Guide to the Mary E. Mercer Collection of Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence, 1959-1976
Carson McCullers' psychotherapist, friend, and physician; resident of Nyack (Rockland Co.), N.Y. Chiefly letters to Dr. Mercer from Mary Tucker, Carson McCullers' piano teacher and long-time close friend, mostly about McCullers, with a few copies of letters from Mercer to Tucker. Topics include McCullers' mental and physical health; Mercer's care of the young woman; McCullers' work, long illness, death, and funeral; Tucker and Mercer's love and admiration for the author; and their opinions on various McCullers biographers. Later letters contain mostly information about Tucker's family. An unsigned letter from Carson McCullers, dated 5 May 1962, is also in the collection.
- Collection Number
- Mary E. Mercer Collection of Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence
- Mercer, Mary E., collector
- 0.4 Linear Feet, 132 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The Mary E. Mercer Collection of Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence, 1959-1976, contain letters written primarily to Dr. Mercer by Mary Tucker, Carson McCullers's piano teacher and a long-time close friend. Most correspondence concerns the life and work of McCullers; however, there are also several letters written after the death of the author, regarding her biographers and the allocation of her papers to various libraries. Topics include the writer's mental and physical health, her work, and Tucker and Mercer's love and admiration for the author. There is also correspondence between Tucker and Mercer regarding various biographers of McCullers and the purchase of her papers by Duke University. The papers also include several copies of Mercer's own letters and a slide of Mary Tucker taken by Mary Mercer. Arranged in chronological order.
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Collection is open for research.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Mary E. Mercer Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Mary Mercer was born in Connecticut, graduated from Simmons College in Boston, and received her M.D. from the University of Colorado. Before opening a private practice in Nyack in 1958, she worked in New York Hospital and at the Payne Whitney Clinic. In 1958, she became Carson McCullers's therapist and eventually a close friend and correspondent.
Related materials include the Carson McCullers Papers, the Virginia Spencer Carr Papers, the Edwin Peacock Papers, and the Mary Sames Tucker Papers, all housed at Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
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The Mary E. Mercer Collection of Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2001.
Processed by Pavla Vesela and other staff, May 15, 2004
Encoded by Pavla Vesela, Brittany E. Wilson, Paula Jeannet, Michael Shumate, February 2006
Encoding updated by Meghan Lyon, February 2010
Accession 2001-0077 is described in this finding aid.
The Mary E. Mercer Collection of Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence was formerly known as both the Mary E. Mercer Papers and the Carson McCullers-Mary Tucker Correspondence. It was initially described as part of the Collections on Carson McCullers.