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Autobiographical manuscript for Charlton Laird

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0151
Collection contains correspondence, copies of publications containing autobiographical information, biographical notes, and preliminary manuscript.

Dates

  • 1982-1983

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (24 folders in one box)

Abstract

Collection contains correspondence, copies of publications containing autobiographical information, biographical notes, and preliminary manuscript.

Biographical Note

Charlton Laird, a noted linguist, author, and English professor at the University of Nevada had written an unpublished autobiography, I'd rather write.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. Included in the responses is information about Laird's first wife, Floy Davis Laird, including copies of her poetry, and second wife, Helene Gent Laird. Laird also gave him materials and publications from his personal collection, which includes his correspondence to Sven Liljeblad, folklorist and linguist. The tentative title for this autobiography/biography was Most of the whole truth, but was not completed when, in 1984, both Laird and Garberson died within days of each other.

Arrangement

Arranged in order by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mary Garberson; gift; 1984.
Title
A Guide to the Autobiographical manuscript for Charlton Laird
Status
completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository

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