Elizabeth Utterback Papers, 1923-1966

Manuscript Collection #75

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Title: Elizabeth Utterback Papers
Creator: Utterback, Elizabeth, 1904-1966
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1923-1966, undated) including literary manuscripts, including plays, shorts, stories, novel, essays, book reviews, reports, typescripts of poems, programs from plays "Spare the Old Homestead or Life at the Red Gulch Saloon. A Mellerdrammer of the Old West and The Gay '90's Review.
Extent: 0.87 Cubic feet, 161 items , literary manuscripts including programs, plays, short stories, poems, novel, essays, book reviews, and reports.

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Accessions Information

January 7, 1969, 63 items; Literary manuscripts, including plays, short stories, a novel, essays, book reviews, and reports. Gift of Mrs. Richard Henry, Maplewood, New Jersey.

January 23, 1969, 98 items; Typescripts of poems. Loaned for copying by Miss Elizabeth Walker, Greenville, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Utterback Papers (#75), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mrs. Richard Henry
  • Loaned by Miss Elizabeth Walker

Processing Information

  • Processed by L. Sterlock, November 1969

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Martha Elizabeth Utterback was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 7, 1904, the daughter of John Douglas and Blanche Dowden (Syprett) Utterback. She attended Western Kentucky State College (A.B., 1927), George Peabody College (M.A., 1929), and Columbia University (Ed.D.,1950). An instructor of English, she taught at Alabama Women's College (1930-1944), Brooklyn College (1945-1946), Associate Colleges of Upper New York (1946-1948), and East Carolina University (1950-1966). She was a member of the American Association of University Women, Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Education Association, North Carolina Education Association, North Carolina English Teachers, and Kappa Delta Gamma. During her career she wrote numerous short stories, many of which were published in magazines and anthologies, poems, numerous articles, a novel, and a book. Dr. Utterback died August 12, 1966.

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This collection includes two programs from plays, Spare the Old Homestead or Life at the Red Gulch Saloon... A Mellerdrammer of the Old West and The Gay '90's Review, which Dr. Utterback wrote, directed, or acted in.

Literary manuscripts constitute a large segment of the collection. The short stories have settings in small Southern towns at the turn of the century and most of them tell about life as seen through the eyes of children. Included are one-act plays dealing with life in the South or in the hills of Tennessee and Kentucky. One three-act play, Alabama Homecoming, is the story of three generations of an Alabama family; and a novel, The End of Summer, deals with the life of a Northern woman who marries into a Southern family in the early 1900's.

One section of the collection contains reports written as college assignments and articles on the teaching of English. Most of these have been collected in a book entitled A Regional Approach to the Teaching of Literature: A Study of the Regional Elements in Eleven Plays of the South. Other reports include reviews of books and essays on drama and teaching methods.

Also included are almost one hundred poems written by Dr. Utterback. These consist of typescripts prepared for possible publication by Delta Kappa Gamma, and they have been divided into two sections, Christmas poetry and a miscellaneous group, each of which is indexed.

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Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0075.1
College Papers
Box 2#0075.2
Short Stories
Box 3#0075.3
Monograph A Regional Approach to the Teaching of Literature: A Study of the Regional Elements In Eleven Plays of the South
Box 4#0075.4
Novel, The End of Summer
Box 5#0075.5
Plays, Programs, Poems

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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