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Charlton Laird Papers

 Collection
Identifier: AC 0284
The collection consists of Laird's personal and professional correspondence, personal journals, published and unpublished manuscripts, poetry, note cards, and audio tapes. 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. His correspondence includes items from folklorist and linguist Sven Liljebland and his wife, Astrid; Nevada author Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Max Urban, Latin music promoter; Helen S. Carlson, author of a book on Nevada place names; and Gareth Hughes, an actor who changed his name to Brother David when he became and Episcopal priest. Laird also was appointed editor in 1946 to A Guide to comparative literature, a study of influences upon English and American literature, which was never published. Laird was married to Floy Davis in 1925, until her death in 1944, and to Helene Gent in 1945; both women were writers as well, and their writings are represented in the collection.

Dates

  • 1927-1982

Creator

Restrictions

Restrictions apply to publication of manuscripts found in the collection; see Deed of Gift.

Extent

20 Cubic Feet (39 boxes)

Abstract

The collection consists of Laird's personal and professional correspondence, personal journals, published and unpublished manuscripts, poetry, note cards, and audio tapes. 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. His correspondence includes items from folklorist and linguist Sven Liljebland and his wife, Astrid; Nevada author Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Max Urban, Latin music promoter; Helen S. Carlson, author of a book on Nevada place names; and Gareth Hughes, an actor who changed his name to Brother David when he became and Episcopal priest. Laird also was appointed editor in 1946 to A Guide to comparative literature, a study of influences upon English and American literature, which was never published. Laird was married to Floy Davis in 1925, until her death in 1944, and to Helene Gent in 1945; both women were writers as well, and their writings are represented in the collection.

Biographical Sketch

Charlton Laird was a linguist and professor of English at the University of Nevada, as well as a novelist and author of numerous scholarly and reference works. Laird was born in Nashua, Iowa, March 16, 1901, and died in Reno, Nevada, May 14, 1984. He was a graduate of the University of Iowa (B.A. 1925; M.A. 1929) and received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1940). He came to the University of Nevada in 1943, after teaching at Purdue and Idaho State University. In 1968 he retired and became emeritus professor of English. Laird was married to Floy Davis Laird, in 1925, until her death in 1944, and to Helene Gent Laird, in 1945, until her death in 1979. Both women were writers as well, and their materials are also found in this collection.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series; a detailed listing is provided in the guide.

1. Correspondence. General correspondence and personal and professional records, 1927- 1982. Original folder titles were retained and are arranged in alphabetical order. Boxes 11-5.

2. Correspondence. General correspondence. Original folder titles were retained, A-Z . Correspondence appears to be routine and concerned with the Department of English, 1947-1953. Box 6.

3. Manuscripts. Manuscripts of plays, articles and lectures. Also included are articles by Floy Laird and Helene Laird. Box 7.

4. A Guide to Comparative Literature. A project sponsored by the American Library Association, the National Council of Teachers of English and other groups, it was to be a comprehensive annotated bibliography of literature. Laird was appointed editor in 1946, upon the death of the original editor, Arthur E. Christy, Columbia University. The records include correspondence and what appears to be the working files. Boxes 8-12.

5. Manuscripts. Manuscripts of published and unpublished books. Boxes 13-32.

6. Exhibit. Exhibit prepared by Laird on the production of his book Thinking About Language. Includes drafts, copies, galley proofs, and page proofs. Box 33.

7. Note cards. Boxes 34-36 concern Iowa buried treasure. Box 37 are unidentified.

8. Audio tapes, plaques. Box 38-39.
Title
A Guide to the Papers of Charlton Grant Laird
Status
completed
Author
Karen Gash
Date
Approximately 2000
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

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

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