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Ted Wojtasik papers

 Collection 0559-LIT

This collection contains the papers of Ted Wojtasik, an author and friend of Katherine Anne Porter late in her life. Wojtasik was born and raised in Connecticut and obtained an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Columbia University and a Ph.D in 20th century American literature from the University of South Carolina. Wojtasik met Porter in July 1979 and briefly worked on an edition of her letters. Wojtasik is currently a visiting professor in Creative Writing at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He has published three novels, No Strange Fire (1996), Collage (2004), and Wild Animal Nation (2006) in addition to several short stories.

The collection consists of correspondence between Wojtasik and Joan Givner, Earl Graves, Rhea Johnson, Anatole Pohorilenko, Katherine Anne Porter, Paul Porter, Darlene Unrue, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott, amongst others. It also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence between Porter and Rhea Johnson, essays, and short stories.


  • 1941-2010 and undated
  • Majority of material found within 1962-1989 and undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection. Preliminary inventories are available under the Inventories/Additional Information section.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the special collections reading room staff.


.75 Linear Feet (1 letter size box and 1 legal size box)

16 Photographs : Color photographs and black and white photographs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to UMD Libraries from 2018 to 2020 by Ted Wojtasik, an author and friend of Katherine Anne Porter.

Processing Information

Material was inventoried and placed in acid free folders and box. Items were arranged in the same order received.

Guide to the Ted Wojtasik papers
Minimally Processed
Caroline Ackiewicz
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742