Petry, Ann (1908-1997)
Scope:
The Ann Petry collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audio recordings, and personal memorabilia.

Manuscripts by Petry in the collection include Petry's books Country Place (Houghton, 1947); Drugstore Cat (Crowell,1949); The Narrows (New American Library, 1953); Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad (Crowell, 1955); and Tituba of Salem Village (Crowell, 1964).

Other manuscripts by Perry include an autobiographical sketch written for H. W. Wilson’s Third Book of Junior Authors ; an entry for the Encyclopedia Britannica on Harriet Tubman; and short stories and articles published in Omnibook, l’Arche, Redbook, Phylon and other periodicals.

Correspondence in the collection consists of personal and professional letters, dating from 1940 to 1970. Notable correspondents include Rosemary Benet, Paul Brooks, Hallie Burnett, Bennet Cerf, Helen Chisholm, Ruby Dee Davis, Thomas Evans, Laura Z. Hobson, Helen Hull, Mabel Louise Robinson, Budd Schulberg, Rex Stout, and Carl Van Vechten. Also present in the collection is fan mail, primarily from children (1956-1969), professional correspondence with editors and publishers, and letters regarding speaking engagements.

Printed material in the collection includes magazines containing pieces written by Petry. Publications include the Author’s Guild Bulletin, The New Yorker, Negro Digest, and others. Other printed items include reviews of Petry's work, profiles of Petry, and newspapers and magazines containing references to Petry.

Photographs in the collection include seven photos of Petry taken by Carl Van Vechten, a Crowell book display of Petry's work, Petry standing at a book display, and a photo of Petry's father, Peter C. Lane.

Audio recordings in the collection include an interview with Petry, as well as seven tapes for the "Author Round-Up Series: Civil War Panorama."

Personal memorabilia in the collection include honorary degrees for Petry from Suffolk University and the University of Connecticut, as well as a citation from the United Nations Association of the United States of America.
Notable Figures
1. Petry, Ann, 1908-1997
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Novels and Short Stories Subject Guide
2. African American Collections -- Novels Subject Guide
3. Literary Collections Subject Guide
4. Helen Deutsch Research Section