Arlin Turner papers, 1953-1979

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Turner, Arlin, 1909-1980
Arlin Turner was a professor in Duke's English Department from 1953 to 1978 and served as department chair during 1958-1964. The collection includes department memoranda, correspondence, minutes and documentation relating to English Department policies. Also included are minutes, memoranda and correspondence related to various committees Turner served on. The collection ranges in date from 1953-1979.
1.5 Linear Feet
600 Items
Material in English
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University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Collection includes council and committee records including memos, correspondence, minutes of the University Council, the Humanities Council, the Undergraduate Faculty Council and the Graduate Affairs Committee of the University Planning Committee. There are also records of the English department, including minutes, correspondence, and memoranda. Files relating to student grades and personnel decisions were destroyed. The collection ranges in date from 1953-1979.

Biographical / historical:

Born in Abilene, Texas, Arlin Turner received his B.A. from West Texas State University in 1927 and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1930 and 1934, respectively. He joined the English Department at Duke University in 1953 and served until 1979. He was department chair from 1958-1964. Turner specialized in American literature, writing on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain and other Southern humorists. He also served as managing editor of American Literature and reviewed contemporary works in literary journals. He died in 1980.

Acquisition information:
The Arlin Turner papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1982.
Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Wood, November 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, December 2006

Accession A82-48 is described in this finding aid.

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Duke University. Department of English
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[Identification of item], Arlin Turner Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.