Department of English Records, 1939-2000
- State University of New York at Albany. Department of English
- Contains inactive records of the Department of English, including syllabi and course materials, annual reports, departmental correspondence, department publications, and administrative records.
- 9.33 cubic ft.
- English and English
- Preferred citation:
- Preferred citation for this material is as follows: and Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Department of English Records, 1930-2000. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Department of English Records).
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- Scope and Content:
This collection Administrative files series includes a number of files documenting the day-to-day functions of the Department of English, including departmental memoranda, class enrollment profiles, space planning documentation, meeting minutes, and correspondence. This collection also contains a number of documents related to curriculum development, including course syllabi and proposed revisions to major requirements. The Publications series of this collection contains informational pamphlets for prospective students prepared by the Department as well as literary magazines administered by the Department containing by student and non-student writers. Finally, the Schweitzer Chair Records contain grant applications, promotional materials, fellowship applications and correspondence regarding Chair initiatives around the time period in which Toni Morrison served as the Chair (1985-1989). The bulk of the collection dates from 1970-1990.
- Biographical / Historical:
English language and literature instruction at the University dates back to the founding of the New York State Normal School in 1844. The M.A. in English was first offered in 1962, and a Ph.D. was offered the following year. A Doctor of Arts in English was introduced in 1971, intended for students preparing for a career in teaching, rather than research. The D.A. program was discontinued in 1995. Currently, the Department of English offers a B.A., an Honors B.A., a combined B.A./M.A., several minors, and graduate work leading to an M.A. or Ph.D.
- Acquisition information:
All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
- Processing information:
Documents containing personally identifying information information and documents no longer in retention where disposed of in 2018 by Miles Lawlor. Correspondence containing student grades and other personal identifying information have been removed as well.