washington, D.C., area concerts and social events. Dobson began collecting Katherine Anne Porter items in 1976, when Porter gave Dobson a copy of her A Christmas Story as a Christmas gift. The collection consists of correspondence, mostly written to and from Katherine Anne Porter; publications; photographs; and memorabilia, which document Porter's literary career and relationship with Dobson.
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Edward Clark Dobson was born April 22, 1939, in Auburndale, Florida. He graduated from Auburndale High School in 1957, after which he completed an undergraduate degree in music education at Florida State University. After his 1961 graduation, Dobson took a position as a music teacher at Tavares High School in Tavares, Florida. In 1968, he returned to Florida State University, completing an M. A. in music (1969) and a Ph. D. in Education Administration (1972).
Dobson began his career in education administration as the Associate Executive Director of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, a national professional organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. He served the organization from 1971 to 1974. He subsequently accepted a position at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, where he served as an Assistant Professor of Education and a coordinator for the Doctor of Education Program from 1974 to 1976. In 1976, Dobson returned to the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he taught and served in various administrative roles. From 1976 to 1999, he was an Associate Professor of Education Leadership, and, from 1988 to 1998, he was Assistant Dean for Academic Student Affairs. In 1998, Dobson was recognized for his contributions with the Distinguished Service Award from the university's Graduate School of Education. He retired in May 1999 and moved to Lakeland, Florida, near Auburndale. Although Dobson's professional career path diverged from music education, he remains actively involved in music. While in the Washington, D.C., area, he sang in the Wareham Chorale Society; worked with the Opera Theater of Northern Virginia, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1978 to 1995 and as Trustee from 1996 to 1999, and served as an informal advisor to the U. S. Marine Band.
Dobson developed a relationship with Katherine Anne Porter because of his friendship with Robert (Bob) A. Beach, Jr., assistant to the president for University Relations at the University of Maryland from 1966 to 1978. In 1972, Dobson and Jack (John David) Horner met Porter, who was escorted by Beach, at a luncheon at the Army-Navy Club in Washington, D.C. Following the initial meeting, Dobson and Horner developed a warm personal relationship with Porter. Although Porter was in her early eighties, she enjoyed entertaining at her College Park apartment, and Dobson and Horner were often guests. The two men were frequently Porter's chauffeurs for and companions at concerts and social events. After her health deteriorated, Dobson and Horner maintained regular contact with Porter, providing invaluable support for her nephew Paul Porter, especially after his appointment as her guardian in 1977. They were instrumental in locating the Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Silver Spring, Maryland, where Porter was moved in March 1980. Dobson, Horner, Jane DeMouy (whose University of Maryland doctoral dissertation's subject was Porter), and Ted Wojtasik (whom Porter had suggested should edit her letters) planned and held a small gathering for Porter's ninetieth birthday, May 15, 1980. Porter's health continued to decline until her death on September 18, 1980.
Dobson began collecting Katherine Anne Porter items as a result of his friendship with Porter. Dobson was already an avid book collector, beginning his collection of books on music and Florida history as a high school student. In 1976, Porter gave Dobson a copy of her A Christmas Story as a Christmas gift. At nearly the same time, Dobson also began collecting Harrison of Paris imprints, fine press editions published by a firm founded by Porter's friends, Barbara Harrison and Monroe Wheeler. Dobson built his Harrison of Paris collection after receiving a signed copy of the press's edition of Porter's Hacienda from Monroe Wheeler. Dobson's collection of Katherine Anne Porter items grew to include additional publications created and collected by Porter, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia items.
One particularly unusual item that came into Dobson's possession was Porter's painted wooden coffin. Dobson and Horner acquired the coffin when her nephew Paul Porter disposed of the contents of her College Park apartment. Katherine Anne Porter purchased the coffin in 1974. Joseph Mayhew, the son of one of her neighbors at her College Park apartment, subsequently painted it. Porter kept the coffin in a closet in her apartment and enjoyed entertaining guests by stepping into it. As her wishes were to be cremated, Paul Porter made the decision to dispose of the coffin when he emptied and closed her College Park apartment. Dobson and Horner claimed it, ultimately using it as a closet in their home library. After Horner's death, Dobson donated the coffin to the University of Maryland Libraries for the Katherine Anne Porter Room, where it is housed.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Clark Dobson collection spans the period from 1901 to 2005, with the bulk of the materials falling between 1961 and 1978. The collection includes materials that document Dobson's relationship with Katherine Anne Porter. The core content of the collection consists of materials that Porter created, received, or collected during her lifetime. The materials include Porter's correspondence with Dobson, John David Horner, Robert A. Beach, Jr., Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Ted Stevens; four monographs; a significant portion of her music collection; photographs; and memorabilia.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
The University of Maryland Libraries acquired the collection from Dr. Dobson through a series of donations. The first two donations, December 2000 and June 2003, comprise the bulk of the collection. Dr. Dobson donated additional materials in May 2004, August 2004, April 2005, August 2007, October 2007, and August 2008.
Processed by Anna Yallouris, May 2009.
The collection was assembled from several separate accessions. When necessary, staples were removed from items, and fragile documents were placed in Mylar sleeves to prevent damage from handling. In addition, three framed items from Series IV: Memorabilia were evaluated and treated by a conservator. Certain items were also incorporated into the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter as appropriate. Those materials included four photographs of Katherine Anne Porter, Robert A. Beach, Jr., John David Horner, and Roger Francisco; correspondence from Marianne Moore to Porter, removed from Porter's copy of The Fables of La Fontaine; and Porter's autograph notes on recto and verso of an estate planning reply card, removed from Porter's copy of The Left Bank Revisited. In addition, eight monographs that originally formed part of Porter's personal library were transferred, cataloged, and incorporated into the Porter holdings of the Libraries Special Collections book collection. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and acid-free boxes or oversize storage. The final arrangement of the collection was created during processing.
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Anna Yallouris, May 2009.
Arrangement of Collection
The collection is organized as four series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Correspondence, 1970-2005 (0.25 linear feet)
The bulk of this series consists of letters, notes, and cards written and received by Katherine Anne Porter. Correspondence written by Porter includes one letter to Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer who produced portraits of Porter, and letters and cards to Clark Dobson and John David Horner. There is also one letter from Robert A. Beach, Jr., to Porter, which includes two manuscript copies of Porter's marked "The Franklin Library/Ballot/The Greatest Books of the Twentieth Century," and one letter from United States Senator Ted Stevens to Porter, regarding a request made by Dobson and Horner to have the U. S. flag flown over the Capitol in Porter's honor.
The series also contains one folder of correspondence from Robert A. Beach, Jr., to Dobson and Horner and one folder of Paul Porter's correspondence to Dobson. In addition to Paul Porter's letters to Dobson, the Paul Porter folder contains materials that were removed from Mr. Porter's copy of The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter. The materials, undated, are a mixture of items, including autograph typewritten notes by Mr. Porter, his typewritten manuscript "Gertrude Stein and All That," an autograph note by Katherine Anne Porter, and a portion of a dust jacket for Porter's The Days Before. The file containing Dobson's 2005 letter to Beth Alvarez also houses the program for a performance of Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace, performed at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, August 1974. Dobson attended this performance with Horner, Porter, and her nurse and friend, Addie Hubbard. The program is inscribed and signed by Porter and Addie Hubbard.
Arrangement is alphabetically by correspondent and chronologically within each folder; Katherine Anne Porter's correspondence is further arranged alphabetically by recipient's name.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Beach, Robert A., Jr., to Clark Dobson and John David Horner, 1992||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Beach, Robert A., Jr., to Katherine Anne Porter -- (Includes two copies of "The Franklin Library/Ballot/The Greatest Books of the Twentieth Century" annoted by Katherine Anne Porter), 1977||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Dobson, Clark, to Beth Alvarez -- (Program, "Sergei Prokofiev's War and Peace, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, August 29/August 31, 1974" enclosed), 2005||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Halpern, Irving, to Clark Dobson, 1981||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Porter, Katherine Anne, to Henri-Cartier Bresson, 1958||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Porter, Katherine Anne, to Clark Dobson and John David Horner, 1970, 1973-1976, 1978||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Stevens, Ted, to Katherine Anne Porter, 1976||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
Series 2: Publications, 1900-1999 and undated (3.25 linear feet)
This series contains publications by, about, or collected by Katherine Anne Porter. Materials are arranged in two subgroups: Monographs and Music.
"Monographs" include A Treasury of Unfamiliar Lyrics by Norman Ault; Porter's copy of Ivan Goll's Poets' Messages; Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda's Death Comes Riding, a collection of her poems that includes "Katherine Anne Porter's Secret"; a copy of The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter, formerly owned by Paul Porter; and Katherine Anne Porter's The Never Ending Wrong, inscribed by Porter. Glenway Wescott received Ault's monograph from George Platt Lynes; Lynes gave it to Katherine Anne Porter in May 1939; Porter, in turn, gave it to Dobson on April 8, 1979. The monograph contains inscriptions, notes, and other markings by both Wescott and Porter.
The "Music" grouping consists of bound and unbound sheet music, songbooks, and a music notation booklet in Porter's handwriting, which spans the period from 1901 to 1969. The bulk of the music collection consists of French sheet music and songbooks, some of which were collected by Porter when she was working on Katherine Anne Porter's French Song-book. There is also a great deal of early music, of which Porter was fond, including pieces by Johannes Sebastian Bach, William Byrd, and John Bull as well as several pieces of virginal music by English composers of the sixteenth century. Additionally, the collection contains nine music instruction books, one piece of unlabeled sheet music, and fragments of sheet music of American folk songs and union- or labor-related songs.
Within these categories, items are arranged alphabetically by author, composer, or title.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Monographs -- Goll, Ivan -- Poets' Messages: Chansons de France, 1938||series 2||box 1||folder 1|
|Monographs -- Kreiter-Foranda, Carolyn -- Death Comes Riding, 1999||series 2||box 1||folder 2|
|Monographs -- Porter, Katherine Anne -- The Collected Essays and Occasional Writings of Katherine Anne Porter -- Inscribed: "For Paul--/Love--/'The heart has its reasons for which reason does not know.'/Pascal--/Aunt Kat with same old love--6 June 1970" (also contains markings by Paul Porter), 1970||series 2||box 1||folder 3|
|Monographs -- Porter, Katherine Anne -- The Never Ending Wrong -- Inscription:"July 24, 1977 K.A.P.", 1977, 1981||series 2||box 1||folder 4|
|Music -- Bach, Johann Sebastian -- Air auf der G-Saite, undated||series 2||box 1||folder 5|
|Music -- Bach, Johann Sebastian -- Inventionen, undated||series 2||box 1||folder 6|
|Music -- Beyer, Ferdinand -- Metodo Preparatorio Para Piano, undated||series 2||box 1||folder 7|
|Music -- Bouchor, Maurice and Juliean Tiersot -- Chants Populaires pour les Ecoles, undated||series 2||box 1||folder 8|
|Music -- Busch, Fritz -- The Marriage of Figaro, Volume One -- Glyndebourne Mozart Opera Festival under the direction of Fritz Busch, 1934||series 2||box 1||folder 9|
|Music -- Byrd, William -- The Carman's Whistle from Album of Selected Pieces by William Byrd, 1923||series 2||box 1||folder 10|
|Music -- Byrd, William -- My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music, 1969||series 2||box 2||folder 1|
|Music -- Diamond, David -- David Diamond Album for the Young, 1947||series 2||box 2||folder 2|
|Music -- Dolmetsch, Arnold -- Virginals Music by English Composers of the 16th Century, 1935||series 2||box 2||folder 3|
|Music -- Dolmetsch, Mabel and Nathalie -- The Dances of Our Ancestors, Volume One: Seven Tudor Dances, 1934||series 2||box 2||folder 4|
|Music -- Durand and Fils, ed. -- Echos du Temps Passe, Volume One, circa 1900-1909||series 2||box 2||folder 5|
|Music -- Durand and Fils, ed. -- Echos du Temps Passe, Volume Two, circa 1900-1909||series 2||box 2||folder 6|
|Music -- Durand and Fils, ed. -- Echos du Temps Passe, Volume Three, circa 1900-1909||series 2||box 2||folder 7|
|Music -- Faugier, F., -- Les 48 Rondes Enfantines -- [Vault], undated||series 2||box 2||folder 8|
|Music -- Flagny, Lucien de -- Amiraux Corsaires et Loups de Mer devant la Chanson Francaise, 1933||series 2||box 2||folder 9|
|Music -- Frey, Hugo -- Robbins Mammoth Collection of World Famous Songs -- (Partial, fragments) -- [Vault], 1939||series 2||box 2||folder 10|
|Music -- "The Golden Age of English Lute Music" -- (Liner notes from RCA Victor album by Julian Bream), undated||series 2||box 2||folder 11|
|Music -- Halle, Adame de la -- The Play of Robin and Marion: Medieval Folk Comedy Opera by the Trouvere Adam de la Halle -- Reconstructed and harmonized by Jean Beck, 1937||series 2||box 2||folder 12|
|Music -- Heintz, F -- Les Housards de la Garde, undated||series 2||box 2||folder 13|
|Music -- Herz, Henri -- Gammes, undated||series 2||box 2||folder 14|
|Music -- Labbe, Marcel -- Ma Grand' Mere: Chansons de Beranger, undated||series 2||box 2||folder 15|
|Music -- Leon, Laurent, Lyrics by Henry Nadot -- Un Vieux Farceur (Confidence), undated||series 2||box 2||folder 16|
|Music -- Libreta Pautada (music notation booklet), circa 1930||series 2||box 2||folder 17|
|Music -- Lieberson, Goddard -- Piano Pieces for Advanced Children or Retarded Adults One: Five Songs Without Mendelssohn, 1964||series 2||box 2||folder 18|
|Music -- Lieberson, Goddard -- Piano Pieces for Advanced Children or Retarded Adults Two: Six Technical Studies (Which Will Teach You Nothing), 1964||series 2||box 2||folder 19|
|Music -- Lieberson, Goddard -- Piano Pieces for Advanced Children or Retarded Adults Three: Eight Studies in Musicology (Which Will Teach You a Great Deal), 1964||series 2||box 2||folder 20|
|Music -- Maitland, J. A. Fuller and W. Barclay Squire -- The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume One, 1963||series 2||box 2||folder 21|
|Music -- Maitland, J. A. Fuller and W. Barclay Squire -- The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume Two, 1963||series 2||box 3||folder 1|
|Music -- Orr, Hugh -- Basic Recorder Technique, 1961||series 2||box 3||folder 2|
|Music -- Pedrell, Carlos -- Danse Du Sonneur du Ballet "Alleluia", 1931||series 2||box 3||folder 3|
|Music -- Potter, Hunter Frank, ed. -- Reliquary of English Song, Volume One (1250-1700), 1915||series 2||box 3||folder 4|
|Music -- Potter, Hunter Frank, ed. -- Reliquary of English Song, Volume One (1250-1700), 1943||series 2||box 3||folder 5|
|Music -- Privas, Xavier, and Francine Loree-Privas -- La Chanson Pour Tous (Euvre D'education Populaire), undated||series 2||box 3||folder 6|
|Music -- Rameau, Jean Philippe -- Gavotte varie, 1901||series 2||box 3||folder 7|
|Music -- Reigny, Louis Abel Beffroy de -- Colinette au Bois s'en alla (Chansonette = Bluette), undated||series 2||box 3||folder 8|
|Music -- Renard, A. -- Temps des Cerises, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 9|
|Music -- Seeger, Peter -- Bits and Pieces: Songs by Peter Seeger, 1965||series 2||box 3||folder 10|
|Music -- Thiberge, Raymond -- La Lecture Au Piano, 1918||series 2||box 3||folder 11|
|Music -- Thiberge, Raymond -- La Spontaneite Rythmique du Pianiste, 1918||series 2||box 3||folder 12|
|Music -- Thiberge, Raymond -- Methode Elementaire, 1918||series 2||box 3||folder 13|
|Music -- The Twelve Days of Christmas -- (Clipping from Flair), 1950||series 2||box 3||folder 14|
|Music -- Unlabeled sheet music, undated||series 2||box 3||folder 15|
|Music -- Untitled Book of Union/Labor-related songs (missing cover), circa 1930s||series 2||box 3||folder 16|
Series 3: Photographs, 1951-1976 and undated (1.50 linear feet)
This series consists of black and white and color photographs collected or taken by Dr. Dobson. Subjects include Katherine Anne Porter, her niece Ann Holloway Heintze and her two sons Donald and David, Clark Dobson, and John David Horner. Photographs are arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Katherine Anne Porter, wearing Austrian Officers Award, New York, N.Y., photograph by Arthur B. Long. Cut from larger photograph -- (originally enclosed in Henri Cartier-Bresson correspondence) -- [See Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 18, no. 2066; see also Oversize Box 2, nos. 2431-2432], June 1951||series 3||box 1||folder 1|
|Katherine Anne Porter seated, drinking from a glass, dressed in lace-decorated evening gown, New York, N. Y., black and white, Porter's inscription on verso: "Refreshment after a weary evening speaking and reading, N.Y.--1958", 1958||series 3||box 1||folder 2|
|Katherine Anne Porter seated in same location as preceding photograph, with hands behind head, New York, N. Y., black and white, on verso: "K.A.P", 1958||series 3||box 1||folder 3|
|Katherine Anne Porter seated at marble-topped dining table in Q Street house, Georgetown, Washington, DC, color, Porter's inscription on recto: "Waiting for coffee, March 1961," on verso: "Waiting for coffee! Q Street March 1961!" -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 26, nos. 3020, 2097, 2099, 2100, 3080, 3351, 3353], 1961||series 3||box 1||folder 4|
|Katherine Anne Porter at podium in evening gown, Tawes Theater, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, black and white -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 34, nos. 3229, 3181, 3213, 3214, 3120, 3121], 1968||series 3||box 1||folder 5|
|Katherine Anne Porter with Ann Holloway Heintze and her sons Donald and David, Spring Valley house, Washington, DC, black and white -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 35, no. 3109], 1968||series 3||box 1||folder 6|
|Katherine Anne Porter, taken by Robert Phillips before September 1962 (when it was published in Holiday), Washington, DC, black and white, with inscription: For Jack Horner/From Katherine Anne Porter/Hallowe'en, October 31, 1970/"From Ghosts and Goblins/and four legged beasties/And things that go Bump! in the night/Good Lord, deliver us!" [Facsimile] -- [Original in Series IV: Memorabilia, Box 2,], [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 27, nos. 4001-4003], 1970||series 3||box 1||folder 7|
|Katherine Anne Porter in front of harpsichord, Westchester Park apartment, College Park, MD, color -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 37, no 4044], circa January-November 1972||series 3||box 1||folder 8|
|Katherine Anne Porter oil portrait by Armand Thibault de Navarre, color, Porter's inscription on recto: "For tall John David/Jack for short, from his friend who is looking at him./Katherine Anne/8 September 1973 -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Boxes 39-40, nos. 2610, 3055, 3059, 2596, 2598-2601, 2710], 1973||series 3||box 1||folder 9|
|Katherine Anne Porter and Edward Clark Dobson at Evans Farm Inn, McLean, VA, color, Porter's inscription on recto: "Aren't we pretty? K.A." -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 39, nos. 4191, 4080], Summer 1974||series 3||box 1||folder 10|
|Katherine Anne Porter and John David Horner, at garden party of Horner and Clark Dobson, Alexandria, VA, color -- [Located in Series IV: Memorabilia, Box 2] -- [See also Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, Box 39, no. 4078, 4079, 4192, 4193], 22 June 1975||series 3||box 1||folder 11|
Series 4: Memorabilia, 1973-1992 and undated (8 items)
This series contains three-dimensional memorabilia items that formerly belonged to Katherine Anne Porter, including a lock of Porter's hair; a wooden recorder; a wooden flute; two gilded wood chairs with rush seats; and three framed items, including both photographs and handwritten notes. Facsimiles of the handwritten notes are located in Series 1: Correspondence. These items include Porter's June 24, 1975 note to John David Horner; Porter's "A Christmas Wassail," dated December 23, 1970; and a January 29, 1992, note from Robert A. Beach, Jr., to Clark Dobson and John David Horner. Items are arranged in three groupings in the following order: "Objects", "Framed Items", and "Furniture". They are arranged chronologically within those categories.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Objects -- -- Lock of Katherine Anne Porter's hair enclosed in envelope inscribed: "K.A.P./Hair cut on Tuesday morning 27 February 1973/Done by warning in a dread, last night which will not be told unless it comes true, and too late to disturb the subject. This is probably all nonsense, most dreams are, and I hope so far this one. Off to my class at 12:15 P.M.", 25 February 1973||series 4||box 1||folder 1|
|Objects -- One wooden recorder (instrument), undated||series 4||box 1||folder 2|
|Objects -- One wooden flute, undated||series 4||box 1||folder 3|
|Framed Items -- Framed copy of black and white photograph of Robert Phillips photograph of Katherine Anne Porter (taken before September 1962 when it appeared in Holiday), [Photograph same as Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, no. 4001-4003] with inscription: For Jack Horner/From Katherine Anne Porter/Hallowe'en, October 31, 1970/"From Ghosts and Goblins/and four legged beasties/And things that go Bump! in the night/Good Lord, deliver us!", 1970||series 4||box 2||folder 1|
|Framed Items -- Frame containing Katherine Anne Porter's recipe for "A Christmas Wassail" with inscription "For my dear Bobolinko [Robert Beach] and his friends and family--" 23 December 1970. Taped to back: Robert Beach to John David Horner and Clark Dobson, 29 January 1992, 1970, 1992||series 4||box 2||folder 2|
|Framed Items -- Frame containing two items: color photograph of Katherine Anne Porter and John David Horner, June 22, 1975, at garden party of Horner and Clark Dobson, Alexandria VA; Katherine Anne Porter to John David Horner, 24 June 1975, ANS, 2 pp. (recto and verso), thank-you note -- [Photograph same as Katherine Anne Porter Papers, Series XII, no. 4079], 1975||series 4||box 2||folder 3|
|Furniture -- Two chairs, frames gilded wood, rush seats, July 1970||series 4||box 3||folder 1|
Materials related to the papers of Clark Dobson may be found in the papers of Katherine Anne Porter and Paul Porter. Miss Porter's papers contain one folder of correspondence between Porter and Dobson. Additional materials in the papers of Katherine Anne Porter that Dobson donated include four photographs of Katherine Anne Porter, Robert A. Beach, John David Horner, and Roger Francisco; correspondence from Marianne Moore to Porter, removed from Porter's copy of The Fables of La Fontaine; and Porter's autograph notes on recto and verso of an estate planning reply card, removed from Porter's copy of The Left Bank Revisited. Dobson also donated Porter's painted wooden coffin, in Porter's memorabilia collection, which is on display in the Katherine Anne Porter Room. Paul Porter's papers contain a photograph of Katherine Anne Porter's painted wooden coffin standing in Dobson and Horner's library. The following monographs donated by Dobson have been incorporated into the University of Maryland's Special Collections holdings of Porter's personal library: The Left Bank Revisited: Selections from the Paris "Tribune" 1917-1934 [DC715.F67] ; My Chinese Marriage [DS725.F7]; Giacomo Joyce [PR6019.O9G5 1968]; The Fables of La Fontaine [PG1811.E3M6 1954]; The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter [PS3531.O752A6 1980]; Noon Wine [PS3531.O752N6]; Images and Shadows: Part of a Life [PN75.O743]; and Katherine Anne Porter: A Collection of Critical Essays [PS3531.O752Z715].
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