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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Writings, 1941-1993

1977-1993

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Patricia Finley Papers, 1941-1993 (bulk 1986-1993)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Finley, Patricia, 1919-1994.
Title: Patricia Finley Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1941-1993
Bulk Dates: 1986-1993
Creator Abstract: Patricia Finley was born into a military family in 1919 at West Point, New York. She enjoyed writing journals, poems, and short stories and often participated in writing workshops where she wrote about her own experiences and recollections. After attending three different high schools, Finley graduated in 1935 at the age of 16 in Junction City, Kansas. After graduation, she moved with her family to Vermont where she attended college. In 1941, she went to work for the United States government at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana until 1942. She married Glenn Finley, United States Army 2nd Lieutenant, in 1943 and together they had four children. She was a writer in San Antonio during the 1980s and 1990s.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1941 through 1993 with the bulk of the material from 1986-1993. It is mostly comprised of writings including autobiographical essays, poetry, handwritten notes, clippings, photographs, letters, souvenirs, a writing aptitude test, various reading material, and assignments from the workshops she attended.
Identification: MS 19
Extent: 1 linear foot (about 775 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Patricia Finley was born in 1919 at West Point, New York. She enjoyed writing journals, poems, and short stories and often participated in writing workshops where she wrote about her own experiences and recollections.

Her father was in the military and she and her family moved a lot while she was growing up. Finley attended three different schools during her high school years, Highland Falls, New York; Columbus, Georgia; and Junction City, Kansas. Finley graduated high school in 1935, at the age of sixteen, from Junction City, Kansas.

After graduation her family moved to Vermont and due to Finley's age, her mother insisted she move too, Finley enrolled in Goddard Junior College in Barre, Vermont for her first year of college. Her second year, she attended Stoneleigh Junior College in Rye Beach, New Hampshire, and her last years were spent at the University of Vermont.

After graduating from college, she began working for the United States government in Camp Beauregard, Louisiana where she worked from 1941-1942. In February of 1943 she met her husband, Glenn Finley, United States Army 2nd Lieutenant, while in Louisiana. On March 19, 1943 the two were married. The couple had four children, Glenn III, Radcliffe, Trish, and Mary Lee.

She was a writer in San Antonio during the 1980s and 1990s. She died on September 14, 1994.

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Scope and Content Note

The Patricia Finley Papers span the years 1941-1993 with the bulk of the material from 1986-1993. The majority of the material consists of writings from a writers' workshop.

The collection is divided into two series: Writings and Other Material.

The Writings series is divided into three subseries: Writing Workshop Material, Notebooks and Handwritten Notes, and Other Writings. These subseries consist mostly of writing workshop material containing autobiographical essays, poetry, notes, various reading material, and assignments from writing workshops she attended. Also included are various articles and other writings

The Other Material series includes articles by James J. Kirkpatrick entitled "Writer's Art," other articles and reading material, letters, souvenirs from a trip, a writing aptitude test booklet, and notes related to her writing.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Writings
1.1. Writing Workshop Material
1.2. Notebooks and Handwritten Notes
1.3. Other Writings
Series 2. Other Material

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Finley, Patricia, 1919-1994.
Subjects
Women writers--Texas--San Antonio.
Writers' workshops.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Writings.
Journals.
Poetry.
Notes.
Articles.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Souvenirs.
Local Subjects
Women
Writers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Patricia Finley Papers, MS 19, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Col. Glenn Finley, Jr., in June 1996 (Acc. 1996-009).

Processing Information

Processed by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, April 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Writings, 1941-1993

Includes autobiographical essays, poetry, handwritten notes, photographs, journals, various reading material, and assignments from writing workshops she attended.
Arranged into three subseries: Writing Workshop Material, Notebooks and Handwritten Notes, and Other Writings.
Original folder titles, as well as the original order of materials within folders, were, for the most part, retained.
Writing workshop material, 1979-1993
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Writings, 1979-1993 and undated
2 Writings and other assorted material, 1982-1993 and undated
3 Poems and jottings, 1985-1989 and undated
4 Writings and poems, 1986
5 Writings and other assorted material, 1986 and undated
6 Writings, 1988-1989
7 Writings and other assorted material, 1988-1989 and undated
8 Writings and other assorted material, 1989 and undated
9 Copies of journal workshop writings by others, 1989-1990
10 Writings and other assorted material, 1990
11 Writings and other assorted material, 1990-1991
12 Writings and other assorted material, 1991
13 Writings, 1991
14 Assignments and reading material, 1991-1992
15 Short stories, 1991-1992 and undated
Box Folder
2 1 Comfort workshop material, 1992
2 "Sally Ann," 1992
3 Writings and other assorted material, 1992
4 Writings and poems, 1992-1993
5 Writing and other assorted material, 1993
6 Writings and poems, May 1985
Notebooks and handwritten material, 1941-1942 and 1986-1993
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 7 Journal writings, 1941-1942
8 Creative writing journal, 1985
9 Language-figures of speech, idioms, etc., 1993 and undated
Other writings, 1979 and 1985-1993
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 10 Writings and poetry, 1979-1980
11 Miscellaneous, 1985
12 "Smoker," 1985 and undated
13 Writings and other assorted material, 1985-1992 and undated
14 Short stories, 1986 and undated
15 Writings and other assorted material, 1987 and undated
16 Short stories, 1987-1990
17 Short stories, 1987-1992 and undated
18 Writings and other assorted material, 1988-1994 and undated
19 70th birthday-- poems and cards, March 1989
20 "Yard of the month," 1992 and undated
21 Short stories: "Kittu Riddle," poem, 1992 and undated
22 "Saying Good-Bye", June 15, 1993
23 "Saying Good-Bye," June 22, 1993
24 "Ichabod", undated
25 Writings, undated

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Other material, 1977-1993

The Other Material series includes articles by James J. Kirkpatrick entitled "Writer's Art," other articles and reading material, letters, souvenirs from a trip, a writing aptitude test booklet, and various handwritten notes.
Arranged chronologically.
Original folder titles, as well as the original order of materials within folders, were, for the most part, retained.
Box folder
3 1 Assorted material, 1977, 1991-1992, and undated
2 Trip souvenirs to Fort Clark, Ramses Exhibit, and El Paso, 1986-1989
3 Articles and reprints, 1987 and undated
4 Syvenna Foundation, 1989
5 Articles, "Writer's Art" by James J. Kirkpatrick, 1989-1993 and undated
6 Reprints and articles, 1989-1993 and undated
7 Dusty's story of Aunt Edna and Gladys, January 11, 1992
8 First Novel Surprises, Compels, February 9, 1992

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