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Contemporary Literature Research Collection

The Contemporary Literature Research Collection spotlights the personal papers of several authors with ties to the Houston area, including luminaries Larry McMurtry and Donald Barthelme. Among the authors with links to the UH Creative Writing Program whose papers are in the archives are poet Cynthia Macdonald (the program’s co-founder) and novelist Beverly Lowry. Collections feature early drafts of published works, correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia that document the writing life.

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Cynthia Macdonald Papers Donald Barthelme Literary Papers Larry McMurtry Papers Kenneth Patchen Papers Vassar Miller Papers

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