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Peggy Bach Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2047

Boxes 1 and 2 of this collection document Peggy Bach's work on her biography of Evelyn Scott. These boxes house such research materials as photocopies of some of Scott's personal and professional letters, Bach's correspondence with persons who knew Scott, and Bach's research notebooks. Also included are manuscript copies of ten completed chapters (including notations from both Bach and Madden) and correspondence documenting Bach and Madden's efforts to secure a publisher for the biography.

Boxes 3 to 6 house materials that Bach used to write her scholarly essays. These materials document Bach's first published poem, "Enter Stage Left," her radio programs regarding Evelyn Scott, her essay "The Wave: Evelyn Scott's Civil War," and her work with Austin Peay State University's Evelyn Scott/Caroline Gordon Symposium. These boxes also contain copies of many of the journals that printed Bach's work.

Dates

  • 1919-1996

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

6 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses materials documenting Peggy Bach's scholarly work, including her unfinished biography of Evelyn Scott.

Biographical/Historical Note

Margaret Frances Peggy McCauley was born on April 22, 1929 in Norwood, Ohio to William Albert and Leona Mae Bach McCauley. Her parents divorced in 1931, and she moved to Manchester, Indiana to live with her aunt and uncle (F. M. and Margaret Hutchison) in 1932. She attended Manchester Elementary School for eight years and graduated from Aurora High School in Aurora, Indiana, in 1946. McCauley married Russell G. Fogle, an Army private stationed on Governor's Island (New Jersey), on June 30, 1950. The couple had three children: Jonathan Gayle, Rebecca Bach, and James Stephen. Russell and Peggy Fogle divorced in 1970, and Peggy moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1971. She began working for the Taylor Building Company, where she remained until taking a job at Louisiana State University as a secretary in the Department of Philosophy in 1976.

In 1978, LSU professor David Madden convinced Fogle to read Evelyn Scott's Escapade. The work left a deep impression on Fogle, who, despite the fact that she had only a high school education, dedicated the rest of her life to studying and bringing recognition to Evelyn Scott's work. Using the pseudonym Peggy Bach, she published the first Scott bibliography, wrote twelve essays about the author, and began work on Scott's authorized biography. Unfortunately, she had not yet finished her work at the time of her death from cancer on June 5, 1996.

Arrangement

This collection consists of six boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of the University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult MS.2050: Peggy Bach Collection, 1976-1990.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480