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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Classroom Curriculum Material

Play Readers Group Material

Scrapbook 1967

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Professor Ruth Pennybacker Collection

An Inventory of Holdings at the University of Houston Libraries



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pennybacker, Ruth
Title: Professor Ruth Pennybacker Collection
Dates: 1934-1981
Abstract: The Ruth Pennybacker Collection consists of the teaching aids she used in class, photocopies of plays, news clippings, and programmes. Included in the collection is a scrapbook crafted in 1967 by her students, colleagues, and friends as a tribute to Miss Pennybacker.
Identification: 1969-044
Quantity: 2.50 Linear Feet
Language of Materials The papers are in English
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Professor Ruth Pennybacker or "Miss Pennybacker", as she preferred, joined the U.H. faculty in 1935. Her application to the university included a letter of recommendation written by the distinguished Texas historian and writer J. Frank Dobie. Pennybacker, a 1934 Vassar graduate, went to work in the newly formed English Department at the University of Houston where she taught freshman composition and creative writing. A driving force in the creation of the U.H. creative writing program, Pennybacker also founded the Harvest, a campus publication for students, poets, and creative writers.

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Scope and Contents

The Ruth Pennybacker Collection consists of the teaching aids she used in class, photocopies of plays, news clippings, and programmes. Included in the collection is a scrapbook crafted in 1967 by her students, colleagues, and friends as a tribute to Miss Pennybacker.

Forms part of the University Archives.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston
University of Houston. Creative Writing Program
University of Houston. Dept. of English
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings
Correspondence
Scrapbooks
Scripts
Theater programs
Personal Name:
Barthelme, Donald
Pennybacker, Ruth

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

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Detailed Description

 

Classroom Curriculum Material

This series contains 24 folders, arranged alphabetically. The majority of these contain news clippings, correspondence and plays used as part of the classroom curriculum.
Box Folder
1 1 Article Clippings
2 Brochures
3 Correspondence To: Pennybacker
4 Correspondence (Personal) To: Pennybacker
5 Drama Notebook 1969
6 Drama Notebook 1970
7 Guest Book
8 Personal Items
9 Play: "A Separate Peace"
10 Play: "Absent Friends"
11 Play: "Betrayal - 1977"
12 Play: "Black Cycle"
13 Play: "Blinded by the Light"
14 Play: "Breakfast Past Noon"
15 Play: "Brontosaurus"
16 Play: "Cabin 12"
17 Play: "Evolution of People's Theatre"
18 Play: "Firebugs"
19 Play: "Freshwater"
20 Play: "Good and Faithful Servant"
21 Play: No Title
22 Play: "Reunion"
23 Play: "Three Women"
24 Play: "Three Women"

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Play Readers Group Material

This series contains 25 folders, arranged alphabetically. These folders consist of spiral notebooks and correspondence from the Play Readers group, organized chronologically from 1978 - 1981. Also contained in this series are poems, programmes and a copy of Pennybacker's 1934 thesis.
Box Folder
1 25 Play Readers (1of 2) 1970 - 1971
26 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1970 - 1971
27 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1972 - 1973
28 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1972 - 1973
29 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1973 - 1974
30 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1973 - 1974
31 Play Readers (1 of 2) April 1974
32 Play Reader (2 of 2) April 1974
33 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1974 - 1975
34 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1974 - 1975
35 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1975- 1976
36 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1975 - 1976
37 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1976 - 1977
38 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1976 - 1977
39 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1977 - 1978
Box Folder
2 1 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1977 - 1978
2 Play Readers (1 of 2) 1979
3 Play Readers (2 of 2) 1979
4 Play Readers 1980
5 Play Readers 1981
6 Play Readers No Date, Misc.
7 Poems by Gaye Doehring
8 Programmes
9 Programmes - The Austin Symphony Orchestra
10 Programmes - Royal Shakespeare Company
11 Thesis by Pennybacker

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Scrapbook 1967

This series contains a scrapbook dated 1967, that contains letters, notes and tributes to Miss Pennybacker. Included in the scrapbook are letters written by Joseph M. Doggett, Philip G. Hoffman, John C. Allred, John Q. Anderson, Vassar Miller, and Kenneth Carbajal.
Box Item
3 1 Scrapbook: "Letters, Notes and Tributes - May 4, 1967"

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