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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Information for Researchers
  • Biography of Langdon Elsbree
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Series Arrangement
  • Subject Headings

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Langdon Elsbree Papers
    creator: Elsbree, Langdon
    Dates: 1980-1995
    Extent: 6 feet 6 boxes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Honnold/Mudd Library.
    800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
    Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library
    Claremont University Consortium
    Claremont, California 91711
    Collection Number: h170
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English
    Physical Location: Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library. Claremont University Consortium.

    Information for Researchers

    Restrictions on Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact Special Collections Library staff.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item] Langdon Elsbree Papers. Special Collections, Honnold Mudd Library, Clareomont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Donation from Langdon Elsbree in 1994 and 2008.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and Processed by By Neeka Cannon in 2008


    No addition to the collection is anticipated.

    Biography of Langdon Elsbree

    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.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    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.

    Series Arrangement

    Series 1. Lecture Notes and Handouts

    Subject Headings

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection
    Elsbree, Langdon
    Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, Calif.)
    American fiction -- 20th century
    British Literature
    Ritual in Literature
    Science Fiction
    Claremont, California.