The William T. Starr Papers, comprising eight boxes, include biographical material, correspondence, social activism files, material relating to professional organizations, teaching files, and publications. Some material is in French.
The biographical material includes curricula vitae and several partial bibliographies. The general correspondence, some of which is in French, pertains to Starr's work on Romain Rolland and other French authors. A typed letter (February 20, 1953) signed by Georges Duhamel, acknowledges receipt of a copy of the college text edition of Duhamel's La Nuit d'Orage edited and with an introduction by Starr. Letters concerning Starr's rank and salary form the major portion of the correspondence. Recommendations for students and colleagues, and memos concerning applicants for faculty positions are also included.
Correspondence with Vice President and Dean of Faculties Payson Wild pertains to Starr's role in a 1970 Peace Commencement at Northwestern.
The five folders of social activism files include notes relating to a variety of protest meetings held during the 1960s involving faculty members and students; announcements; lists of workers; and other items related to various protests and to the “New University” organization. The professional organization files document three of Starr's major professional involvements: his service as president of the Chicago Chapter, American Association of Teachers of French; as secretary, editor, and chairman of the French VI group, Modern Languages Association; and as chairman, bibliography committee, and editor of the French VII group. Some of this correspondence is in French. A copy of “Women of the Renaissance”, a speech delivered by Starr at Rockford College in 1963, is also included.
The teaching files, comprising nearly five boxes, consist primarily of course schedules, reading lists, problem sets, reading and lecture notes, and exam sheets. Some of the lecture notes may date from Starr's undergraduate career. Boxes 6 and 7 contain two bibliographies, one on French literature and criticism (3x5 cards), the other on Italian literature and criticism (4x6 cards). The publications include reprints of articles by Starr, several book reviews by him, and several published reviews of Starr's books.