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Phillip Herring papers

 Collection 0060-LIT

Phillip Herring (1936-2021) was a scholar and biographer, who taught English at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for over twenty five years. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in 1966, and later worked at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Herring is the author of Joyce's Uncertainty Principle (1987), Djuna: the Life and Work of Djuna Barnes (1995), and is the co-editor of Djuna Barnes's Collected Poems: With Notes Towards the Memoirs (2005). His papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and other materials accumulated during the writing of his Barnes biography. Subjects include Djuna Barnes and her family and friends.


  • 1972-2008
  • Majority of material found within 1989-1995

Use and Access to Collection

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

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 reading room staff.


6.0 Linear Feet (3 record storage containers and one oversize box. )

15 Megabytes (10 floppy disks.) ; 3 1/2 inch

Scope and Contents

These papers document the scholarly activity of Phillip Herring as he researched, wrote, and published Djuna: the Life and Work of Djuna Barnes (1995). Materials are largely textual, comprising letters, articles, scholarly papers, and finding aids (I. Correspondence); reviews, dust jacket and paperback cover designs, letters to editors of print publications, and publicity and event materials (II. Print Materials); photocopies of Barnes' correspondence, criticism, poetry, and prose, as well as three large, bound notebooks with Herring's handwritten notes (III. Research Materials); and manuscript chapters, research notes, interview notes, lecture notes, and other correspondence (IV. Writings). The Writings series materials are stored on 3 1/2" floppy disks that have been transferred from their original media. Other formats include original photographs, photographic prints, and photocopies of photographs (V. Photographs). While the creation of the materials spans from 1972-2008, the bulk of the materials date from 1989-1995, when Herring worked on the biography of Barnes. They originate from Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, and Texas, and almost all invariably relate to the subject of Djuna Barnes.


The papers are organized as five series. The first four series are arranged alphabetically, and the photographic series is included after them.

Series 1
Series 2
Published Materials
Series 3
Research Materials
Series 4
Series 5

Custodial History

Phillip Herring donated his papers to the University of Maryland Libraries in 1997. Subsequent significant accessions arrived in 2007 and 2013.

Processing Information

Materials were arranged in the general order they were received. Material was placed into acid free folders. A few folders were relabelled for clarity. Photographs were placed in protective sleeves.

The writings and correspondence contained on the floppy disks have been transferred from their physical medium to secure digital storage.The floppy disks themselves are stored together in a small box inside Box 3.

Guide to the Phillip Herring papers
Processed by Eric Cartier.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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