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Thomas F. and Louise Y. Gossett Papers

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Dr. Thomas F. Gossett was a Professor of English at Wake Forest. Dr. Louise Y. Gossett was a professor of English at Salem College. The Thomas F. and Louise Gossett Papers consist primarily of reviews and articles on A.R. Ammons and Flannery O'Connor collected by the Gossetts from various newspapers and periodicals. There are a few photographs of O'Connor and photocopied correspondence. There are a few letters from Ammons to the Gossetts, submissions to and issues of The Nickelodeon, and audio recordings of Ammons reading his poetry. Also included are research notes by the Gossetts on O'Connor and Ammons. The papers include Thomas F. Gossett's research notes and bibliographies for his two books, Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture and  Race: the History of an Idea in America.

Biographical and Historical Note

Dr. Thomas F. Gossett, 1916-2005, was Professor of English at Wake Forest College/University. The Dallas native earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Methodist Universiy and his doctorate from University of Minnesota. He taught at Wesleyan College in Macon, G.A., until he was suspended for supporting racial integration. He also taught at Trinity University in Texas and University of Illinios at Champaign. At Wake Forest University, he taught 19th and 20th century American fiction. He is best known for his two scholarly books, Race: The History of an Idea in America (1963, reprinted 1997) and  Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture (1985). He retired from WFU in 1987 and died December 11, 2005; he was survived by his wife, Dr. Louise Y. Gossett.

Dr. Louise Y. Gossett was a professor of English and dean at Salem College. She published the book, Violence in Recent Southern Fiction (1965), as well as articles in the journals  American Literature,  Christianity and Literature, and  South Atlantic Quarterly.

The Gossetts were friends of Southern author Flannery O'Connor, after being introduced to her by Father James McCown in 1956. In March 1958, they introduced O'Connor to writer Katherine Anne Porter. The Gossetts were also friends with the poet, A.R. Ammons, who graduated from Wake Forest and who returned as poet-in-residence in 1975 to the English department at the Reynolda campus.

Collection Overview

This collection is composed primarily of reviews and articles on A.R. Ammons and Flannery O'Connor collected by the Gossetts from various newspapers and periodicals. There are a few photographs of O'Connor and photocopied correspondence. There are a few letters from Ammons to the Gossetts, submissions to and issues of The Nickelodeon, edited by Ammons, and audio recordings of Ammons reading his poetry. Also included are research notes by the Gossetts on O'Connor and Ammons. The papers include Thomas F. Gossett's research notes and bibliographies for his two books,  Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture and  Race: the History of an Idea in America.

This collection is arranged into four series: 1. Gossett, Thomas S.; 2. Ammons, A.R. ; 3. O'Flaherty, Daniel; and 4. O'Connor, Flannery. Series 2, 3, and 4 are composed primarily of materials collected by or created by Thomas and Louise Gossett about the authors.

Collection Inventory

  • Gossett, Thomas S., writings (circa 1963-1986) (Contains correspondence, book reviews, and shoeboxes of research and bibliographic information generated by Gossett during the course of writing Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture and Race: The History of an Idea in America.)
    • Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture  (1963-1986) Box 27 Box 28 Box 23 Box 24 Box 25 Box 26 Box 19 Box 20 Box 21 Box 22 Box 5 Box 4 Box 17 Box 18 Box 8 Box 9 Box 6 Box 7 Box 12 Box 13 Box 10 Box 11 Box 16 Box 29 Box 14 Box 15 Box 30 Box 31 (Contains 28 shoeboxes of research, crossfile cards, and bibliographic information for Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture)
    • Race: The History of an Idea in America Box 45 Box 32 Box 44 Box 43 Box 42 Box 41 Box 40 Box 39 Box 38 Box 37 Box 36 Box 35 Box 34 Box 33 (Contains 14 shoeboxes of research, crossfile cards, and bibliographic information for Race: The History on an Idea in America)
    • Reviews and 2 letters about Gossett's publications Box 1
  • Ammons, A.R. Box 3 Box 1
    • Correspondence
      • Letter from Ammons (1972 May 24)
      • Letter from Ammons (1972 June 1)
      • Holiday correspondence from Ammons
      • Two notes from Ammons with T. Gossett's explanations
    • Ammons at Wake Forest University
    • Lecture notes and manuscripts on Ammons
      • Gossett's notes undated
      • Gossett's notes (1974-1975)
      • Photocopies of poems by Ammons with T. Gossett's notes
      • Gossett's "Article on Visit of A.R. Ammons, Poet..." manuscript
      • Gossett's "The Poet Next Door: Archie Ammons," unpublished article (ca. 1980)
      • Ammons biography
      • Ammon's poem for Scales, copy (1972 August)
    • Articles and clippings
      • Lectures on Ammons by H. Bloom, J. Jacobsen
      • William Harmon published poetry dedicated to Ammons
      • UNC Chapel Hill A.R. Ammons Papers Inventory #4517 (2001)
      • University of Hawai'i at Manoa concert (1995)
      • Buell, Frederick: article
      • Vendler, Helen: article (1986)
      • American Poet: 2 articles (1998-1999)
      • The American Scholar: 2 articles
      • Artview: 2 articles
      • The Bookpress  (2001)
      • Charlotte Observer: 6 articles
      • The Chronicle of Higher Education  (1974)
      • Contemporary Literature American Poetry (Missing pages)
      • Cornelldailysun.com (2001)
      • Diacritics, special issue: A.R. Ammons (1973)
      • Epoch: 2 articles
      • Greensboro News and Record
      • Harper's  (1975)
      • High Times, Whiteville Senior High  (1975)
      • The Hudson Review: 3 articles (2 articles are missing pages)
      • The Independent
      • The New Republic  (1981)
      • The News and Observer  (2001)
      • The News Reporter  (1972)
      • The New Yorker: 4 articles
      • The New York Times and  New York Times Book Review: 5 articles
      • North Carolina Literary Review
      • NC Wesleyan College Press: postcard announcement
      • The Ohio Review
      • Old Gold and Black  (1974)
      • Partisan Review: 2 articles
      • People  (1975)
      • Religion and Literature  (2002)
      • The Richmond Mercury  (1974)
      • Southern Literary Journal  (1975)
      • Southern Review  (1972)
      • The Student Magazine  (1974)
      • Summit News  (1975)
      • Time  (1974)
      • Wake Forest Review: 3 articles
      • Wake Forest University Magazine: 4 articles
      • The Walking Magazine  (1988)
      • Washington Post  (1994)
      • The Winston-Salem Journal/Sentinel: 20 articles
      • Misc. unidentified articles on Ammons
      • Misc. unidentified magazine pages on Ammons
    • Poetry readings and discussions (audio CDs) (circa 1974-1975) Box 3 (Reference Copies of Archie R. Ammons reading his poetry: 8 Discs, plus 8 secondary copies as duplicates)
    • Box 1
      • St. Nicholas News: 2 issues
      • The Pumpernickel: 2 issues
      • No. 1 (1974)
      • No. 2 (1975)
      • No. 3 (1975)
      • No. 4 (1975)
      • No. 5 (1975)
      • No. 8 (1975)
      • No. 9 (1975)
      • No. 10 (1975)
      • No. 11 (1975)
      • No. 12 (1975)
      • No. 13 (1975)
      • No. 14 (1975)
      • No. 15 (1975)
      • No. 16 (1975)
      • No. 18 (1975)
      • No. 19 (1975)
      • No. 20 (1975)
      • No. 21 (1975)
      • No. 22 (1975)
      • No. 23 (1975)
      • No. 24 (1975)
      • The Nickelodeon unpublished submissions by last name (1974-1975)
      • Flyers, letters, and notes related to The Nickelodeon  (1975)
      • Misc. related to Ammons and WFU: invitation and church bulletin (1974)
  • O'Flaherty, Daniel Box 1 (Contains Ireland (1911) by O'Flaherty, "Speech: An Irish-American and the Struggle for Irish Freedom: D. C. O'Flaherty and De Valera's American Visit 1919-20," correspondence, newpaper from  The Daily Journal, Buffalo, N.Y., June 16, 1921.)
  • O'Connor, Flannery Box 1
    • Lecture notes and correspondence with Louise Gossett
      • Notes on Flannery O'Connor
      • Correspondence to L. Gossett concerning O'Connor
      • O'Connor event programs
    • Photographs
    • Photocopies of research materials
      • Photocopy of letter to Ben Griffiths (1956)
      • Photocopies of correspondence between O'Connor and Parish (1961)
      • O'Connor speech "Some Aspects of the Grotesque in Southern Fiction," photocopies (1950)
      • Undergraduate cartoons by O'Connor, photocopies
      • O'Connor, "The Displaced Person"
      • Poetry written for or about O'Connor
    • Articles and clippings
      • Misc. newspaper and magazine clippings related to O'Connor
      • O'Connor book reviews
      • America  (1979)
      • America: National Catholic Weekly Review  (1957)
      • American Scholar  (1982)
      • Anglican Theological Review  (1980)
      • Arkansas Democrat Gazette  (2000)
      • Arts and Letters
      • Atlanta Journal and Constitution
      • The Atlantic  (1970)
      • Burns, Stuart L.: article (1976)
      • Catholic Mind  (1962)
      • The Catholic Worker  (1964)
      • The Catholic World  (1959)
      • The Christian Century: 2 articles
      • The Christian Science Monitor  (1988)
      • The Chronicle Review  (1979)
      • Cluster Review  (1965)
      • Columbia Forum  (1970)
      • Columns: 2 articles
      • The Commonweal: 2 articles
      • Contemporary Literature
      • The Dallas Morning News  (1964)
      • Delta Epsilon Sigma Bulletin  (1965)
      • Esprit  (1964)
      • Esquire  (1965)
      • Fitzgerald, Sally (1985)
      • Franks, James R. and IsadoreTraschen "Comment on Artificial Nigger"
      • The Georgia Bulletin  (1979)
      • The Georgia Gazette and Journal Record  (1979)
      • Gossett, Thomas F. "Flannery O'Connor's Attitude to Blacks"
      • Griffith, Ben W. "Large Pictures for the Blind: The Fiction of Flannery O'Connor"
      • Holiday
      • The Intercollegiate Review  (1986)
      • The Journal of the American Medical Association  (1980)
      • Jubilee  (1961)
      • The Kansas Magazine  (1968)
      • Katallagete  (1982) (See Fitzgerald, Sally for additional article)
      • Literary Sketches  (1975)
      • London Observer  (1966)
      • Macon News: 2 articles
      • Macon Telegraph and News: 19 articles
      • Mademoiselle  (1971)
      • The Mercer Cluster: 2 articles
      • Newsweek  (1979)
      • The New Yorker  (2001)
      • The New York Review: 2 articles
      • New York Review of Books  (1990)
      • The New York Times: 2 articles
      • The New York Times Book Review: 3 articles
      • The North American Review  (1970)
      • Our Sunday Visitor: 2 articles
      • Presbyterian Life  (1965)
      • Recent Southern Fiction: A Panel Discussion  (1960)
      • Richmond Times
      • Southern Humanities Review  (1974)
      • Southern Literary Journal  (1970)
      • Southern Living  (1983)
      • The Southern Review  (1975)
      • Southern World  (1981)
      • SR: 2 articles
      • Studies in Short Fiction: 2 articles
      • The Tablet  (1968)
      • Time: 3 articles
      • Today: National Catholic Magazine  (1964)
      • The Union Recorder: 2 articles
      • Walker, Alice "Beyond the Peacock: The Reconstruction of Flannery O'Connor"
      • The Wall Street Journal
      • Winston-Salem Journal  (1979)
      • Wood, Ralph C. "Is Flannery O'Connor a Racist Writer?" (1994)
      • Wood, Ralph C. "Obedience to the Unenforceable..." (1996)
      • Tour of Historic Milledgeville, Georgia: 2 guides
      • Misc. newspaper clippings unrelated to O'Connor?

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Gossett, Thomas F., 1916-
Title
Thomas F. and Louise Y. Gossett Papers
ID
MS359
Date [inclusive]
1950-2010
Extent
19.44 linear feet  1 record carton, 43 card boxes
Text [Box]
1
Audio [Box]
3

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2011
Revision Description
 Revised by Stephanie Bennett 2017 April
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Existence of Digital Copies
Audio of A.R. Ammons poetry readings is available through WFU Digital Collections. 
Preferred Citation
Thomas F. and Louise Gossett Papers (MS359), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

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