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Mabel Major papers, 1823-1974 (inclusive), 1920-1970 (bulk).

 Collection
Identifier: MS 3

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The papers document the writing and teaching career of Mabel Major. The papers consist of Major's published and unpublished writings as well as correspondence, research material, and course material. Included in the papers is correspondence regarding and drafts of Southwest Heritage: A Literary History with Bibliography, which Major co-authored with Rebecca W. Smith and T.M. Pearce. Further research material about poet and playwright Frank J. Desprez and author Susan Wallace is also included in the papers. Her teaching career at Texas Christian University is documented in the papers but not extensively.

Dates

  • 1823-1974

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Summary Biography

Mabel Major was born in 1894 in Ogden, Utah. She received A.B., B.S., and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri. She was a professor in the English Department at Texas Christian University from 1919 to 1963. She specialized in Southwestern literature and co-authored Southwest Heritage, a literary history of the Southwest, in 1938. Mabel Major died in 1974.

Detailed Biography

Mabel Major was born in 1894 in Ogden, Utah. She received A.B., B.S., and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri. She served as a member of the English Department faculty at Texas Christian University from 1919 to 1963. She specialized in Southwest literature and worked with fellow TCU faculty member Rebecca W. Smith to prepare the first all-Southwest literature anthology, The Southwest in Literature, published in 1929. She co-authored Southwest Heritage: A Literary History with Bibliography with Smith and T.M. Pearce in 1938 and worked with Pearce again on an anthology of Southwest poetry entitled Signature of the Sun: Southwest Verse 1900-1950. She received many awards during her career and, in 1964, TCU conferred upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature. Mabel Major died in 1974.

Extent

8.75 Linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in three series and one accession: I. Personal papers, II. Writings and research material, III. Course material, Accession 2014-011.

Physical Location

Vault CE 5 - CF 2; Accession 2017: DE 4

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mabel Major in 1974 and the Mabel Major estate in 2000.
Author
Compiled by Lisa Pena and Mike Strom
Date
September 2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

Contact:
TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)