Guide to the Frank McConnell Towne Papers 1938-1978
Cage 399

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Towne, Frank McConnell
Title
Frank McConnell Towne Papers
ID
Cage 399
Date [inclusive]
1938-1978
Extent
6200.0 items.
General Physical Description note
3 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, drafts, class and research notes, and other papers concerning teaching, research, and departmental administration.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 399, Frank McConnell Towne Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Frank McConnell Towne was born on January 8, 1913, at Fullerton, California. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1935, his M.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1941, and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1949, Aside from a stint in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1945, Dr. Towne has principally taught English and Humanities at various colleges and universities at home and abroad. From 1936 to 1940 he was an instructor at Athens College, Alabama, and from 1940 to 1941 he was a Teaching Assistant at the University of California at Los Angeles, returning here as an instructor in the extension division from 1946 to 1947. Dr. Towne was a Professor in the Department of English at Washington State University from 1947 to 1978, serving as chairman from 1960 to 1970; during that time he was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia University, New York, 1953-1954, and a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Salonika, Greece, 1957-1958, and at the University of Athens, Greece, 1958-1959. His major teaching interests have been the History of Literary Criticism and the Humanities, He retired as Professor Emeritus from the Department of English in June 1978.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of Frank McConnell Towne consist of four series: Teaching Materials, Subject File, Departmental Material, and Dissertation Notes.

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Arrangement note

The Teaching Materials are arranged alphabetically by discipline (e.g., English, French, etc.) and numerically by class number; they date from 1946 to 1978 and consist of class notes, syllabi, copies of exams, assignments, clippings, some correspondence, and a few term papers.

The alphabetically arranged Subject File dates from 1938 to 1978, although most of the material is subsequent to 1952; it consists of reprints of articles, rough drafts of articles and speeches, manuscripts, addresses, bibliographies, reviews, dittoes, lectures, memos, letters, copies of exams, typewritten quotations, and some clippings.

The Departmental Material dates from 1950 to 1978 and contains his records as a member of the English faculty at Washington State University; alphabetically arranged, it consists of minutes, meeting agendas, memos, program proposals, program reviews, correspondence, conference material, flyers, addresses, reports, typescripts, manuscripts, and copies of exams, as well as some clippings-, dittoes, and reprints.

The undated Dissertation Notes consist of a bundle of papers (notes, references, bibliographies, rough drafts, lists, typewritten copies of poems, some correspondence, quotes, summaries of books and articles, and some manuscript pages) concerning Dr. Towne's dissertation which was entitled Active Life and Contemplative Life: A Study of Patterns for Living in Medieval England (UCLA, 1949). The notes are subdivided within the bundle by alphabetically listed general subject headings within which references are also alphabetically arranged; material other than the specific references of bibliographies are inserted randomly without any apparent system.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1979

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Frank McConnell Towne Papers were donated to the Washington State University Libraries in June 1978 by Dr. Towne (78-26).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives.
  • Washington State University. Dept. of English.

Personal Name(s)

  • Towne, Frank McConnell, 1913- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Colleges and Universities
  • English literature -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Washington (State) -- Pullman
  • Literature

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Teaching Material 1946-1978 

Box Folder

English 1A: Composition (UCLA) 1948   1

1 1

English 1B: Composition (UCLA) 1948   19

1 2

English 8: Introduction to Literature 1948-1953   105

1 3

English 101: Composition 1950-1960   34

1 4

English 101: Honors Composition 1956-1957   15

1 5

English 102: Composition 1948-1960   50

1 6

English 108: Introduction to Literature 1955-1973   15

1 7

English 109: Old English & Medieval Literature 1948-1951   22

1 8

English 119: Word Derivation 1948-1949   8

1 9

English 198: Honors Composition 1961-1964   38

1 10

English 199: Composition & Literature Honors 1968-1976   49

1 11

English 225: Advanced Composition 1964   25

1 12

English 304: Shakespeare 1949-1961   88

1 13

English 308: Literary Criticism 1965-1970   77

1 14

English 401: Advanced Composition 1965-1972   44

1 15

English 407: Early Drama 1948-1957   130

1 16

English 410: English- Drama 1977   4

1 17

English 433: Renaissance Literature 1951-1956   120

1 18

English 436: Age of Johnson undated   12

1 19

English 445: Greek & Roman Masterpieces 1963-1964   67

1 20

English 446: European Literature 1956-1967   80

1 21

English 537: The Poetic Mind and Its Modes 1963   7

1 22

English 537: Modes of Poetry 1963   34

1 23

English 551: Madness in Literature 1970-1971   4

1 24

English 547: Literary Criticism 1960-1978   250

1 25

English 548: Critical Writing 1976-1977   4

1 26

English 548: Literary Criticism (Novel) 1962-1976   110

1 27

English 548: Critical Approaches to Poetry 1967   25

1 28

English 548: The Fictive 1974-1975   120

1 29

English 548: Critical Approaches to Drama 1968   25

1 30

English 561: Seminar in Comedy 1974-1975   35

1 31

English 591: Philosophical Poetry 1946-1971   70

1 32

French 451: Twentieth-Century Literature 1966-1968   60

1 33

Humanities Al: Introduction (Columbia) 1952-1955   35

1 34

Humanities 101: Introduction 1952-1967   250

1 35

Humanities 102: Introduction (Spokane) 1952   25

1 36

Humanities 345: General (Central Washington State College) 1963   80

1 37

University Honors 330: Western Civilization 1971-1977   70

1 38

University Honors 350: Eastern Civilization 1953-1971   200

1 39

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Series 2: Subject File 1938-1978 

Box Folder

American Literature (University of Athens) 1958-1959   33

1 40

Bhagavad-Gita undated   7

1 41

Chandler, Raymond undated   4

1 42

Duras, Marguerite 1969-1976   120

1 43

Edison, E.R. undated   4

1 44

Literary Criticism 1938-1972   45

1 45

Literature, General (Greece) 1957-1959   45

1 46

Methods of Literary Study 1952   30

1 47

Nineteen-Twenties undated   2

2 48

Novel, The 1969-1972   150

2 49

Poetry as Philosophic Context undated   36

2 50

Reprint 1950   1

2 51

Ricardou: "L'Or du Scarabee 1976   10

2 52

Shakespeare undated   50

2 53

Woolf, Virginia, The Waves undated   30

2 54

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Series 3: Departmental Meterial 1950-1978 

Box Folder

American Studies Program 1970-1978   80

2 55

AAUP 1973   1

2 56

Association of Departments of English 1968   30

2 57

Calendar 1970   2

2 58

Central Washington State College Correspondence 1963-1964   23

2 59

Classics Program 1977   12

2 60

Committee for the Arts & Humanities of the Graduate School 1967-1969   31

2 61

Committees 1969-1973   13

2 62

Course Offerings: Undergraduate & Humanities 1975-1976   5

2 63

Curriculum Advisory Program 1960-1963   20

2 64

Doctor of Arts Degree 1970   2

2 65

Educational Policies Committee 1961-1972   15

2 66

Educational Policy & Theory 1967   3

2 67

English Department: Miscellaneous 1960-1973   200

2 68

English Major: Advising 1970   6

2 69

English Major: Program 1966-1967   2

2 70

ESQ 1971-1972   6

2 71

Faculty Forum undated   4

2 72

Foreign Language Exam 1963-1971   25

2 73

Grading Practices Committee 1972   8

2 74

Graduate Faculty 1950-1965   2

2 75

Graduate Faculty Business 1958-1975   30

2 76

Graduate Faculty Meetings 1970-1974   26

2 77

Graduate Program 1963-1975   70

2 78

Graduate School Announcements 1973   4

2 79

Graduate Studies Bulletin 1969-1974   15

2 80

Graduate Studies Committee 1971-1978   360

2 81-83

Honors Program 1960-1970   30

2 84

Honors: Summer Reading 1972-1977   40

2 85

Humanistic Studies, Center of 1965-1966   30

2 86

Humanistic Studies, Council of 1966-1968   25

2 87

Humanities Program 1961-1966   10

2 88

Library 1966-1973   11

2 89

Library Advisory Committee 1963-1973   25

2 90

Literary Studies Program 1963-1978   100

2 91

M.A. Exams 1970-1974   6

2 92

M.A. Review Committee 1977-1978   5

2 93

Meetings 1971-1977   40

2 94

Ph.D. Exams 1970-1972   60

3 95

Ph.D. in English 1961-1970   80

3 96

Phi Beta Kappa 1961-1970   11

3 97

Promotion & Tenure Criteria 1974-1975   30

3 98

Public Schools Relations Committee 1971   2

3 99

Research, College Committee on 1956-1970   20

3 100

Resident Instructional Staff 1975   2

3 101

Sciences & Arts 1971-1976   4

3 102

South Asian Language & Literature Program 1970   2

3 103

Ten-Year Planning Suggestions 1966-1975   14

3 104

University Faculty Meetings 1969-1975   21

3 105

University Publications Subcommittee 1972-1973   6

3 106

Washington Commission for the Humanities 1973-1975   15

3 107

WSU Senate 1972   1

3 108

Writing Courses Committee 1972-1976   75

3 109

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Series 4: Dissertation Notes ca 1946-1949 

Box Folder

Dissertation Notes undated   1,700

3 110

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