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Academic Departments. English Department Records

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The WFU English Department offers a variety of courses and programs of study, including a major, multiple minors, and a masters program. These records document the history and operations of the department, including memoranda, policies, and regulations, also included are a small amount of the teaching materials of Dr. Dolly McPherson, professor (1974-2001) and the first African-American woman to be a full-time faculty member at the University.

Biographical and Historical Note

The English Department at Wake Forest University offers a variety of courses and programs of study using literature to research and think about cultural and philosophical matters. The department offers a major, minors in English, writing, medieval studies, journalism, and creative writing. A masters program is also offered. The department sponsors a diverse range of speakers and events each semester.

Collection Overview

The records in this collection document the operations and history of the English Department at Wake Forest University. Materials in this collection include departmental regulations, policies, and staff and faculty memorandums. Also included are a small amount of the teaching materials belonging to Dolly McPherson, a professor in the department from 1974 to 2001. McPherson was the first African-American woman to be a full-time faculty member at Wake Forest University.

Collection Inventory

  • Office Files: General
    • Accession Records for books and filmstrips received by the Curriculum Laboratory (1966-1970) Box 1 Folder 1
    • Advanced Placement Exams (1976-1988) Box 1 Folder 2
    • Budget (1975-1989) Box 1 Folder 3
    • College Catalog changes (1984-1987) Box 1 Folder 4
    • Cooperative Majors Program (1975-1980) Box 1 Folder 5
    • Correspondence (1983-1990) Box 1 Folder 6
    • Course Assignment information (1971-1989) Box 1 Folder 7
    • Credit Requests (1987-1988, undated) Box 1 Folder 8
    • Credit Requests (1989-1990) Box 1 Folder 9
    • Department Executive Committee (1973, 1975-87) Box 1 Folder 10
    • Department and Grade Analysis (Spring 1988) Box 1 Folder 11
    • Department Honors Program (1986, undated) Box 1 Folder 12
    • Department Meetings and Notices
      •  (1973-1974) Box 1 Folder 13
      •  (1974-1975) Box 1 Folder 14
      •  (1975-1976) Box 1 Folder 15
      •  (1976-1977) Box 1 Folder 16
      •  (1977-1978) Box 1 Folder 17
      •  (1978-1979) Box 1 Folder 18
      •  (1979-1980) Box 1 Folder 18
      •  (1980-1981) Box 1 Folder 20
      •  (1981-1982) Box 1 Folder 21
      •  (1982-1983) Box 1 Folder 22
      •  (1983-1984) Box 1 Folder 23
      •  (1984-1985) Box 1 Folder 24
      •  (1985-1986) Box 1 Folder 25
      •  (1986-1987) Box 1 Folder 26
      •  (1987-1988) Box 1 Folder 27
      •  (1988-1989) Box 1 Folder 28
      •  (1989-1990) Box 1 Folder 29
      •  (1990-1991) Box 1 Folder 30
      •  (1991-1992) Box 1 Folder 31
    • Department Self-study (1974-1975) Box 1 Folder 32
    • Division I English (1985-1988) Box 1 Folder 33
    • English Majors (1985-1989) Box 1 Folder 34
    • English Minors (1981-1988) Box 1 Folder 35
    • Enrollment records (1974-1990) Box 1 Folder 36
    • Expenditures and Student Flow, bar graphs (1982-1994) Box 1 Folder 37
    • Faculty, general (1983-1985) Box 1 Folder 38
    • Freshman English (1975-1988) Box 1 Folder 39
    • English Tutors/Writing Lab (1983) Box 1 Folder 40
    • General files (1987 August-1988 December) Box 1 Folder 41
    • General files (1989 January-1990 July) Box 1 Folder 42
    • Grade Study (1983-1986) Box 1 Folder 43
    • Library (Z. Smith Reynolds) (1975-1988) Box 1 Folder 44
    • Majors Field test (1975-1982) Box 1 Folder 45
    • Major Studies (1979-1984) Box 1 Folder 46
    • Master's Degree Program (1981-1987) Box 1 Folder 47
    • Non-Department Programs (1976-1986) Box 1 Folder 48
    • Placement Information (1986) Box 1 Folder 49
    • Program Planning Committee (1993-1995) Box 1 Folder 50
    • Registrar (1978-1984) Box 1 Folder 51
    • Registration (1984-1988) Box 1 Folder 52
    • Schedules (1982-1987) Box 2 Folder 53
    • Social and Academic Responsibility Committee report (1987 August) Box 2 Folder 54
    • Staffing (1990-1992) Box 1 Folder 55
    • Student Judicial System (1983-1984) Box 2 Folder 56
    • Student Profiles. Psych. Center (1977-1978) Box 2 Folder 57
    • Student grade reviews (1983-1987) Box 1 Folder 58
    • Summer School (1977-1986) Box 1 Folder 59
    • Tenured Staff
      •  (1972-1976 Spring) Box 2 Folder 60
      •  (1976-1977) Box 2 Folder 62
      •  (1977-1978) Box 2 Folder 62
      •  (1978-1979) Box 2 Folder 63
      •  (1979-1980) Box 2 Folder 64
      •  (1980-1981) Box 2 Folder 65
      •  (1981-1982) Box 2 Folder 66
      •  (1982-1983) Box 2 Folder 67
      •  (1983-1984) Box 2 Folder 68
      •  (1984-1985) Box 2 Folder 69
      •  (1985-1986) Box 2 Folder 70
      •  (1986-1987) Box 2 Folder 71
      •  (1988-1989) Box 2 Folder 72
    • Transfer Students (1976-1986) Box 2 Folder 73
    • Venice-London Programs (1982-1986) Box 2 Folder 74
    • Writer-In-Residence Program (1987) Box 2 Folder 75
    • Writer-In Residence Program (1986-1990) Box 2 Folder 76
    • Affirmative Action (1975-1982) Box 2 Folder 77
    • Course Descriptions: English 105 Box 2 Folder 78
    • College Level Entrance Program. English (1975) Box 2 Folder 79
    • Computer Classroom (1985) Box 2 Folder 80
    • Course credit requests (1991-1995) Box 2 Folder 81
    • Dean of the College, Mullen (1987, 1992) Box 2 Folder 82
    • Dean of College, Escott (1995) Box 2 Folder 83
    • Department Chairs, meetings, etc. (1986-1987) Box 2 Folder 84
    • Department Chairs. meetings, etc. (1974-1975) Box 2 Folder 85
  • Department Faculty-Staff Memorandums
    •  (1986-1987) Box 2 Folder 86
    •  (1987-1988) Box 2 Folder 87
    •  (1988-1989) Box 2 Folder 88
    •  (1989-1990) Box 2 Folder 89
    •  (1990-1991) Box 2 Folder 90
    •  (1991-1992) Box 2 Folder 91
    •  (1992-1993) Box 2 Folder 92
    •  (1993-1994) Box 2 Folder 93
    •  (1994-1995) Box 2 Folder 94
    •  (1995-1996) Box 2 Folder 95
    •  (1996-1997) Box 2 Folder 96
    • Grievance Procedures (1976) Box 2 Folder 97
  • Memoranda, Policies, Regulations (These files contain many campus-wide policies and directives on use and conduct and procedures.)
    • Activities and Information Management (1985) Box 2 Folder 98
    • College Union (1986) Box 2 Folder 99
    • Dean of the College, Mullen (1984-1985) Box 2 Folder 100
    • Education Department (1985) Box 2 Folder 101
    • Graduate School (undated) Box 2 Folder 102
    • Legal Affairs (1986-1987) Box 2 Folder 103
    • Personnel (1986) Box 2 Folder 104
    • Personnel Policies and Regulations (1973-1977) Box 2 Folder 112
    • Physical Plant (1981, 1986, undated) Box 2 Folder 105
    • President's Office, Hearn (1983, 1987) Box 2 Folder 106
    • Provost, Brown (1992) Box 2 Folder 113
    • Provost, Wilson (1974, 1984) Box 2 Folder 107
    • Provost, Wilson (1987-1988) Box 2 Folder 114
    • Public Safety (1984-1985) Box 2 Folder 108
    • Registrar's Office responsibilities (undated) Box 2 Folder 115
    • Student Affairs (1986) Box 2 Folder 109
    • Telecommunications (1996) Box 2 Folder 110
    • Treasurer's office (1980, 1983-1984) Box 2 Folder 111
  • Dolly McPherson Materials
    • Autobiography of Malcolm X teaching copy (undated) Box 2 Folder 64
    • "Dylan Thomas," G.S. Fraser, Writers and Their Work, No. 90 (undated) Box 2 Folder 66
    • Eighteenth Century Studies, vol. 27, no. 4 (1994 Summer) Box 2 Folder 67
    • Genesis One journal (1971 Summer) Box 2 Folder 68
    • Obituaries and memorials (2011) Box 2 Folder 69
    • Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison, annotated copy (undated) Box 3 Folder 1
    • Journal of American Literature , vol. 44, no. I  (1972 March) Box 3 Folder 2
    • Journal of American Literature, vol. 51, no. 3 (1979 November) Box 3 Folder 4
    • Heal Your Body, Louise Hay (undated) Box 3 Folder 5
    • North Carolina Center for Laws Affecting Women reports (1981) Box 3 Folder 8
    • North Carolina Center for Laws Affecting Women reports (1985-1988) Box 3 Folder 9
    • North Carolina Center for Laws Affecting Women reports (1988-1991) Box 4 Folder 1
    • McPherson, Dolly, teaching notebook Box 3 Folder 7
    • Obsidian black literature journal, vol. II, no. 1 (1976 Spring) Box 4 Folder 2
    • On a Southern Journey, Maya Angelou (1983) Box 4 Folder 3
    • Pivot poetry journal, no. 17 (1966) Box 4 Folder 4
    • The Search for Self, thesis, Kelly Giles Crawley (1994) Box 4 Folder 6
    • South Atlantic Bulletin, vol. XLII, no. 2 (1977 May) Box 4 Folder 7
    • The Sower's Seed, Richard N. Goodwin (undated) Box 4 Folder 8
    • Spiritual Warfare, Michael Harper (undated) Box 4 Folder 9

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
Academic Departments. English Department Records
ID
RG16.10
Date [inclusive]
1966-1992
Extent
3.44 linear feet  2 record cartons, 2 document boxes

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2005
Revision Description
 Revised by Tara Coady, Stephanie Bennett 2017 April, 2018 January
Access Restrictions
Collection is open. 
Copyright Notice
Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question or their descendants, unless otherwise designated. Users of this collection are responsible for using the materials in conformance with U.S. copyright law. 
Preferred Citation
English Department Records (RG16.10), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. 

The following books were removed from the collection and are available through Special Collection and Archives:

  • Sales, Estella. Metamorphosis. Louisville, Kentucky: Estella Sales, 1975.
  • Thomas, Joyce Carol with Tom Feelings and Dolly Aimee McPherson. Black Child. New York: Zamani Productions, 1981.

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