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Prepared by Barbara Bass March, 1997
8 record storage boxes; 8 cubic feet
This collection is housed in a climate-controlled environment off site and requires at least up to three weeks for retrieval. Please call or email the department with requests for this material prior to planning your visit.
Regina Hanway came to Kent State University in 1946 after doing graduate work in England and Ohio State University. She had previously taught in the public school system for 21 years. At Kent State she taught English courses about children's literature and was the first to teach black literature couses. She was very popular with the students.
She initiated many programs while at Kent State. The fall conference for high school English teachers in 1947 was one of them. The Creative Arts Festival which produced the first creative writing magazine, "Human Issues" was organized by Hanway and has become an annual event at the University.
She was deeply concerned about the university after May 4, 1970 and during the 1971-72 demonstrations, at the age of 66, she was a peace marshal. She received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the College of Arts and Sciences about 1963. She also received an award for Oustanding Service to the College of Education in October, 1970.
Hanway chaired the Assembly Committee and was responsible for setting up programs for students. Some of the people that were invited to do assemblies were Princess Ileana of Romania, Basil Rathbone, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carl Sandburg, Ogden Nash, Karamu Dancers from Cleveland Karamu House, Charles Laughton, Carl C. Rowan, a Black social leader, David E. Lilenthal, retired chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and many others.
Hanway was instrumental in the instututes for high schools to instruct teachers how to teach English to disadvantaged youth using a grant from the U.S. Office of Education. With guest lecturers and discussions, the primary objective was to acquaint teachers with literature of black Americans. She founded the series, "Literature Discovered" on WCLV-FM at the request of Cleveland's fine art radio station. It presented subjects by Faculty members of the University.
She was active in community affairs concerning McElrath Park and was founder of the Animal Protective League.
Hanway retired in 1973 and was named Emeritus Professor of English by the board of trustees.
The materials in Regina Hanways Papers include materials and /or materials used in various projects that she participated in and materials from her own school days in high school and her early teaching career in several high schools. Tapes in box 8 cover the program "Literature Discovered" that was a program that Hanway developed for a local radio station, WCLV which featured faculty members doing poetry readings or lectures on various topics relating to English.
Institute in Box 4 refers to the NDEA Institute for Advanced Study in English.
Pictures can be found in box 6 of some of the people that appeared at Kent State University for the student assemblies.