Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Dorothy Tefft:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 2002, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tefft, Dorothy
Title: Dorothy Tefft Papers,
Dates: 2002
Abstract: These are the papers of writer, Dorothy Tefft.
Collection # S1611.1
Quantity: 1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Dorothy Tefft was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1925. Her father, a military aviator and medical doctor, moved his family to Wellsville, New York, where she finished public schools. After attending Alfred University she enrolled in UNAM's Spanish Language School in Mexico City in 1945. There she met and married Enrique Gaona, son of Rodolfo Gaona, Mexico's most renowned bullfighter. Her unique insights into Mexican culture, in particular family life in aristocratic Mexican society, have been recorded in a number of short stories, two of which are published in "Gringos In Mexico". After teaching creative writing for a decade at the Universidad de las Americas in Cholula, she has retired and currently resides near the campus.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains several unpublished short stories and poems and several scanned photographs. Topics include her biography, early life history, and her family.



The collection is organized by the short story titles.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Tefft, Dorothy
Tefft, Dorothy- --Archives
Tefft, Dorothy- --Manuscripts
Gaona, Rodolfo
Subjects (Places)
Mexico City, Mexico--Non-Fiction
Mexican literature--20th century
Mexican culture--20th century
Mexican writer--20th century

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Arnoldo DeLeon Papers, 1973-1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dorothy Tefft Papers, 2002, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2002

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, October 2002

Collection Inventory


Literary Production

box folder
1 1 About the Author, Dorothy Tefft, 2002
2 About the Family, 2002
3 Poems, 2002
4 The Father, 2002
5 The Unfortunate Marriage, 2002
6 The Party, 2002
7 The Ring, 2002
8 Late, 2002
9 Serenade, 2002
10 Jose Antonio, 2002
11 Dominoes, 2002
12 At the Airport, 2002
13 Las Estacas, 2002
14 North of the Border, 2002
15 Atzcapotzalco, 2002
16 The Dig, 2002
17 Neighbors, 2002
18 El Raton Perez, 2002


Scrapbook Material

box folder
1 19 Images of Family and Friends, 1945-2002