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Corinne Demas papers

Identifier: MS 0890

Scope and Contents

The Corinne Demas papers consist of biographical materials, including magazine and newspaper articles, correspondence with editors and publishers, manuscript drafts of published works, production materials, including F&Gs, galleys, illustrations, page proofs, sample book jackets, and published works, many of which are autographed by the author. The bulk of the collection consists of Demas’ manuscript material and typed drafts of her works across genres. The collection has been organized with respect to the original order and titles of folders as originally labeled and organized by Demas. This collection is organized into five series: 1. Bibliographical information, 1981-2011; 2. Education, 1979-1980; 3. Works, 1980-2006; 3.1. Correspondence, 1991-2006; 3.2. Manuscripts, 1980-2003; 4. Published Works, 1966-2014; 5. Oversize Materials, 1982-2010;


  • 1966-2014

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Conditions Governing Use

Use of the collection is governed by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S.C.)

Biographical / Historical

Corinne Demas grew up in New York, New York and went to Hunter College High School. She graduated from Tufts University and went on to finish her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She taught at the University of Pittsburgh and at Chatham College prior to Mount Holyoke College where she started in 1978. Many of her works are inspired by her own life and family: spending summers at Cape Cod, stories from her childhood, and life with her two pet donkeys Eleni and Sophie. She is married to Matthew Roehrig and has two children. That Dog Melly! is co-authored by Corinne’s son Austin Bliss, who describes his action-filled experience when his dog ran away. Corinne co-authored two other picture books with her daughter Artemis Roehrig: Does a Fiddler Crab Fiddle? and Are Pirates Polite? She has authored children’s books, a collection of poetry, a memoir, novels, plays, and short stories. Demas is also a fiction editor for the Massachusetts Review.


23 boxes (17 archival boxes, 3 folios, 3 storage boxes)

15.75 Linear Feet


Demas, Corinne; award-winning author, fiction editor, and professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. Contains biographical information, correspondence with editors and publishers, dissertation materials, drafts and manuscripts of works, production materials, and published works.

History of the Collection

The Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections acquired this collection in 2016 from Corinne Demas.

Processing Information

Arranged, processed, and finding aid created by Jennifer R. Koch, 2017.

Jennifer R. Koch
20 April 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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