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Finding Aid for The Nan Cooke Carpenter Papers c. 1930 - 1989 (UGA 05-006)

RG 2-10-7, Comparative Literature

1.5 Linear Feet, 1 banker's box

Scope & Content:

Dr. Nan Cooke Carpenter (1912-1999) came to the University of Georgia as a professor of English in 1967. In 1970 she assumed the post of professor in Comparative Literature, becoming chair of the department from 1974 until her retirement as professor emeritus in 1978. In her vita, found in folder 1 of this collection, she describes her interests as "Music and literature, especially medieval and Renaissance literature, British and comparative." The collection reflects her interests, including her musical compositions and an unfinished translation of a Renaissance musical treatise. . Dr. Carpenter left her complete papers to the Lousia County Library Foundation in Louisa, Virginia, the county of her birth. Digital copies of her papers can, as of 2006, be viewed at their website, The materials in UGA 05-006 were transferred to UGA after scanning.


  1. Biographical materials.
  2. Lecture on Renaissance literature, delivered at the UGA Alumni Seminar, 1975.
  3. Prof. John Corina's memorial on the death of Prof. Almonte Charles Howell.
  4. Translation of John Case's treatise "Defense of Music, Vocal As Well As Instrumental and Mixed" of 1588.
  5. Research notes on John Case.
  6. Correspondence, 1988-1989, and genealogy.
  7. Early musical compositions by Dr. Carpenter.
  8. Other musical compositions.