Northwestern

Bacon, Wallace (1914-2001) Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
20/22

Dates

  • 1929-1980 (Creation)

Extents

  • 25.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The Wallace Bacon Papers comprising 25 boxes are arranged in eight main subseries: biographical material, educational material, correspondence, Philippines trips, class material, research material, addresses, and writings. The Biographical material includes several curricula vitae, personal items relative to Bacon's education, career, and war service, and three short diaries. A partial list of Bacon's publications also is filed here. The Educational material consists primarily of notes from lectures and readings and a few class papers primarily from Bacon's graduate student days at Michigan. The General Correspondence deals mainly with Bacon's publications, readings, and addresses, his work with organizations, and some personal matters. Correspondence arranged in subject folders related to Bacon's committee work at Northwestern and with several scholarly organizations. Of special interest are the correspondence and related material emanating from Bacon's duties as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, his consultation work for the University of Washington, and with Charlton Heston concerning Heston's direction of the movie, “Antony and Cleopatra.” The Philippines material includes correspondence, much it with Consuelo V. Fonacier, head of the Discipline of Speech and Drama, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines (who is one of Bacon's former students).

  • Scope and Contents

    The Wallace Bacon Papers comprising 25 boxes are arranged in eight main subseries: biographical material, educational material, correspondence, Philippines trips, class material, research material, addresses, and writings.

    The Biographical material includes several curricula vitae, personal items relative to Bacon's education, career, and war service, and three short diaries. A partial list of Bacon's publications also is filed here.

    The Educational material consists primarily of notes from lectures and readings and a few class papers primarily from Bacon's graduate student days at Michigan.

    The General Correspondence deals mainly with Bacon's publications, readings, and addresses, his work with organizations, and some personal matters. Correspondence arranged in subject folders related to Bacon's committee work at Northwestern and with several scholarly organizations. Of special interest are the correspondence and related material emanating from Bacon's duties as an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech, his consultation work for the University of Washington, and with Charlton Heston concerning Heston's direction of the movie, “Antony and Cleopatra.”

    The Philippines material includes correspondence, much it with Consuelo V. Fonacier, head of the Discipline of Speech and Drama, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the Philippines (who is one of Bacon's former students), relating to the field of interpretation. Bacon's letters to colleagues in the United States provide full and colorful descriptions of his travels, work, and experiences.

    The class material consists primarily of lecture notes, a few papers and examination books, and reading lists. Grade books are also included.

    The research material consists primarily of notes, with some correspondence.

    The addresses are in the form of drafts and presentation copies.

    Bacon's writings include drafts and revisions of books, articles, poems, and short stories. There is some related correspondence, but most is filed with the general and subject correspondence.

    Two oversize items are filed separately: A scrapbook containing material relating to the war against Japan, and a folder containing posters for recitals, menus and other items relating to “Alice B. Toklas” dinners (1955, 1959) arranged by Bacon in Pasadena, California.

  • Arrangement Note

    Arrangement within the subseries is chronological where possible.

  • Method of Acquisition

    These materials were donated to the University Archives by Professor Bacon on February 2, June 12, July 17, 1979 and January 7, February 14, 1980 as Accessions #79-13, #79-98, #79-124, #80-4, and #80-32.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The following folders are restricted, and require the permission of the Archivist for access: Box 10, folders 2-7, and Box 10, folder 11.

  • Separated Materials

    Five boxes of material pertaining to the administration of the Department of Interpretation were separated as Accession #81-35 and twenty boxes of material pertaining to the Speech Communications Association, in which Bacon was an active member and President (1977), were separated as Accession #81-36.

    One folder of Speech faculty member Charlotte Lee's correspondence was separated as Accession # 80-175.

    One folder on the search for a new University Librarian was separated and incorporated into Accession # 74-117.

    Numerous playbills and posters were transferred to Special Collections. In addition four books (For Every Tear a Victory, At the Helm of the Nation, Today's Revolution: Democracy, and Hamon Sa Kagitinga), three autographed by Ferdinand Marcos, were transferred to Special Collections.

    One Gaylord oversize folder concerning Alice B. Toklas dinners and one large scrapbook on Japan during and after World War II were separated and shelved with oversize materials.

    A quantity of photographs were separated and placed in Bacon's biographical photograph file.

    Twenty five reel to reel audio-tapes were separated and shelved in the audiotape collection (see AT #'s 6-29, 48). Four audiocassettes were separated and shelved with the audiocassette collection (see AC #'s 29, 30, 31, 33).

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    William K. Beatty, November, 1981 - May 1982.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    Index to Prominrnt Correspondents

    (Letters are filed in the general correspondence folders) ;

        Anderson, Maxwell, See: Box 23, Folder 14.  Cornell, Katherine, See: Box 23, Folder 14.  Dirksen, Everett McKinley, February 25, 1964.  Douglas, Paul H.,  March 18, 1964.  Evans, Maurice, See: Box 23, Folder 14.  Glasgow, Ellen, May 20, 1941.  Hayes, Helen, August 31, 1935.  Heston, Charlton, See: Box 9, Folder 4.  Isherwood, Christopher July 25, 1955.  Marcos, Ferdinand E., May 3,1965.  Porter, Katherine Anne, See: Box 9, Folder 11.  Romulo, Carlos P.,  See: Box 11, Folder 5. Rumsfeld, Donald,  February 21,1964.  Wilder, Thornton, November 5, 1949.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

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