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Guide to the W. B. Carnochan Papers
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  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0614
    Creator: Carnochan, W. B.
    Title: W. B. Carnochan papers
    Dates: 1928-2013
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    Physical Description: 26 Linear feet (28 boxes)
    Summary: Papers documenting Carnochan's career as researcher and writer. Included are source materials, drafts, and published versions of his scholarly articles and books, with related correspondence; published book reviews; texts of papers and talks with related correspondence and ephemera; and materials pertaining to his support of the Stanford University Libraries and his directorship of the Stanford Humanities Center.
    Language(s): The materials are inEnglish.
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives.
    Stanford University Libraries.
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://library.stanford.edu/spc

    Biography

    Educated at Harvard University (A.B. 1953, A.M. 1957, and Ph.D. 1960), W. B. Carnochan joined the English faculty at Stanford University in 1960. He chaired the English department from 1971-73 and has served the University as dean of graduate studies and vice-provost, 1975-80, and director of the Stanford Humanities Center, 1985-1991.
    A scholar of the eighteenth century, his published books include Gibbon's Solitude: The Inward World of the Historian (1987), Confinement and Flight: An Essay on English Literature of the Eighteenth Century (1977), and Lemuel Gulliver's Mirror For Man (1968). Other works include The Battleground of the Curriculum: Liberal Education and American Experience (1993) and Momentary Bliss: an American Memoir (1999).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These papers primarily document Carnochan's professional career as researcher and writer. Included are source materials, drafts, and published versions of his scholarly articles and books, with related correspondence; published book reviews, 1960s-1990s; texts of papers and talks with related correspondence and ephemera, 1977-1997; and materials pertaining to his support of the Stanford University Libraries and his directorship of the Stanford Humanities Center, including a VHS tape of his retirement roast. Correspondents include Richard Ohmann, Catharine Stimpson, Linda Hutcheon, Charles Pierce, Peter Brooks, David M. Vieth, Emerson Brown, Jr., W. J. Bate, Patricia Spacks, Newell Ford, and William Frost. Other papers include his grade reports and papers from Buckley School, St. Paul's School, and Harvard University; listing and appraisal of the Carnochan family papers; and the "American Vernacular" exhibit brochure for the Carnochan Collections at UC Berkeley's University Art Museum. The addition to his papers received in 2006 includes correspondence with Douglas Dennis, an inmate at Angola Prison, 1996-2006; copies of The Angolite, The Prison News Magazine, 1994-2005; and Brigitte Carnochan's portfolio of photographs taken at the Angola Prison Rodeo in 2001. The addition to his papers received in 2009 includes correspondence with Douglas Dennis, 2006-2009, and issues of The Angolite, 2006-2009.

    Access Terms

    Bate, Walter Jackson, 1918-1999
    Brooks, Peter, 1938-
    Brown, Emerson, 1934-
    Carnochan, Brigitte Hoy
    Dennis, Douglas
    Ford, Newell F., 1912-
    Frost, William, 1917-
    Hutcheon, Linda, 1947-
    Ohmann, Richard M. (Richard Malin), 1931-
    Pierce, Charles E.
    Spacks, Patricia Ann Meyer.
    Stanford University--Faculty.
    Stimpson, Catharine R., 1936-
    Vieth, David M.
    English literature--18th century--Study and teaching.
    Louisiana State Penitentiary.
    Prisoners--Recreation--Louisiana.
    Stanford University. Humanities Center.