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MS Am 2654

Mebane, Mary E., 1933-. Mary E. Mebane papers, 1971-1977: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 2654
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mebane, Mary E., 1933-.
Title: Mary E. Mebane papers,
Date(s): 1971-1977.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of African-American writer and educator, Mary Elizabeth Mebane.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

77M-84. Gift of Mary E. Mebane, P. O. Box 1321, Columbia, South Carolina 29202; received: 1977 July 18.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
Part of the MS Storage project, 2008-2009.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Formerly restricted until 2002. [See curatorial file for further details].
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Mary E. Mebane Papers, 1971-1977 (MS Am 2654). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Additional Mary Elizabeth Mebane papers are held by the Southern Historical Collection of the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Elizabeth Mebane (1933-1992) was an African-American woman writer, primarily known for her autobiographical series about growing up in the American South, suffering from poverty, racism, and alienation from her family. She was born on the outskirts of Durham, North Carolina in 1933, her mother a tobacco factory worker, and her father sick most of the time. She received a B.A. from North Carolina College at Durham and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was a frequent contributor to the op-ed page of the New York Times. Her autobiographical works are: Mary (Viking Press, 1981) and Mary wayfarer; an autobiography (Viking Press, 1983).


Arranged alphabetically by title of folder.

Scope and Contents

Papers include 1971-1977 letters from others, especially journalist Harrison E. Salisbury; Mebane's diaries from 1973, 1976-1977; clippings of her articles in the New York Time; and biographical materials, including photographs, on Mebane and her mother, Carrie Brandon Mebane.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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