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Pat LittleDog Papers

Identifier: SWWC-050

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of diaries, typescripts, correspondence, artifacts, and published journals. The bulk of the collection is formed by the typescripts of How It Happened That I Came to Live in the West. The Correspondence series also relates to this novel. Diaries date from LittleDog’s teenage years in Germany, a red Hofner accordion belonged to LittleDog’s father. Dates range from 1954-1984. Books and periodicals cataloged separately.


  • 1954-1984


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Materials from the Wittliff Collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user assumes responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish, and abiding by U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical Notes

Novelist, short-story writer, and journalist Pat Ellis Taylor was born June 23, 1941 in Bryan, Texas. She lived in Weisbaden, Germany during her teenage years in the mid to late 1950s. She received her B.A. in 1969 and her M.A. in 1976, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her first novel, Border Healing Woman, won a Southwest Book Award in 1981, and her third, Afoot in a Field of Men and Other Stories from Dallas’ East Side, won a Texas Circuit Book Award. In 1991, Taylor changed her named to Pat LittleDog and published In Search of the Holy Mother of Jobs.


1.5 Linear Feet

3 boxes

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

  • The descriptive data created for this finding aid is licensed under the CC0 Creative Commons license and is free for use without restriction.


The Pat LittleDog Papers are comprised of diaries, typescripts, correspondence, artifacts, and published journals.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use:

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Pat LittleDog since 1992

Guide to the Pat LittleDog Papers
Amanda Oates
Description rules
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2010: Finding aid revised by Alan Schaefer.
  • 2021: Revised for ArchivesSpace by Susannah Broyles.

Repository Details

Part of the The Wittliff Collections Repository

601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA