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Guide to the Norman Foerster Papers , 1918-1940
Special Collections M0173  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Norman Foerster Papers ,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1940
    Collection number: Special Collections M0173
    Creator: Foerster, Norman, 1887-
    Extent: 3 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions

    Restricted access: requires 24 hour paging period.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Norman Foerster, 1967.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Norman Foerster Papers , M0173, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical Note

    FOERSTER, NORMAN, 1887-present
    A.B. Harvard: 1910; A.M., Univ. of Wisconsin: 1912; Litt.D., U. of South: 1931.
    University professor and instigator of New Humanist movement in American criticism. As its chief spokesman, he edited its manifesto Humanism and America (1930). Instructor in English, U. of Wis., 1911-14; assoc prof. English, U. of North Carolina, 1914-19, prof., 1919-30; dir. School of Letters and prof. English, U. of Ia., 1930-44; visiting prof. English, Duke University, 1948-9. Author of Outlines and Summaries, Sentences and Thinking, Nature in American Literature, American Criticism, The American Scholar, Towards Standards, The American State University, The Future of the Liberal College, The Humanities and the Common Man. Editor of Essays for College Men, Selected Literary Essays from James Russell Lowell, Chief American Prose Writers, American Ideals, English poetry of the 19th century, American Poetry and Prose, Humanism and America, and American Critical Essays.

    Scope and Content

    Letters and manuscripts, 1918-1940, pertaining to New Humanism movement of the 1920's. New Humanism is a philosophical and critical movement that flourished in the U.S. under the leadership of Irving Babbitt and Paul E. More, whose 1929-1930 articles and correspondence with Foerster comprise the bulk of the collection. Foerster and T.S. Eliot were members of the movement which stressed the human ethical elements of existence, as distinguished from the supernatural or animal elements. Collection includes prepublication drafts, clippings, research notes, and correspondence; a total of 1,000 items in 5 boxes.