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Collection Number: 04127

Collection Title: Ward Allison Dorrance Papers, 1935-1974

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 170 items)
Abstract Ward Allison Dorrance (1904-) was a writer and teacher of Jefferson City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. He taught at the University of Missouri, 1926-1953, and Georgetown University, 1958-1974. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence of Dorrance. Correspondents include writers Caroline Gordon (103 letters), Donald Davidson (17), Allen Tate (19), John Donald Wade (2), Andrew Lytle (11), Flannery O'Connor (12), Eudora Welty (3), and Erskine Caldwell (1). The letters discuss Dorrance's works and offer critiques of his writings. Some letters, especially those from Gordon and O'Connor, concern the writers' own personal affairs and family life.
Creator Dorrance, Ward Allison, 1904-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Ward Allison Dorrance Papers #4127, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired from Ward Allison Dorrance of Washington, D.C., 1977.
Addition of March 1979 deposited by Ward Allison Dorrance.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Ward Allison Dorrance (1904-) was a writer and teacher of Jefferson City, Mo., and Washington, D.C. He taught at the University of Missouri, 1926-1953, and Georgetown University, 1958-1974.

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The collection includes personal and professional correspondence Ward Allison Dorrance (1904-). Correspondents include writers Caroline Gordon (103 letters), Donald Davidson (17), Allen Tate (19), John Donald Wade (2), Andrew Lytle (11), Flannery O'Connor (12), Eudora Welty (3), and Erskine Caldwell (1). The letters discuss Dorrance's works and offer critiques of his writings. Some letters, especially those from Gordon and O'Connor, concern the writers' own personal affairs and family life.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff,

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 2008

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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