Guide to the Addison Hibbard (1887-1945) Papers

Collection Title: Addison Hibbard (1887-1945) Papers
Dates: 1911-1973
Bulk Dates: 1911-1945
Identification: 11/3/11/24
Creator: Hibbard, Addison, 1887-1945
Extent: 4 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Addison Hibbard Papers fill four boxes (including one half-size box) and span the period 1911-1973, although practically all of the material falls within the years 1911-1945. The Papers are comprised of two categories: correspondence and publications. There are also seven folders of biographical materials including two folders relating to Hibbard's graduate work.
Acquisition Information: The Addison Hibbard Papers were donated to the University Archives by his daughter, Sally Wylie, on February 11, 1991, as Accession #91-23.
Processing Information: William K. Beatty: March-April, 1991.
Separated Materials: Small amounts of duplicate and extraneous material were discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Related Materials: Those interested in Hibbard's tenure as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Northwestern should consult his records as Dean, Series 11/1/1.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Clarence Addison Hibbard was born in Racine, Wisconsin, the son of Daniel Osmer and Ida Brightman Hibbard, on August 29, 1887. He obtained his A.B. (1909) and his A.M. (1919) from the University of Wisconsin.

From 1909 to 1914 Hibbard taught in Japan at several government middle schools and at the Imperial College of Commerce in Nagasaki and was a newspaper correspondent. Returning to the United States, Hibbard taught high school, was an instructor in English at the University of Wisconsin, 1916-17 and was assistant professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, 1917-18. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1918. He then went to the University of North Carolina in 1919 where he taught English and served as Acting Dean (1925-1926) and Dean (1926-1930) of the College of Liberal Arts.

In 1930 Hibbard came to Northwestern University as professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, where he remained until his death on May 17, 1945, at his home in Evanston.

Hibbard was co-author (with William F. Thrall) of Handbook to Literature (1936), which went through several editions, and editor of The Lyric South (1929), The Book of Poe (1930), Stories of the South (1931), and Writers of the Western World (1942). He also wrote professional articles, short stories, accounts of his trips, and poems. For several years he wrote a syndicated newspaper column, "The Literary Lantern," under the name of "Telfair, Jr." He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Delta.

On June 29, 1918, Hibbard married Ruth Barr; the couple had four children: John Barr, Ruth Margaret (Hilker), Jean Scott (Teevan), and Sarah Brightman (Wylie).

Scope and Content

The Addison Hibbard Papers fill four boxes (including one half-size box) and span the period 1911-1973, although practically all of the material falls within the years 1911-1945. The Papers are comprised of two categories: correspondence and publications. There are also seven folders of biographical materials including two folders relating to Hibbard's graduate work.

The correspondence, mostly to Hibbard, contains many letters concerning Hibbard's publications, especially his syndicated newspaper column, “The Literary Lantern,” and his anthologies. His correspondence with Southern writers, especially Olive Tilford Dargan, Ellen Glasgow, and DuBose Heyward, is of interest in presenting their views of both their own works and of others.

The publications consist mostly of articles, short stories, and poems, as well as a 220-page typescript, “Japan,” narrates Hibbard's experiences as a teacher and traveler in that country.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Department of English

Personal Name

Hibbard, Addison, 1887-1945

Hibbard, Addison, 1887-1945--Travel--Japan

Subjects

English literature--Study and teaching--United States

Journalists--United States--20th century


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical materials
    • General, 1924-1945, 1973Box 1, Folder 1
    • Certificates, 1916-1943Box 1, Folder 2
    • Clippings, 1928-1930Box 1, Folder 3
    • Financial Records, 1911-1941Box 1, Folder 4
    • Miscellaneous, n.d.Box 1, Folder 5
    • Master of Arts
      • English 231, Shakespeare, Fall 1916-17Box 1, Folder 6
      • English 231, Shakespeare, Winter 1916-17Box 1, Folder 7
  • Correspondence
    • General, 1911-1920Box 1, Folder 8
    • General, 1923Box 1, Folder 9
    • General, Jan-June 1924Box 1, Folder 10
    • General, July-Dec 1924Box 1, Folder 11
    • General, Jan-July 1925Box 1, Folder 12
    • General, Aug-Dec 1925Box 1, Folder 13
    • General, Jan-Mar 1926Box 1, Folder 14
    • General, Apr-June 1926Box 2, Folder 1
    • General, July-Sept 1926Box 2, Folder 2
    • General, Oct-Dec 1926Box 2, Folder 3
    • General, 1927Box 2, Folder 4
    • General, 1928Box 2, Folder 5
    • General, 1929Box 2, Folder 6
    • General, 1930Box 2, Folder 7
    • General, 1931-1935Box 2, Folder 8
    • General, 1936-1943Box 2, Folder 9
    • General, n.d.Box 2, Folder 10
    • To Mrs. Ruth Hibbard, 1954-1957Box 2, Folder 11
    • Subject Correspondence
      • Ade, George, 07/04/23Box 2, Folder 12
      • Beebe, William, 1917, 1929-1930Box 2, Folder 13
      • Cabell. James Branch, 1924, 1937Box 2, Folder 14
      • Caldwell, Erskino, 1926-1927Box 2, Folder 15
      • Cobb, Irvin S., 1926Box 2, Folder 16
      • Dargan, Olive F., 1921-1936Box 2, Folder 17
      • Dobie, J. Frank, 1925-1926Box 2, Folder 18
      • Garland. Hamlin, n.d.Box 2, Folder 19
      • Glasgow, Ellen, 1924-1930Box 2, Folder 20
      • Heyward, DuBose, 1922-1932Box 2, Folder 21
      • Jones, Howard M., 1924-1930Box 2, Folder 22
      • Leacock, Stephen, n.d.Box 2, Folder 23
      • Mencken, H.L., 1926Box 2, Folder 24
      • Rolvaag, O.E., 04/25/30Box 2, Folder 25
  • Publications
    • Publications - Books
      • Handbook of Literature, Correspondence, 1943Box 2, Folder 26
      • “Japan”, draft pp.1-150, n.d.Box 2, Folder 27
      • “Japan”, draft pp.151-220, n.d.Box 3, Folder 1
      • (Short Stories, Professions) Correspondence and lists, 1928Box 3, Folder 2
      • Stories of the South, Correspondence, 1929-1930Box 3, Folder 3
      • Contracts, 1935, 1940Box 3, Folder 4
      • Royalties, Articles, 1930-1943Box 3, Folder 5
    • Publications - Articles
      • “An Amur Idyl”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 6
      • “Bixion's Portfolio”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 7
      • “Equilibrium in Literature”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 8
      • (Escapes), n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
      • “From a Dean's Window”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 10
      • “Gloria Mundi”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 11
      • “Hashimura Fogo in Japan”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 12
      • “The Heathen”, a play, n.d.Box 3, Folder 13
      • “It's Such a Nice Life”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 14
      • “Know Your Own Mood”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 15
      • “Lafcadio Hearn”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 16
      • “The Literary Lantern”, poems, n.d.Box 3, Folder 17
      • “Literature, Ltd.”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 18
      • “The Magic of Literature”, n.d.Box 3, Folder 19
      • (Margaret), n.d.Box 3, Folder 20
      • Miscellaneous, n.d.Box 3, Folder 21
      • Poems, 1922-1943Box 3, Folder 22
      • “Professor's Progress”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 1
      • “Rocket Books”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 2
      • “The Room”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
      • “The Straight Road to Writing”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 4
      • “Student Life in Japan”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 5
      • “Wanted: A School for Tourists”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 6
      • “What Is This Hara-Kiri”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 7
      • “The Zero Half-Hour”, n.d.Box 4, Folder 8
      • Book Reviews, n.d.Box 4, Folder 9
      • Reviews of Books, 1928-1936Box 4, Folder 10
      • Reprints, 1912-1916Box 4, Folder 11
      • Reprints, 1920-1929Box 4, Folder 12
      • Reprints, 1930-1938Box 4, Folder 13
      • Reprints, 1943-1944Box 4, Folder 14
      • Reprints, n.d.Box 4, Folder 15