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Katherine Anne Porter papers


Katherine Anne Porter papers
Porter, Katherine Anne
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174.5 linear feet
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Collection Area:
Literature and Rare Books
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

The University of Maryland Libraries house the primary archive for Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980). Porter is known primarily for her short stories and novel, Ship of Fools, but also published nonfiction. She was awarded a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1966 for The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter. Her personal papers reflect her interests in writing, travel, politics, and current events and also document her private life. The collection includes correspondence, notes and drafts for her works, publications, legal documents, and financial records. It also includes over 1,500 photographs from her personal collection, dating from the 1890s to 1979. Subjects of both snapshots and professional portraits include Porter, her family, friends, homes, and places she visited. The Porter collection also contains memorabilia, including Mexican pottery, furniture, awards, and diplomas, as well as her personal library. Many of these objects and a portion of her library are housed in the Katherine Anne Porter Room in Hornbake Library.

Important Information for Users of the Collection


This collection is open for research. Researchers will consult the microfilm of Series I-VI, unless permission is granted for access to the actual papers prior to a research visit. For information and to secure permission, email

Preferred citation:

Katherine Anne Porter papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of Special Collections. Please see Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Inquiries aboout permission to publish the work of Katherine Anne Porter should be directed to The Permissions Company, Inc., 47 Seneca Road, P.O. Box 604, Mount Pocono, PA 18344. Phone: 570-839-7477. Fax: 570-839-7448. Email:

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Microfilm of Series I-VI available for loan at a qualified institution. A researcher or qualified borrowing institution may initiate a loan request by contacting the Curator of Literary Manuscripts.


This collection is PROCESSED.A full finding aid is available.