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Creator: Dr. Charles Moorman

Collection Number: M171

Collection Title: Charles Moorman, Ph.D.  Papers

Size: 2 cubic feet

Language: English

Dates: 1954-1969

Collection Status: Processed

Abstract: This collection contains the literary and academic manuscripts of Dr. Charles Moorman as well as his personal correspondence with the members of the professional and academic organizations of which he was a part.

 

2.   Subjects

Charles Moorman, PhD.

The University of Southern Mississippi Faculty Collection

Literary criticism

Arthurian Literature

Middle English Literature

American Studies Association

American Studies Association of Lower Mississippi

National Education Association

National Organization on the Legal Problems of Education

Racism in the South/Academia

 

3.  Biographical/Historical Note

Born in 1925 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Charles Moorman, received his A.B. from Kenyon College in 1949 and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University. The bulk of his time as a professor was at the University of Southern Mississippi where he was an Associate Professor of English from 1954-1956, Professor of English and Chairman of the English Department from 1956-1968, Associate Dean of the Graduate School from 1969-1969, Dean of the Graduate School from 1969-1970, and Dean of the University from 1970-1975. He was the Vice-President of Academic Affairs until 1980 when he returned to teaching until he retired in 1990. He died in May 1996 in Arkansas.

His academic work focuses mainly on Middle English literature, specifically the Arthurian cycle and legends as shown in this collection. His scholarship involves texts from other periods as well as he analyzes the characteristics of the epic as a form and how the knight evolved in literature throughout time.

Moorman was also involved in many academic and professional organizations. In addition to the organization mentioned in this collection, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Lambda Iota Tau. Further, he was involved with the Modern Language Association, the Royal Society of Arts, the International Arthurian Society, and the Medieval Academy of America.

Since Moorman’s retirement, The University of Southern Mississippi has awarded the Moorman Distinguished Professorship, which assists professors in specific research project in their field. Past recipients have included Drs. Philip Kolin, Maureen Ryan, D.C. Berry, and Angela Ball.

4.  Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Moorman’s academic work and professional correspondence. The academic work contained in this collection consists of edited manuscripts—either typed or handwritten—as well as edited typescripts. The collection also contains edited galley proofs for his book, The Book of Kyng Arthur. The inclusive dates are 1954, the earliest dated correspondence, to 1969, the date of an essay. The professional correspondence consists of letters regarding the American Studies Association, the American Studies Association of Lower Mississippi, National Education Association, and the National Organization on the Legal Problems in Education.

Three inscribed books were removed from this collection and transferred to the Mississippiana collection in McCain Library: Precincts of Felicity, The Book of Kyng Arthur, and Editing the Medieval Manuscript.

The collection is arranged in two series:

I.              Academic and Critical Work

II.            Professional Correspondence and Organizational Involvement

 

5.  Arrangement

Series I is arranged alphabetically. Moorman’s own works are first in the series, followed by miscellaneous correspondence or papers related to him.

Series II is arranged alphabetically by the organization title and then chronologically by the date of the correspondence. Undated materials are at the end of each series.

6.  Related Material

       Related materials at the University of Southern Mississippi Cook Library include:

.         Addresses to the Faculty by Charles W. Moorman as Dean of the University, 1969-1975 [and] as Vice President for Academic Affairs, 1976-1981, call number LD3425.M66 1982 (McCain)

·         An Arthurian Dictionary, call number PN685.M6 (Cook)

·         Arthurian Triptych: Mythic Materials in Charles Williams, C.S. Lewis, and T.S. Eliot, call number PR479.M9 M6 (Cook) and PR6045.I5 Z85 (McCain)

·         The Book of Kyng Arthur: The Unity of Malory Morte Darthur, call number PR2-45.M6 (McCain)

·         Editing the Middle English Manuscript, call number PR275.T45 M6 (Cook and Gulf Coast)

·         Kings & Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme, call number PN610.M6 (Cook and Gulf Coast)

·         A Knyght There Was: The Evolution of the Knight in Literature, call number PN56.K6 M6 (Cook)

·         The Pearl-Poet, call number PR2111.M6 (Cook)

·         The Precincts of Facility: The Augustinian City of the Oxford Christians, call number PR471.M6 (Cook and McCain)

·         The Works of the Gawain-Poet, call number PR1203.W67 (Cook, Gulf Coast, and McCain)

 

7.  Administrative Information

Provenance: Materials in this collection were donated by Dr. Charles Moorman in on August 1, 1972. A duplicate copy of Editing the Middle English Manuscript was added to the collection by Terry S. Latour on November 19, 1990.

Use Restrictions: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.

Access Restrictions: None

Preferred Citation Method: In citing these materials, the following information should be included:

Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.

Processing Information: Collection processed and finding aid written by Kyle Ethridge, April 2015

Sources:

Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967 James B. Lloyd, editor
“Kenyon College Obituaries”:http://bulletin.kenyon.edu/x984.xml
“About the Moorman Distinguished Professorship”: http://www.usm.edu/english/about-moorman-distinguished-professorship

 

8.  Container List

Series I: Academic and Critical Work

Box 1:

Folder 1    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Introductory Material and Chapter 1: “Myth and Modern Literature”)

Folder 2    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 2: “The Arthurian Myth”)

Folder 3    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 3: “Charles Williams”, pages 51-85)

Folder 4    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 3: “Charles Williams”, pages 86-140)

Folder 5    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 4: “C.S. Lewis”)

Folder 6    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 5: “T.S. Eliot”)

Folder 7    Edited Typescript—Perspectives in Criticism: Arthurian Triptych (Chapter 6: “Logres in Britain” and text endnotes)

Folder 8    Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Introductory Information and prologue)

Folder 9    Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Chapter 1: “The Chronology of Morte Darthur”)

Folder 10  Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Chapter 2: “The Failure in Love: Lancelot and Guinevere”)

Folder 11  Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Chapter 3: “The Failure in Religion: The Quest of The Sankgreall”

Folder 12  Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Chapter 4: “The Failure in Chivalry: Lot and Pellinore”

Folder 13  Edited Typescript—Book of Kyng Arthur (Chapter 5: “All Whole Together)

Folder 14  Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 15  Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 16  Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 17  Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 18  Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

 

Box 2

Folder 1    Edited Galley Proof—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 2    Edited Galley Proof front materials—Book of Kyng Arthur

Folder 3    Article: Essential Paganism of Beowulf (4 copies, 1 with edits)

Folder 4    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with the introduction to the text and a chapter concerning The Iliad)

Folder 5    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Odyssey)

Folder 6    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly connect to The Odyssey and includes Beowulf)

Folder 7    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Song of Roland)

Folder 8    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Nibelungenlied)

Folder 9    Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with the conclusion of the collection of manuscripts)

Folder 10  Edited Handwritten Manuscript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents are the notes for the collection of manuscripts)

Folder 11  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Materials for preface)  [manuscript kept in original order]

Folder 12  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Miscellaneous parts of typescripts; contains sections from Beowulf, The Nibelungenlied, and other sections of the book)

Folder 13  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with the text’s preface and The Iliad)

Folder 14  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Iliad)  

Folder 15  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Odyssey)  

Folder 16  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with Beowulf)  

Folder 17  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with Beowulf)  

Folder 18  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Song of Roland)  

Folder 19  Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with The Nibelungenlied)  

 

Box 3

Folder 1    Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Contents possibly deal with the Icelandic Sagas)  

Folder 2    Edited Typescript—Kings and Captains: Variations on a Heroic Theme (Content possibly deal with the Arthurian legend)

Folder 3    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Introductory materials and Chapter 1: Introduction)

Folder 4    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 2: “The First Knights: La Chanson de Roland”)

Folder 5    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 3: “The Uses of Love: Chretien’s Knights”)

Folder 6    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 4: The Stained Knight: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”)

Folder 7    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 5: The Philosophical Knight: The Canterbury Tales”)

Folder 8    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 6: “The Tragic Knight: Malory’s Morte Darthur”)

Folder 9    Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 7: The Allegorical Knight: The Faerie Queen”)

Folder 10  Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Chapter 8: The Last Knights: Shakespeare and After”)

Folder 11  Edited Typescript—A Knyght There Was (Endnotes and index)

Folder 12  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Introductory Material)

Folder 13  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 1: “The Anonymous Poet”)

Folder 14  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 2: “Pearl”)

Folder 15  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 3: “Patience”)

Folder 16  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 4: “Purity”)

Folder 17 Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 5: “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”)

Folder 18  Edited Typescript—The Pearl Poet (Chapter 6: “Conclusion,” endnotes, and index)

Folder 19  Edited Typescript—“Origins of the Alliterative Revival”

Folder 20  Edited Typescript—“Sign and Image”

Folder 21  Literary Correspondence

Folder 22  McCain’s Southern Quarterly paper:  “The Theodore G. Bilbo Papers”

Folder 23  Novel: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (contains Moorman’s annotations)

 

Box 4

Series II: Professional Correspondence and Organizational Involvement

Folder 1   Correspondence: American Studies
                   Association/American Studies Association of Lower
                   Mississippi (ASA/ASALM) (1954-1955)
Folder 2    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (January 3, 1956-June 5, 1956)
Folder 3    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (June 6, 1956-August 10, 1956)
Folder 4    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (August 15, 1956-December 30, 1956)
Folder 5    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (January 3, 1957-September 28, 1957)
Folder 6    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (September 29, 1957-December 26, 1957)
Folder 7    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (January 2, 1958-April 4, 1958)
Folder 8    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (April 5, 1958-September 3, 1958)
Folder 9    Correspondence: ASA/ASALM (September 7, 1958-October 28, 1958)
Folder 10  Correspondence: ASA/ASALM [Undated]
Folder 11  ASA/ASALM: Note on Meetings [Undated]
Folder 12  ASA/ASALM: Membership Notes
Folder 13 ASA/ASALM: Miscellaneous
Folder 14  National Education Association (NEA) Materials and Correspondence
Folder 15  NEA Reporter: May 14, 1965 and June 18, 1965
Folder 16  National Organization on Legal Problems in Education (NOLPE) Materials

9.  Item List

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10. Publication Information

Publisher: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections

URL: http://lib.usm.edu/spcol/index.php

Physical Address:  The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries

McCain Library & Archives

118 College Drive #5148

Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148

 

Email Contact: To email, go to: http://lib.usm.edu/askalibrarian/

Revision Date: Last revised: 7 April 2015


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