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Anne Tyler inscribed print of self-portrait and letters

 Collection — Box: BW-11, Folder: 25
Identifier: MS-0550

Scope and Contents

The collection includes Anne Tyler's personally inscribed self-portrait as well as a signed copy of a colophon (publisher's emblem or imprint) page. A typed note from 1996 explains why Anne Tyler gave up graphic art. The remaining items are a primarily typewritten letters, particularly to Stuart Wright of Palaemon Press Limited, and a typed draft of her essay "Miss Cone, Miss Cone, Thank You, Thank You." Correspondents she wrote to also include: William Plumley, Jeff Schaire, and Isolde McNicholl. Most items are signed by Anne Tyler. The collection spans from 1980 to 1985, and 1996 to 1998.


  • Creation: 1996 - 1998
  • Creation: 1980-1985


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Please contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Anne Tyler, American novelist and short-story writer, was born in 1941 in Minneapolis. Among her best-known books are: The Accidental Tourist (1985), which was made into a successful film, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Breathing Lessons (1988). By the age of seven Anne had started to write stories and, at the age of 19, she graduated from Duke University. As a writer, Tyler made her debut with If Morning Ever Comes (1964). She moved to Baltimore in the 1960s and has based many of her works in Baltimore.


0.167 Cubic Feet (1 letter-sized folder)

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The collection includes author Anne Tyler's personally inscribed self-portrait, primarily typewritten letters, a typed draft of her essay "Miss Cone, Miss Cone, Thank You, Thank You," and a few other manuscript items. The collection spans from 1980 to 1985 and 1996 to 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 07-08.27 was purchased from William "Billy" C. Plumley in September 2007. Accession 2017-18.MS.076 were purchased from Brian Cassidy, Bookseller, in November 2016.


Accessions: 07-08.27, 2017-18.MS.076

Processing Information

This collection was processed in November 2010 by Kelly Spring, and in April 2018 by Annie Tang.


Anne Tyler inscribed print of self-portrait and letters
Kelly Spring, Annie Tang
April 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA