Guide to the Robert D. Mayo (1910-1998) Papers

Collection Title: Robert D. Mayo (1910-1998) Papers
Dates: 1920-1998
Identification: 11/3/11/32
Creator: Mayo, Robert D. (Robert Donald), 1910-1998
Extent: 8 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Robert D. Mayo Papers span the years 1920 to 1998. The bulk of the papers consist of Northwestern University-related correspondence, and lecture and research notes. The series is divided into six subseries: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching files, research notes, papers, and publications.
Mayo’s research interests included 17th and 18th century English periodicals, the novel in 18th and 19th century England and 20th century America, Gothic Fiction, 20th century criticism, and Romantic and Modern poetry.
Acquisition Information: The Robert D. Mayo Papers were donated to the University Archives by Pauline Mayo on June 27, 2001, April 30, 2002 and June 24, 2002 as Accessions 01-91, 02-47, and 02-72, respectively. Material from the University Archives Biographical Files was incorporated into this series. Addition: These additions were donated to the University Archives by Pauline Mayo on June 15, 2005 as accession 05-47. Addition 2: These additions were donated to the University Archives by Pauline Mayo on June 5, 2007, as accession 07-63.
Processing Information: Lori J. Osborne, March 2003Addition: Jeremy Abbott; June 23, 2005.Addition: Janet Olson, December, 2007.
Separated Materials: Three and one half inches of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded. Several copies of The Analyst were added to the University Archives Serials Collection. Five photographs were added to the University Archives Photographic Files.
Conditions Governing Access: Correspondence regarding recently retired faculty and staff is restricted through 2012 except by permission of the University Archivist. Student letters of recommendation, course exams, course papers and course records are restricted except by permission of the University Archivist.
Related Materials: SEE ALSO: issues of The Analyst (and its predecessor, The English “A” Analyst), Call # 11/11/00/05, in the Northwestern University Archives Serials Collection; the University Archives also has the Moody Prior Papers, Series 11/3/11/30; Jean Hagstrum Papers, Series 11/3/11/7; and Richard Ellmann Papers, Series 11/3/11/26.
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

Robert Donald Mayo was born to Frank and Clara (Rea) Mayo on August 4, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1932 with a B.A. in English Literature. He received a Masters Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago in 1934. He received a second Masters Degree in English Literature from Princeton University in 1936 and his PhD in English Literature from Princeton in 1938. Mayo married (Mary) Pauline Maris on September 17, 1947. They had a daughter, Ann.

Mayo was an Instructor at Oberlin College from 1936 through 1937 and from 1938 through 1941. He came to Northwestern University as an Instructor in the Department of English in 1941. In 1942 he temporarily left the University to serve in the U.S. Army, where he held the rank of sergeant in the Signal Corps in the First French Army until 1946. He was decorated with the Bronze Star for meritorious service in support of combat operations in France. He returned to Northwestern University in 1946 as an assistant professor in the Department of English. In 1953 he was appointed to Associate Professor. Mayo attended Harvard University in 1954 under a Ford Fellowship and spent a year in London under a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1963. In 1961 he was appointed Professor, a position he held until he became a Professor Emeritus in 1978. He served as Chairman of the Department of English from 1966 through 1970.

Mayo's research interests included 17th and 18th century English periodicals, the novel in 18th and 19th century England and 20th century America, Gothic Fiction, 20th century criticism, and Romantic and Modern poetry.

In 1962 Mayo published his major scholarly work The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815. With a Catalogue of 1375 magazine novels and novelettes. Mayo published two books on Ezra Pound's poetry, A Guide to Ezra Pound's Cantos (VIII) in 1954 and A Guide to Ezra Pound's Cantos (IX) in 1957. Mayo also published several articles and book reviews as well as works on William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads, 19th century Gothic Fiction and the Waverly Novels of Sir Walter Scott.

Mayo served from 1953 through the mid-1960's as editor of The Analyst. Although originally meant to provide the Northwestern University English Department with an internal publication of general interest, with articles of recent scholarship and criticism, The Analyst came to have worldwide readership and respect. The primary focus of The Analyst was difficult texts in modern literature, particularly the writings of James Joyce and Ezra Pound, and as such it was one of the earliest publications to cover this field.

From 1966 through 1970, Mayo was director of the John Hay Fellows Program. This innovative program offered high school teachers the opportunity to do in-depth study in their fields at various universities throughout the country, including Northwestern.

Robert D. Mayo died on November 6, 1998.

Scope and Content

The Robert D. Mayo Papers fill seven boxes and span the years 1920 to 1998. The bulk of the papers consist of Northwestern University-related correspondence, and lecture and research notes. The series is divided into six subseries: biographical materials, correspondence, teaching files, research notes, papers, and publications.

The biographical files span the dates 1928-1998 and include newspaper clippings, a biographical data form on Mayo from the Northwestern University Department of Public Relations, and a draft for a listing in Who's Who in the Midwest

The correspondence files span the dates 1940-1998 and include both personal correspondence and Northwestern University-related correspondence. The personal correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically within each folder. They include letters regarding Mayo's recruitment to the U.S. Army, telegrams (some in French) from Mayo's military service, letters regarding his appointments to Northwestern University faculty positions, and letters regarding job offers from other Universities. Mayo exchanged personal correspondence with several Northwestern University faculty members—notably Richard Ellmann, Jean Hagstrum, and Moody Prior—and this is arranged in personal correspondence files by name of correspondent. Official university correspondence with these same faculty members is filed in the university correspondence files.

Northwestern University correspondence files include general files and subject files. The general files span the dates 1947-1989 and are arranged chronologically. They include correspondence to and from Mayo regarding many subjects including student work, departmental policies and faculty appointments, and Mayo's scholarly work and associations. The subject files span the dates 1948-1990 and are arranged alphabetically and then chronologically within each folder. They include correspondence to and from Mayo regarding various university programs and committees, and many copies of letters of recommendation for students. The bulk of the subject correspondence is letters to and from Mayo regarding the publication of The Analyst. This correspondence includes letters requesting copies or subscriptions, letters regarding submissions for publication, and mailing lists and cards. Included in The Analyst correspondence is a copy of a letter Mayo wrote to T.S. Eliot dated April 17, 1954, and a copy of a letter Mayo wrote to Ezra Pound dated February 17, 1955.

Mayo's teaching files are arranged alphabetically by subject. They primarily consist of undated lecture notes for various courses Mayo taught at Northwestern University. Also included are course exams, Ph.D. Exams, student papers and course records. Mayo's research notes are arranged alphabetically by subject and primarily consist of undated notes regarding some of the many authors that Mayo lectured on or wrote about including Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, Ann Radcliffe and Sir Walter Scott.

Drafts of papers that Mayo wrote while completing his education and drafts for scholarly publications are arranged chronologically and span the years 1935-1973. Mayo's publication files include a general file with correspondence arranged by date and subject files arranged alphabetically. These files include research notes for and drafts of Mayo's book The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815, copies of book reviews written by Mayo and about Mayo's publications, and letters to and from Mayo regarding the publication of Samuel Richardson: A Critical Anthology (unpublished).

Addition 1952-1990, Boxes 7-8

The addition includes personal correspondence, and many drafts of published and unpublished works. Included are correspondence between Mayo and the publishing house Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, documenting the publication process of Mayo’s critical anthology on Samuel Richardson, and correspondence between Mayo and other publishing houses, graduate students, and friends. The scholarly papers include an early draft of chapter five of Mayo’s published book The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815, an unpublished paper on Northanger Abbey, and different drafts of a book he abandoned in the fall of 1969, Jane Austen the Tory Artist. Also included are research notes for these books and papers.

In addition, two inches of material were interfiled with the existing series, adding to correspondence regarding The Analyst, course descriptions, Mayo’s notices of salary and promotion, and general University correspondence. Further, folder five of box seven’s label was corrected to read “Jane Austen the Tory Artist – Draft Chapters 1, 2, 6,” and some of the previously processed correspondence between Mayo and Routledge was interfiled with the new Routledge folder in this addition.

Addition 1960-1985, Box 8

Approximately one-third cubic foot of additional materials, dating between 1960 and 1985 and consisting mostly of correspondence, was added to the series. Much of the correspondence, including letters to and from colleagues with whom Mayo was collaborating or to whom he was offering advice, has been interfiled in existing folders (mostly in General Correspondence, Box 1, folder 5). When correspondence with an individual exceeded a few exchanges, a new file was made and added to Box 8 (folders 11-15). New folders also contain undated research notes and correspondence relating to Mayo’s contribution to Samuel Richardson: Tercentenary Essays (eds. Margaret Doody and Peter Sabor, Cambridge University Press, 1989).

Subjects

Corporate Name

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

Subjects

American literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston

College teachers--Illinois--Evanston

English literature--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials
    • Personal Data, 1928-1998Box 1, Folder 1
    • Pauline Mayo Papers, 1965-1944Box 1, Folder 2
    • Financial - Personal, 1953-1986Box 1, Folder 3
    • Financial - Frank and Clara Mayo, 1920-1955Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence
    • Personal - General, 1942-1998Box 1, Folder 5
    • Personal - Military Service, 1944-1945Box 1, Folder 6
    • Personal - Northwestern University Positions, 1941-1975Box 1, Folder 7
    • Personal - Job Offers, 1951-1965Box 1, Folder 8
    • Personal - Richard Ellmann, 1971-1972Box 1, Folder 9
    • Personal - Jean Hagstrum, 1954-1994Box 1, Folder 10
    • Personal - Moody Prior, 1944-1987Box 1, Folder 11
    • Northwestern University - General, 1947-1959Box 1, Folder 12
    • Northwestern University - General, 1960-1969Box 1, Folder 13
    • Northwestern University - General, 1970-1978Box 1, Folder 14
    • Northwestern University - General, 1980-1990Box 2, Folder 1
    • Northwestern University - General, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
    • Northwestern University - Ad Hoc Committee on Departmental Procedures, 1971-1975Box 2, Folder 3
    • Northwestern University - English “A” Analyst, 1950Box 2, Folder 4
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1953Box 2, Folder 5
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1954Box 2, Folder 6
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1955Box 2, Folder 7
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1956-1959Box 2, Folder 8
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1960-1968Box 2, Folder 9
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, 1972-1990Box 2, Folder 10
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst, n.d.Box 2, Folder 11
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst-Mailing List, 1971, n.d.Box 2, Folder 12
    • Northwestern University - The Analyst-Mailing List Cards, 1953-1983Box 2, Folder 13
    • Northwestern University - Department of English, 1967-1986Box 2, Folder 14
    • Northwestern University - Fellowships and Research Grants, 1948-1960Box 2, Folder 15
    • Northwestern University - Graduate English Club, 1967-1970Box 3, Folder 1
    • Northwestern University - Introductory Studies, 1970-1972Box 3, Folder 2
    • Northwestern University - John Hay Fellows Program, 1961-1970Box 3, Folder 3
    • Northwestern University - Subcommittee on the Student Community, 1965Box 3, Folder 4
    • Northwestern University - Letters of Recommendation (A-H), 1950-1974Box 3, Folder 5
    • Northwestern University - Letters of Recommendation (H-M), 1950-1974Box 3, Folder 6
    • Northwestern University - Letters of Recommendation (M-W), 1950-1980Box 3, Folder 7
    • Northwestern University - Anthony Wieczorek (student), 1970-1975Box 3, Folder 8
  • Teaching Files
    • General, n.d.Box 3, Folder 9
    • English A76, A72, 1971-1976Box 3, Folder 10
    • English C06, 1957-1978, n.d.Box 3, Folder 11
    • English C06, n.d.Box 4, Folder 1
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Daniel Defoe, n.d.Box 4, Folder 2
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Henry Fielding (1 of 2), n.d.Box 4, Folder 3
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Henry Fielding (2 of 2), n.d.Box 4, Folder 4
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Samuel Richardson (1 of 2), n.d.Box 4, Folder 5
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Samuel Richardson (2 of 2), n.d.Box 4, Folder 6
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Laurence Stern, n.d.Box 4, Folder 7
    • English C06 - Lecture Notes - Ian Watt, n.d.Box 5, Folder 1
    • English C08, n.d.Box 5, Folder 2
    • English C11-05, 1977, n.d.Box 5, Folder 3
    • English C11-05, n.d.Box 5, Folder 4
    • English C11-05, n.d.Box 5, Folder 5
    • English D39, n.d.Box 5, Folder 6
    • Course Exams, 1957-1978Box 5, Folder 7
    • Course Exams, n.d.Box 5, Folder 8
    • Ph.D. Exams, 1957-1972, n.d.Box 5, Folder 9
    • Course Papers (C-W), 1953-1977Box 5, Folder 10
    • Course Papers (multiple or unnamed students), n.d.Box 6, Folder 1
    • Dissertation Proposals and Correspondence (A-W), 1951-1975Box 6, Folder 2
    • Course Records, 1946-1978Box 6, Folder 3
    • Course Evaluations, n.d.Box 6, Folder 4
  • Research Notes
    • Research Notes - Jane Austen, n.d.Box 6, Folder 5
    • Research Notes - Fanny Burney, n.d.Box 6, Folder 6
    • Research Notes - Maria Edgeworth, n.d.Box 6, Folder 7
    • Research Notes - Ann Radcliffe, n.d.Box 6, Folder 8
    • Research Notes - Sir Walter Scott, n.d.Box 6, Folder 9
    • Research Notes - Tobias Smollett, n.d.Box 6, Folder 10
    • Research Notes - unspecified, n.d.Box 7, Folder 1
  • Papers
    • Papers - Drafts, 1935-1973Box 7, Folder 2
  • Publications
    • Publications - General, 1942-1978Box 7, Folder 3
    • The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815 - Research Notes, 1955, n.d.Box 7, Folder 4
    • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Draft Chps. 1, 2, & 6, n.d.Box 7, Folder 5
    • The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815 - Catalogues, 1962Box 7, Folder 6
    • Samuel Richardson: A Critical Anthology (unpublished) – Correspondence, 1967-1974Box 7, Folder 7
    • A Guide to Ezra Pound’s Cantos (VIII ) - Drafts, Research Notes, n.d.Box 7, Folder 8
    • Book Reviews, 1956-1972, n.d.Box 7, Folder 9
    • Reprints, 1941-1979Box 7, Folder 10
  • Additions, 1952-1990
      Conditions governing access:  Correspondence regarding recently retired faculty and staff is restricted through 2012 except by permission of the University Archivist. Student letters of recommendation, course exams, course papers and course records are restricted except by permission of the University Archivist. Separated Materials:  Fifteen inches of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded. One copy of Ad Hoc was added to the University Archives Serials Collection. Scope and Contents: The addition includes personal correspondence, and many drafts of published and unpublished works. Included are correspondence between Mayo and the publishing house Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd, documenting the publication process of Mayo’s critical anthology on Samuel Richardson, and correspondence between Mayo and other publishing houses, graduate students, and friends. The scholarly papers include an early draft of chapter five of Mayo’s published book The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815, an unpublished paper on Northanger Abbey, and different drafts of a book he abandoned in the fall of 1969, Jane Austen the Tory Artist. Also included are research notes for these books and papers. In addition, two inches of material were interfiled with the existing series, adding to correspondence regarding The Analyst, course descriptions, Mayo’s notices of salary and promotion, and general University correspondence. Further, folder five of box seven’s label was corrected to read “Jane Austen the Tory Artist – Draft Chapters 1, 2, 6,” and some of the previously processed correspondence between Mayo and Routledge was interfiled with the new Routledge folder in this addition.
    • Correspondence
      • Personal - Tsokan Huang, 1978-1989Box 7, Folder 11
      • Personal - Jouhannaud, 1952-1954Box 7, Folder 12
      • Personal - Willliam Kilbourne, 1963-1966Box 7, Folder 13
      • Personal - Sean O'Faolain, 1957-1958Box 7, Folder 14
      • Personal - Routledge & Kegan Paul, Ltd, 1973-1985Box 7, Folder 15
    • Published and Unpublished Works
      • Published and Unpublished Works - General, 1963, n.d.Box 8, Folder 1
      • The English Novel in the Magazines, 1740-1815 – Chapter 5 Draft, n.d.Box 8, Folder 2
      • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Later Draft, n.d.Box 8, Folder 3
      • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Early Draft, n.d.Box 8, Folder 4
      • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Appendix, n.d.Box 8, Folder 5
      • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Correspondence, 1969Box 8, Folder 6
      • Jane Austen: The Tory Artist – Footnotes, n.d.Box 8, Folder 7
      • “Mr. Tilney's Effusion of Fancy” - Drafts, n.d.Box 8, Folder 8
      • “Mr. Tilney's Effusion of Fancy” - Correspondence, 1974-1978Box 8, Folder 9
      • “Mr. Tilney's Effusion of Fancy” - Research Notes, n.d.Box 8, Folder 10
  • Additions, 1960-1985
      Separated Materials:  A few extraneous items were discarded. Scope and Contents: Approximately one-third cubic foot of additional materials, dating between 1960 and 1985 and consisting mostly of correspondence, was added to the series. Much of the correspondence, including letters to and from colleagues with whom Mayo was collaborating or to whom he was offering advice, has been interfiled in existing folders (mostly in General Correspondence, Box 1, folder 5). When correspondence with an individual exceeded a few exchanges, a new file was made and added to Box 8 (folders 11-15). New folders also contain undated research notes and correspondence relating to Mayo’s contribution to Samuel Richardson: Tercentenary Essays (eds. Margaret Doody and Peter Sabor, Cambridge University Press, 1989).
    • Samuel Richardson: Tercentenary Essays, 1986-1987Box 8, Folder 11
    • Research Notes: Jeffreys/Duncombe correspondence regarding Richardson, n.d.Box 8, Folder 12
    • Correspondence: Beasely, Jerry, 1978-1980Box 8, Folder 13
    • Correspondence: Forster, Antonia (MLA Conference), 1985, n.d.Box 8, Folder 14
    • Correspondence: James, E.A. (Mellon proposal), 1979Box 8, Folder 15