Richard Wendorf (1948- ) Papers
Scope and Contents
The Richard Wendorf Papers fill nineteen boxes and span the period 1965-1986. The papers are composed of eight categories: biographical materials, education files, correspondence, teaching files, administrative files, professional organizations files, papers presented before professional organizations, and publications.
The small amount of biographical material contains curricula vitae, bibliographies, Wendorf's B. Phil. certificate from the University of Oxford, and a small amount of medical information.
The education files are arranged according to each degree received by Wendorf: a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Philosophy, a Master of Arts, and a Doctor of Philosophy. The bulk of the files contain lecture and reading notes, and student papers from the courses attended by Wendorf. The Doctor of Philosophy section includes a typescript of Wendorf's dissertation.
The correspondence section consists of two parts: general correspondence arranged in folders chronologically by year (1975-1986), and subject correspondence arranged alphabetically by folder title. Wendorf's frequent correspondence with many individuals and organizations can be found in the subject category. All correspondence primarily concerns Wendorf's teaching and writing activities.
The teaching files illustrate Wendorf's interdisciplinary interests. The files include lecture notes, correspondence, student papers, and related materials for courses in Art History, English, General Studies, and the Humanities. The majority of these files document courses Wendorf taught at Northwestern. However, a few files exist from courses he taught at Princeton and Williams College.
The administrative files contain primarily memoranda relating to various committees Wendorf served in the English department and the College of Arts and Sciences.
The professional organizations files include planning materials for regional and national meetings, especially the 1986 meeting of the Midwest Region of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, which was held at Northwestern. Also of interest are eight folders of correspondence and essays for the annual contests sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Chicago Area.
The papers presented before professional organizations files contain correspondence, notes, and drafts. They are arranged alphabetically according to the title of the organization to whom Wendorf presented his paper.
The publications section is the largest with ten boxes and is arranged into two parts relating to books and articles.
Each part is further arranged alphabetically according to the publication's title. Correspondence, notes, and drafts for Wendorf's four books and numerous articles are found in this section.
- Wendorf, Richard (Person)
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Language of Materials
Richard Wendorf was a professor of English and of Art History at Northwestern University and served the College of Arts and Sciences as associate dean from 1984-1987. His primary research interests involved the eighteenth century poet William Collins and the relationship between biography and portrait painting. The Richard Wendorf Papers are composed of eight categories: biographical materials, education files, correspondence, teaching files, administrative files, professional organizations files, papers presented before professional organizations, and publications.
The biographical material is arranged alphabetically by topic or form. The education files are arranged by degree, then by course number or topic. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by year, with subject correspondence arranged alphabetically by topic. Both the teaching and administrative files are arranged alphabetically by course. Both the professional organizations and the papers presented before professional organizations files are arranged alphabetically by organization, then chronologically. The publications separate books from articles, and within each are arranged alphabetically.
Method of Acquisition
The Richard Wendorf Papers were donated to the University Archives by Richard Wendorf on August 7, 1989 (Accession #89-140).
One box of material was donated to the Latin School of Chicago and 2.5 boxes were transferred to the Archives holdings of the Records of the Task Force on the Undergraduate Experience. Approximately eighteen linear inches of material were transferred to other Archives files. Ten inches of duplicate material and seventeen inches of extraneous material were discarded.
William K. Beatty, 14 March 1991.
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