Scope and arrangement
The papers contain incoming correspondence to Doris Grumbach from authors, writers, editors, publishers, journalists, academic and professional colleagues, readers of her books, friends and acquaintances; topical files reflecting her varied literary and professional activities and associations; holograph and typescript drafts, page and galley proofs of her published books; holograph drafts and typescripts of articles, reviews, speeches and lectures; interviews by her, and of her; diaries and notebooks recording her social, literary and professional life and activities; personal miscellany including certificates, diplomas, her master's thesis, and broadsides announcing her lectures; printed matter and sound recordings.
The Doris Grumbach papers are arranged in eleven series:
- 1961- 2002
The correspondence, which is both personal and professional, is arranged into four subseries: A. Chronological; B. Alphabetical; C. Books; D. The New Republic
- 1951-2001; n.d.Boxes 22-31
This series contains correspondence and collateral papers arranged alphabetically by topic or organizational title, reflecting Grumbach's wide-ranging literary, academic, and professional activities and associations. The contents document her participation at academic and writers' conferences and workshops, book publishing events, book award ceremonies, memorial services, and her residency at writers' colonies. Included are papers relating to her teaching career and academic positions at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York), American University (Washington, D.C.), the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, and Sewanee, the University of the South. Included are files relating to her participation in the PEN/Faulkner annual literary awards, the Carey Thomas Publishing Award, the Ernest Hemingway Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Awards. There are also papers relating to her membership on the advisory council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Many files contain handwritten notes recording her observations, impressions, criticisms and evaluations of conferences, workshops and awards ceremonies in which she participated or attended. The files contain a relatively high proportion of papers collateral to correspondence including notes, minutes, memoranda, reports, announcements, programs, agenda, flyers, and brochures.
- Boxes 32-73
The writings by Doris Grumbach are arranged into three subseries: A. Books; B. Articles, Essays, Introductions; and C. Reviews.
- 1972-2002; n.d.Boxes 74-75
The speeches/lectures, which are arranged chronologically, were delivered by Grumbach at various venues including colleges, universities, libraries, churches, conferences, forums and workshops. The files contain manuscript and typescript drafts; correspondence with sponsoring agencies; invitations, programs, brochures, clippings and other ephemera. Included are lectures on contemporary American fiction, Mark Twain, and Willa Cather delivered in Europe under the sponsorship of the United States Information Agency.
- 1966-1996Boxes 76-77
This series, which is arranged chronologically, consists of interviews conducted by Grumbach; and interviews with her conducted by various persons.
Series XI. Sound and Video Recordings contains audiotapes of interviews by and with Grumbach.
- 1962- 1987Boxes 78-79
The diaries/notebooks kept by Grumbach, which span the period 1962-1987; n.d., are contained in twenty-four numbered memorandum books and loose- leaf binders (ca.13x20 cm.). The entries are made with ball point pen in a hand which varies from clear and legible, to cramped and difficult. The entries recording daily social life and activities are frequently discontinuous and interspersed with notes of meetings and conferences attended, sojourns at writers' colonies, ideas for books and articles, quotes from readings, research notes, introspections, and miscellaneous jottings. A brief summary of the contents of the volumes follows.
- 1938-1998; n.d.Box 80
This series consists of miscellaneous personal papers of Grumbach arranged topically. Included are biographical papers; an inventory and appraisal of her Mark Twain collection which she donated to the Miller Library at Colby College; a printed notice of a memorial service for Leonard Grumbach with a typescript of her remarks on that occasion; a bound carbon copy of her thesis, "Chaucer's Official Life, 1374-1386" presented for the degree of Master of Arts at Cornell University, June 17, 1940; papers relating to the honorary doctorate awarded to her by the University of Maine; and two copies of The Washington Square College Review (Dec. 1938, v. 3, no. 2; Feb 1939, v. 3, no. 3) edited by her. Included also are contact prints of Grumbach taken while she was lecturing; a photograph of her taken in 1972; a birthday card (1998) containing printed photos of her and of her grandchildren taken at various periods in her life; a group photo of a birthday celebration taken in her later years; and miscellaneous unidentified photos of individuals and groups.
- 1942- 2000Boxes 81-83
This series consists of an alphabetical file of issues of publications many of which contain articles or reviews by Grumbach; a file of miscellaneous reprints of articles by other authors; and a file of printed matter arranged chronologically. Included are one (or more) issues of American; Cityscape, A Journal of Urban Life; The New Republic; and the Saturday Review.
- 1939-1987; n.d.Box 84
This series consists of oversized broadsheets, certificates, diplomas, and posters.
- Box 85
This series consists of two folders of correspondence withdrawn from Boxes 13 and 24 and restricted for a period of twenty-five years, or until the year 2028:
- 1966- 1994; n.d.Box 86
This series chiefly contains recordings of interviews with Grumbach and those conducted by her as well as tapes of Grumbach reading her fiction and book reviews.