This collection contains the professor's handwritten lecture notes, syllabi, handouts, and some tests and quizzes focusing
mainly on British and American Literature after WWII. Some of Professor Elsbree's articles and reviews are also present.
The materials are mainly from the 1980-90's, but some older information is present. This collection relates to The Claremont
Colleges through the professor's ties to Claremont McKenna College.
Langdon Elsbree was a professor at Claremont McKenna College for over 30 years. He taught Literature focusing in 19th and
20th century British and American literature. In addition to numerous articles, Professor Elsbree is well known for helping
to edit six editions of Heath's College Handbook of Composition as well as co-authoring Heath's Brief Guide to Rhetoric with
Fredrick Bracher, 1972 and Heath's Brief Handbook of Usage with Fredrick Bracher and Nell Altizer, 1977. Professor Elsbree
had a lifelong fascination with ritual with led him to spend over 40 years photographing rituals. His photographs were exhibited
in 2000 at Claremont Community Foundation. Further he wrote two books on the subject; The Rituals of Life: Patterns and Narratives,
1982 and Ritual Passages and Narrative Structures, 1991. Professor Elsbree retired from Claremont McKenna College in 1994.
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This collection is open for research.