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Richard D. Altick Papers

Identifier: MS 034


This collection consists of research materials, notes, correspondence, reviews, articles, and essays documenting the literary and classroom work conducted by Dr. Richard D. Altick in his years of teaching at Ohio State University. The collection is arranged by topic with materials corresponding to major monographs and serial articles written by Dr. Altick, as well as materials relating to lectures, courses and areas of research interest.


  • 1942-1997,
  • Majority of material found within 1948-1997


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Richard D. Altick was born in 1915. He graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1936 and received an honorary Litt. D. from F & M in 1964. He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941 and then taught English at F & M from 1941 to 1945 and at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio from 1945 until his retirement as Regent's Professor of English in 1982. He also served as visiting Professor to New York University in 1950 and Stanford University in 1956. He held a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Socieities, and his book, The Presence of the Present : Topics of the Day in the Victorican Novel (1991), won the Christian Gauss award from Phi Beta Kqppa as the Outstanding work of literary criticism in that year. The record of his publications includes some twenty-five books and hundreds of articles and reviews. Dr. Altick's primary interest has been in 19th Century English literature and social history.


26 Linear feet (60 boxes)

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Collection: Organized into series corresponding to publication career.

Ownership and Custodial History

Personal collection of materials given by Richard D. Altick and heirs, 1994-2012.

Related Archival Materials

Records of Franklin and Marshall College (RG 10, RG 12): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections: Address--Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA, Country--USA..


For a bibliography of books from the library of Richard D. Altick, see the Richard D. Altick Papers Research Guide.

Processing Information

Processing completed 2002-2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States