Laurence E. Prescott Collection

Identifier: MSS.0977

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between Dr. Laurence E. Prescott and Manuel Zapata Olivella and other related items. The piece "De Hermano A Hermano: Amistad y correspondencia literaria entre Manuel Zapata Olivella y Langston Hughes" written by Prescott in 2006 is also in the collection.


  • 1947 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact

Biographical / Historical

Laurence E. Prescott was born on February 22, 1943. He died November 27, 2016. He was a long time professor of Spanish and African American Studies at Penn State University.


1.88 Linear Feet (1 Half-Hollinger box, 1 Hollinger box, 1 Paige box)

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


This collection contains correspondence between Dr. Laurence E. Prescott and Manuel Zapata Olivella and other related items.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Finding Aid for the Laurence E. Prescott Collection
Zach Johnson
February 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


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