Guide to the J. Horace Nunemaker Papers 1929-1954
Cage 499

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Nunemaker, J. Horace
J. Horace Nunemaker Papers
Cage 499
Date [inclusive]
1935.0 items.
General Physical Description note
2 linear feet of shelf space.
Correspondence, bibliographies, printed materials and other papers about Nunemaker, his scholary efforts, and his efforts to acquire Hispanic American research materials for the Washington State University library.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 499, J. Horace Nunemaker Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

J. Horace Nunemaker was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on December 4, 1897. He received his A.B. from Colgate University in 1920. Between 1920 and 1921 Nunemaker served as an instructor in French and Spanish at Cazenovia Seminary. In 1921, he accepted an appointment as an associate professor of modern languages at Denison College. It was from Denison that he received his M.A. in 1922. He remained there until 1926 when he went to the University of Wisconsin to teach Spanish. He earned his Ph.D. in 1928 while at the University of Wisconsin. That same year he came to Washington State University (then College) as professor of foreign languages and chairman of the department. At the time of his death he was serving as Chairman of the Division of Humanities. Professor Nunemaker was an active collector of materials for the library relating to Hispanic-American civilization. In his honor, the Board of Regents established the J. Horace Nunemaker Hispanic-American Collection within the library. As a scholar with a reputation in old Spanish literature and Spanish-American cultural history, Professor Nunemaker published over fifty articles, reviews, and textbooks. He died on June 24, 1949.

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Scope and Contents note

The papers of J. Horace Nunemaker cover the period from 1929 to 1954, with the bulk dating between the years 1944 and 1948. These papers are a composite of two collections. The Nunemaker papers are composed of correspondence, bound and unbound booklists, requisitions, reprints, and eulogies.

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Arrangement note

Previously arranged in single sequences, the combined papers are now in four series: Memorial and Tributes, Reprints of Some of Nunemaker's Articles, Lists of Purchases and Books, and Book Purchasing. The memorial and tribute material was removed from among the unbound material on library purchases to give clearer significance to the parts of this collection, and the book purchasing material from the two original collections was merged.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1984
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Papers of J. Horace Nunemaker have been consolidated from two sources: (1) an original acquisition by the Washington State University Libraries (WSU 80) and (2) correspondence of Nunemaker previously stored with the Regla Collection (MS 79-45).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Washington State University--Faculty -- Archives
  • Washington State University. Library

Geographic Name(s)

  • Latin America--Library resources--Washington (State) --Pullman

Personal Name(s)

  • Nunemaker, John Horace, 1897-1949 --Archives


  • Colleges and Universities
  • International Relations
  • Washington (State)

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General note

J. Horace Nunemaker

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Memorial and Tributes 1949-1954 

Box Folder

Memorial Service June 28, 1949   1.0 item.

1 1

Tributes 1949   1.0 item.

1 2

Nunemaker Scholarship 1954   1.0 item.

1 3

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Series II: Reprints of Some of Nunemaker's Articles 1929-1946 

Box Folder

Articles 1929-1946   43.0 items.

1 4-7

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Series III: Lists of Purchases and Books 1939-1944 

Box Folder

Library Purchases in Spain in 1939, 1939   1.0 item.

2 8

List of Books and Manuscripts Purchased in Spain, Summer 1939 1939   1.0 item.

2 9

Library Purchases in Mexico in 1941 in History, Biography, Religion and Mining, 1941   1.0 item.

2 10

Library Purchases in Mexico in 1941-1942, 1942   1.0 item.

2 11

Library Purchases in Mexico in 1943-1944, 1944   1.0 item.

2 12

Some Hispanic-American Books in the Library of the State College of Washington, 1943   1.0 item.

2 13

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Series IV: Book Purchasing 1939-1949 

Box Folder

Budget Allocation 1948   2.0 items.

2 14


Box Folder

 1939-1940   35.0 items.

2 15-16


Box Folder

A-B   69 items.

2 17

C-D   107

3 18

E-F   33 items.

3 19

G-H   81 items.

3 20

I-K   67 items.

3 21

L   102

3 22-23

M   35 items.

3 24

N-P   72 items.

3 25

Q-R   15 items.

3 26

Rico   15 items.

3 27

Rivers   1 item.

3 28

Robledo   50 items.

3 29

Robledo   48 items.

4 30

S   82 items.

4 31-32

T-V   35 items.

4 33

W   16 items.

4 34
Box Folder

Correspondence of E.O. Holland with Nunemaker [carbon of letter from Holland to Nunemaker] 1945   1.0 item.

4 35

Financial Statements 1947-1949   14.0 items.

4 36

Requisitions 1940-1947   384.0 items.

4 37-43

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