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Guide to the Susan Ketchin Papers, 1980-1994

Abstract

Susan Ketchin was an author, editor, and educator.

The Susan Ketchin Papers contain correspondence, manuscripts of her writings and the writings of others, reviews, publications, printed matter, teaching materials, and other papers relating principally to her work with the St. Andrews Review, Southern Exposure, the Algonquin Press, and the Duke Young Writers Camp. Some papers also concern free-lance work. Access to the Roper, Benson, and August House papers is restricted. One large group of materials was generated in the process of producing and writing The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction. These materials include research files, audio tapes of interviews with authors featured in the book (Doris Betts, Randall Kenan, Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Larry Brown, Sheila Bosworth, and others), and typescripts. Other authors represented in the papers but whose interview tapes are not present are Reynolds Price and Clyde Edgerton. A video featuring Lee Smith is also included.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Ketchin, Susan.
Title
Susan Ketchin papers 1980-1994
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.5 Linear Feet, 4800 Items
Location
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Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Chiefly papers documenting Ketchin's work for the literary magazines Southern Exposure and the St. Andrews Review, and for Algonquin Press. Also includes some teaching material and freelance work, along with songs, music, and sermons. Contents are in original folder order as received.

Southern Exposure working papers; St. Andrews Review volumes
Box 1
Southern Exposure; songs, music, sermons; freelance work
Box 2
Algonquin Press; teaching materials
Box 3
Loose papers, unprocessed
Box 4

Chiefly folders on Ketchin's research on religious themes in Southern literature, culminating in her work, The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction. Includes production work, publisher-related and fan correspondence, interview tapes and transcripts with major Southern authors, and permissions files.

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact a reference archivist before coming to use this collection.]

Publicity/marketing contacts for Christ-Haunted Landscape
Box 1
Acceptance

Current.

Box 1
Responses to The Christ-Haunted Landscape
Box 1
General Correspondence
Box 1
Submissions and rejections of individual interviews
Box 1
University of Mississippi
Box 1
Classwork and grades, 1990-1991
Box 1
Table of Contents - Religion in Southern Fiction
Box 1
Interview questions
Box 1
Summary, Table of Contents, About Editor
Box 1
Proposal letter
Box 1
Interviews out to literary magazines
Box 1
Returns from publishers - LSU
Box 1
Prospective publishers
Box 1
Interested in presses - Mississippi, St. Martin's, Ballantine
Box 1
Permissions
Box 1
Potential authors for book
Box 1
E. Spencer Story - A Christian Education
Box 1
Bebe Moore Campbell
Box 1
Nanci Kincaid
Box 1
Articles by Ralph C. Wood
Box 1
Ideas and markets for Book
Box 1
Newspaper articles
Box 1
Journal articles
Box 1
Notes, proposal, letter package, Table of Contents, editor
Box 1
Walker Percy

Includes Ralph C. Wood's article.

Box 1
Bibliography and printouts
Box 1
The Introduction
Box 1
Table of Contents - page count
Box 1
Introduction
Box 1
Various notes
Box 1
Copy of MA - sent 1992 June 1
Box 1
Mississippi letterhead
Box 1
Various permissions - correspondence and releases
Box 1
Reprint series/University of Mississippi
Box 1
More permission correspondence
Box 1
Permissions - back file
Box 1
Interview and commentary
Box 1
Story - This is the Only Time I'll Tell It
Box 1
Correspondence
Box 1
Symposium address - My Local Mount Moriah
Box 1
Various
Box 1
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Old versions, etc.
Box 2
Drafts, notes
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story - Samaritans
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Southern Quarterly
Box 2
For Book
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story - A New Life
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Various
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story - Cecilia's Sin
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Various

Including versions of interview.

Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story - excerpt from The Gospel Singer
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Various
Box 2
Story - excerpt from Raney
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
for book
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Story - Hope of Zion
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Various
Box 2
Story - It Had Wings
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Southern Review - Correspondence
Box 2
Old drafts
Box 2
Interview and commentary
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Story - The Strange and the Tragic Ballad of Mabel Pearsall
Box 2
Various
Box 2
Old drafts
Box 2
Loose material
Box 3
Story - Full Day
Box 3
Selected bibliography
Box 3
Various
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Interview and commentary
Box 3
The Georgia Review
Box 3
Interview and commentary
Box 3
Story - Tongues of Fire
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Various
Box 3
Various audiovisual and audio resources
Box 3

Historical Note

Susan Ketchin was an author, editor, and educator.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Susan Ketchin Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Susan Ketchin Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1992 and 1995.

Processing Information

Accessioned and processed by Rubenstein Library staff.

Encoded by Jen Snow and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, June 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 1992-0075, 1995-0065

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.