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Anne Royall Newman Papers

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Newman (Anne Royall) Papers

Inventory of the Anne Royall Newman papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Newman, Anne R., (Anne Royall), 1925-1982
Anne Royall Newman papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1979
Date [inclusive]
7.0 Items
Though the collection was accumulated by Anne Newman, a faculty member in the UNC Charlotte English Department, the materials mostly concern other writers—Adrienne Rich, in particular.

Preferred Citation note

Anne Royall Newman papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Anne Royall Newman was born in Florence, South Carolina on December 10, 1925 to Sam Royall and Elizabeth Willcox Royall. She graduated from McClenaghan High School in Florence, in 1939 and matriculated through the University of South Carolina, earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1946. In 1945, she married Paul Baker Newman and with him had three children: Virginia Elizabeth Newman (known as “Betsy”), born in 1948; William Royall Newman, born in 1951; and Paul Baker Newman, junior, born in 1955. She continued her education at the University of Iowa, earning an M.A. in English in 1955. She and her family moved to several different places around the country while working toward her degrees, and in addition to collegiate and post graduate course work, she also spent a lot of time teaching at high schools, colleges, and universities, at such places as Chicago, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia and Kansas. She contracted a disease known as Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome in 1965, and was kept alive with a respirator for six weeks at the Duke University Medical Center. Guillian-Barre’ Syndrome is a condition similar to polio, which made it difficult for her to walk, especially for long distances. She and her family eventually settled in Charlotte, North Carolina where she secured a position as “instructor” at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her primary disciplinary interests were in modern and contemporary poetry, Southern literature, and the writings of John Dos Passos, Elizabeth Bishop, Julia Peterkin and Adrienne Rich. After a few years there, she took a leave of absence in early 1973 to pursue a PhD in English at the University of South Carolina, which she received late in 1974. While finishing up her dissertation, she returned to her teaching position at UNCC and was soon promoted from instructor to assistant professor and later to associate professor, eventually earning tenure. Dr. Newman was popular with her students and she enjoyed favorable remarks in her end-of-course evaluations from them, as well as from the English Department. Both department and students considered her an exemplary instructor. In 1976 she earned the NCNB Teacher of Excellence award and at one point, she was the president of the UNCC faculty. In her personal life, Dr. Newman enjoyed sailing, reading, gardening, playing bridge, collecting shells, and swimming. She died on September 15, 1982 at the age of 56 as the result of a carcinoma.

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Scope and Contents note

The Anne Newman papers is a small (single-file) collection of materials collected by a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the late twentieth century, and concern mostly her knowledge of the work of Adrienne Rich, a feminist writer and poet.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 2007

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired from Betsy and William Newman, in 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by Robert A. McInnes.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Dept. of English. -- Faculty

Personal Name(s)

  • Bishop, Elizabeth, 1911-1979
  • Greiner, Donald J. -- Correspondence
  • Newman, Anne R., (Anne Royall), 1925-1982
  • Newman, Anne R., (Anne Royall), 1925-1982 -- Correspondence
  • Rich, Adrienne, 1929-
  • Rich, Adrienne, 1929- -- Correspondence
  • Rood, Karen Lane -- Correspondence


  • Authors, American
  • Women authors

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Collection Inventory

Presentation of the Books Abroad/Neustadt International Prize for Literature, at the University of Oklahoma. 1976 Apr 9

Curricula vitae of Anne Royall Newman. circa 1978

Letter from an unknown author, to Anne Newman concerning Newman’s article about Elizabeth Bishop. 1979 Jan 6

Letter from Adrienne Rich to Anne Newman concerning Rich’s written and published work. 1979 Jun 11

Copy of a letter from Newman to Professor Donald J. Greiner, concerning an article about Adrienne Rich to be published in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. 1979 Aug 31

Letter from Karen Rood to Newman concerning Newman’s article on Adrienne Rich in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. 1980 Mar 31

Galley sheets of Newman’s DLB article on Adrienne Rich. Undated

Box Folder item

Photographs--Prints (P)

P32 12 P387/1