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Oscar Sherwin papers, 1926-1974

Summary Information

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Call No.: MS#1154
Bib ID 4079334 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Sherwin, Oscar, 1902-1976
Title Oscar Sherwin papers, 1926-1974
Physical Description 4.5 linear feet (9 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence, manuscripts, notes, course materials, illustrations, family items, and printed materials of Sherwin. The manuscripts are largely of unpublished material, but are of some published works like THE ENCOMPASSING MIRROR. The majority of the collection consists of Sherwin's notes on various literary and historical topics including among others Dryden, Pope, and Swift. Course materials are from his classes at City College. The illustrations are some of those considered for use in his publications. Family items include college papers by his son James, notebooks kept by his wife, Stella, during a period of mental illness, and Sherwin's reflections upon her condition. The printed materials consist of periodical articles and reviews by Sherwin and reviews of his books.

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This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Oscar Sherwin papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 09/--/1989.

Revision Description

2020-10-16 EAD document created by CCR.

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
City University of New York. City College -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dryden, John, 1631-1700 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- 18th century Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
English literature -- Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Families -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Historians Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
History -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mental illness Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pope, Alexander, 1688-1744 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sherwin, James Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sherwin, Stella Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Historian, professor of English at the City College of New York from 1932-1968. Columbia University B.A., 1922; M.A., 1928.

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Series I: Correspondence

Box 1 Three Miscellaneous Letters

Series II: Manuscripts

Arranged alphabetically

Box 1 The Early Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley, 2 folders

Box 1 Early Writing

Box 1 The Encompassing Mirror

Box 2 The Girlish Gush of Henry James

Box 2 Gist of Mechanics

Box 2 The Marvelous Boy: The Strange Life of Thomas Chatterton

Box 2 Miscellaneous

Box 2 Papers written while a student, 2 folders

Box 2 R.F.D. 4--Manuscript, 2 folders

Box 2 R.F.D. 4--Notes

Box 2 Speeches

Box 2 Teetotalism in Massachusetts

Series III: Notes

Arranged alphabetically

Box 3 Addison

Box 3 Boswell, 2 folders

Box 3 Burke

Box 3 Chatterton

Box 3 Chaucer

Box 3 Cowper

Box 4 Dante

Box 4 Defoe

Box 4 Dryden, 2 folders

Box 5 18th century--English society and literature, 2 folders

Box 5 Eliot, T.S.

Box 5 Elizabethan drama

Box 5 English literature--14th - 19th centuries, 2 folders

Box 5 English Romantic poetry

Box 6 Gibbon

Box 6 Goldsmith, Oliver--illustrations

Box 6 Gray

Box 6 Indices, 2 folders

Box 6 Johnson, 2 folders

Box 6 Joyce, James

Box 6 The Man with a Tail: Lord Monboddo

Box 6 Milton

Box 6 Miscellaneous

Box 7 Phillips, Wendell, 2 folders

Box 7 Phillips, Wendell--illustrations

Box 7 Pope, 3 folders

Box 7 Publication Quotations

Box 8 Sheridan, Richard--illustrations

Box 8 Spenser

Box 8 Steele

Box 8 Swift, 3 folders

Box 8 Wesley, John

Series IV: Phonograph Record

Phonograph record of a discussion on radio with George Hamilton on Wendell Phillips

Box 8 Phonograph Record

Series V: Teaching Materials

Box 8 Teaching Materials

Series VI: Sherwin Family Files

Box 9 Sherwin, James--College papers

Box 9 Sherwin, Stella, 3 folders

Box 9 Sherwin, Stella--Reflections on her illness by Oscar Sherwin

Box 9 Unidentified papers

Series VII: Printed Materials

Box 9 Articles by Sherwin

Box 9 Letters to the Editor

Box 9 Miscellaneous

Box 9 Reviews by Sherwin

Box 9 Reviews of Sherwin's works