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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0585
    Creator: Scowcroft, Richard.
    Creator: Scowcroft, Richard
    Title: Richard Scowcroft papers
    Dates: 1939-1993
    Physical Description: 6 Linear feet
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Green Library
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: specialcollections@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Administrative Information


    Custodial History

    Gift of Richard Scowcroft, March 2000

    Information about Access

    The materials are open for research use.

    Ownership & Copyright

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Cite As

    [Identification of item], Richard Scowcroft Papers, SC 585, Stanford University Archives, Stanford, Calif.


    Richard Scowcroft joined the faculty of the Department of English at Stanford in 1947; he was appointed Professor in 1957 and retired in 1979. He served as associate director and then director of the Creative Writing Program and was chair of the English department from 1976 to 1978. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Utah and then traveled for two years before pursuing graduate work at Harvard. He was a teaching fellow there from 1942-46, earned his Ph.D. in 1946, and was a Briggs-Copeland instructor, 1946-47. In addition to editing numerous textbooks and story anthologies, he has published six novels.

    Scope and Content

    The papers of Richard Scowcroft, 1939-1993, document his teaching and writing career and include letters from writers, editors, and colleagues; Stanford teaching materials and departmental files; speeches and lectures; and manuscripts, typescripts, and reviews of his novels. There is a sizeable amount of correspondence from Tillie Olsen, 1959-73, Wallace Stegner, 1944-73, Jessamyn West, 1948-1983; his editors Carolyn Blakemore, Paul Brooks, and Dorothy De Santillana; and his agent Henry Volkening. Other correspondents include Bruce Bliven, Tom Bontly, Bliss Carnochan, John Cheever, Avis De Voto, Maxwell Geismar, Helen Howe, Janet Lewis, John L'Heureux, Erika Mann, Theodore Morrison, Anais Nin, Katherine Anne Porter, May Sarton, and Stephen Spender.
    His class files contain two types of materials: reading lists, exams, and other handouts; and his lectures or lecture notes. Folder titles were taken from Scowcroft's original folders and in some cases there is overlap with other classes, especially if the content is similar. The collection also includes manuscripts of stories written while at Harvard and an unpublished novel, three photographs, and an audio tape of Scowcroft reading from his novel First Family.

    Access Terms

    Bauer, Todd.
    Bliven, Bruce, 1889-1977
    Bontly, Thomas,, 1939-
    Brooks, Paul,, 1909-1998.
    Carnochan, W. B.
    Cheever, John.
    De Santillana, Dorothy.
    De Voto, Avis.
    Geismar, Maxwell David,, 1909-
    Howe, Helen.
    Jones, Richard,, 1926 July 25-
    L'Heureux, John.
    Lewis, Janet, 1899-1998
    Mann, Erika,, 1905-1969.
    Morrison, Theodore, 1901-1988.
    Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977
    Olsen, Tillie.
    Porter, Katherine Anne, 1890-1980.
    Sarton, May,, 1912-1995.
    Spender, Stephen,, 1909-1995.
    Stanford University -- General subdivision--Faculty.;
    Stanford University. Creative Writing Program
    Stanford University. Department of English.
    Stegner, Wallace Earle, 1909-1993
    Turow, Scott.
    Volkening, Henry.
    West, Jessamyn.
    Creative writing--Study and teaching.
    English literature--Study and teaching.
    Manuscripts (for publication).