Langdon Elsbree Papers

Finding aid created by Neeka Cannon
Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium 1995
Libraries of The Claremont Colleges
800 N. Dartmouth Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711
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Claremont University Consortium. All rights reserved.

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.


Series 1: Lecture Notes and Handouts, Undated

box 1, folder 1

American Literature Readings I: Bibliographies, Puritans, John Trumbell, Washington Irving, James Fenimore Cooper, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Undated

box 1, folder 2

American Literature Readings II: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser, Robert Frost, Jean-Paul Sartre, Eugene O'Neill, Undated

box 1, folder 3

American Literature Readings III: Ellison, Wilder, William Faulkner, T.S. Eliot, J. D. Salinger, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Undated

box 1, folder 4

American Literature Lecture Notes (on cards), Undated

box 1, folder 5

Identity in 19th Century American Literature: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Notes and Tests, Undated

box 1, folder 6

Novel and Society: Jane Austen, T. S. Eliot, W. J. Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Hughes, Mark Twain, H. Roth, and John Updike, 1952-1987

box 1, folder 7

Novel and Society: Syllabus, Tests, and Topics: Jane Austen, T. S. Eliot, Hardy, and D. H. Lawrence, September 1, 1958-December 31, 1958

box 1, folder 8

English Novel syllabus: Tests, Writing Topics - 19th Century Novel Bibliography, Charles Dickens, Undated

box 1, folder 9

Major British Writers: Augustan and Romantic: Lectures and Notes, Undated

box 1, folder 10

British Writers: Victorian/Early Modern Poets, Lectures, Undated

box 1, folder 11

British Poets (William Butler Yeats and T. S. Eliot), Topics, Outlines, Tests, Handouts, 1986

box 1, folder 12

English Satire: Tests, Papers, 1962-1963

box 1, folder 13

English Satire, Undated

box 1, folder 14

18th Century Readings, September-December 1958

box 1, folder 15

Literature 20 Lectures: 20th Century, Undated

box 2, folder 1

Literary Criticism: Structuraists, Marxists Subject Reprints, Undated

box 2, folder 2

Literary and Narrative Criticism: Richard N. Frye, Robert Scholes and Robert Kellog, Characters, Topics, Reprints, and Frank Kermode, Undated

box 2, folder 3

Literary Criticism: Lectures, Notes, Frank Kermode, Boom, Boulding, Dennis, Jean-Paul Sartre, Undated

box 2, folder 4

Freshman Literature: Ecclesia and Fiction: Lectures Notes, Tests, and Handouts, 1990

box 2, folder 5

Freshman Lecture: Notes and Handouts, 1988

box 2, folder 6

Writing Assignments and Handouts for Freshman Literature, 1956

box 2, folder 7

Freshman Lectures and Handouts, Undated

box 2, folder 8

Archetypes in Film and Literature: Lectures and Syllabus, 1987

box 2, folder 9

Book reviews by Elsbree, 1980-1987

box 2, folder 10

Articles by Elsbree, 1970-1987

box 2, folder 11

Reprints of Articles and Reviews, 1952-1987

box 2, folder 12

Syllabus: Modern Japanese Fiction, Undated

box 2, folder 13

Bibliographies: Egyptian, Children's Books, Undated

box 2, folder 14

Humanities - Greeks - Medieval Syllabi, Tests, Topics, 1982-1084

box 3, folder 1

American Novel since WWII: Syllabi and terms: Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, and Saul Bellow, 1980/1990

box 3, folder 2

American Novel since WWII: John Updike, Percy O'Connor, Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Anne Tyler, 1980/1990

box 3, folder 3

American Novel since WWII: Donald Barthelme, Ursula Le Guin, J. D. Powers, Joyce Carol Oates, James Baldwin, and Norman Mailer, Undated

box 3, folder 4

American Frontiers: Fredrick Jackson Turner, John Steinbeck, Willa Cather, and Virgina Woolf, Undated

box 3, folder 5

American Frontiers, The Territory Ahead: Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Willa Cather, Harriette Simpson Arnow, and Fredrick Jackson Turner, Undated

box 3, folder 6

British Fiction Lecture and Notes: Kingsley Amis, Anthony Burgess, Doris Lessing, Graham Greene, Daniel Martin, Muriel Spark, and Iris Murdoch, Undated

box 4, folder 1

British Fiction Lecture and Notes: Iris Murdoch, John Fowles, William Golding, Doris Lessing, and Langdon Elsbree, Undated

box 4, folder 2

British Fiction Lectures and Handouts: Daniel Martin, Margaret Drabble, V.S. Naipaul and Penelope Lively Undated

box 4, folder 3

British Fiction Lectures, Handouts, and Syllubus: Joesph Conrad and Virgina Woolf Undated

box 4, folder 4

British Fiction Lectures and Handouts: D.H. Lawrence and Langdon Elsbree, Undated

box 4, folder 5

Virgina Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster Lectures , Undated

box 4, folder 6

Modern British Fiction I: Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Aldorus Huxley, Septemeber 1, 1978-December 31, 1978

box 5, folder 1

Philosophy and Literature Lecture and Notes: Carl Jung, Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Satre, Soren Kierkegaard, Rello, and May, Undated

box 5, folder 2

Philosophy and Literature Lecture and Notes: Carl Jung, Franz Kafka, Jean-Paul Satre, Soren Kierkegaard, Rello, and May, Undated

box 5, folder 3

Civilization: Questions of Civilization, Undated

box 5, folder 4

Authors Worldwide: Milan Kundera, Kazinski, Franz Kafka, Undated

box 5, folder 5

Science Fiction: Syllabi, Essay Prompts, Tests, and Handouts, January 1, 1989-May 31, 1996

box 5, folder 6

Sciences Fiction Lecture Notes: Olaf Stapledon, Herbert George Wells, William Golding, Doris Lessing Ursula Le Guin, Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Walter M. Miller, and Stanislaw Lem, January 1, 1989-May 31, 1996