Laird, Charlton, 1901-1984



  • Existence: March 16, 1901-May 14, 1984
  • Existence: 1901-03-16 - 1984-05-14


Charlton Grant Laird was born in Nashua, Iowa on March 16, 1901. He received his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa (B.A. 1925; M.A. 1929) and went on to study at Columbia, Stanford (Ph.D. 1940), and Yale. In 1930 and 1931, he was a Traveling Fellow in Europe. Prior to joining the University of Nevada in 1940, he taught at the University of Idaho, Purdue University, and Drake University. From 1945-1968, Laird was a professor of English at the University of Nevada, and was awarded Emeritus status in 1968. Laird was a linguist as well as a novelist and author of numerous scholarly and reference works. He authored numerous publications, including Modern English Handbook with Robert M. Gorrell, Webster 's New World Thesaurus, You and Your Language, The Miracle of Language, Words, Word, Words, Pickett at Gettysburg, and Laird's Promptory. In addition to scholarly works, Laird published two novels, West of the River and Thunder on the River. In 1925, Laird married Floy Davis. They remained married until her death in 1944. In 1945, he remarried to Helene Gent. Helen, a published author herself, co-authored a book, The Tree of Language, with her husband. Helen died in 1979.

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Robert M. Gorrell Papers

Identifier: AC 0175
Abstract Robert M. Gorell, a graduate of Cornell University, taught at Deep Springs College, Californika, from 1939 to 1942, and at Indiana University from 1942 to 1945. He joined the English Department of the University of Nevada in 1945, serving as Chairman from 1947 to 1965. Gorrell also served as Dean of the Graduate School, Dean of General University Extension, and Dean of the College of Arts and Science, remaining in that post until becoming Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1976. In 1980,...
Dates: 1945-1977

Hilliard Endowment Records

Identifier: AC 0489

The Albert and Emily Hilliard Endowment Records consist of annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, nominations for candidates for the chair, exhibit brochures, and publicity material. As visiting Hilliard Scholars, highly recognized professors, authors, and artists have lectured, given literary readings, met with classes, conducted workshops and staged exhibits for UNR students, faculty, and the general public; resumes for many Hilliard Scholars are included in the collection.

Dates: 1952-2011; Majority of material found within 1985-1992

Charlton Laird Autobiographical Manuscript

Identifier: AC 0151
Abstract Charlton Laird, a noted linguist, author, and English professor at the University of Nevada had written an unpublished autobiography, I'd rather write. John Garberson, a university journalism professor and friend of Laird, proposed using the manuscript and adding his biographical notes to each chapter. Working together, Garberson contacted Laird's long-time friends and requested information or opinions about Laird. Collection contains correspondence, copies of publications containing...
Dates: 1982-1983

Charlton Laird Papers

Identifier: AC 0076
Abstract Charlton G. Laird (1901-1984) was a linguist and professor of English at the University of Nevada, 1945-1968. In addition to his own publications, he co-authored English textbooks with Robert M. Gorrell, and a language book with wife, Helen Gent Laird. His correspondence includes folklorist and linguist Sven Liljeblad and his wife, Astrid; Nevada author Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Max and Michaline Urban, promoters for Latin American music in the United States; and Helen S. Carlson, author of...
Dates: 1924-1980

Charlton Laird Papers

Identifier: AC 0284
Abstract Charlton Grant Laird (1901-1984) was a linguist and professor of English at the University of Nevada, 1945-1968. In addition to his own numerous publications, both scholarly and fiction, he co-authored English text books with Robert M. Gorrell, and a language book with wife, Helen Gent Laird. The collection consists of Laird's personal and professional correspondence, personal journals, published and unpublished manuscripts, poetry, note cards, and audio tapes. Included is correspondence...
Dates: 1927-1982