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Harriet Gilliam (1944-1993) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/11/35

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The Harriet Gilliam Papers fill twenty-seven boxes and span the years from 1962 through 1993. They are organized into six main categories: biographical material, correspondence, files relating to Carlo Maria Giulini, educational files, teaching and research files, and writings.

There is one folder of biographical material. The folder includes applications for grants, awards, and employment; several curriculum vitae; obituaries; and newspaper clippings.

Gilliam's correspondence files are slender in volume, less than one box.

Gilliam had a lengthy interest in the musician and conductor Carlo Maria Giulini. The files related to him include correspondence between the two (mostly from Gilliam) and the manuscript of a novel, Symphonic Metamorphoses, she wrote about him. The novel contains much of the history of her interest in Giulini as Gilliam intended to blend fiction and non-fiction.

The education section fills approximately six boxes and consists largely of undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate notes and papers. Included with Gilliam's files from graduate study is a copy of her dissertation, “The Novel as Fictive History: Conrad's Under Western Eyes.” Gilliam attended as a student or observer a variety of courses at Northwestern while she taught at the University. Materials from these courses, in addition to one folder of notes from her study at the C.G. Jung Institute, constitute her post-graduate education files.

The teaching and research files, filling approximately fourteen boxes, are divided into two main sub-sections: files on courses she taught and notes. Gilliam's teaching files relating to specific courses generally include class rosters, student grade records, notes, quiz and examination questions, and examples of student work. In addition to records from the courses Gilliam taught at Northwestern, there are six folders of material pertaining to courses she taught at the University of California, Riverside and at Yale University. A small volume of material documenting Gilliam's work as an academic advisor supplements her Northwestern teaching files. Research files on both general and specific topics are voluminous and usually undated. It is quite possible that much of the material within these files dates back Gilliam's graduate study at Yale. General notes appear first and are followed by notes arranged into folders pertaining to specific authors, works, and topics in literature. Included as well are a few files relating to Gilliam's fellowship and grant applications.

The last section, writings, includes Gilliam's published and unpublished work. The pieces which were published are distinguishable from those that were not by the inclusion of bibliographic references found in the container list which follows. Most of Gilliam's written work was never published, including two book-length works, a novel and a literary critique.

Dates

  • 1962-1993

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

27.00 Boxes

Abstract

Harriet Sue Gilliam was an Assistant and later Associate Professor of English at Northwestern University from 1971 until her death in 1993. The Harriet Gilliam Papers fill twenty-seven boxes and span the years from 1962 through 1993. They are organized into six main categories: biographical material, correspondence, files relating to Carlo Maria Giulini, educational files, teaching and research files, and writings.

Arrangement Note

The Harriet Gilliam Papers are organized into six main categories: biographical material, correspondence, files relating to Carlo Maria Giulini, educational files, teaching and research files, and writings. Most of the correspondence is arranged into folders by subject (recommendations, tenure, etc.) with general correspondence arranged chronologically. The files related to Carlo Maria Giulini include correspondence (arranged chronologically) and manuscript drafts of a novel, Symphonic Metamorphoses. The education files are arranged chronologically by year. Accordingly, undergraduate files appear first, graduate second, and post-graduate files last. Thereafter the files are arranged by course number or topic when possible. Gilliam's notebooks often include her notes from multiple courses. This has precluded a consistent arrangement of discrete and related material into folders by course number, title or topic. The teaching and research files are divided into two main sub-sections: files on courses she taught, here arranged by course number, and notes organized alphabetically by theme. The research files are arranged alphabetically by folder heading. Gilliam's published and unpublished work is organized alphabetically by title.

Method of Acquisition

The Harriet Gilliam Papers were transferred to the Northwestern University Archives in 1993, 1994, and 1996 (Accession Numbers 93-91, 94-104, 96-218).

Separated Materials

Approximately six linear feet of duplicative and extraneous material has been discarded.

Processing Information

Connor Murphy; July 29, 2005.
Title
Guide to the Harriet Gilliam (1944-1993) Papers
Author
Connor Murphy
Date
05/07/2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
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