Northwestern

Moody E. Prior (1901-1996) Papers Edit

Summary

Identifier
11/3/11/30

Dates

  • 1924-1996 (Creation)

Extents

  • 6.00 Boxes (Whole)

Names

Subjects

Notes

  • Abstract

    The Moody E. Prior Papers fill six boxes and span the years 1924 through 1996. The bulk of the material in the series dates between 1946 and 1975. Included are biographical materials and clippings; general and subject correspondence; a number of Prior's speech texts, his Master's thesis, unpublished writings, commentaries, eulogies, notes, awards, and publication reprints. Most of the publications by Prior included in the collection relate to Shakespeare and other British literature, however there is an article on the character of Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin that shows an interest in American literature.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Moody E. Prior Papers fill six boxes and span the years 1924 through 1996. The bulk of the material in the series dates between 1946 and 1975. Included are biographical materials and clippings; general and subject correspondence; a number of Prior's speech texts, his Master's thesis, unpublished writings, commentaries, eulogies, notes, awards, and publication reprints.

    Biographical materials include personal data, passports, the Priors' marriage certificate, the PhD diploma granted by the University of Chicago, obituaries, documents relating to real estate transactions, press releases, and clippings.

    Prior's correspondence dates between 1934 and the year of his death. Files are extensive collections of letters written by Moody Prior and his friends and colleagues. One folder contains photocopies of correspondence with Prior's friends Frederick and Frances (Webb) Leishman; these copies were given to Carlene Prior in 1997. Frances Webb Leishman was a 1942 graduate of Northwestern's College of Liberal Arts.

    The subject files, which are arranged alphabetically, provide a glimpse of the scope and substance of Prior's scholarly work. Most of the publications by Prior included in the collection relate to Shakespeare and other British literature, however there is an article on the character of Uncle Tom from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin that shows an interest in American literature. Other folders provide a look at Prior's more personal side, such as the drawings, music and miscellaneous folder, which contains skits, jokes and puzzles among other items. The transcripts of radio addresses that Prior delivered on WFMT are included here, as are speeches, commentaries and eulogies by Prior. Where possible, items are arranged chronologically within the folders.

    Two index card file boxes hold notes that Prior may have taken as part of his scholarly research, or as preparation for lectures. Subjects include European history, political history, literature, Shakespeare, and Uncle Tom's Cabin.

    An over size folder contains awards given to Prior by the Northwestern University Alumni Association.

  • Method of Acquisition

    The Moody Prior Papers is comprised of five accessions: #83-138, #89-148, #96-225, #97-37, and #03-98, donated to the University Archives by Moody and Carlene Prior. Materials from the University Archives' Faculty Biographical Files have been incorporated into the Papers.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

  • Separated Materials

    Prior's doctoral hood and the Alumni Medal awarded to Prior by the Northwestern University Alumni Association in 1968 were separated from the collection in 2003 and added to the Archives' Artifacts Collection.

  • Related Materials

    unspecified

  • Processing Information

    Patricia Sione and Kevin B. Leonard; November, 1996 and February, 1997. Leishman letters processed by Kevin B. Leonard; April 1997. Additional material incorporated and finding-aid revised by Sarah Rose; August 2003.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    unspecified

Components