Ruth Elizabeth Moore Alvarez
Curator, Literary Manuscripts (1993-2011)
Special Collections & University Archives
From 1993 to 2011, Beth (Ruth M.) Alvarez, Ph.D., served as Curator of Literary Manuscripts at the University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD. Among the collections for which she had curatorial responsibility during her tenure are the papers of Katherine Anne Porter and Djuna Barnes. Her published work includes Katherine Anne Porter, Un país familiar: Escritos sobre México [“My Familiar Country”: Katherine Anne Porter on Mexico], 1998 (compiled and wrote introduction and notes) and Uncollected Early Prose of Katherine Anne Porter, 1993 (edited with Thomas F. Walsh), and Katherine Anne Porter: An Annotated Bibliography, 1990 (with Kathryn Hilt). She has also published book reviews and critical articles on Porter that have appeared in scholarly journals and collections of essays. Other accomplishments include obtaining and administering grant funding to support work on the Porter, Barnes, and Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven papers and mentoring more than twenty junior professionals, graduate students, and undergraduates. Currently, she and Libraries’ colleagues are working on a digital edition of Katherine Anne Porter’s correspondence.