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A Guide to the Karen Keel Gould Papers, 1969-2010
Karen Daphne Keel Gould was born on September 26, 1946, in Austin, Texas. She graduated with honors from Austin High School in 1964 and earned her BS (1968), MA (1970), and PhD (1975) degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She married Lewis L. Gould, history professor and department chairman at UT, in 1970.
Karen was a publishing scholar in medieval art history from the early 1970s to the early 1990s, and had her work on medieval manuscript illumination published in Art Bulletin and other publications. She was the author of The Psalter and Hours of Yolande of Soissons, published by the Mediaeval Academy of America in 1978. In the summer of 1974, Karen was one of 46 people selected to attend the Seminar in Vernacular Paleography and Codicology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. She served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Oregon in 1980 and held a Mellon Fellowship at Duke University from 1980 to 1981 before returning to Austin. She served as a lecturer in the UT department of history and as a Bibliographic Consultant for the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, teaching courses on the Gutenberg Bible as part of the UT Division of Continuing Education. In 1983, as part of the University's Centennial, she toured the state of Texas, giving lectures on the Gutenberg Bible in twelve cities.
Karen Keel Gould suffered from Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome and was forced to retire for health reasons in 1988. She continued to write book reviews and encyclopedia articles, and kept personal journals. She died in Austin on April 17, 2012.
The Karen Keel Gould Papers, 1969-2010, are primarily comprised of correspondence, conference and other printed material, and news clippings that she maintained in chronologic order from 1969 to 1992. Later additions to her collection document her work with the Humanities Research Center (now the Harry Ransom Center) at UT and her lectures and courses on the Gutenberg Bible. Personal journals from 1998 and 2003-2010 can also be found.
The papers pertain to Karen's personal and professional life, interests, and scholarly pursuits. Along with materials documenting her time at UT Austin, Duke, and the University of Oregon, the collection also contains newsletters, conference, and printed material pertaining to the Mediaeval Academy of America; the College Art Association of America; women's academic, professional, and art organizations; the Pierpont Morgan Library; the British Library; the Texas Medieval Association; and the Bibliographical Society of America. Correspondence, planning files, receipts, and personal letters document Karen's extensive travel and research; her health issues; relationships with other scholars, notably women; and her relationship with her husband of many years, Lewis L. Gould. UT-related material, including press releases; Daily Texan, On Campus, and other news articles and clippings; and University Centennial planning files and printed material, provide a unique glimpse into the workings of the UT history and art departments and the Humanities Research Center, now the Harry Ransom Center.
This collection is open for research use.
Karen Keel Gould Papers, 1969-2010, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, September 2016.