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Mary Carter Roberts papers

 Collection 0024-LIT

Mary Carter Roberts (1899-1979) was a journalist and novelist. She was book review editor for the Washington Star, travel writer in the Maryland Department of Economic Development, and member of the Maryland Department of Information and the St. Mary's City Commission. She published two novels: The Abbot Sisters and Little Brother Fate. Her papers consist of correspondence; drafts of novels, stories, and articles; book and theatrical reviews; and reports, clippings, diaries, photographs, and memorabilia documenting her life and career. Significant correspondents represented in the collection include Anne Craine and the St. Mary's City Commission.


  • 1940-1977

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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.

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11.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Mary Carter Roberts papers
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Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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