Wayne State University English Department Records

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15.5 Linear Feet (15 SB, 1 MB)

These records of the WSU English Department represent material accrued in three accession dates: 1978, 1979, and 1988. The arrangement of folders reflects these different accessions, so that similar subjects may appear in multiple places in the collection. The records include deliberations of major committees on policy, personnel and curriculum, as well as student requirements and activities on the undergraduate and graduate level. With these records, researchers could track changes in curriculum and standard literature over the decades. The material also reflects faculty and graduate student research and grant proposals, as well as participation in local, state and national professional organizations. Many requisitions for supplies and building/office repairs were included in the records. These have been sampled and the bulk of them discarded. Also discarded are inquiries and applications from potential faculty members over several decades. Approximately half the records (Series 5) are folders of faculty correspondence and employment information dating from the1940s to 1980s. This includes material of many prominent faculty mentioned in the history note, records of Professor Ellen J. Stekert, one of the founders of the WSU Folklore Archive, and some examples of publications by various faculty. Among interesting trends that could be researched are the status of women faculty (particularly regarding marital status and pregnancy), records of a very few African-American faculty during this period, and dealings with the Selective Service regarding the status of young faculty members during the Vietnam War era.

1924-1987 (bulk 1940-1970)
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