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Virginia Furtwangler aka Ann Copeland papers

Identifier: WUA079

Scope and Contents

The Virginia Furtwangler aka Ann Copeland papers contain Furtwangler's published and unpublished writing. Her papers document the writing process from initial notes to manuscript drafts to final published works. Also included is correspondence with potential publishers, book reviews, book tour information, and newspaper publicity covering her stories.

In addition to her writing, the collection contains Furtwangler's teaching materials used while teaching workshops and University courses, and materials gathered while she was the Hallie Brown Ford Chair of English from 1996 to 1999.


  • 1966-2014


Language of Materials

Materials are in English. One book and a letter are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

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Biographical Note

Virginia (Walsh) Furtwangler (1932-) is an American-Canadian author, writing under the name Ann Copeland. She was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. She attended the Catholic University of American and received her Ph.D. in Modern Literature from Cornell University. Furtwangler spent 13 years as an Ursuline nun, teaching English literature in both high school and college. Her experience as a nun provided inspiration for many of her short stories including the collection in The Golden Thread.

In 1968, Furtwangler married Albert Furtwangler. They later moved to New Brunswick, Canada where Albert taught at Mount Allison University. Furtwangler taught in nearby cities and decided to begin writing and publishing in 1974. Her first pen-name was Ann Bernard, used only for a short time. She then changed to Ann Copeland. Many of Furtwangler's stories were published in journals and anthologies. Six collections of her work have been published in Canada: At Peace 1978, The Back Room 1979, Earthen Vessels, 1984, The Golden Thread 1989, Strange Bodies on a Stranger Shore 1994, Season of Apples, 1996. The Golden Thread was also published in the U.S.

In addition to writing, Furtwangler taught English literature and writing at Canadian and American universities including the University of Idaho, Linfield College, Bemidji State, and Wichita State, as well as many writing workshops around the U.S and Canada. In 1996, her compilation of fiction writing tips, The ABC's of Writing Fiction was published in the U.S. That same year Furtwangler became the first Hallie Ford Chair of English at Willamette University. She served in that position until 1999.


11.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes)


Virginia Furtwangler is an author, writing under the pen name Ann Copeland. Her papers comprise her manuscripts and published works, promotional material and publicity about her writing, her teaching material, and material gathered while she was Hallie Brown Ford Chair of English at Willamette University.


This collection is arranged into five series: I. Manuscripts; II. Published writing; III. Promotion and publicity; IV. Teaching Materials; and V. Hallie Brown Ford Chair of English. Series I and II are further arranged into subseries.

Materials retain original order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Virginia Furtwangler, 2010.


Guide to the Virginia Furtwangler aka Ann Copeland papers, 1966-2014
Finding aid processed by Ashley Toutain.
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Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

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