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Janis P. Stout papers


Janis P. Stout papers
Stout, Janis P.
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Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

Janis Pitts Stout (1939-) was an English professor and administrator at a number of research universities, most notably Rice University, Texas A & M, and Auburn University, from 1973 until her retirement in 2002. She produced three novels, compiled and edited a calendar based on the works of Willa Cather, and published six scholarly works, including Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995). Dr. Stout's papers consist almost exclusively of material related to the research and publication of her 1995 book on Katherine Anne Porter. Included is correspondence regarding permissions from her book, a copy of the book proposal evaluation, other scholarly work on Katherine Anne Porter by Dr. Stout, and a portion of Dr. Stout's research notes. Some general correspondence related to Dr. Stout's book is also included.

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Historical Note

Janis Pitts Stout was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1939. She graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, married soon afterward, and became the mother of three sons before completing a B.A. (1966) and an M.A. (1968) in English at Lamar State University in Beaumont, Texas. After the birth of her fourth son, she entered the graduate program in English at Rice University, completing her doctoral degree there in 1973. She taught at Bryn Mawr College; Haverford College; Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County; Lamar State University; Rice University; and Texas A & M University before her retirement on January 31, 2002. Much of her career, however, was given to administration. She served at Rice University as Administrator of Graduate Programs, then Director of Graduate Programs, for ten years; as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Texas A & M from 1987 to 1992 and 1993 to 1994; as Interim Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at Auburn University from 1992 to 1993; and as Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost at Texas A & M from 1998 to 2002. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Dr. Stout's publications include three novels: A Family Likeness (1982), Eighteen Holes (1984), Home Truth (1992) and six scholarly books: Sodoms in Eden (1976), The Journal Narrative in American Literature (1984), Strategies of Reticence (1990), Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995), Through the Window, Out the Door: Women's Narratives of Departure (1998), and Willa Cather: The Writer and Her World (2000). She compiled and edited A Calendar of the Letters of Willa Cather (2002). She and her husband, Dr. Loren D. Lutes, now reside in Edgewood, New Mexico.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Janis P. Stout include materials dating from 1988 to 1997. The collection consists of correspondence, a book proposal evaluation, a scholarly paper, and research materials. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence related to the research and publication of Stout's Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995). There are also research notes on acquaintances of Katherine Anne Porter and photocopies of primary research materials.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Janis P. Stout's papers from her work Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995) came to the University of Maryland Libraries in January 2002 through purchase and donation.

Processing Information

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Processed and guide compiled by Jessica Ford Cameron, May 2002.

Processing note:

Paper clips and staples were removed from the materials, and letters were removed from envelopes and flattened. All correspondence was placed in alphabetical order by correspondent or institution. A book proposal evaluation, scholarly work, and research materials were moved to separate series. All materials were re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Michael Yates, August 2005.

Arrangement of Collection

These materials have been divided into four series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1988-1997 (162 items)

This series consists almost entirely of letters to and from Janis P. Stout, primarily requests for permission to quote from correspondence cited in Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995) and replies to the requests. There are individual files for persons (Isabel Bayley, Joan Givner, Paul Porter, etc.) and institutions (Houston Chronicle, Library of Congress). For some of the correspondents, the name of the author whose work is the subject of the request appears in parentheses. There is also a file containing Stout's list of addresses from her permissions process. The series is arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Addresses: KAP Correspondents from JPS Permissions Process, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Art Museum of the Americas, 1993 series 1box 1folder 2
Isabel Bayley, 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 3
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (Yale University), 1992-1995 series 1box 1folder 4
Janice Biala, 1993 series 1box 1folder 5
E.S. Bird Library (Syracuse University), 1993 series 1box 1folder 6
John Malcolm Brinnin, 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 7
Cleanth Brooks, 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 8
John Burt (Robert Penn Warren), 1993 series 1box 1folder 9
Butler Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, 1993 series 1box 1folder 10
Paul Cadmus, 1994 series 1box 1folder 11
Frances N. Cheney, 1993 series 1box 1folder 12
Deborah W. Clark (Barbara Harrison Wescott), 1993 series 1box 1folder 13
Imogene Clayton, 1993 series 1box 1folder 14
Gene Collins (Eugene Pressly), 1993 series 1box 1folder 15
Robert Cowley (Malcolm Cowley), 1993 series 1box 1folder 16
Barbara Thompson Davis, 1991-1995 series 1box 1folder 17
Richard H. W. Dillard, 1993 series 1box 1folder 18
Kenneth Fields (Yvor Winters), 1993 series 1box 1folder 19
Marcellus E. Foster, 1993 series 1box 1folder 20
George Garrett, 1993 series 1box 1folder 21
Reginald Gibbons (William Goyen), 1992-1993 series 1box 1folder 22
Margaret Doane Gilson, 1993 series 1box 1folder 23
Joan Givner, 1990-1997 series 1box 1folder 24
Judith Gregory (Dorothy Day), 1993 series 1box 1folder 25
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1993 series 1box 1folder 26
Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library (University of Georgia), undated series 1box 1folder 27
Houghton Library, Harvard University, 1993 series 1box 1folder 28
Houston Chronicle, 1993 series 1box 1folder 29
International Film Seminars, Inc, 1993 series 1box 1folder 30
Rita B. Johns (Erna Schlemmer Johns), 1993 series 1box 1folder 31
Hilton Kramer (Josephine Herbst), 1993 series 1box 1folder 32
Seymour Lawrence, 1993 series 1box 1folder 33
Library of Congress, 1993 series 1box 1folder 34
David Locher, 1993 series 1box 1folder 35
Andrew Lytle, 1993 series 1box 1folder 36
Margaret D. Neal (Mary Louis Doherty), 1993 series 1box 1folder 37
Marquette University Archives, 1990-1993 series 1box 1folder 38
Museo de Arte Moderno, 1993 series 1box 1folder 39
Newberry Library, 1993 series 1box 1folder 40
Olin Library, Special Collections, Washington University, 1993 series 1box 1folder 41
George Thomas Parsons III, 1992-1995 series 1box 1folder 42
Jordan Pecile, 1993 series 1box 1folder 43
Anatole Pohorilenko (Glenway Wescott, Monroe Wheeler), 1993 series 1box 1folder 44
Paul Porter, 1988-1993 series 1box 1folder 45
Princeton University Libraries (Rare Books and Special Collections), 1993 series 1box 1folder 46
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin), 1993 series 1box 1folder 47
Hazel H. Ransom (Harry R. Ransom), 1993 series 1box 1folder 48
Phyllis Rifield, 1993 series 1box 1folder 49
Daniel J. Rogers (Raymond Roseliep), 1993 series 1box 1folder 50
Pete Seeger, 1993 series 1box 1folder 51
Monroe and Betty Spears, 1993 series 1box 1folder 52
Syracuse University Library, 1993 series 1box 1folder 53
Mary Titus, 1997 series 1box 1folder 54
University of Maryland Libraries (Archives and Manuscripts), 1993-1995 series 1box 1folder 55
Helen van Dongen (Kenneth Durant), 1993-1994 series 1box 1folder 56
Wadsworth Atheneum (A. Everett Austin, Jr.), 1993 series 1box 1folder 57
Joe A. Walters (Hubert Humphrey), 1993 series 1box 1folder 58
Eleanor Clark Warren, 1993 series 1box 1folder 59
Cyrilly Abels Weinstein, 1993 series 1box 1folder 60
Eudora Welty, 1993 series 1box 1folder 61
Donald Windham, 1992-1995 series 1box 1folder 62
Janet Lewis Winters (Yvor Winters), 1993 series 1box 1folder 63
Nancy Tate Wood (Caroline Gordon, Allen Tate), 1993-1994 series 1box 1folder 64

Series 2: Book Proposal Evaluation, 1991 (1 item)

This series consists of an evaluation written by George Garrett on Stout's proposal for an intellectual biography of Katherine Anne Porter for the University Press of Virginia's Minds of the South Series. The resulting book was published as Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times in 1995.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
George Garrett, $Comment on Proposal by Janis P. Stout for Minds of the South Series$, 1991 series 2box 1folder 65

Series 3: Scholarly Work, 1990 (1 item)

This series includes Stout's "Porter as Distiller: aA Liquor Never Brewed,'" a paper delivered at the Georgia State University Centennial Celebration for Katherine Anne Porter on November 9, 1990.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
$Porter as Distiller: aA Liquor Never Breweda$, 1990 series 3box 1folder 66

Series 4: Research Materials, undated (25 items)

This series contains some of Stout's research materials for Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times (1995). It includes both her notes and photocopies of archival materials. The series is arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Notes -- (Richard Dillard), undated series 4box 1folder 67
Notes -- (George Garrett), undated series 4box 1folder 68
Notes -- (Paul Porter), undated series 4box 1folder 69
Photocopies of Archival Materials -- (Jane Anderson), undated series 4box 1folder 70
Photocopies of Archival Materials -- (Joan Givner), undated series 4box 1folder 71
Photocopies of Archival Materials -- (Josephine Herbst), undated series 4box 1folder 72

Related Material

Materials related to the Stout Papers can be found in the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. Other related materials can be found at the following institutions, all of which were contacted by Stout during the course of her work on Katherine Anne Porter: A Sense of the Times: the Papers of Josephine Herbst, Robert Penn Warren, and Matthew Josephson at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; the William Van O'Connor Papers at the E. S. Bird Library, Syracuse University; the Papers of Ernestine Evans and Frank Tannenbaum at Butler Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University; the Windham-Campbell Collection of Modern Literature at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia; the Dorothy Day Papers at Marquette University of Maryland; the Malcolm Cowley Papers at Newberry Library; the Ford Madox Ford Papers at Olin Library, Special Collections, Washington University; the Papers of Allen Tate at Princeton University Libraries, Rare Books and Special Collections; the Papers of Harry Ransom at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin; and the Papers of William Van O'Connor and Peggy Bacon at the Syracuse University Library.

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