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Records of Program in Comparative Literary Studies

Identifier: 11/3/42/2

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Scope and Contents

This collection documents the Program in Comparative Literary Studies (CLS) as well as its precursor, the Program of Comparative Literature and Theory (CLT). The records are arranged chronologically, beginning with the records of Comparative Literature and Theory. The bulk of the materials on the CLT program come from the Comparative Literature Council, a group of faculty from multiple Northwestern departments who together administrated the program and taught courses for it. The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences called for a special Ad Hoc Committee to be formed in 1990 to recommend changes to the CLT program, which resulted in the creation of the Program of Comparative Literary Studies.

The materials relating to the Program in Comparative Literary Studies document its courses, faculty, and policies. Included in this collection are the findings of a committee that updated the distribution requirement eligibility of CLS classes. The final section of materials in the collection are restricted administrative files.


  • 1976-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Folders 9-11 of this collection are restricted; consultation with University Archivist required prior to use.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored at a remote campus location 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.


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This collection documents the history of the Program in Comparative Literary Studies and earlier iterations of that Program as well as related committees and correspondence.


Records are arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was aggregated from the Northwestern University General Files regarding the Program of Comparative Literature and Theory as well as the Program in Comparative Literary Studies.

Processing Information

Emily Davidson, July 2014.

Guide to the Records of Program in Comparative Literary Studies
Emily Davidson
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Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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