Guide to the Samuel Schoenbaum (1927-1996) Papers

Collection Title: Samuel Schoenbaum (1927-1996) Papers
Dates: 1951-1976
Identification: 11/3/11/25
Creator: Schoenbaum, S. (Samuel), 1927-
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Samuel Schoenbaum Papers include biographical material, article reprints, reviews of his publications in the United States and Great Britain, and newspaper and periodical clippings of his life and writing.
Acquisition Information: The University Archives received the Samuel Schoenbaum Papers on January 23, 1980. They were separated from the English Department records of the Shakespeare Conference (Accession #80-18) on February 14, 1986 and accessioned as #86-19.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty: October, 1991.
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

Samuel Schoenbaum was born in New York City in March, 1927. He attended public schools in the Bronx. In 1947 he obtained a B.A. degree from Brooklyn College, an M.A. (1949) and a Ph.D. (1953) from Columbia University. He came to the Northwestern University as an instructor in the Department of English in 1953, where he taught courses in Elizabethan Drama. He was promoted to professor in 1963. He was awarded the Franklyn Bliss Snyder Chair in 1975.

During his years at Northwestern, Schoenbaum spent much time and energy on research and writing. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Newberry Library Fellowship, a senior fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and two grants from the Huntington Library. With these aids he was able to pursue his writing of books and numerous articles in his chief field of Renaissance drama, and Shakespeare. For many years he edited Renaissance Drama, a Northwestern University Press publication. In addition, he served on numerous national and international boards and committees connected with the Renaissance and Shakespeare.

In August of 1975, he resigned to return to New York City as Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the City University Graduate Center. Schoenbaum's book, William Shakespeare: A Documentary Life, was published in 1975 on the Bard's 411th birthday. In later years Schoenbaum was engaged in collaborating on a six volume edition of John Middleton's complete works. Schoenbaum died on March 27, 1996.

Scope and Content

The Samuel Schoenbaum Papers are contained in one half-size box. There are four folders of biographical material, article reprints, reviews of his publications in the United States and Great Britain, and newspaper and periodical clippings of his life and writing.

Arrangement of Materials

Materials within each folder are arranged chronologically.

Subjects

Corporate Name

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

Personal Name

Schoenbaum, S. (Samuel), 1927-

Subjects

English literature--Study and teaching--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Material, 1951-1975Box 1, Folder 1
  • Publicity and Reviews, 1959-1976Box 1, Folder 2
  • Reprints, 1950-1968Box 1, Folder 3
  • Newspaper Clippings, 1956-1975Box 1, Folder 4