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Collection Number: 05145

Collection Title: Elizabeth Spencer Papers, 1911-2003, 2013 (bulk 1999-2003)

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Size 10.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 6,000 items)
Abstract Writer Elizabeth Spencer was born in 1921 in Carrollton, Miss. Spencer married John Rusher in 1956 and was sometimes known as Elizabeth Rusher among friends and family. Spencer taught writing at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, 1976-1986, and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986-1992. The collection includes correspondence, writings and related materials, and pictures. Business and personal correspondence, 1948-2003 (bulk 1999-2003), includes both letters and printed copies of incoming and outgoing emails. Correspondents include John Rusher and other family members, writers, poets, professors, artists, editors, literary critics, and United States Senator John McCain. Subjects include Eudora Welty, Spencer's writings and professional activities, Spencer family history, McCain's presidential run, and other topics. Writings, 1950s, 1987-2002, are chiefly by or about Spencer. Pictures include photographs of Spencer, family and friends, travels, other writers, and writing events. Also included is a series of pictures that Spencer selected for possible inclusion in her memoir Landscapes of the Heart. The Addition of April 2013 is Spencer's professional website, consisting of resume, portraits of Spencer, published books, and forthcoming projects, many accompanied by the author's own commentary.
Creator Spencer, Elizabeth, 1921- .
Language English
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This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Elizabeth Spencer Papers #5145, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Elizabeth Spencer of Chapel Hill, N.C., in June 2004 (Acc. 99840). Website harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013 (Acc. 101770).
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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Writer Elizabeth Spencer was born in 1921, in Carrollton, Miss., to James Luther Spencer and Mary James McCain Spencer. Spencer graduated from Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., in 1942. She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in English from Vanderbilt University. She taught English for several years in Mississippi and Tennessee and wrote two novels, Fire in the Morning (1948) and This Crooked Way (1952) before she won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1953, which allowed her to move to Italy to focus on her writing. While in Italy, she met John Rusher, an Englishman who taught English to Italians. They were married 29 September 1956, the same year Spencer's novel The Voice at the Back Door was published.

Spencer spent 1976 to 1986 at Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, as a writer-in-residence and professor in the graduate writing program. In 1985, she was elected to the American Institute of Arts and Letters (now the American Academy of Arts and Letters). From 1986 to 1992, Spencer was visiting professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Spencer was a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers (1987) and served as vice-chancellor, 1993-1997. In 1998, she published Landscapes of the Heart, a memoir of the Spencer and McCain families and growing up in Mississippi. On 17 December 1998 of that same year, Spencer's husband died. In 2001, a collection of many of Spencer's previously published stories was published along with some new fiction under the title The Southern Woman. In 2003, Spencer's 1960 novel, The Light in the Piazza, was adapted into a musical (music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, book by Craig Lucas).

Spencer has received many awards for her writing, including the Thomas Wolfe Award for Literature (2002) and the William Faulkner Medal for Literary Excellence (2002). She received an honorary doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.

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The Elizabeth Spencer collection includes correspondence, writings and related materials, and pictures. Business and personal correspondence, 1948-2003 (bulk 1999-2003), includes both letters and printed copies of incoming and outgoing emails. Correspondents include John Rusher and other family members; writersDoris Betts, Eve Caram, Marie Claire Blais, Walter Sullivan, Mavis Gallant, Allan Gurganus, Angela Montserrate, Shelby Foote, Lee Smith, Alice Denham, Philip S. May, Elmo Howell, Ann Charney, Joe Blotner, Michel Bandry, and Anne M. Wyatt-Brown; poetsWilliam Jay Smith, Frances Boeckman, and Fraser Sutherland; poet and professorRobert Phillips (also Spencer's literary executor); artistDavid Terry; professors Morton King and George Lensing; Patrick Samway of American Magazine; literary criticWarren French; composerT. J. Anderson; editorsGeorge Cole of the Sewanee Review, Samuel S. Vaughan and David Ebershoff of Random House, Hunter Cole and Seetha Srinivasan of the University Press of Mississippi, and Peggy Prenshaw; actressTandy Cronyn; writer and professor Paolo Vivante and his wife, artist Vera Vivante; literary archivist Adam Muhlig; writer and professor William H. Slavick; Arnold Kramish; William Goodwin; and United States Senator John McCain. Subjects include Eudora Welty, Spencer's writings and professional activities, Spencer family history, McCain's presidential run, and other topics.

Writings, 1950s, 1987-2002, are chiefly by or about Spencer. Pictures include photographs of Spencer; family and friends; travels; others, including Ralph Ellison, Robert Phillips, Walker Percy, Walter Sullivan, Eudora Welty, Jim Seay, Ellen Douglas, Peggy Prenshaw, Patrick Samway, Mavis Gallant, and Gloria Bragdon; and writing events. Also included is a series of pictures that Spencer selected for possible inclusion in her memoir Landscapes of the Heart. The Addition of April 2013 is the professional website of Elizabeth Spencer, harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013. The website consists of Spencer's resume, portraits of Spencer, published books, and forthcoming projects, many accompanied by the author's own commentary.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1948-2003.

About 3,500 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Processing Note: emails were copied onto floppy disks by Spencer and have been printed and included in this series

Correspondence consists of both business and personal correspondence, 1948-2003. Most of the correspondence is dated 1999-2003 and includes letters and incoming and outgoing emails. For the most part, original folder titles have been maintained. Many of the folders are divided into years, but years may overlap. There is little arrangement within years.

Correspondence includes letters and emails relating to the three repositories that hold Spencer's papers: Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky Libraries, the National Library of Canada, and the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Also included is correspondence with John Mappin, editor and agent, about her collections.

Other correspondents include John Rusher and other family members; writers Eve Caram, Marie Claire Blais, Walter Sullivan, Mavis Gallant, Allan Gurganus, Angela Montserrate, Shelby Foote, Lee Smith, Alice Denham, Philip S. May, Elmo Howell, Ann Charney, and Anne M. Wyatt-Brown; poets William Jay Smith, Frances Boeckman, and Fraser Sutherland; poet and professor Robert Phillips (also Spencer's literary executor); artist David Terry; professors Morton King and George Lensing; Patrick Samway of American Magazine; literary critic Warren French; composer T. J. Anderson; editor George Cole of the Sewanee Review; actress Tandy Cronyn; writer and professor Paolo Vivante and his wife, artist Vera Vivante; literary archivist Adam Muhlig; writer and professor William H. Slavick; Arnold Kramish; and William Goodwin. Although a few of these correspondents also communicated via email, some correspondents chiefly used email, including writer Joe Blotner; editors Samuel S. Vaughan and David Ebershoff of Random House; Hunter Cole ("Mack") and Seetha Srinivasan of the University Press of Mississippi; editor Peggy Prenshaw; writer Doris Betts; and French author Michel Bandry, who wrote Elizabeth Spencer: Du Sud au monde.

Subjects of the letters include Hunter Cole's friendship with Eudora Welty, Welty's Country Churchyards book of photographs, Spencer's memoir Landscapes of the Heart, her short story "Owl," her collection of stories The Southern Woman, the musical version of Light in the Piazza, the Southern Festival of Books, and Spencer family genealogical information from Bertha Spencer Smoak. There are also letters containing Robert Phillips's poems; invitations to parties, literary events, and readings; requests for comments on other writers' works; inquiries about the inclusion of Spencer's works in anthologies; newsletters for conferences and meetings; newspaper clippings; some enclosed photographs; and fan letters. Letters from United States Senator John McCain of Arizona, a relative of Spencer's, relate to the 2000 presidential race.

Folder 1

1948-1963: Postcards to and from Spencer and Rusher #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 1

Folder 2

1956: Spencer and Rusher's wedding #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 2

Folder 3

1960s-1970s #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 3

Folder 4

1965-1984: University of Kentucky #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 4

Folder 5

1980-1989: National Library of Canada #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 5

Folder 6

1990-2003: From John Mappin and the National Library of Canada #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 6

Folder 7

1994-2003: To John Mappin and the National Library of Canada #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 7

Folder 8

1994-2001: Letters from France #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 8

Folder 9

1995-1996: From Jim and Mary Rusher #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 9

Folder 10

1999: Letters from Spencer #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 10

Folder 11

1999: Email, outgoing #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 11

Folder 12

1999: Email, incoming #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 12

Folder 13

1999-2002: Email, Michel Brandy and Joe Blotner #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

1999-2000: Email, Hunter Cole #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

1999-2000: Email, Samuel Vaughan and David Ebershoff #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 16

Folder 17

1999-2000, 2002: American Academy of Arts and Letters annual ceremonials #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 17

Folder 18-31

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

1999 #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 18-31

Folder 32-46

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

2000 #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 32-46

Folder 47-56

Folder 47

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

Folder 56

2001 #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 47-56

Folder 57-65

Folder 57

Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

Folder 62

Folder 63

Folder 64

Folder 65

2002 #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 57-65

Folder 66-74

Folder 66

Folder 67

Folder 68

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

2003 #05145, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1948-2003." Folder 66-74

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: roughly chronological.

Essays by Spencer or about Spencer's work; articles about Spencer and her writings; programs and other information about conferences and symposia; American Academy of Arts and Letters invitations, meetings, and awards information; items relating to Eudora Welty's Country Churchyards for which Spencer wrote the introduction; articles about Adam Guettel, composer of Light in the Piazza musical; Spencer's teleplay "First Dark," 2nd draft, June 1982; Alan Gurganus articles; a draft of Spencer's short story "Owl"; and other materials.

Folder 75

1950s: Italy postcards, tourist brochures, photograph album enclosures #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 75

Folder 76

1954-1958: Postcards, tourist brochures, photograph album enclosures #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 76

Folder 77

7-17 September 1987: Notes related to photographs from Spencer's trip to Russia #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 77

Folder 78

1991: The Night Travelers reviews #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 78

Folder 79

1997-1998 #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 79

Folder 80

20 October 1998: Roberts articles on Spencer's short stories #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 80

Folder 81

1999-2000: Fellowship of Southern Writers #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 81

Folder 82

April 1999: Brevard College #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 82

Folder 83

2-12 April 1999: Paris and Villeneuve sur Lot #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 83

Folder 84

7-8 May 1999: Belhaven College #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 84

Folder 85

1999: "First Dark" teleplay #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 85

Folder 86

1998-1999: Nancy Tilly's Spencer interview #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 86

Folder 87

"Owl" draft #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 87

Folder 88

1999 #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 88

Folder 89

2000: Salinger essay for Jackson Bryer #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 89

Folder 90

2000: Lee Smith's "Return to Ship Island" #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 90

Folder 91

March 2000: Essays by Eve Caram and Terry Roberts on Spencer's "The Cousins" #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 91

Folder 92

December 2000: Paper by John E. Price on Spencer's "Sharon" #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 92

Folder 93

2000: "Look Homeward Angel: Of Ghosts, Angels, and Lostness" #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 93

Folder 94-95

Folder 94

Folder 95

1999-2000: Eudora Welty's Country Churchyards #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 94-95

Folder 96

2000 #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 96

Folder 97

1998-2001: American Academy of Arts and Letters #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 97

Folder 98

Summer 2001: Modern Library catalog #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 98

Folder 99

February 2002: Spencer's essay "One Writer's Sense of Place" for Walter Sullivan #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 99

Folder 100

Doris Betts's "Light-and Dark?-in the Piazza" #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 100

Folder 101

28 February-8 March 2002: Celebration of Women Week, Shreveport, La. #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 101

Folder 102

January 2002: Articles on play Zelda, Scott, and Ernest #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 102

Folder 103

23-24 February 2002: South Carolina Book Festival #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 103

Folder 104

David Havird's review of The Southern Woman #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 104

Folder 105

5-6 April 2002: North Carolina Literary Festival #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 105

Folder 106-107

Folder 106

Folder 107

1999-2002: Adam Guettel #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 106-107

Folder 108

2002 #05145, Series: "2. Writings and Related Material, 1950s, 1987-2002." Folder 108

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About 2,400 items.

Photographs are arranged in series as received. For the most part, Spencer provided dates and original folder titles have been maintained. Note that family photographs appear in both series 3.3 and 3.4. Pictures may include negatives, slides, and albums.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1. Elizabeth Spencer Pictures, 1920s-2000.

About 100 items.

Pictures of Elizabeth Spencer include publicity photographs and posed photographs. These pictures were separated from the rest of the pictures in the collection by Spencer. Pictures are mostly undated but appear to be from Spencer's girlhood in the 1920s until the early 2000s. Also included are several slides from a 1992 photo shoot in Paris.

Image Folder P-5145/1-6

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P-5145/4

P-5145/5

P-5145/6

Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.1. Elizabeth Spencer Pictures, 1920s-2000." P-5145/1-6

Image Folder P-5145/7

1992: Spencer portraits, Paris #05145, Subseries: "3.1. Elizabeth Spencer Pictures, 1920s-2000." P-5145/7

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About 50 items.

Pictures Spencer selected for possible inclusion in her memoir Landscapes of the Heart. Pictures are mostly of Spencer and Rusher, family members, and the Spencer family home in Mississippi. Some of these pictures can be found in the final edition of Landscapes of the Heart. Several of the pictures may be repeated elsewhere in the collection. Many of the older family photographs are reprints of original photographs.

Image Folder P-5145/8

Submitted for Landscapes of the Heart, not used #05145, Subseries: "3.2. Landscapes of the Heart Pictures, 1911-1997." P-5145/8

Image Folder P-5145/9-10

P-5145/9

P-5145/10

Submitted for Landscapes of the Heart, some used #05145, Subseries: "3.2. Landscapes of the Heart Pictures, 1911-1997." P-5145/9-10

Image Folder P-5145/11

Submitted for Landscapes of the Heart #05145, Subseries: "3.2. Landscapes of the Heart Pictures, 1911-1997." P-5145/11

Image Folder P-5145/12

Submitted for Landscapes of the Heart and family portraits #05145, Subseries: "3.2. Landscapes of the Heart Pictures, 1911-1997." P-5145/12

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Pictures of Spencer and Rusher family members. For the most part, original folder titles have been retained, and Spencer provided approximate dates.

Image Folder P-5145/13

Late 1800s-1953: Spencer family #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/13

Image Folder P-5145/14

1912: J. L. Spencer, Sr.'s first store in Carrollton, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/14

Image Folder P-5145/15

Uncle Joe McCain, grandfather John Sidney McCain, and Mr. May (aunt Esther's father) in living room at Teoc, McCain family home in Carroll County, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/15

Image Folder P-5145/16

John S. McCain and boy on dog. #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/16

Image Folder P-5145/17

Mary James McCain (Spencer) as young girl, Elizabeth Spencer (aged 3?) #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/17

Image Folder P-5145/18

Spencer's parents, Mary James McCain Spencer and James Luther Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/18

Image Folder P-5145/19

1920s-1930s: John Rusher's childhood family photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/19

Image Folder P-5145/20

1930s-1960s: Family photographs given to Spencer by her mother #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/20

Image Folder P-5145/21

1930s-1960s: Family photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/21

Image Folder P-5145/22

1930s-1960s: Family and other photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/22

Image Folder P-5145/23

1936, 1950s-early 1970s #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/23

Image Folder P-5145/24

1950s: Individuals #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/24

Image Folder P-5145/25

1950s: Unidentified wedding portrait #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/25

Image Folder P-5145/26

1950s #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/26

Image Folder P-5145/27

1950s-1960s #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/27

Image Folder P-5145/28

1950s-1960s: Photo Christmas cards given to Spencer's parents #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/28

Image Folder P-5145/29

1950s-1970s: John Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/29

Image Folder P-5145/30

1950s-1970s: Children and other family members #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/30

Image Folder P-5145/31

1960s-1970s, undated: Spencer family, Spencer and Rusher in Canada #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/31

Image Folder P-5145/32

1960s-early 1980s: Children of family and family friends #05145, Subseries: "3.3. Family Pictures, 1911-1980s." P-5145/32

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About 2,000 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Photographs of Spencer and Rusher's travels, friends and other writers, family members, and writing conferences. Approximate dates were provided by Spencer, and original folder titles have been retained for the most part. Travel photographs are from Europe, Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Subjects include Ralph Ellison (1956); Robert Phillips; Walker Percy, Walter Sullivan, and Eudora Welty (1985); Jim Seay, Ellen Douglas, and Peggy Prenshaw at a conference in Russia (1987); Patrick Samway and Mavis Gallant (1992); and Gloria Bragdon and Patrick Samway (2001). Pictures of events include pictures from a party following the opening of Spencer's play For Lease or Sale (1989), Spencer receiving an honorary degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (May 1998), and Spencer receiving the Thomas Wolfe Award (3 October 2002).

Image Folder P-5145/33

1950s: Rome, taken by Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/33

Image Folder P-5145/34

1950s: Roman gates and other architecture, taken by Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/34

Image Folder P-5145/35

1950s: Italian cities, photographs, postcards, tourist brouchures #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/35

Image Folder P-5145/36

1951: Donald Davidson, Vermont #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/36

Image Folder P-5145/37

1952: Trips to New Orleans and Gulf Coast with friends #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/37

Image Folder P-5145/38

1954-1958: Rome, elsewhere in Italy #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/38

Image Folder P-5145/39

1956: Mostly England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/39

Image Folder P-5145/40

1956: Ralph Ellison, Fanny E. Jean Douglas, John Rusher, in Italy near Anieni #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/40

Image Folder P-5145/41

1950s?: Travels in England or Canada #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/41

Image Folder P-5145/42-43

P-5145/42

P-5145/43

1950s mostly: Spencer's travels #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/42-43

Image Folder P-5145/44

1960s: Spencer's travels and Expo 1967 #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/44

Image Folder P-5145/45

1960s: House in Lachine, Quebec, and other photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/45

Image Folder P-5145/46-47

P-5145/46

P-5145/47

1960s: Mainly from Canada #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/46-47

Image Folder P-5145/48

1967: House in Lachine, Quebec, Expo 1967, houseboat trip to Thousand Islands #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/48

Image Folder P-5145/49

1970s: Trip to England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/49

Image Folder P-5145/50

1970s: photographs from Canada #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/50

Image Folder P-5145/51

1970s?: John Rusher and Jim Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/51

Image Folder P-5145/52

24 April 1973: Spencer and Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/52

Image Folder P-5145/53

1970s-1980s: Spencer, Rusher, Robert Phillips, and others #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/53

Image Folder P-5145/54

1970s-1980s: Canada and other places and events; 1984 Mexico #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/54

Image Folder P-5145/55

early 1980s: France or Montreal #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/55

Image Folder P-5145/56

1981: Spencer photographs from Hunter Cole at Chapel of the Cross, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/56

Image Folder P-5145/57

1985: England? #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/57

Image Folder P-5145/58

1985, Spencer, Walker Percy, Walter Sullivan, Louisiana State University #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/58

Image Folder P-5145/59

1985?: Spencer, Eudora Welty at Southern Review, Louisiana State University #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/59

Image Folder P-5145/60

1985? and 1989: Walker Percy #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/60

Image Folder P-5145/61

1986-1988?: Brookwood Condo #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/61

Image Folder P-5145/62

September 1987: Jim Seay, Ellen Douglas, Peggy Prenshaw in Russia #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/62

Image Folder P-5145/63

September 1987: Russia, Paris (conference) #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/63

Image Folder P-5145/64

1987: Paris, return from Moscow, Russia #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/64

Image Folder P-5145/65

1988: Home at Chapel Hill, Biltmore, Park Inn Christmas, Quental #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/65

Image Folder P-5145/66

1989: Jim Seay, Welty, Spencer, Jackson, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/66

Image Folder P-5145/67

1989: Party following play For Lease or Sale and David Hammond #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/67

Image Folder P-5145/68

1989?: Trip to Quental and visit of John and James Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/68

Image Folder P-5145/69

1980s: Spencer travels and others #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/69

Image Folder P-5145/70

1980s: John Mark Rusher's wedding and photographs from Mexico trip #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/70

Image Folder P-5145/71

1980s?: Rusher family #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/71

Image Folder P-5145/72

1980s: Friends in Chapel Hill, property in Mississippi #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/72

Image Folder P-5145/73

1980s?: Unidentified #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/73

Image Folder P-5145/74

1980s-early 1990s: Ellen and Mike's children, Fraser and Allison's Malcolm #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/74

Image Folder P-5145/75

1980s-early 1990s: David Hammond and Ikuko Fujihira at Durham Academy (1989), weddings, and others #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/75

Image Folder P-5145/76

late 1980s-early 1990s: Ellen Spencer Johnson's family and Luther Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/76

Image Folder P-5145/77

1980s-early 1990s?: Montreal? and home at Chapel Hill #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/77

Image Folder P-5145/78

1980s-early 1990s?: Montreal? #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/78

Image Folder P-5145/79

1980s-early 1990s?: Mexico and home at Chapel Hill #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/79

Image Folder P-5145/80

1980s-early 1990s: Spencer reading, photographs of friends and family #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/80

Image Folder P-5145/81

1990?: House in Carrollton, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/81

Image Folder P-5145/82

1991-1992?: Blissard and friends, Michael Miller #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/82

Image Folder P-5145/83

4 September 1992: Idaho with Louie, Hemingway's grave #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/83

Image Folder P-5145/84

1992: New York and Paris and Angers, France; Patrick Samway and Mavis Gallant #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/84

Image Folder P-5145/85

1993?: Cape Hatteras, Austrian critic #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/85

Image Folder P-5145/86

1994: Spencer's receives North Carolina Governor's Award for literature, New Year's Eve party #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/86

Image Folder P-5145/87

1994: Italy #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/87

Image Folder P-5145/88

1994?: Nova Scotia #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/88

Image Folder P-5145/89

1995?: Rusher family, England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/89

Image Folder P-5145/90

May 1998: Spencer receives honorary degree from the University of North Carolina #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/90

Image Folder P-5145/91

1990s: Writers in New York for Welty evening at YMHA (1998), Chapel Hill, other photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/91

Image Folder P-5145/92

1990s: Nigel Nicholson, Portland, Ore. (1999), and Fraser Sutherland #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/92

Image Folder P-5145/93

1990s: England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/93

Image Folder P-5145/94

1990s: Spencer in Chapel Hill, Jackson, Carrollton, and Greenwood, Miss. #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/94

Image Folder P-5145/95

1990s: Spencer with friends and neighbors at Longleaf house #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/95

Image Folder P-5145/96

1990s: Party at Kings' for Louisiana State University degree #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/96

Image Folder P-5145/97

1990s: Marilyn Elkins, Eve Caram in Los Angeles; home at Chapel Hill #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/97

Image Folder P-5145/98

1990s: Houses and trip to North Carolina coast #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/98

Image Folder P-5145/99

1990s: Rusher family in England and other photographs #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/99

Image Folder P-5145/100

1990s: Various friends, families, parties, and Caribbean cruise #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/100

Image Folder P-5145/101

1990s: New York, Chapel Hill, Shreveport, France, and England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/101

Image Folder P-5145/102

1990s: Shreveport, Miss., visit; Janie Flourney #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/102

Image Folder P-5145/103

1990s: Georgetown, Tex., and others #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/103

Image Folder P-5145/104

1990s: Neighbors, Langstaffs #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/104

Image Folder P-5145/105

1990s: Fort Fisher with Worths, England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/105

Image Folder P-5145/106

1990s: Sandy and Irena Worth; Robert Phillips and Gloria Bragdon in Chapel Hill #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/106

Image Folder P-5145/107

1990s: Sandy and Irena Worth; Ellen Spencer Johnson #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/107

Image Folder P-5145/108

1990s: Jordan Lake with Rusher, Beaufort, N.C. #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/108

Image Folder P-5145/109

1990s: Maggie O'Connor; Dick and Frances Boeckman #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/109

Image Folder P-5145/110

1990s: Fort Fisher; John Rusher in England, Mexico #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/110

Image Folder P-5145/111

1990s: Fort Fisher; trip to Mexico #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/111

Image Folder P-5145/112

1990s: Rusher family trip west (Idaho) with Louie Spencer; Suwannee with George Core #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/112

Image Folder P-5145/113

1990s: John, Jim, and Mary Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/113

Image Folder P-5145/114

1990s: Jill McCorkle family; Terry Roberts family #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/114

Image Folder P-5145/115

1990s: Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, with friends #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/115

Image Folder P-5145/116

1990s: Spencer and Rusher at home in Chapel Hill #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/116

Image Folder P-5145/117

1990s: Baby Henry Roberts from T. and Margie #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/117

Image Folder P-5145/118

1990s: England #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/118

Image Folder P-5145/119

1990s: Spencer, unidentified events #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/119

Image Folder P-5145/120

1990s: Spencer at unidentified convention #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/120

Image Folder P-5145/121

1990s: Spencer and Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/121

Image Folder P-5145/122

1990s: Various photographs, Spencer and Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/122

Image Folder P-5145/123

Late 1990s: Various photographs, John Rusher #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/123

Image Folder P-5145/124

From Robert Phillips of Spencer and others (15 June 2002), of himself (1 November 2001) #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/124

Image Folder P-5145/125

2001: Italian Group party #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/125

Image Folder P-5145/126

2000s: Spencer at home, Whiskers the cat #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/126

Image Folder P-5145/127

2001: Gloria Bragdon, Patrick Samway; Jamie Garcia with Spencer #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/127

Image Folder P-5145/128

3 October 2002: Spencer receives Thomas Wolfe Award #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/128

Image Folder P-5145/129

2002: Party at house #05145, Subseries: "3.4. Other Pictures, 1950s-2002." P-5145/129

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1 item.

The professional website of Elizabeth Spencer consists of Spencer's resume, portraits of Spencer, published books, and forthcoming projects, many accompanied by the author's own commentary.

Digital Item DI-5145/1

Website (www.elizabethspencerwriter.com) #05145, Series: "Addition of April 2013: Elizabeth Spencer Website." DI-5145/1

Harvested using Archive-It, beginning in March 2013.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, March 2005

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, March 2005

Updated because of addition by: Sara Mannheimer, April 2013

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