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Collections by Subject: Katherine Anne Porter

The University of Maryland Libraries house the primary archive for Katherine Anne Porter (1890-1980).

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Porter is known mostly 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.

A complete guide to the Porter collection is now available online.

Individuals who are researching Katherine Anne Porter should begin by consulting the numerous published works by and about her at their nearest academic or public library. A bibliography of recent works on Miss Porter is available on this Web site. An annual bibliographical essay on recent Porter scholarship appears in the Katherine Anne Porter Society Newsletter.

Individuals should contact the Curator of Literary Manuscripts, who has responsibility for the Papers of Katherine Anne Porter, only if their research requires consulting Miss Porter's unpublished correspondence and manuscripts at the University of Maryland Libraries. They can also consult the full text of the guide to the Porter papers online; the guide includes a short biography.

For additional information on Porter consult the Katherine Anne Porter Society. The Web site includes the most recent editions of the Katherine Anne Porter Society newsletter.

Inquiries about obtaining permission to publish the works of Katherine Anne Porter should be directed to:

Barbara Thompson Davis, Trustee for the Literary Estate of Katherine Anne Porter, 205 West 57th Street, #8BA, New York, NY 10019. Fax: 212-765-5090