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Edgar L. McCormick papers, 1932-1979

Finding Aid

Prepared by Barbara Bass, March 1997
1 record storage box, 1 document case, 1.33 cubic feet, 11th floor


Biographical Note

Edgar McCormick was born in Wadsworth and moved to Brimfield, Ohio, when he was four years old with his family when they purchased a farm. A graduate of Kent State University in 1936, he earned his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1950. He taught English at Kent State University from 1954 to 1979 and served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. He was also the coordinator of the American Studies program.

A poet and historian, McCormick has written many books on both subjects. One of his books, They Also Served, includes his own life experiences while he served in the Air Corps during World War II, from 1942-1945. Another book, Working to Make It Happen, is the history of the Brimfield Memorial House Association. McCormick has been the volunteer curator and director since it began in 1963. His other writings include books of poetry: Home Place and Other Poems, Creatures Here Below, and After Equinox. Other books include Brimfield and Its People and Determined Lives.


Scope and Content

Dr. McCormick's papers include minutes of meetings of the English Department and the College of Arts and Sciences. Two publications included are "Kent Writers Club" and "Spectra." "Kent Writers Club" is full of poetry and short articles written by faculty and others. "Spectra" contains poetry written by McCormick and his Freshman Honors Colloquium.


Box 1
Folder--Contents

  1. American Association of University Professors: Brochure: 1973
  2. American Association of University Professors: Committee "W" correspondence, 1973-1974.
  3. American Association of University Professors; correspondence, 1970-1973.
  4. American Association of University Professors: membership list, January 1973.
  5. American Association of University Professors: miscellaneous reports (includes: "Report on the Effectiveness of Senate and Administrative Policies at Kent State University," n.d.; "Second Report on Collective Bargaining," January, 1973.
  6. American Association of University Professors: "Report of the Special Committee of Inquiry," 1969.
  7. American Association of University Professors: Salary Studies, 1971/72, 1972/73, 1973/74.
  8. American Association of University Professors: Summer Bulletin, 1, 6, June 5, 1970, September 1, 1970.
  9. American Studies Program : Correspondence, 1972
  10. Arts and Sciences: "A Brief History," no author, n.d.
  11. Arts and Sciences: Buttlar, Rudolph, letter re. credit by examination, July 1, 1971.
  12. Arts and Sciences: clippings.
  13. Arts and Sciences: Committee reports - Ad Hoc Committee on Secondary Education Methods Courses, March, 1970-Educational Methods Courses, March, 1970-Committee of Pass/Fail. Proposal, Jan. 1969
  14. Arts and Sciences: Constitution, n.d.
  15. Arts and Sciences: Dean, addresses (remarks of B. Harkness, September 22, 1970).
  16. Arts and Sciences: Dean, correspondence, 1959-1973
  17. Arts and Sciences: Faculty Lecture Series, brochures, 1972.
  18. Arts and Sciences: Faculty meeting minutes, October 1, 1973
  19. Arts and Sciences: Faculty Senate, Charter
  20. Arts and Sciences: Faculty-staff lists, 1964-65, 1966.
  21. Arts and Sciences: Feldman, Rodney, correspondence, 1969.
  22. Arts and Sciences: Forgiveness Policy for Veterans
  23. Arts and Sciences: Dean Bruce Harkness, miscellaneous items.
  24. Arts and Sciences: miscellaneous items.
  25. Arts and Sciences: "Notes and Notices," October 22, 1971, June 5, 1973 (also see A.&S. "Quarterly Bulletin").
  26. Arts and Sciences: organizational chart of the Dean's office, 1964.
  27. Arts and Sciences: Parks, John, "Position Paper inSupport of the F.L. Requirement," n.d.
  28. Arts and Sciences: "Quarterly Bulletin," September 21, 1970 (also see A.&S. "News and Notices").
  29. Arts and Sciences: Silvidi, A.A., "Administrative Organization of the College of Arts and Sciences," n.d.
  30. Biology 105: Assignments, 1932-1933
  31. College of Education: Requirements, 1965-1967
  32. Computer Registration System, 1969.
  33. Dyal, Robert A.- "Civil Disobedience and the Christian", 1977
  34. English Dept.: Basic Studies Steering Committee, minutes, 1969-1970
  35. English Dept.: Clippings, 1956-57, 1962
  36. English Dept.: Correspondence, 1955-1959
  37. English Dept.: Correspondence, 1960-1963
  38. English Dept.: Correspondence, 1964-1968
  39. English Dept.: Correspondence, 1969-1975
  40. English Dept.: Curriculum Committee, correspondence, 1964-1970
  41. English Dept.: English 160-161-162, syllabus, 1956-1957
  42. Englsih Dept.: Grievance procedure, May 16, 1964
  43. English Dept.: Lectures; speaker lists, 1963-1964.
  44. English Dept.: Meeting minutes (scattered, 1964-1969);
  45. English Dept.: Miscellaneous
  46. "English Department News" (Newsletter); scattered issues, 1963-1968.
  47. English Dept.: Plans of Organization, 1962, 1968, 1975-1976
  48. English Dept.: Staff lists, 1962-1976
  49. English Dept.: Steering Committee and Executive Committee minutes; scattered, 1961-1970
  50. English Dept.: Undergraduate Studies Committee meeting minutes, scattered, 1967-1970; Association of Graduate English Students minutes October 30, 1969
  51. Faculty Senate: Correspondence, Committee system 1969-1971
  52. Faculty Senate: Executive Committee, statement
  53. Faculty Senate: Minutes, 1969-1971
  54. Fiscal State of the University, Oct. 26, 1973
  55. "For Joe Begala, April 27, 1978": article
  56. Graduate Faculty: Correspondence, Bylaws, 1969-1970
  57. Hassler, Donald M., "The Irrational, the Golden Age, and the Christian"
  58. Institutional Planning Committee, miscellaneous items
  59. Liason Committee: minutes & memos, 1966-1969

Box 2
Folder--Contents

  1. May 4: "Interim Report of the Select Committee to Investigate Campus Disturbances"; The Militant, v. 34, no. 18, May 15, 1970
  2. MFL Placement test; evaluation
  3. Ohio-Indiana American Studies Association, correspondence, 1974
  4. Olds, President Glenn A., 1971-1975
  5. Olds, President Glenn A., letter to the university community re. long range planning, Sept. 18, 1972
  6. Poetry and correspondence by Maurice Baum, 1980
  7. Policy statements: Dept. of English and University, 1952?, 1965
  8. Position statement, July 15, 1971
  9. Remedial English, news clippings, 1959
  10. Retirement monies
  11. SDS Constitution
  12. SDS disturbance: news clippings, 1969
  13. Shriver, Phillip: clippings, 1965 and booklet from inauguration at Miami U.,Oct. 14, 1965, Staff Bulletin, v. 2, no. 6, Mar., 1965
  14. Student Affairs Council: annual report, 1968/69
  15. Student Affairs Council: minutes, Jan. 16, 1969
  16. Student Unrest: bulletins, 1969
  17. Prof. Dr. Anna Schafheitlin: correspondence, 1967
  18. White, Robert I.: correspondence, 1970-1971
  19. Publications: The American Examiner, v. 4, no. 1, Fall, 1975
  20. Publications: English Association of Ohio. Bulletin, v. 1-6, March 1960-Oct. 1965
  21. Publications: KSU Position Papers, 1970
  22. Publications: Kent Writer's Club, Jan. 25, Feb. 21, Mar. 1, Oct. 24,1934; Feb. 19, 1935
  23. Publications: Spectra ( Publication of Edgar McCormick and his Freshman Honors Colloquium), 1978-1979
  24. Scrapbook: Maurice Baum's columns from the Akron Times Press, 1936-37