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Maynard Mack papers

 Collection
Call Number: YCAL MSS 111

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Maynard Mack in the course of his scholarly and teaching activities, including extensive documentation relating to his research on Alexander Pope and Shakespeare. Research and writing files include notes, copies of archival material, card files, lists, drafts, page proofs, printed material, and related material. Teaching files include notes, lectures, and course material. Correspondence consists largely of single letters to Mack from literary figures, including James Angleton, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Robert Graves, Allen Tate and Eudora Welty, as well as a small group of correspondence with Robert Penn Warren and two letters from T. S. Eliot to Helen Gardner and Robert Nichols. Other papers relate more broadly to Mack's activities and involvement with various professional organizations and projects.

Dates

  • 1928-1997

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Access to original audiovisual recordings is restricted. Consult the Beinecke Library Access Services department for information about reference copies.

Conditions Governing Use

The Maynard Mack Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift and bequest of Maynard Mack, 1994-2014.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1928-1991. II. Shakespeare Research, Writing, and Teaching, 1941-1979. III. Alexander Pope Research and Writing, 1936-1993. IV. Other Teaching Files, 1941-1973, 1993, V. Professional Papers and Other Research Material, 193850-1997.

Extent

62.28 Linear Feet ((132 boxes) + 2 broadside folders, 6 cold storage)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.mack

Overview

The collection consists of material created and accumulated by Maynard Mack in the course of his scholarly and teaching activities, including extensive documentation relating to his research on Alexander Pope and Shakespeare. Research and writing files include notes, copies of archival material, card files, lists, drafts, page proofs, printed material, and related material. Teaching files include notes, lectures, and course material. Correspondence consists largely of single letters to Mack from literary figures, including James Angleton, Richard Eberhart, William Empson, Robert Graves, Allen Tate and Eudora Welty, as well as a small group of correspondence with Robert Penn Warren and two letters from T. S. Eliot to Helen Gardner and Robert Nichols. Other papers relate more broadly to Mack's activities and involvement with various professional organizations and projects.

Biographical Overview

Maynard Mack received his B.A. in 1932 and his Ph.D. in 1936, both from Yale, and joined the English Department there in 1936, rising to become Sterling Professor of English in 1965. A scholar of Shakespeare, Pope, and twentieth-century literary criticism, Mack has authored a number of works, including King Lear in Our Time (1965) and Alexander Pope: A Life (1986).

Processing Information

Collection are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing, at the time it was acquired by the library, and received further organization and description in 2010. Includes material formerly classed as Uncat MSS 296.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
Title
Guide to the Maynard Mack Papers
Author
by Jennifer Meehan
Date
2007-05-21
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Location

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Access Information

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