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Ruth Pennybacker Papers

Identifier: 1969-044

The Ruth Pennybacker Collection consists of the teaching aids she used in class, photocopies of plays, news clippings, and programs.The materials in the collection date from 1967 to 1981 with a bulk dating from the 1970s. Included in the collection is a scrapbook crafted in 1967 by her students, colleagues, and friends as a tribute to Ruth Pennybacker, as well as items relating to the Play Reader Groups, news clippings, correspondence, and plays used as part of the classroom curriculum.


  • 1934-1981


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Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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2.50 linear feet

Biographical Information

Professor Ruth Pennybacker or "Miss Pennybacker," as she preferred, joined the UH faculty in 1935. Her application to the university included a letter of recommendation written by the distinguished Texas historian and writer J. Frank Dobie. Pennybacker, a 1934 Vassar graduate, went to work in the newly formed English Department at the University of Houston where she taught freshman composition and creative writing. A driving force in the creation of the UH creative writing program, Pennybacker also founded the Harvest, a campus publication for students, poets, and creative writers.

Guide to the Ruth Pennybacker Papers
Samantha Herber, Mikaela Selley, Vanco Hua, Lanchi Pham, Syed Chowdhury, and Bobby Marlin
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA