Harold T. McCarthy Papers

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Call no.: FS 28
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Author, English professor at the University of Massachusetts, and alumnus of the same school. Includes correspondence, typescript manuscripts, poems, travel journals, and class materials including syllabi and lecture notes.

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Background on Harold T. McCarthy

Author, English professor, and University of Massachusetts alumnus (class of 1941) Harold T. McCarthy taught at the University of Massachusetts from 1959 and into his retirement in the late 1980s. In addition to his books on Henry James (1968) and the expatriate perspective on the idea of America (1972), he wrote fiction and poetry as well as critical articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, and Richard Wright.

Scope of collection

Correspondence, typescript manuscripts, poems, travel journals, and class materials including syllabi and lecture notes documenting Harold T. McCarthy's long and active career as an educator and writer, and travel experiences.



Box 1: 1
1967-1969, 1982
Box 1: 2
Correspondence re: publication of books
Box 1: 3
The Expatriate Perspective: The Self-Discovery of American Novelists in Europe (typescript)

Box 1: 4
The Expatriate Perspective: American Novelists and the Idea of America (typescript, photocopied)

Box 1: 5
Henry James: The Creative Process (published version)
Box 1: 6
Poems by HTM

Box 1: 7
Travel journals
Box 2: 8-17
Syllabus: English 133
Fall 1983
Box 3: 18
Syllabus: English 480C
Fall 1986
Box 3: 19
Syllabus: English 272
Fall 1986
Box 3: 20
Lecture Notes, A-K

Box 3: 21-34
Lecture Notes, L-Z

Box 4: 35-46

Administrative information


The collection is open for research.


Acquired from Alice McCarthy, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda Seidman.




Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Copyright and Use (More information )

Cite as: Harold T. McCarthy Papers (RG 40/11 McCarthy). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • American literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--United States--History--Sources.
  • Amherst (Mass.)--Intellectual life--20th century.
  • College teachers--Massachusetts--Amherst--History--Sources.
  • McCarthy, Harold T. Expatriate perspective.
  • McCarthy, Harold T.--Archives.
  • McCarthy, Harold T.--Travel.
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst--Alumni and alumnae --History--Sources.
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst--Faculty--History--Sources.
  • Voyages and travels.


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Genres and formats

  • Correspondence.
  • Diaries.
  • Lecture notes.
  • Syllabi.
  • Typescripts.

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