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Guide to the William Gifford Papers, ca. 1955-2008

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Gifford, William
Title: William Gifford Papers
Dates: ca. 1955-2008
Quantity: 1.0 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract: The William Gifford Papers include correspondence between Gifford and former students and colleagues, including several poets and writers, such as Elizabeth Spires, Thomas Beller, Erica Funkhouser, and Curtis Sittenfeld.
Forms of Materials: correspondence

Biographical Note

William Gifford (born 1928, Plainfield N.J.) taught in the English Department at Vassar from 1955-1996. A novelist and scholar of John Donne, Gifford taught Senior Composition and was a favorite among his students.

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Chronology

1928 Gifford born in Plainfield, N.J.
1950 B.A. Swarthmore College
1952 M.A. University of California
1955 Ph.D. University of California
1955 Joined Vassar College Faculty, Department of English
1976 Appointed Full Professor, Vassar College Department of English
1996 Retired from Vassar College

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Scope and Content Note

The William Gifford Papers include correspondence between Gifford and former students and colleagues, including several poets and writers, such as Elizabeth Spires, Thomas Beller, Erica Funkhouser, and Curtis Sittenfeld.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Subject Headings

Names:

  • Beller, Thomas
  • Funkhouser, Erica
  • Sittenfeld, Curtis
  • Spires, Elizabeth

Subjects:

  • College teachers
  • Novelists
  • Teacher-student relationships

Organizations:

  • Vassar College. Faculty

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Encoding Information

Finding aid encoded by Jason Kovari, 20 Feb 2009.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Gifford Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Collection processed by The Archives and Special Collections Library Staff, 20 July 2006.

Collection's contents updated, 2009.

Acquisition Information

Collection assembled and acquired through the efforts of William Gifford and The Archives and Special Collections Library, who petitioned materials from correspondents. The first accession was in 2003.

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Correspondent List

Amon, Eileen McDonald
Beller, Thomas
Blackorby, Melinda Clemmons
Bussan, Mimi
Callahan, Tara
Davey, Eve Jenkins
Elisofon, Marguerite Karter
Engstrom, Katrena
Franks, Lucinda
Freund, Charles
Funkhouser, Erika, 1993-2003 (2 Folders)
Jacabs, Sherry
Katri, Cindy Lenorowitz
Kennison, Cynthia, 1975-1994 (2 Folders)
Kilgore, Kathryn, 1970-2003 (2 Folders)
Kinnison, Karen
Kosek, Raphael
Li, Mei Sun
Lobl, Rebecca
McAlden, Susan Rosenberg
Moldow, Erika
Newell, Bonnie
Nurnberger, Alissa
Passer, Richard
Pearson, Amy Hethcoat
Price, Roberta
Reynolds, Nancy
Schoenbrod, Kathryn
Scranton, Risa Scherer
Sheffield, Anne
Silverman, Taije
Sinder-Brown, Vivian
Sittenfeld, Curtis
Socolow, Elizabeth Anne Sussman
Spires, Elizabeth, 1974-2008 (12 Folders)
- Includes poems written by Spires at Vassar, annotated by William Gifford
Sutton-Mattocks, Alison, 1976-2003 (3 Folders)
Vag, Anna-Maria
Wallach, Jeffrey
Warden, Sarah
Zimmerman, Miriam

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