The Cyrus C. DeCoster Papers fill one box and span the years 1948-1999. The material summarizes Professor DeCoster's academic work, and is divided into six subseries: biographical material, published articles, book reviews, reviews of books, “Pardo Bazán” drafts, and Juan Valera research material.
Biographical material spans the years 1983-1999. It consists of two curricula vitae and four obituaries. One CV lists only Professor DeCoster's work through 1983, while the other, though taking his work through to its conclusion in the late 1990s, is missing its second page. This page gap omits DeCoster's last four books and first eleven articles.
Published articles include a copy of every article Professor DeCoster wrote from 1950 through “Juan Valera: Cartas ineditas a Juan Moreno Gueto” (1980). (Please see his CVs in biographical material for chronology and bibliographic citations.) Several of these articles are reprints. “Valera: Critic of American Literature” (1960) is represented in both and English and Spanish versions. DeCoster's translation of Alfonso Sastre's “Escuadra Hacia la Muerte” (“The Condemned Squad”), published in Players Magazine in 1961, is foldered separately.
Photocopied book reviews, spanning the years 1948-1983, include a copy of every review Professor DeCoster wrote through his review of Peter Bly's Perez Galdos: “La de Bringas” (1983). For the most part, these reviews are filed chronologically. However, following the review of Alberto Jimenez's Juan Valera y la generacion de 1868 (1956), which is listed as the fifth review in DeCoster's CV, seven of the following book reviews were copied onto two pieces of paper. As a result, there are gaps in the folder where reviews that would be placed in a given spot are instead found on one of these two sheets.
Reviews of DeCoster's books fill six folders, and are arranged by the title of the book reviewed.
The undated “Pardo Bazán” drafts fill 13 folders and consist of some handwritten but mostly typed drafts of “Pardo Bazán and Her Contemporaries,” an article that was published in Anales Galdosianos in 1984 but is not included in this collection. Oddly, although the article itself was only about ten pages in length, it appears that DeCoster wrote and heavily edited over 200 pages of draft material. This may be a draft of another publication that was never finished. Given the confusing nature of this material, it has not been significantly rearranged; the material within the folders has been left unaltered, and the folders themselves have been placed in order based upon the numbering of the pages inside them. Additionally, two more complete drafts of the article and three related articles by other authors are placed in folders after the drafts.
Juan Valera research material is contained in two folders and dates between 1967 and 1968. It consists of two letters that were sent to DeCoster from Jim Howe, a friend in Washington D.C. who assisted DeCoster with his research on Juan Valera (perhaps by visiting the Library of Congress to obtain bibliographic citations and biographical information). There are also three undated booklets of DeCoster's research notes that seem to deal with Valera.