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Additional Material, circa 1919-1982

Identifier: VII

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Professional papers, 1903-1961, of Charles D. Abbott, Professor of English (1927-1930, 1934-1960) and Director of Libraries (1934-1960) at the University of Buffalo (now the State University of New York at Buffalo). Abbott's literary correspondence includes letters from W.H. Auden, Sir Thomas Beecham, John Gould Fletcher, Austin Gray, Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher Morley, Louis Untermeyer, John Hay Whitney, and Louis Wilson. Much of Abbott's correspondence with literary figures was incorporated into The Poetry Collections' Abbott Collection. Also included is Abbott's correspondence with booksellers and publishers concerning the acquisition of library materials, correspondence concerning the dedication of Lockwood Memorial Library in 1934, and correspondence concerning other activities of the University Libraries. The papers also document Abbott's activities with the Buffalo Film Society (1935-1938) and as chairman of the Fenton Foundation Lectures (1935-1941). The Fenton Lecture materials include correspondence with Sir Thomas Beecham, Clifton Fadiman, Oscar Halecki, Alfred Noyes, and William Carlos Williams. Abbott's research and publications are represented with unpublished essays; background notes for his books: Howard Pyle: A Chronicle (Harper and Brothers, 1925), Poets at Work (Harcourt, Brace, 1948) articles, including a draft and reprint of "Christopher Smart's Madness" published in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, vol. XLV, no. 4, December 1930; and his B. Litt. thesis on Christopher Smart written while at Oxford.


  • circa 1919-1982


Terms of Access

The Charles D. Abbott Papers, 1919-1982 (bulk 1919-1961), are open for research.


From the Collection: 17 Linear Feet (35 manuscript boxes, 1 flat box, 1 oversize envelope)

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Processing Information

The contents of this series were processed as an accretion to this collection in 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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