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American Literary Studies

Harriet Doerr Papers

The Papers

Location: Department of Special Collections, Green Library

Call Number: M0668

Size: 10.5 linear feet

Finding Guide: A printed version is available in the reading room of the Department of Special Collections. Electronic versions of this finding guide are also available. If you have Microsoft's Internet Explorer version 6.0 or higher, click here to connect to the XML version on the Stanford server; if not, click here for the html version on the Online Archives of California server.

Research Access and Use: Materials in the Department of Special Collections are non-circulating and must be used in the Special Collections' Reading Room in the Cecil H. Green Library. The Reading Room is open 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Photocopies, photographs, and microfilm can be made of some materials in the collections. For more information about the collections and access policies, please contact Special Collections by telephone at (650) 725-1022, by electronic mail at or by regular mail at the Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94305-6004.

Career of Harriet Doerr (1910- )

Born in Pasadena and raised in California, Doerr enrolled at Smith College in Massachusetts in 1927 before transferring the following year to Stanford University. She left school after her junior year to marry Albert Doerr and raise a family. Following her huband's death, Doerr returned to Stanford and completed her degree in European history in 1977. Doerr extended her studies into the field of creative writing and was awarded a Stegner fellowship in 1979. In 1982, she won the Henfield Foundation Award for a group of short stories which led to the publication of her first novel, Stones for Ibarra, two years later. Written under a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the book went on to win the American Book Award for First Fiction. In 1990, she published a book of short stories, Under an Aztec Sun. Her second novel Consider this Senora was released in 1993. In 1995, she published another collection of short stories, Tiger in the Grass: Stories and other Inventions.

Highlights and Research Potential of the Doerr Papers:

The papers feature the manuscripts of Doerr's novels and short stories as well as notes for talks. Present are original drafts, multiple revised versions, and final copy. Also included are incoming letters, and reviews. Notable here is the correspondence with Marcia Davenport, Albert Guerard, John L'Heureux, and Clive Miller.

Selected Biography and Criticism

  • Contemporary Authors (Detroit, MI: Gale Research) vol. 117, p 104 Brief biography.
  • Contemporary Authors (Detroit, MI: Gale Research) vol. 122 Interview with author.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism (Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1985) vol. 34, p 151. Reviews of Stones for Ibarra.

Related Manuscript Collections at Stanford

Stegner, Wallace (1909-1993).


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