Norman B. Spector (1921-1986) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Norman B. Spector papers, filling eleven and one-half boxes, span the period 1956-1985 and include biographical materials; general and subject correspondence; materials concerning professional activities; drafts of lectures, published articles and reviews, and materials relating to translations; teaching files; and extensive files concerning Spector's work on LaFontaine's Fables.
The biographical material consists of vitas, clippings, medical records, and memorials. General correspondence includes folders of letters, some pertaining to faculty appointments, notes from students, and items to and from colleagues. Subject correspondence relates to Spector's dealings with Indiana University Press and with the Northwestern University Press' Medieval Texts Series. Four folders of recommendations written by Spector for students and colleagues are included as well.
The files concerning Spector's professional activities mainly document departmental administration, University curricular developments, and service on University committees as well as his membership in the Finnegan's Wake Club, a loose, social association of Northwestern faculty.
Among Spector's lectures, published reviews and translations is a translation into English of Eugene Ionesco's 1985 Eliot Award acceptance speech.
Spector's teaching files document his career at the University of Chicago, where he developed phonetics and historical linguistics courses; his graduate instruction at Yale; and his work at Northwestern. These files include material on doctoral students he advised as well as course records such as class and reading lists, course evaluations, reading and lecture notes, worksheets, examinations, and related items.
Numerous revisions of Spector's manuscript of the Fables are arranged in four boxes along with materials concerning the mechanics of literary production, e.g., the application for copyright, grant and aid requests, and the search for a publisher.
- Spector, Norman B. (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.
Language of Materials
Norman B. Spector was a professor of French at Northwestern University from 1968-1986. From 1968 to 1978, he served as chair of Northwestern's Department of French and Italian. The Norman B. Spector papers, filling eleven and one-half boxes, span the period 1956-1985 and include biographical materials; general and subject correspondence; materials concerning professional activities; drafts of lectures, published articles and reviews, and materials relating to translations; teaching files; and extensive files concerning Spector's work on LaFontaine's Fables.
The Norman B. Spector Papers are organized into the following series: General and Subject Correspondence; Professional Files; Teaching Files; and LaFontaine's Fables. General correspondence is arranged chronologically. Within subject categories all correspondence is arranged chronologically. Professional Files are arranged alphabetically by subject heading. With the exception of one folder of general graduate examinations and reading lists, the teaching files are arranged first according to institution. Teaching files pertaining to Spector's work at Northwestern are divided into graduate student records and course records. The latter are arranged, for the most part, sequentially by course number.
Method of Acquisition
The Norman B. Spector papers were donated to the University Archives by the Department of French and Italian on June 16, 1987 (Accession #87-160).
Approximately five linear feet of printed materials as well as five linear feet of duplicates have been discarded. One box containing the records of the Concora Lectures Committee has been separately accessioned (#87-177), as was one folder of the records of the University Library Committee, one folder of the records of the University Hearings and Appeals Board (#87-187), and one box of the records of the Human Relations Committee (#87-179). Seven reel to reel tapes of Spector's French tutorials have been removed to the University Archives, audio tape collection (Accession #87-204).
Abra E. Quinn; July, 1987.
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