Carl Bode (1911-1993) was an author, professor of English at the University of Maryland, and officer of several literary and cultural organizations. His scholarly interests included Emerson, Thoreau, and H. L. Mencken. His books included Mencken, the first full biography to be published after Mencken's death; Maryland, a 350-year history of the state; The Man Behind You, a volume of poetry; and The Anatomy of American Popular Culture. He received a Ford Fellowship in 1952-1953 and a Guggenheim award in 1954-1955. Bode also founded the national American Studies Association. His papers consist of correspondence, drafts of publications, documentation from editing projects, and records of participation in political campaigns. Correspondence relates to Joseph Tydings, Walter R. Harding, and Wilson Follett. There is an unprocessed addendum to the collection, consisting of books on American literature and Maryland; correspondence; course materials; financial records; personnel-related materials; photographs; tapes; publications; and work papers.