Guide to the Albert Joseph Guérard Papers M0048

Processed by Ralph W. Hansen & Brian Bethel
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
1998 ; revised 2018, 2021
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Albert Joseph Guérard papers
Identifier/Call Number: M0048
Physical Description: 18 Linear Feet (35 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1930-1998

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Albert J. Guerard, 1963-1999: Accessions 1963-020 and 1999-139. Gift of Albert J. Guerard Trust, 2003: Accession 2003-179.

Biographical / Historical

Albert Joseph Guerard (1914 - 2000) was an author, literary critic, and professor of literature. In the course of his lifetime, Guerard published nine novels, six books of criticism, a memoir, as well as numerous critical essays and literary reviews. His published fiction included Maquisard: a Christmas Tale (1945), Night Journey (1950), The exiles (1963), Christine/Annette (1985), Gabrielle (1992), and The hotel in the jungle (1996). His nonfiction works included Thomas Hardy: the novels and stories (1949), Andre Gide (1951), Conrad the novelist (1958), and Triumph of the novel: Dickens, Dostoyevsky, Faulkner (1976).
Guerard was born in Houston in 1914 and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1934. His father, Albert Leon Guerard (1880-1959), was himself a writer and professor who taught at Stanford from 1906 to 1913 and from 1925 to 1946. The younger Guerard received his master's degree from Harvard University in 1936 and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1938 after a year teaching at Amherst College. Guerard then taught at Harvard from 1938 to 1961 before returning to Stanford to teach, where he would remain until his retirement in 1985.
At Stanford, Guerard developed the university's first freshman seminar program and the Voice Project, a program that brought professional writers to campus to teach freshmen. He also was the director of the Freshman English program from 1965 to 1967. He succeeded poet and critic Yvor Winters in 1966 as the Albert Guerard Professor of Literature -- the chair named for his father. He also developed Stanford's Ph.D. program in Modern Thought and Literature. Guerard's writing students included numerous future published authors, such as Alice Hoffman, John Updike, John Hawkes, and Harriet Doerr.
Guerard married short story writer Maclin Bocock (1920-2002) in 1941, and the Guerards had three daughters together. In 1972, the couple toured a traveling program on literature and writing entitled The touch of time for the National Endowment for the Humanities, discussing the distorting process of human memory in locations such as public libraries, high schools, and prisons. Maclin Bocock Guerard taught creative writing at Stanford from 1970-1973, and published short stories in various literary magazines, including "The tree", which won a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award in 1987. She published two collections of short stories: Heaven lies about in 1993 and Citizen of the world in 1999.
Albert J. Guerard received a 1977-78 Humanities and Sciences Dean's Award for distinguished teaching and a 1983 Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching. In 1998, he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2000.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Albert Joseph Guerard Papers, M0048, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Scope and Contents

The Albert J. Guerard papers consist largely of outlines, notes, research, drafts, galleys, and typescripts related to Guerard's various fictional works. These often include several different drafts of a single work, with manuscript annotations and corrections.
Additional materials include offprints, articles, reviews, essays, lecture notes and various course materials from Guerard's time teaching at Stanford University and Harvard University, as well as publicity, clippings, and reviews of Guerard's work. Correspondence is often interleaved with book proposals and contracts, and for this reason all three have been collected in a single series.
Materials within series are organized chronologically wherever the material is explicitly dated, and thereafter in the order processed.
As the Guerard papers include material related to Guerard's wife, Maclin Bocock, and his father, Albert Leon Guerard, the following abbreviations are sometimes used: 'AJG' for Albert Joseph Guerard, 'ALG' for Albert Leon Guerard, and 'MBG' for Maclin Bocock Guerard.
Additional material related to Albert J. Guerard may be found at:
Albert Joseph Guérard papers addenda(M1072):
Letters to Albert J. Guérard, 1970-1995 (MISC 0599)
There are also two collections of research material assembled by Guerard:
Research materials on John Hawkes, 1959-1994
Research Materials on Lya de Putti and Lois Moran, 1923-1996

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Authors, American -- 20th century.


Series 14. Audiocassettes (Accession 2021-398)

Scope and Contents

Audio recordings of Guerard lectures, workshops and classes, as well as interviews of Lois Moran and interviews with Guerard on radio and television.
Box 33

Audiocassettes 1973-1995

Box 34

Audiocassettes 1973-1995

Box 35

Envelopes with listening notes