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Subject Files

Identifier: Series 6

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Frederic E. Faverty Papers are arranged in nineteen and one-half boxes and one oversize package. They span the period 1920-1982. The Papers are organized into eight subseries: biographical materials, general correspondence, Harvard University materials, Northwestern University materials, teaching materials and lecture notes, graduate student records, subject files, and publications files.

Biographical materials date between 1920 and 1981 and are arranged in three folders. These materials include clippings, vitae, and related items generally pertaining to Faverty's travel, research, academic appointments, lectures and addresses, and publications.

The general correspondence fills nearly two boxes. It is largely incoming correspondence, and mainly concerns the academic and research interests of Faverty and his close professional colleagues. Requests by colleagues and students for recommendations also may be found within the general correspondence along with scattered correspondence of a social nature.

Harvard University materials, arranged in nine folders, include mainly course notes, examinations, and research papers dating from Faverty's graduate study during the period 1926-1930. A draft of his doctoral dissertation is included in these materials.

The Northwestern University materials fill about one-half box and document Faverty's academic appointments as well as some of his administrative responsibilities within both the English department and the university as a whole. Two folders of recommendations, written for Northwestern students and colleagues, are included.

Comprising nearly three boxes, the teaching materials and lecture notes span the length of Faverty's teaching career. Included are syllabi, bibliographies, lecture notes and outlines, examinations, and related materials mainly from Faverty's undergraduate and graduate English courses at Northwestern. A small amount of materials from his courses at Western Reserve University are foldered together in front of the Northwestern records. Three folders and one oversize volume of grade records date from 1930 through 1971. Miscellaneous and undated research and lecture notes on a number of topics are filed at the end of this subseries.

Graduate student records largely date from the mid-1960s and early 1970s, fill about one and one-half boxes, and include correspondence and related materials pertaining to graduate coursework and student admission to degree candidacy, dissertation prospectuses, examinations, placement materials, and recommendations for Faverty's graduate advisees. Materials on individual students are foldered together and folders are arranged alphabetically according to student surname. A small amount of general administrative materials are foldered at the front of the student files.

Subject files are arranged alphabetically by topical headings in over two boxes. These files concern Faverty's research and professional work, organizational memberships and service, and related scholarly activities.

The publications files form the largest component of the Papers, filling more than eight boxes. These files date from the late 1920s through the early 1970s although much of the material found here is undated. Included are research notes, correspondence, and drafts of Faverty's major works: "Joseph and Potiphar's Wife," Matthew Arnold the Ethnologist, The Victorian Poets, A Guide to Research, the "Our Literary Heritage" series, and the book, Your Literary Heritage. Journal and encyclopedia articles, brief publications, and related materials are arranged alphabetically by title or topic heading following the major works. Finally, book reviews in both published and draft form are arranged in alphabetical order according to surname of author or title of subject reviewed.

Two additions to the series are included as well: correspondence and reports dating from 1944-1956 and letters and cards of sympathy sent to Mrs. Margaret Faverty following her husband's death.

Addition, Box 20 The addition, which comprises one folder, dates from the years 1944-1956, and includes correspondence and reports relating to the Northwestern University Department of English.

Addition, Box 20 The second addition, which comprises two folders dating from the year 1981, includes letters and cards to Mrs. Margaret Faverty expressing sympathy on the death of her husband.

Calendar of Prominent Correspondents (Box 3, Folder 3a)

1. Stephen Spender: Spender declines, with thanks, Faverty’s invitation to join the staff of the Northwestern University English department.

2. W.H. Auden: Auden declines invitation to serve on Northwestern teaching staff during the winter quarter (of 1948?)

3. W.H. Auden: Auden thanks Faverty for broaching the possibility of teaching during a term other than the winter quarter, but declines.

4. Frank O’Conner: O’Conner accepts invitation to teach at Northwestern and discusses arrangements for teaching course on short stories.

5. Frank O’Conner: Concerns housing accommodations and teaching duties for O’Conner at Northwestern

6. Sean O’Casey: O’Casey writes to Frederic Babcock, of the Chicago Sunday Tribune Book Section, concerning Faverty’s favorable review of his Sunset and Evening Star

7. Ruth Stephan: Concerning the writing of Marguerite Young, and thanking Faverty for his favorable reception of Stephan’s “The Flight”

8. Anais Nin: Nin offers to donate a copy of Marguerite Young’s Miss MacIntosh My Darling to the Northwestern University Library.


  • 1920-1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.


From the Collection: 20.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Library Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US