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Collection Number: 05025

Collection Title: Elizabeth Evans Papers (#5025) 1958-2007

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Size About 750 items (2.0 linear feet)
Abstract Elizabeth Evans was born in 1935 and grew up in Statesville, N.C. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and subsequently taught literature at Georgia Institute of Technology. She authored books on various writers, including Eudora Welty (1981), May Sarton (1989), Anne Tyler (1993), and Doris Betts (1997). The papers of Elizabeth Evans are letters and other materials relating to prominent women writers, including Doris Betts, Josephine Jacobsen, Maxine Kumin, Sally Fitzgerald, May Sarton, Anne Tyler, and Cecil Dawkins. There are also letters from Anne Tyler's mother, Phyllis Mahon Tyler. Letters from Doris Betts cover a wide variety of subjects. They include critical comment and advice on Evans's literary efforts, as well as discussion about day-to-day obligations of professional writers and news of mutual friends. Also included are drafts of articles about Betts, draft material from Evans's book about Betts, and correspondence with others about Betts; interviews Evans conducted with Betts; and correspondence of Betts with others, including Penelope Presley, a high school student to whom Betts wrote about creative writing. Letters from Josephine Jacobsen and her husband, Eric Jacobsen, relate mostly to personal matters. Letters from Anne Tyler discuss both personal matters and topics relating to Evans's book about Tyler's work. Letters from Phyllis Mahon Tyler also primarily relate to Evans's Tyler book. Letters from Maxine Kumin, Sally Fitzgerald, and Cecil Dawkins deal mostly with aspects of each author's career and professional development, but there is also information about their everyday activities. May Sarton letters relate primarily to Evans's book on Sarton's work. Also included are manuscripts, clippings, and photographs relating to Evans's correspondents.
Creator Evans, Elizabeth, 1935- .
Language English.
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Restrictions to Access
RESTRICTED: Use of correspondence between Doris Betts and Louise Hardeman Abbot requires prior written consent from Doris Betts and Louise Hardeman Abbot or their heirs. Cecil Dawkins letters are closed to research until 2014.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Provenance
Received from Elizabeth Evans of Webster, N.C., in June 2000 (Acc. 98671), April 2002 (Acc. 99257), July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), and October 2007 (Acc. 100779).
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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Elizabeth Evans was born in 1935 and grew up in Statesville, N.C. She received her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970 and subsequently taught literature at Georgia Institute of Technology. She authored books on various writers, including Eudora Welty (1981), May Sarton (1989), Anne Tyler (1993), and Doris Betts (1997).

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The papers of Elizabeth Evans are letters and other materials relating to prominent women writers, including Doris Betts, Josephine Jacobsen, Maxine Kumin, Sally Fitzgerald, May Sarton, Anne Tyler, and Cecil Dawkins. There are also letters from Anne Tyler's mother, Phyllis Mahon Tyler. Letters from Doris Betts cover a wide variety of subjects. They include critical comment and advice on Evans's literary efforts, as well as discussion about day-to-day obligations of professional writers and news of mutual friends. Also included are drafts of articles about Betts, draft material from Evans's book about Betts, and correspondence with others about Betts; interviews Evans conducted with Betts; and correspondence of Betts with others, including Penelope Presley, a high school student to whom Betts wrote about creative writing. Letters from Josephine Jacobsen and her husband, Eric Jacobsen, relate mostly to personal matters. Letters from Anne Tyler discuss both personal matters and topics relating to Evans's book about Tyler's work. Letters from Phyllis Mahon Tyler also primarily relate to Evans's Tyler book. Letters from Maxine Kumin, Sally Fitzgerald, and Cecil Dawkins deal mostly with aspects of each author's career and professional development, but there is also information about their everyday activities. May Sarton letters relate primarily to Evans's book on Sarton's work. Also included are manuscripts, clippings, and photographs relating to Evans's correspondents.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1958-2000.

About 500 items.

Arrangement: by correspondent.

The papers of Elizabeth Evans are letters and other materials relating to prominent women writers, including Doris Betts, Josephine Jacobsen, Maxine Kumin, Sally Fitzgerald, May Sarton, and Anne Tyler. There are also letters from Anne Tyler's mother, Phyllis Mahon Tyler. Letters from Doris Betts cover a wide variety of subjects. They include critical comment and advice on Evans's literary efforts, as well as discussion about day-to-day obligations of professional writers and news of mutual friends. Also included are drafts of articles about Betts, draft material from Evans's book about Betts, and correspondence with others about Betts; interviews Evans conducted with Betts; and correspondence of Betts with others, including Penelope Presley, a high school student to whom Betts wrote about creative writing. Letters from Josephine Jacobsen and her husband, Eric Jacobsen, relate mostly to personal matters. Letters from Anne Tyler discuss both personal matters and topics relating to Evans's book about Tyler's work. Letters from Phyllis Mahon Tyler also primarily relate to Evans's Tyler book. Letters from Maxine Kumin and Sally Fitzgerald deal mostly with aspects of each author's career and professional development, but there is also information about their everyday activities. May Sarton letters relate primarily to Evans's book on Sarton's work. Also included are manuscripts, clippings, and photographs relating to Evans's correspondents.

Folder 1-7

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Betts, Doris: Letters, 1958-1999 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 1-7

Folder 8

Betts, Doris: Louise Hardeman Abbot letters (RESTRICTED) #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 8

Folder 9-10

Folder 9

Folder 10

Betts, Doris: Article drafts, undated #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 9-10

Folder 11

Betts, Doris: Interviews and speeches, undated #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 11

Folder 12

Betts, Doris: Book materials #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 12

Folder 13

Betts, Doris: Articles #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Fitzgerald, Sally: Letters, 1982-1999 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 14-15

Folder 16-20

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Jacobsen, Josephine: Letters, 1979-2000 and undated #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 16-20

Folder 21

Jacobsen, Josephine: Articles #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 21

Folder 22

Jacobsen, Eric: Letters, 1985-1995 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 22

Folder 23-25

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Kumin, Maxine: Correspondence, 1985-2000 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 23-25

Folder 26

Kumin, Maxine: Articles #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 26

Folder 27

Sarton, May: Correspondence, 1984-1993 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 27

Folder 28-30

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Sarton, May: Articles #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 28-30

Folder 31

Tyler, Anne: Correspondence, 1980-1999 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 31

Folder 32

Tyler, Anne: Interview and article materials #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 32

Folder 33

Tyler, Phyllis Mahon: Letters, 1990-1998 #05025, Series: "1. Papers, 1958-2000." Folder 33

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71 items.

Undated photographs of Elizabeth Evans's correspondents and others, including Doris Betts, May Sarton, Maxine Kumin, Josephine Jacobsen, Eric Jacobsen, and Anne Tyler.

Folder 1-6/P-5025

Folder 1

Photographs, undated #05025, Series: " 2. Pictures, undated. " Folder 1-6/P-5025

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of April 2002 (Acc. 99257), 1962-1999.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995.

About 25 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

Papers include letters, 1986-1994, from Cecil Dawkins regarding writing, professional activities, her relationship with Flannery O'Connor, and personal matters; Evans's correspondence, 1979-1981, relating to publication of Eudora Welty (1981); an obituary and a eulogy for the funeral mass of Regina Cline O'Connor by Sally Fitzgerald; a letter from Josephine Jacobsen; and a tribute speech about Josephine Jacobsen by Maxine Kumin.

Folder 40

Dawkins, Cecil: Letters, 1985-1994 (RESTRICTED) #05025, Subseries: "Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995." Folder 40

Folder 41

Eudora Welty (1981): Correspondence, 1979-1981 #05025, Subseries: "Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995." Folder 41

Folder 42

Fitzgerald, Sally: Regina Cline O'Connor materials, 1995 #05025, Subseries: "Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995." Folder 42

Folder 43

Jacobsen, Josephine: Correspondence #05025, Subseries: "Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995." Folder 43

Folder 44

Kumin, Maxine: Speech #05025, Subseries: "Addition of July 2004 (Acc. 99852 and 99853), 1979-1995." Folder 44

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About 85 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical.

This addition consists of printed emails, letters, and greeting cards to Elizabeth Evans from Anne Tyler, 1990-2006; Maxine Kumin, 2003-2007; and Doris Betts, 2004-2007. Subjects are mostly personal, regarding family, friends, and health.

Folder 45

Betts, Doris: Correspondence, 2004-2007 #05025, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100779), 1985-2007." Folder 45

Folder 46

Kumin, Maxine: Correspondence, 2003-2007 #05025, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100779), 1985-2007." Folder 46

Folder 47

Tyler, Anne: Correspondence, 1985-2006 #05025, Subseries: "Addition of October 2007 (Acc. 100779), 1985-2007." Folder 47

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Separated items include photographs (P-5025).

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